COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
Posted on 03/05/2020
Health Information

Dear Rondout Valley Central School District Community:

This letter is to update you on the current situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and our district’s response to the evolving situation and steps you can take to prevent the spread of the illness.

While we have no confirmed cases in our schools, I wanted to take a moment to reassure our parents and community members that the District is in close communication with the Ulster County Department of Health (UCDOH) and our District Medical Director to ensure we have the most accurate and up-to-date information.

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our community, we will be immediately notified, and we will work the UCDOH and our District Medical Director to respond appropriately.

The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff are our highest priority. Since early February, we have taken a proactive approach to ensure that protocols for cleaning, monitoring, reporting, and communicating are in place. The NYS Department of Health, NYS Education Department, and the Center for Disease Control have provided clear guidance for us. We have reviewed our emergency response plans and are closely monitoring patterns of absences.

While we remain alert to the situation, individuals also play a significant role in preventing the spread of any illness. Here are actions that you can take to ensure we all stay as healthy as possible:

• Stay informed, using reputable sources of information.

• Practice daily preventative care, including washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Direct sneezes and coughs into your shirt sleeve or a tissue, not into your hands. Discard your tissues.

• Stay home if you are sick and do not send children to school when sick. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Students with a fever above 100.0° should not attend school until they are fever free for a minimum of 24 hours (without the aid of a fever reducer). Seek medical attention if symptoms persist.

• Practice healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

• While the presence of COVID-19 in the United States is still emerging, the CDC is reporting that for the general American public, the immediate health risk is considered low.

I want to assure our community that we plan to carefully monitor this situation and will continue to execute our protocols to protect our community. We will keep you informed of any new information that emerges.


Joseph Morgan, Ed.D.

Useful Resources

• New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) website
• NYSDOH Flu website
• NYSDOH Coronavirus website
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• CDC Influenza website
• CDC Coronavirus website

To view a signed pdf version of this letter, please click here.