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Letter to parents and staff Feb. 18, 2021

 

February 18, 2021

Dear Gilbert School Community, Faculty and Staff,

We learned on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 of a positive COVID-19 case in our Gilbert Community. Gratefully, there is no need for contact tracing. The individual was last in the building on February 9, 2021. Even though there was no need to contact trace, I am mandated to report these cases to the community; I will continue to fulfill this obligation. 

It is extremely important that we are made aware of test results. You can email Kelli Gilbert, School Nurse 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 who may have been a direct contact of the individual who tested positive. The timely reporting of test results is crucial. 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. 

To keep our community safe, you can assist us by monitoring your health and your family’s health. 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.

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 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 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