Coronavirus Information

This site is intended to provide our school community with timely information and helpful resources regarding the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to closely monitor the status of this respiratory illness. The District has stayed in close contact with officials from the Putnam County Department of Health as our local, state, and federal agencies continue to monitor the situation and update the public on the status of the Coronavirus.

How Does 2019 Coronavirus Spread?
Health experts believe the virus probably spreads from animals to humans and from person to person. It’s not clear yet how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person.

Prevention
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. However, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health concern and at the same time respond to the current flu and respiratory disease season by following these everyday preventative measures recommended by The New York State Department of Health:

  • Wash 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. If no tissue is available cough or sneeze into your elbow

  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

  • The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all travel to China.

What Is The Mahopac Central School District's Response?
As stated in previous communications, the District has developed a comprehensive response plan. As part of this plan, we have instructed our staff and students to cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing, throw their tissue in a trash can, wash their hands often, and not share any personal items. In addition, we have intensified our infection prevention and control measures. On a daily basis our custodial staff have been cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched using a disinfectant chemical that is approved by the CDC for "demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the 2019 novel Coronavirus when used as directed on hard non-porous surfaces." Additionally, we will be using our electrostatic disinfectant sprayer on our bus fleet and in all of our school buildings on a regularly scheduled basis; using the same aforementioned CDC approved disinfectant chemical. Lastly, we will continue to be in regular contact with the Putnam County Department of Health in order to remain current as it relates to the status of the Coronavirus and its implications on our school community.

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