Covid-19 Update - Rocky Hill Public Schools (January 22, 2021)

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January 22, 2021

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff Members,

Over the past two weeks, the school district has encountered a handful of isolated situations where children have attended school while other members of the household were experiencing COVID-like symptoms and/or awaiting test results due to issues such as potential exposure to the virus. In other situations, children themselves were waiting for test results and were sent to school by their parents. Unfortunately, these cases typically result in the need to quarantine a significant number of other students and staff members. As we move forward over the next several months, we must ask that you continue to remain vigilant about protecting your child and all other members of our school community. To that end, please adhere to the following expectations: 

  • Do not send a child to school if any other member of the household is sick (or is symptomatic for COVID-19 and is getting tested), even if the child feels well. 

  • Do not send a child to school if the child has been tested for COVID-19 (for any reason) and is awaiting test results. Following a negative test result, please contact the school nurse before sending the child to school. 

  • Do not send a child to school if the child is sick or is exhibiting any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection (new and persistent cough, fever, chills, sore throat, loss of taste or sense of smell, muscle or body aches, and/or gastrointestinal issues).

  • If you are in doubt about any of these expectations, please consult with the school nurse before sending your child to school. Our outstanding nursing staff is happy to assist you, and will continue to provide parents and guardians with expert medical advice in the interests of protecting everyone’s health.

  • If a child has traveled to an identified state with a high rate of COVID-19 transmission, the child must quarantine upon arrival in Connecticut  and submit the Travel Health Form to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

  • The CT travel advisory regulations have been updated and can be accessed at this link: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel

  • Please note that an affected traveler is exempt from the self-quarantine requirement if the affected traveler (1) has had a test for COVID-19 in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Connecticut or at any time following arrival in Connecticut, (2) the result of such COVID-19 test is negative, and (3) he or she has provided written proof of such negative test result to the Commissioner of Public Health via email to: DPH.COVID-Travel@ct.gov. If you do plan on traveling with your child, we are asking you to contact your school nurse so that she may review the protocol with you in advance of the trip. 

While we are pleased with the good news regarding the initial phases of the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, this is not the time to let one’s guard down. Continue to practice, with vigilance, the Three W’s (Wash Your Hands, Wear Your Mask, Watch Your Distance).  We are not likely to see widespread vaccinations among the population-at-large until the late spring or summer of 2021, at the earliest. By working together and making smart decisions, we can all play an important role in protecting our most vulnerable residents, promoting good public health, and keeping our schools open. 

Respectfully,

 

Mark Zito, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools