Lockport City School District

March 2020

On Monday, March 9, 2020, the Lockport City School District hosted a Coronavirus Preparedness Meeting, which included representatives from the Niagara County Health Department. As a result of the meeting, this letter is to inform you that while the Lockport City School District does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our schools, we are being proactive in our efforts to be better prepared and discuss concerns related to this new virus.

The district has been monitoring and will continue to monitor student attendance since mid-January, and has been following guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Niagara County Health Department, and the New York State Education Department (NYSED). You will find links to resources on our website.

Furthermore, the district has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as routine and targeted cleaning and disinfecting practices throughout our schools to minimize the spread of illnesses. Student Transportation Management Services, Inc., our school bus provider, has also taken measures to increase cleaning protocols.

There are a number of steps that students, staff, and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the Department of Health. They include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Should you or a family member show symptoms of an illness, you may want to contact your healthcare provider. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of illnesses.