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News & Announcements

COVID Positive Case 4/9/21

April 9, 2021

Dear Families and Staff,

The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff are our highest priorities. We have learned that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, and they have been advised to quarantine at home.

As soon as we were notified of the positive case, HPS Health Services began collaborating closely with the District Health & Safety Team to follow our positive case protocol. The last day the staff was at Breakthrough Magnet School-South was April 7. Contact tracing has been completed per Hartford Health Department guidelines; one staff member and 23 students were in close contact with the positive case and have been advised to self-quarantine at home.

Hartford Public Schools’ custodial staff will follow protocols for cleaning and disinfecting the building. These protocols follow state and federal guidelines for preventing the spread of illness.

Teachers, staff, and district administration are working closely with the school to implement protocols and provide support as needed.

As a reminder, it is critical that parents or guardians keep their children home if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms and inform their child's school immediately in the event their child is tested for COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or if your family has been contacted by the health department regarding a potential exposure.

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms to monitor in family members:


Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher)

Chills or shaking chills

Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

New loss of taste or smell


Additional COVID-19 symptoms include muscle pain, fatigue, rash, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, severe headache, especially with a fever. Students and staff exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge students and staff to follow these preventive measures:

Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.

As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you will be in the presence of others.

Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others to the maximum extent possible.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping everyone in our community healthy and safe. If you have any questions, please contact the school directly or call the HPS Health Services Hotline at 860-695-8760.

Sincerely,

Holly Gustafson

Principal

Breakthrough Magnet School-South

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9 de April de 2021

Estimadas Familias y Personal,

La salud y seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, maestros y personal son nuestras prioridades más altas. Nos enteramos que un(a) miembro del personal ha dado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 y se le ha recomendado que se haga auto-cuarentena en casa.

Tan pronto como nos notificaron del caso positivo, Servicios de Salud de HPS comenzó a colaborar estrechamente con la administración del distrito y el Departamento de Salud de la Ciudad de Hartford para seguir el protocolo. El último día que el(la) miembro del personal estuvo en Breakthrough Magnet School-South fue el 7 de la april. El rastreo de contactos se ha completado de acuerdo a las directrices del Departamento de Salud de Hartford; uno miembro del personal y 23 estudiantes estuvieron en contacto cercano y se les ha aconsejado hacer auto-cuarentena en el hogar.

El personal de mantenimiento de las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford seguirá los protocolos de limpieza y desinfección del edificio. Esos protocolos siguen las directrices estatales y federales para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades.

Maestros(as), personal y administración del distrito están trabajando estrechamente con la escuela para implementar protocolo y proveer apoyo donde sea necesario.

Como un recordatorio, es crucial que padres o guardianes mantengan a sus hijos(as) en casa si exhiben algún síntoma de COVID-19 e informen a la escuela de su hijo(a) inmediatamente en el evento de que su hijo(a) sea probado para COVID-19, de positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 o si su familia ha sido contactada por el departamento de salud con respecto a una posible exposición.

A continuación está la lista de síntomas de COVID-19 para monitorear en miembros de la familia:


Fiebre (100.0° Fahrenheit o mayor)

Escalofríos o temblores

Tos nueva y descontrolada (no debido a otra causa conocida, como tos crónica)

Dificultad para respirar o falta de aire

Pérdida de gusto u olfato nueva


Los síntomas adicionales de COVID-19 incluyen dolor muscular, fatiga, erupción cutánea, diarrea, vómitos, dolor abdominal, dolor de cabeza intenso, especialmente con fiebre. Estudiantes y personal que presenten alguno de los síntomas anteriores, o se sientan enfermos(as), deben llamar a su proveedor de atención médica para reportar sus síntomas y preguntar sobre hacerse la prueba antes de buscar cuidado presencial en una clínica, consultorio médico u hospital.

COVID-19 se propaga primordialmente por medio de contacto de persona-a-persona a través de gotitas de aire contaminadas por tos y estornudo de una persona infectada. Al igual que con el control de la propagación de otros virus, le instamos a los(as) estudiantes y personal a seguir las siguientes medidas preventivas:

Lave sus manos frecuentemente, pero en especial luego de usar el baño y antes o después de preparar o consumir comida. Utilizando jabón y agua caliente, lave por alrededor de 20 segundos. Asegure lavar también sus yemas de los dedos. Cuando jabón y agua no estén disponibles, utilice desinfectante de manos.

Evite toser o estornudar en sus manos o en el aire. Intente siempre toser o estornudar en un pañuelo, luego bote el pañuelo. Si no tiene pañuelo, tosa/estornude dentro del codo de su brazo.

Evite lo más que pueda tocar sus ojos, boca y nariz.

Utilice una cubierta de cara (mascarilla) siempre que exista la posibilidad de que esté en presencia de otros(as).

Mantenga distanciamiento social (un mínimo de 6 pies) entre usted y otros(as) a la mayor medida posible.

Gracias por su cooperación manteniendo a todos(as) en nuestra comunidad sanos(as) y seguros(as). Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor contacte directamente a la escuela o llame a la Línea Directa de Servicios de Salud de HPS al 860-695-8760.

Sinceramente,

Holly Gustafson

Principal

SAVE THE DATE: PTO/SGC virtual feedback district session is on Wed, April 7 5:30-6:30 pm

Members of PTO and SGC are invited to participate in a virtual feedback session with the district around the new 3-year plan on Wednesday night.

Assistant Principal Appreciation Week (April 5-9) & Paraeducator Appreciation Day (April 7)

Did you know that we are celebrating Mr. Gaffney & our amazing paraeducators this week? If you would like to send a short video, note, thank you card, picture, etc., that would be a great way to show them how much we appreciate them!

HPS new 3-year plan family feedback

The district’s new District Model of Excellence 3-year plan (2021-2024) was sent to families in an email last week and they would like feedback. You can click here to review the overview of the plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13TPQC_DEJuDV8njT9iTWGJdkoqkUvdtKLmHJTtC7B7Y/edit and the feedback survey can be accessed here: https://hartfordschools.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cHhul508qCn6o6O

Spring Break - No School April 12-16, 2021

Just a friendly reminder that schools are closed from April 12-16 for Spring Break. There will be no in person or remote classes. We will look forward to seeing everyone back (in person or remote) on Monday, April 19!

Early Pickups - Thank you for your help!

If you need to pick your child up early for a scheduled appointment, we would ask that you inform the office by 9:30 am (email, phone call, or note) and make sure that you pick your child up before 3 pm. We will not be allowing early pickups after 3 pm since that is not only disrupting teaching happening in classrooms, but also a disruption to the main office work of preparing for scheduled dismissal at 3:30 pm. If you arrive after 3 pm, please wait in your car in the parent parking lot for your child to be dismissed at 3:30 pm. Thank you for understanding and if you have any questions, please call Mr. Gaffney at 860-695-5704.

Free COVID Testing Lab at our school - Monday, April 12 from 10 am - 4 pm

Free COVID testing: Monday, April 12 (during Spring Break) the COVID mobile testing lab will be in our parent loop between 10 am - 4 pm. This is open to anyone free of charge.