Message from Executive Director about Coronavirus

Gifford's Executive Director Advises Common Sense Precautions
Posted on 03/05/2020

March 5, 2020

Dear Gifford Parents and Caregivers,

We understand that many of you may have questions and concerns about the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 and its possible impact in our community. As such, I want to reassure you that The Gifford School is in communication with the Weston Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health who are closely monitoring the situation and updating us on changes in risk levels and virus trends. Additionally, you can find the latest information by visiting the websites created by the MA Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control, which are regularly updated with the latest guidance: 

While this is a serious public health situation, the CDC continues to believe the immediate risk to the general public remains low at this time. That being said, we strongly recommend following the same precautions that prevent colds and flu as they will also prevent the transmission of the coronavirus. All individuals should:

  • wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available 
  • cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing 
  • avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects  
As always, we also ask that students stay home when sick. As a reminder, Gifford’s policies state that any student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, or who has a case of confirmed influenza, remain home. The symptoms that meet the criteria for keeping your student home are as follows:
  • Fever greater than 100.4 within the last 24 hours; fever should be under 100 for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before returning to school; and/or
  • An upper respiratory illness with significant coughing and/or nasal discharge; and/or
  • Vomiting/diarrhea within the last 24 hours
Whether you communicate your child’s absence with us through email, voicemail, or direct contact with our main office staff, please share the reason and symptoms they are experiencing so that we can proactively collaborate in keeping our entire community safe.
 
Our maintenance staff will continue to be vigilant with our cleaning and disinfecting processes as suggested by the MA Department of Public Health, and we will keep you informed of updates or changes as we are advised by local and state departments of public health. We hope this information allows you to make informed choices regarding your family's health and wellness. Like any other challenges that our community faces…we’re in this together.

Sincerely,

Wil Fredian
Executive Director
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