March 13, 2020 2:10 pm
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community:
This morning, superintendents from Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle County participated in a meeting with Dr. Mark Levine, Commissioner of Health from the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont’s Education Secretary Dan French.
We learned that Governor Scott will be holding an important press conference at 5:30 p.m. today (which will be broadcast live on WCAX and WPTZ and streamed live on the Governor’s Facebook page) that should provide new and specific information for all Vermonters to follow. We anticipate that the guidance will include broad-based health recommendations, information on potential school closure and/or dismissal, the role of schools in mitigating COVID-19, updated travel recommendations, and what individuals can do to keep safe including social distancing.
Once the Governor has provided direction, our district leadership will determine the next steps for our schools, and we will be back in touch with families and staff as quickly as we can.
Superintendent of Schools
HOW CAN I STAY INFORMED ABOUT CONFIRMED CASES IN VERMONT?
The Vermont Department of Health has a website that shows current status in Vermont. It can be found here: here. Additionally, the district has made a website that lists all the communication sent out so far from South Burlington.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
This guidance has not changed and we cannot stress how important it is to wash hands, stay at home when sick, and practice the small habits to bolster overall health: sleep, exercise, talking with friends, getting outdoors, etc. The following simple actions can support reducing the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently 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.