March 6, 2020
Dear Roslyn families,
I cannot emphasize enough that accurate and timely communication is a critical part of managing the coronavirus outbreak. Health authorities at the federal, state and county level have been issuing regular updates, often several times a day. They will notify the district directly about any health information that impacts our schools. We will share that information promptly with you, with the obvious exception of details that may violate the confidentiality of particular individuals.
Each of us has a responsibility not only to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but also to help prevent the spread of false information. The unfounded rumors that circulated last evening about a school evacuation, and another that the first confirmed case of the virus in Nassau County is someone from Roslyn, needlessly raised alarms among parents and students.
As a parent and educator, I share your concerns, and understand completely why everyone wants to find out as much as they can about what's happening. However, the more 'noise' people hear in the form of false stories, the less likely they will be to pay attention to reliable announcements. It is imperative that everyone does his or her part to verify sources of information about the coronavirus before sharing it with others.
To assist in the dissemination of coronavirus information, we've created a new web page, which we will update as necessary:
Let me remind you:
- Thorough hand washing is one of the most effective means of preventing the spread of infection.
- Soap dispensers and hand-sanitizer dispensers are being refilled by our custodial staff throughout the day, as needed.
- Tissue boxes are available throughout the schools to help cover coughs and sneezes.
- Our custodial staff will conduct a thorough disinfection of our facilities over the weekend, in addition to the extensive cleaning they are doing every day.
Please contact your school nurse, who is the most knowledgeable person on this matter in your school, with any questions or concerns.