Dear iLearn Schools Families:
The purpose of the present letter is to provide an update in light of the CDC’s February 25th announcement that schools should begin preparing in the event of an outbreak of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the United States. The CDC also stated on February 25th that, although “the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, both globally and to the United States...for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.”
Since that announcement, we have been in regular contact with the department of
education’s county office, and the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE). School closure will take place only if iLearn Schools receives a written letter from the NJ Department of Health or NJDOE.
As you know, this situation is evolving. We know that proactivity and proper planning will allow us to safely and successfully support our students, teachers, staff, and families. This communication is merely to be proactive, while assuring our families that we are able to put forth plans that will continue to support student learning with minimal disruptions.
This week, the instructional leadership team met with school administrators to make detailed plans for distance learning should we be asked to close the school.
iLearn Schools has a strong technology integration program in place already, and is at an advantage in this situation.
• Any school modification schedules would be sent via robocall, as well as through text message and email. The information would also be found on our school website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
• Virtual accommodations via school-issued Kindles and Chromebooks, as well as Learning Management Systems like Schoology and Google Classroom, would allow us to continue instruction.
Our Emergency Operations Plan is a living document, which will be reviewed regularly and updated to best support our school community.
If your child or members of your immediate family have recently traveled to a part of the world (China, South Korea, northern Italy, Iran, etc.) that is currently experiencing higher rates of infection, please contact our school nurse to discuss their status.
According to the CDC, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help slow the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is available, raise your arm and direct your cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow and shirt sleeve.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with
at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
As school leaders, our paramount concern is making sure our school community is safe,
nurtured, and supported. We thank you for the trust you place in us and we will keep you
informed of any new updates as we receive them.
We encourage you to carefully consider your travel plans for spring break and beyond. As a reminder, if you or anyone in your household has traveled to or plans to travel to a Level 2 or 3 country,
you must return this travel notification form
If you travel to a level 2 or level 3 country, we will require that you remain at home for a period of two weeks (14 days) before returning to school so as to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 within our school community.
As of Monday, March 9th, Level 3 countries are: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Japan is currently a Level 2. Please refer to the
CDC’s travel index