Update from Superintendent Gannon about COVID-19 (March 12)

Dear parents and guardians,

As the COVID-19 (caused by the novel coronavirus) rapidly evolves, the district administrative team is prepared for many different scenarios, including the postponement/cancellation of events and trips, student or staff quarantines, and building/school closures.

It’s important to note that currently we do not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Warren County. However, because of the potential for this virus to threaten the health and safety of our community, we are taking appropriate measures. This includes maintaining high levels of cleaning and sanitation efforts, as well as promoting the importance of handwashing and hygiene.

After much deliberation and consulting with Warren County Public Health, we will be postponing the following events: school plays, musicals and concerts, field trips and other gatherings like the Elementary Fun Fair and Fete Fiesta. This action is necessary in order to reduce the number of instances of community contact within our schools. We want to do as much as possible to protect our students and staff as we continue to take direction from Warren County Public Health. We will continue to evaluate all upcoming events.

In the event of a school closure, the district is prepared for virtual learning of our students. We are fortunate to be a 1:1 Chromebook school, and our students and faculty are well-versed in Google Classroom. We are well-positioned for a separate learning plan for our younger elementary students.

As a reminder, there are a number of steps that can minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the New York 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.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness. I am always proud of how our QUFSD community supports one another in challenging times.

Sincerely,

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools