March 10, 2020
Please know that schools throughout the state have been working on internal school related plans with their Executive County Superintendents and the NJDOE to address this issue. Since we work with children, and in SWSD - only elementary aged children, there are a lot of factors that must be considered.
Please be aware that the District does not plan to close unless directed to do so by the New Jersey Department of Health. The District is following the guidance of the NJ Department of Health. SWSD is not cancelling specific classes such as Physical Education unless directed to do so by the NJ Department of Health.
At this time, there are no immediate plans to cancel or restrict school and/or social events. In the event that the District needs to take additional precautions, we will work with the New Jersey Department of Health and communicate our needs/changes with you.
CLEANING/ISOLATION CLOSURE PLANS
In the event that the NJDOH directs the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District to close, we will not be exempt from meeting the legally required 180 student school days. In an effort to ensure that we will still be able to provide our students with 180 days of quality instruction, the following procedures will be put into place:
1. Student days will be captured during: spring break, May In-Service (5/22/20), and any necessary remaining days in June 2020. We are fortunate that we have built-in calendar days for emergency situations such as these.
2. In the event that the District requires even more student school day "make-up time," we will be working with our Executive County Superintendent and the SWEA (our local association) to ensure that all days are made up within legal parameters.
More information will be shared with the community next week.
DISTRICT INTERNAL INFORMATION
For your information, our daily cleaning specifications include:
1. Clean and disinfect all drinking fountains, classroom counter-tops and sinks, doorknobs, flat surfaces, including desktops.
2. Student desks/tables and chairs to be wiped/disinfected everyday.
3. Clean and sanitize lavatory: walls, floors, and all fixtures.
4. Kitchens and Nurse’s office areas, floors to be washed with germicidal detergent.
5. Health/Nurse office counter-tops, sinks, beds, chairs, etc., are to be cleaned with a germicidal cleaner.
6. Clean tables in staff lounges.
INSTRUCTIONAL LESSON EXAMPLES TO USE WHEN REMINDING STUDENTS AT HOME
Since Feb. 4th, New Jersey has established a Coronavirus Task Force.
Right now, COVID-19 is considered a "LOW" health risk to society, but New Jersey is preparing in the event that a state response is needed. COVID-19 is most dangerous to older adults with underlying health conditions. COVID-19 can be spread person to person (within 6 feet) through droplets such as: coughing and sneezing.
The best course of action to prevent the spread of disease:
- Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Use alcohol‐based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home from class and work if you are sick.
- Contact your healthcare provider for advice if you are not feeling well.
- Avoid people who are sick.
- Get a flu shot. It’s not too late to be protected.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Adhere to exclusion recommendations from public health: fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
Please keep in mind that we are still in the middle of flu season.
NJDOH Hotline for Questions/Concerns: 1-800-222-1222 and website. The NJDOH Novel
Coronavirus Call Center is open and is taking calls from the general public. It is open 24/7 and can accommodate callers in multiple languages.
Dr. Kristin P. O'Neil
Swedesboro-Woolwich School District
15 Fredrick Boulevard
Woolwich, NJ 08085
The Swedesboro-Woolwich School District:
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