Covid announcements

COVID-19 NOTIFICATION FROM GRANTHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT

Friday, January 22, 2021 12:00 PM

Dear Grantham Parents/Guardians,

I was informed this morning that we have another student who tested positive for COVID-19 at GVS.

Here are the important things to know about this case:

  • This student has been out of school for the entire period of potential exposure, and we therefore have no need to do any contact tracing or quarantine within GVS.
  • This case is unrelated to the case in Grade 1, and there is no evidence of any spread occurring from last week's possible exposure.
  • In order to protect confidentiality, we will not be releasing the grade level of the student.
  • DHHS will still be notified and they'll initiate contact tracing with the identified family to see if anyone needs to be contacted/quarantined from activities occurring outside of school.

There were 3 new positive cases announced for the Town of Grantham yesterday, which puts us at 11 total currently active cases. While this is still low in comparison to many other towns and cities, it is the highest we've seen so far. As we've likely all heard in the news this week, vaccinations will hopefully increase but we're not yet at a stage where we can relax any protocols. Lets keep going by being extra vigilant about the following:

Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well. Students should stay home from school should any new or unexplained illness, no matter how mild, develop. This precaution is meant to keep all staff and students safe.

  • Do not participate in or encourage any gatherings.
  • Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with others. When outside your home, please adhere to social distancing guidelines and keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

As you know, we have been and will continue to actively work with and follow guidance from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to ensure that we’re keeping everyone in our GVS community safe and healthy.

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and get a COVID-19 test. Testing can be done either through your primary healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state.

Children may worry about themselves, their family and friends getting sick with COVID-19. Tips for talking to children about COVID-19 can be found here.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or our school nurse, Karen Eylander.

Take care and be well,


Sydney Leggett - Superintendent of Schools


NOTIFICATION FROM GRANTHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 4:00 PM

Dear Grantham Parents/Guardians,

We were informed today that we have a student who tested positive for COVID-19 at GVS. We have been in contact with DHHS, and they have advised us to quarantine Grade 1 students and all staff who have had contact with them.

As you know, we have been and will continue to actively work with and follow guidance from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to ensure that we’re keeping everyone in our GVS community safe and healthy. Those families and staff will be directed to get tested and keep themselves or their children quarantined. If you do not receive a call from DHHS or Grantham Village School, this means you have not been identified as a close contact and you are not required to quarantine.

Please note the following:

  • Grade 1 will need to follow all quarantine procedures until Friday January 15, 2021 and will return to in-person schooling on Thursday January 21, 2021.
  • Since we’ve maintained our cohorting model at GVS, there is no need to quarantine other grade levels, so all other grade levels at GVS will operate as usual.
  • Siblings of grade 1 students do not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
  • Specific quarantine plans will be provided to Grade 1 students and staff for remote learning by the Grade 1 teachers.
  • If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and get a COVID-19 test. Testing can be done either through your primary healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state. Those getting tested should bring this letter with them as well.
  • If you have consented to sharing your information with the Grantham School District for the DHMC COVID hotline, we have already sent your information to them and they will have your 1st grade child’s name on their list. This will help expedite testing for those who require or request it.
  • Please note that if you or your child are currently quarantined, you must remain in quarantine for the entire period, even if you are symptom free.
  • Our Grantham community has done an excellent job with our approach to COVID-19 so far. Lets keep this going by being extra vigilant about the following:
    • Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well. Students should stay home from school should any new or unexplained illness, no matter how mild, develop. This precaution is meant to keep all staff and students safe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid close contact with others. When outside your home, please adhere to social distancing guidelines and keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
    • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Children may worry about themselves, their family and friends getting sick with COVID-19. Tips for talking to children about COVID-19 can be found here.

In addition, we’ve attached a helpful chart here to help guide families with isolation and quarantine.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or our school nurse, Karen Eylander.

Take care and be well.

Sydney Leggett - Superintendent of Schools