EMAIL SENT MARCH 3, 2020
Dear NMS Families,
We have been having many conversations with local schools, child care facilities, and health care experts to develop NMS’s plan in response to ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, the risk is low in CT, but we are taking additional measures to ensure everyone’s safety. We are following all recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the New Haven Health Department, and the State of Connecticut Health Department regarding preparedness and prevention.
At this time there are no recommendations from the state or local government regarding cancelling public activities. All activities at NMS are continuing as normal. We are in close dialogue with several government agencies who will provide guidance in the event that local businesses and non-profits are advised to temporarily close.
All families, students, faculty and staff should follow the recommendations of the CDC, which can be found at CDC.gov and are also listed at the end of this email.
In addition, here are a few guidelines specific to NMS:
- We ask everyone to wash their hands upon entry into the building.
- All students and their family members are required to stay at home if exhibiting signs of a respiratory viral illness. This is true for faculty and staff as well.
- All piano keys, percussion instruments and ballet barres are regularly disinfected with alcohol wipes and disinfectant.
- Due to the fact that our faculty, students and staff are of a wide range of ages, even if you are in a low risk group, we encourage you to be compassionate about our community as a whole and follow the CDC recommendations to help keep everyone healthy and safe.
Here are the CDC recommendations:
- 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, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- 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.
- Individuals who have traveled from mainland China, South Korea, Italy, Iran or other CDC Level 3 Travel Warning locations, must self-isolate.
We appreciate your help in working to keep the NMS community safe.