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Letter to parents and staff - April 27

 

April 27, 2021

Dear Gilbert School Community, Faculty and Staff,

We were informed of another positive COVID-19 case in our Gilbert Community. The person tested positive on Saturday, April 24, 2021. We had to contact trace for Thursday, April 22, 2021 and Friday, April 23, 2021. Several students and staff were direct contacts of this new positive case. Those who have been identified as direct contacts have already been notified. 

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and other vaccination locations in the area are reporting the availability of vaccine appointments. To sign up for an appointment through CHH, use the MyChart registration form through Hartford HealthCare. 

If your child has been tested due to a COVID-19 positive exposure outside of the school building or due to recent travel during the April break, please communicate your results to our School Nurse, Kelli Gilbert.  Stay home if you have any symptoms or have had contact with someone who displays symptoms. Your children should be home until test results are received for them or other family members.  

It is extremely important that we are made aware of test results. You can email Kelli Gilbert at gilbertk@gilbertschool.org concerning your test results. This will allow us to take the required steps, if necessary, to contact trace members of our community. We will continue to monitor all direct contacts and any other potential contacts as they are discovered. We will inform you in a letter similar to this one of test results and pending action. Our concern for our community’s safety and health will always drive our decision-making. 

As things begin to open up, remember that face coverings are a proven method to protect yourself and others from the virus. Remember to use good hand hygiene, wash your hands frequently for twenty seconds at a time and be sure to 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 do not 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 COVID-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 the 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