New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information.
Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
March 19, 2020
Dear HPCSD Staff & Families,
We are indeed experiencing an unprecedented national emergency and we hope you are managing as best as possible.
Listed below are several important updates. Please note that we will continue to share detailed updates via SchoolMessenger email announcements.
Meal Distribution schedule - Families who qualify for meals can pickup a week's worth of breakfast and lunch.
March 23rd at District Office, 11 Boice Road (across from Regina Coeli Church).
9am to Noon, and 4pm to 6pm.
Chromebooks for 4th & 5th grade students will be available for pickup at the schools for all current 4th and 5th grade students. Please insure you have wireless networking available. More information is available at https://www.hpcsd.org/Page/
18410. Schedule for distribution is as follows:
Monday March 23
Netherwood Elementary: 9am to 11am
Violet Ave Elementary: 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 24
Ralph R. Smith Elementary: 9am to 11am
North Park Elementary: 1pm to 3pm
Spectrum is offering free internet for families with school-aged children. More details are available on the district website.
Spring Break days are now March 23rd thru March 30th. The original spring break dates will be regular school days if we are able to reopen school.
In the event that the Emergency School Closure is extended into April (which seems highly likely) we will update our instructional plans, expectations and procedures via SchoolMessenger email and on the district website.
Please know that our goal is to provide you with updated information in a timely fashion.
Superintendent's Update 3/15/2020
As a reminder, instructional materials for students will be available on each school’s website on Monday. Hard copies will be available at District Office (11 Boice Road, HP) on Monday from 10:00-3:00.
For staff and students who need to retrieve items from the schools, you will be able to do so on Tuesday, March 17th.
We will be formulating our plan to distribute meals to those who qualify tomorrow. Details on how to get meals will be shared on Monday.
Please do not hesitate to email me or your school’s principal if you need assistance.
For up-to-date information, please visit our website.
Thank You & Be Well,
Greer Rychcik, Ed.D.
Information on illnesses during flu season
Here are a few tips and information regarding illnesses during this flu season. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly.
People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
● Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
● Cough ● Sore throat
● Runny or stuffy nose
● Muscle or body aches
● Fatigue (tiredness)
● Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. *It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever
Please keep your child home if the following symptoms/situations occur:
● Fever in the past 24 hours (do not medicate child with feverreducing medication before attending school)
● Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
● Vomiting in the past 24 hours
● A large amount of discolored nasal discharge
● Started antibiotics (including eye drops) within the last 24 hours
● Red, runny eyes that distract your child from learning
● Continuous and uncontrollable cough
● Head lice (live bugs) - until child has been treated according to the nurse or doctor's instructions
Information on COVID-19 and 2020 Flu Season
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak has now spread across the globe. We recognize parents may be concerned about protecting their families. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and information about the outbreak including guidance, precautions, and infection control will be updated as it becomes available.
The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) has information on their website to help keep you informed about the current situation at: www.DutchessNY.gov/Coronavirus. In addition, it is important to know that you are at greater risk for other respiratory illnesses in our area, such as influenza. The current flu season is in full swing and it is not too late to get your flu shot. The DBCH recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated against the flu to reduce their risk of becoming ill. According to the DBCH, you can decrease your risk of getting respiratory viruses, such as influenza and 2019-nCoV, by:
- Washing your hands regularly. Germs and viruses are found on frequently touched surfaces, such as keyboards, handles, doorknobs, and railings. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Covering your cough. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects. Use disinfectant to clean telephones, keyboards, doorknobs, desktops, etc.
- Staying home when you are sick. If you are not feeling well, stay home. Limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you need to see your healthcare provider, call ahead and let them know you are coming in. Ask for a mask to be available before you enter the provider’s office.
- Increasing the distance between you and other people. Most respiratory illnesses, like flu, can be transmitted through close contact, including kissing, hugging, sharing utensils, cups, and cigarettes, talking to someone closely, and touching someone directly. In community settings, you will want to keep at least 6 feet between you and others. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you have any questions, we encourage you to call your school nurse.