We are writing to you today with information and guidance regarding the new coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, first identified in late December 2019.
Risk to Massachusetts residents remains low according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The populations most at risk are the elderly and those with existing medical conditions. Children are considered low risk.
However, we are still preparing and planning for impact from the COVID-19 virus. Our program leaders are in close communication with the local board of health and the Department of Early Education and Care as new information becomes available.
As you may be aware, COVID-19 is spread through close person-to person contact. As a result, we ask that you please notify us if any member of your household has recently traveled to a Level-3 country (the list can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) or experienced any other potential exposure risk.
Keep your child at home if:
Your child is exhibiting symptoms including fever or cough;
Someone in your home is exhibiting symptoms; or
Someone in your home has been in close contact with a person who is showing signs of being sick.
The school district you work in closes.
We are also emphasizing good handwashing routines with our children. Additionally, we are working diligently to fully clean and sanitize our classrooms regularly.
Our program will operate on our normal schedule unless Chelmsford Public Schools closes. Then we will follow their decision.
You can find more information about how to best protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 on the Department of Public Health’s website: .http://www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus
We will keep you updated as additional information becomes available.