3/8 Memo r.e. COVID-19
Dear Mount Greylock Regional School District Families,
We are aware that a resident in North Berkshire County was found presumptive positive for the Novel Coronavirus this weekend. We understand that we may hear of more cases. On Sunday afternoon, administrators from the district and all three schools met with town officials (including the Town Manager and Health Inspectors) as well as law enforcement to review facts related to the current situation with the Department of Public Health.
Our schools remain at low risk.
We will continue our cleaning protocols, which include the use of the CDC-recommended sanitizer.
Preventative handwashing and other proactive measures detailed in the letter below are promoted and practiced.
In the interest of being proactive, we will monitor the situations in surrounding towns carefully and make decisions regarding noncritical events scheduled at the three schools over the coming days.
The decisions we make today may change tomorrow given the evolving nature of this situation. Please be rest assured we are closely monitoring developments with our community partners. We look forward to and appreciate your continued flexibility and patience.
Below is a communication sent on February 26, which contains valuable details, precautions and links
We understand that many families have questions regarding the recent outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and how it may impact our local community. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is providing daily updates and recommendations. Please click on the following link to stay updated https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
While this is a public health concern, the CDC continues to report that the immediate risk to the general public remains low at this time. Yet, in today’s connected world, with a large number of district families traveling during school vacation weeks, the potential for infectious disease is always of concern. As with seasonal flu and strep infections, there are general precautions we can all take to remain as healthy as possible.
Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
It is important to keep children home from school when they are ill. If your child has any of the following symptoms please keep them home from school:
temperature greater than 100.4
any rash not yet diagnosed by a physician
red or pink itchy eye and/or drainage from eye
any contagious illness such as chicken pox, strep throat or flu.
For additional guidance on when to keep your student home, please refer to School Health Guidance.
The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is an evolving situation that we are following closely and will continue to update you as information is shared with us. Please rest assured that we are monitoring student health concerns. We are in close communication with the local Board of Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health/School Health Unit, as well as pediatric health care providers in the community. Our School Facilities Department is vigilantly sanitizing our educational spaces as we typically do during cold and flu season. We are following all recommended guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
We remain deeply committed to student and staff wellness and will continue to share new information with you, as necessary, about this evolving situation.
If you have questions, call your local boards of health:
Williamstown - 413-458-9344
Lanesborough - 413-442-1167
Kimberley Grady, Superintendent
Jason Hoch, Town Manager, Williamstown
Jeffrey Kennedy, Health Inspector
Mike Ziemba, Lieutenant, WPD
Andrea Wadsworth, Assistant Superintendent
Rob Wnuk, Director of Operations
Tim Sears, Director of Buildings and Grounds
Eileen Belastock, Director of Academic Technology
Patrick Priester, Acting DIrector of Special Education
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Nolan Pratt, Principal
Mary MacDonald, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
Jacob Schutz, Assistant Principal
Ryan Skrocki , Custodian
Glen Storie, Custodian