Feb. 28, 2020
The Guilderland Central School District is closely monitoring daily developments regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Like all New York school districts, Guilderland relies on guidance from state and federal agencies, including the New York State Department of Education (SED), the New York State Department of Health (DOH), the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH), and the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) when addressing evolving public health issues like coronavirus. Though we do not have any diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in our community, we are closely following the guidance these agencies are providing and will continue to do so.
The school district has regular daily cleaning protocols in place to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses.
There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
- 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 cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Call ahead and inform your healthcare provider’s office that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.
Please be assured the district stays in constant contact with experts at the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) who help guide a school district’s communication and response whenever any member of the community tests positive for a disease that poses a public health risk. The ACDOH is our first and most important partner in developing a comprehensive public health plan to ensure we are prepared if any cases of the new coronavirus do arise in our community.
Families are also encouraged to bookmark and follow these important resources:
- NYS Health Department – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention
- CDC Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
- Albany –County Department of Health
In addition, New York State has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065, staffed by the NYS Department of Health, to answer questions about COVID-19. The hotline is available daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The district will continue to share information and resources as they become available.
Dr. Marie Wiles
Superintendent of Schools