OSMS Friday/Covid Update 1.14.22

OSMS Friday/Covid Update 1.14.22
Posted on 01/14/2022
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Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

Old Saybrook Public Schools has been notified that since yesterday's email, 1 additional student at Old Saybrook Middle School became positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), in grade 6. The student has been in school but no staff or students will need to quarantine. Please be sure to screen your child for fever and other possible covid symptoms before sending them to school. If your child was exposed to someone who is positive for covid and they are not vaccinated, please keep the home. Please scroll down for information about what you can do.

A few reminders/ updates:
Anytime your child is absent from school, please notify the main office.

As of right now, we are still planning to hold our band concerts this month. Grades 7 & 8 are scheduled for January 25 and 5 & 6 are scheduled for January 27.

If your child is staying to watch a game after school, they need a note. Please send your child with a note rather than emailing the note to the office. It makes it easier for the student and the office staff.

Just a reminder, remote learning is not currently an option. If your child is out due to quarantining from a covid exposer or they have covid, they may do work from their google classrooms for at least 4 hours and be counted as present remote, rather than absent. If absent for any other reason, they are always welcome to do the work in google classroom to stay current, but these days will be counted as absences.

Covid: What Can You Do?
Make sure your child is wearing a mask correctly.
Make sure your child is washing his or her hands.
Keep your child at home if he or she is sick.
Call your primary health care provider if you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19.
Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)
Chills or shaking chills
Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Other symptoms such as: muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, runny nose
Please answer any and all questions you may be asked if the school or CRAHD staff contact you. This will help the community stop the spread.

If you are in the process of having your child(ren) tested for COVID and the results come back positive, we ask that you immediately notify Karen vanderHorst, our nursing director, Karen vanderHorst at [email protected] to inform us. This is imperative as we are required to report positive case numbers to the CT Department of Public Health. We also will utilize this information with medical professionals to make any further decisions regarding our planned school reopening dates.

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect our students, staff members, and families. Sherry Carlson at CT River Area Health District is also an excellent resource and is available to answer questions at [email protected].