March 3, 2020
Dear School Community,
This is to follow-up our communication of February 27, 2020 regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Mansfield Public Schools remains diligent in accessing the most current information. Frequent conference calls with the Massachusetts Department of Health, updates from the National Association of School Nurses, and the Centers for Disease Control keep us apprised of changing guidelines. Mansfield Health Agent, Amy Donovan-Palmer, Director of Health Services, Christine Dooling, RN, and others from the Emergency Preparedness Team met today and want to reiterate the following precautions we can all take to remain as healthy as possible:
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if unable to wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeves, not your hands. Throw tissues in the trash and wash your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
If you are ill we encourage you to stay home. The CDC lists the Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms as:
- Shortness of breath
We understand that this is an evolving situation and we are monitoring the situation carefully. In addition, our Facilities Department is aggressively sanitizing our education spaces as we typically do during cold and flu season. We are following all recommended guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
If you have any questions about travel restrictions, please call the Mansfield Health Department at 508-261-7366. If you have any medical questions, please contact your physician.
For up to date information from the CDC, please see the following link, https://www.cdc.gov/.