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    - Posted March 13, 2020 

    To all,

    We are continuing to monitor the Novel Covid-19 virus information we are receiving from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health, The NY Department of Health, the Washington County Department of Health, and the NY State Department of Education.  In addition, we are monitoring information from Governor Cuomo’s Office.  We are incorporating their suggestions into our cleaning procedures, and into our planning for possible responses should the need arise. 

    As many of you may be aware, New York is one of the states with the greatest number of identified cases.  As test kits become more available, and as the virus continues to spread we can expect to see even more cases world-wide.

    Here at CCS we have increased our cleaning regimen beyond what we already do on a daily basis.  We have expanded this based on NYS Department of Health guidance in this area.  This guidance can be found at:

     https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/docs/cleaning_guidance_schools.pdf

    The Cambridge School Buildings Department follows New York State requirements to use Green Cleaning products in the routine cleaning of the school setting.  This includes the following daily cleaning procedures:

    • Cleaning/disinfecting of high contact surfaces (such as student desks)
    • Dust and wet-mopping/ auto scrubbing of floors
    • Vacuuming of high traffic areas and carpet sitting areas
    • Removal of trash
    • Cleaning/disinfecting of restrooms
    • Wiping of heating and air conditioner vents
    • Spot cleaning of carpets  

    Additionally, we have opted to expand our daily procedures beyond the NYS DOH guidelines to include the spray disinfection of all transportation vehicles as well as all classrooms, hallways and common areas. Special attention is being paid to door handles, handrails, light switches and water fountains. 

    The school provides soap/water for hand cleaning, paper towels for drying and tissues for noses at all times.

    We have brought in some additional cleaning help dedicated to these practices.  We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as additional guidance is provided to us.

    In order to help with the work of containment of this virus, below are some tips provided

    in a notice published by the Washington County Office of Public Safety that are “best practices” for staying healthy.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Douglas M. Silvernell
    CCS Superintendent of Schools