From the Superintendent: Important Information about Novel Coronavirus (Feb. 28 update)

The Liberty Central School District is aware that many of our parents and guardians have concerns about COVID-19, caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus,  a relatively new virus that causes mild to moderate flu-like symtoms.

Novel Coronavirus is not currently a concern for the general public and is not actively circulating among New Yorkers. Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school.

Please be assured that the district has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout its schools, to minimize the spread of viruses and other illnesses.

The district is closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, the Sullivan County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify alol staff, parents and guardians. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses.

How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?

Health experts believe the virus probably spreads from animals to humans and from person to person. It’s not clear yet how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person.
The virus was first found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus had not been found in humans before. There are thousands of diagnosed cases in China and new cases being diagnosed in a number of countries including the United States.

Symptoms

Data suggests that COVID-19 causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms ike the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Prevention

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. The New York State Department of Health recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • The CDC recommends travelers avoid all travel to China.

Travelers to, from China

As of Feb. 2 new screening protocols are conducted for individuals entering the US from China at designated airports.
Schools may have students who have traveled to Asia, including China. Students should not be excluded from school or school activities based on race, country of origin, or recent travel, or a family member’s recent travel.
Schools may only exclude a student if a local health department deems that a student must comply with a quarantine order or the student is symptomatic of a communicable or infectious disease.
If you recently traveled to Wuhan, China and feel sick; or you develop symptoms within 14 days of traveling there, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Stay home, except for seeking medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Learn More

These resources will help keep you up to date about COVID-19, its treatment and prevention:

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