A message from the Superintendent

From the Office of the Superintendent

March 2, 2020

 Dear Parents, Guardians, Faculty, and Staff,

 The South Plainfield School District continues to prepare for the possibility of a coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.  Administration, in conjunction with the district nursing staff, and the Office of Emergency Management, have reviewed and updated the Pandemic Influenza Plan to include COVD-19 and the procedures for addressing such an outbreak. 

 Although we have no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Plainfield or anywhere in New Jersey, the District is prepared with an emergency plan for such an event. District Policy 8451, Control of Communicable Disease, provides guidance and compliance measures so that all district decisions and actions are in line with New Jersey Department of Health and Middlesex County Board of Health directives and regulations. 

 The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) does not recommend school closure for outbreaks of infectious disease; however, in the event this does occur, district administrators and supervisors are working on a plan to address a potential school closure.  This plan includes curating online resources for student instruction, best practices for maintaining district operations and facilities in light of possible contagions, and keeping open lines of communication with students, parents, faculty, and staff. We intend to closely monitor the situation and make any decision regarding school closures in partnership with the Middlesex County Board of Health, the South Plainfield Health Officer, and the Office of Emergency Management.

 Education and prevention are of the upmost priority. The South Plainfield School District nursing staff will provide age appropriate guidance on stopping the spread of germs to all students this week. Students will receive instruction during the school day and will be encouraged to engage in a question and answer session to help them fully understand the importance of proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

 Students who are ill with respiratory symptoms, flu-like illness, or diarrhea/vomiting should stay home for 24 hours fever free or without diarrhea/vomiting.  Please report your child’s absence and such symptoms to your school nurse and contact your child’s primary health care provider.

 All updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be posted on the district website for your review.  I have included several resources should you wish to learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

 South Plainfield School District: www.spboe.org

 Center for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

 New Jersey Department of Health Hotline:1-800-222-1222

 

                                                                                                                                                                     Thank you for your continued support and cooperation in keeping our school district safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,

Noreen Lishak, Ed. D. 
Superintendent of Schools

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