March 3, 2020
Dear South Burlington School District Community:
Welcome back from what we hope was a restful and enjoyable break! Typically there is a normal level of anxiousness as we head back to school and work after a school break. For some, those feelings of nervousness are heightened after the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent media attention that followed.
We write to let you know that the South Burlington School District (SBSD) is working with the Agency of Education and Department of Health to ensure we are appropriately informed and prepared if COVID-19 cases are reported. As of March 2, 2020, there were no cases of people with COVID-19 in Vermont.
As was shared with us in a recent letter by Secretary Dan French, it is important to note that at this point, Vermont residents are much more likely to become sick with a cold or the flu than to be exposed to COVID-19. Many of the precautions that help prevent other respiratory diseases, like colds and the flu, can also help keep an illness like COVID-19 from spreading:
• Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• 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 your sleeve or a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
See the letter by Secretary Dan French
Please call or email us if you have questions or concerns.
Superintendent of Schools