March 3, 2020

Dear Parents:

We are actively monitoring the alerts from the CDC about the possibility of the spread of the Coronavirus within the United States. We continue to follow the current guidance posted by the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE), the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) and the NJ Communicable Disease Service (NJCDS). At this time, we have no concerns about this virus in our schools, however as recommended by the CDC and with guidance from the NJDOH, we have joined school districts across Mercer County and are in the process of creating a district-wide plan should the spread of the virus impacts school attendance, and/or require us to close schools. 

As a precautionary measure during the cold and flu season, our maintenance staff employs an enhanced daily cleaning regimen at all of our schools. Our facilities team is working closely with our nursing department to identify illness trends so specific classrooms can be disinfected on a case by case basis. Hand sanitizing stations have been added in key locations for student and staff use, and our nurses and teaching staff continue to educate our students and instill good personal hygiene habits with particular emphasis on the importance of hand washing.

The Department of Health and Robbinsville Public Schools recommend that all families with a child who (within the past two weeks) has traveled to an area of the world highly impacted by the Coronavirus, to please contact their child’s principal and/or school nurse prior to sending their child back to school.  Please only notify the school district about your own child/children who have recently traveled to a country impacted by the Coronavirus. We cannot discuss the health concerns of other students due to confidentiality restrictions.

We would like to remind you of the recommended precautions for preventing the flu and other viruses:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects.

Finally, we request that you keep your children home when they are sick or when they appear symptomatic.  If they are sick, children should not return to school unless they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.

If you have general questions about Coronavirus, you may call the NJ Department of Health COVID Hotline 1-800-222-1222.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy.

Kathie Foster

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