Region In Review

October 16, 2020

Above & Beyond

The students and staff of Region 12 have continued to display their extra effort throughout the beginning of this school year. We are extremely proud to showcase a short film of the daily achievements of the support staff, teachers, and children as they navigate these new challenges and exceed expectations.

Above and Beyond

Influenza and Covid-19

How are the two viruses different? How are the two viruses similar?


It is flu season again…time to consider receiving the flu vaccine. To be clear, the flu vaccine is effective in treating several common strains of flu that are not related to Covid-19. The strains of flu that are impacted by the vaccine are highly contagious and can lead to complications for people with heart/kidney disease, respiratory conditions, diabetes or any other underlying medical condition such as weakened immune system.

Those afflicted by Covid-19 and flu share the following symptoms:

  • fever/chills

  • cough

  • shortness of breath

  • fatigue

  • sore throat

  • nasal discharge/congestion

  • muscle/body aches

  • headache

  • vomiting/diarrhea

Those afflicted by Covid-19 may also exhibit a loss of taste and smell, which is not a symptom of the flu. Let’s discuss some other differences in the flu and Covid-19:


In general, a person may develop flu symptoms 1-4 days after exposure. Covid-19 victims develop symptoms in 2- 14 days after exposure.


Both viruses can spread at least 1-2 days before the person experiences any symptoms. The most contagious time is during the third and fourth days of the illness but can extend for approximately 7-10 days.

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Both viruses are spread by person-person contact through the droplets associated with coughing, sneezing, or talking. It may also be possible to become infected by touching an object that is contaminated with the virus. Once we come in contact with the virus, it can enter into people’s mouth/nose or eyes when we touch our faces. This is why we encourage hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer.


The Covid-19 virus and the common flu are very contagious, easily and quickly spreading to many people and continuing to spread as they come in contact with others.


Antiviral influenza vaccines protect against 3 or 4 viruses to reduce flu-related illnesses and/or more serious flu complications. At the present time, there is no vaccine for Covid-19. Research and studies are in progress for the treatment of Covid-19.


In Region 12, CDC guidelines are currently being followed such as mask-wearing and maintaining distance from one another to help to prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, it remains important to continue to follow good hygiene measures such as proper/frequent handwashing, covering the mouth when coughing/sneezing and isolating oneself from people who are sick. These measures will aid to slow the spread of germs and remain healthy.



Edith M. Poidomani, RN

Shepaug Valley School Nurse

860 868 6205

Fliers & Upcoming Events

Region 12 Calendar

October 19 - CANCELLED - Building Committee E-Meeting

October 19 - CANCELLED - BOE/Curriculum & Educational Programming Committee Meeting

October 21 to 23 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Early Dismissal for Students Only

October 26 - Board of Education Meeting, 7pm

October 28 - Early Dismissal for Students Only

October 29 - Middle School Picture Day

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