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Important message to the Gilbert School Community

 

January 7, 2021 

Dear Gilbert School Community, Faculty and Staff, 

I am writing to you at this time to inform you that The Gilbert School will return to hybrid learning on Monday, January 11, 2021. Yesterday, we learned of another positive COVID case in our Gilbert Community. The last time the individual was in the building was November 23, 2020. No direct contact occurred in the building from this positive case. We will continue to monitor all cases and any other potential cases as they arise and will inform you in a letter similar to this one of test results and pending action. This reporting through a letter to our Gilbert School Community is a State requirement that we will continue to fulfill. 

Our concern for our community's safety and health will always drive our decision making. You can assist us by discussing with your family the following items to keep everyone safe. We know that the virus does travel through the air in moisture particles from one person to another. Avoid crowds and social gatherings. Try to stay with the family that you live with as much as possible. Remember to use good hand hygiene, wash your hands frequently for twenty seconds at a time and be sure to also wash under your fingertips. Wash your hands before eating and when soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Always wash your hands after using the bathroom. 

Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don't have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm. 

  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

  • Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.

  • Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members: 

  • Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)

  • Chills or shaking chills

  • Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • COVID can present as subtle cold-like symptoms such as congestion, runny nose and cough
     

For additional information on COVI D-19 symptoms, please see:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

Staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician's office, or hospital. Staff and students experiencing any symptoms should not come to school and should notify the school of their symptoms. 

We are closely monitoring this situation and working with Torrington Area Health District and will provide you with updates if they arise. If any student experiences new infection or you have any questions or concerns, please email Kelli Gilbert at gilbertk@gilbertschool.org 

Anthony Serio , Ed.D. 
Head of School/Superintendent