March 9, 2020
Dear Tapestry Families,
As this Coronavirus/COVD-19 situation continues to evolve I want to make you aware of the preventative measures in place in our Tapestry buildings:
Our teachers are continuing to educate, review and reinforce proper hygiene with students including proper handwashing techniques, the use and disposal of tissues and tips for keeping hands away from faces. This will be reinforced throughout the remainder of the school year.
Sinks are available in both the Lower and Middle School cafeterias and a portable hygiene station with hand sanitizers is available in the High School cafeteria.
Our instructional staff is building in time for handwashing to occur multiple times a day. High School and Middle School students are being encouraged to wash their hands between classes. Additional supplies of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and tissues are available in classrooms.
After students have left the building for the day, shifts have been extended for the cleaning staff to enhance deep cleaning of highly touched objects (HTOs) such as handrails, desks, sinks, and computer equipment.
As parents, you play an important role in reinforcing healthy hygiene at home and I ask you to follow the suggestions here:
- Keep your child home if they are sick. If they are sent to school sick, they will be sent home. Children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Perfect attendance recognitions are discontinued until further notice.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Parents are asked to keep children home who exhibit cold and flu-like symptoms. Guidelines for when to keep a child home.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Review hand-washing tips.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect HTOs and surfaces.
You can also learn more using the following links:
Erie County Health Department, http://www2.erie.
Center for Disease Control (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/cor
If your child has traveled to or plans to travel to an area with an issued Travel Health Notice, I ask that you consult reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and local and state health departments and notify our office prior to their return to school.
As a district, we are keeping a close eye on travel notices and the current status within the region regarding large gathering events, field trips and domestic travel. Many decisions will be forthcoming as this situation unfolds.
As we continue our due diligence to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment, we ask that you encourage healthy strategies at home with your families. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.
We are crew.