The uncertainty surrounding the global COVID-19 outbreak (Coronavirus) has been the subject of much media coverage and is causing anxiety in communities across the state, the country, and around the globe.
Parishville-Hopkinton Central School is taking steps to minimize the risks to our school community. The School is working with the State Department of Health, State Education Department, and St. Lawrence County Public Health about limiting the spread of this virus. The School is following prescribed health protocols. We will keep families updated on the status of the school. If you hear Coronavirus rumors regarding the school that have you worried, please call a principal, the superintendent, or the school nurse. As of today, March 4th, St. Lawrence County does not have any confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.
There are no vaccinations or flu shots to prevent the Coronavirus. Our best defense is to follow the same preventative measures that we observe for the flu: Students and teachers should stay home if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, cover sneezes and coughs with the crux of an arm or with a tissue, disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time.
The PHCS Cleaners already had a robust disinfecting process in place to combat seasonal flu before the outbreak of the Coronavirus; but, we have redoubled our disinfecting efforts in classrooms, common areas, and on school buses.
There are lots of resources and remedies being shared. The information attached and any future resources coming from the school will be approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Department of Health (DOH), The St. Lawrence County Public Health or other similarly recognized expert health organization.