I would like to take this opportunity to update you on our District response with regard to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Per the Governor’s office and The RI Department of Health, mass gatherings of 250 people are not advised. Therefore, school assemblies, field trips, dances, plays, and events with more than 250 in attendance are canceled or postponed to a later date. Additionally, our secondary schools are making adjustments with school lunch procedures to lessen the student numbers at each respective lunch. Each school is making the necessary changes based on their particular schedules and building design.
 
If your student exhibits any of the following symptoms: Cough, Runny (or consistent blowing) Nose, Sneezing, Sore throat, Fever over 100, Vomiting, Diarrhea – Please keep your student home until all symptoms are gone and they are fever-free for 48 hours, prior to their return to school. Please make arrangements in advance to have a sick child picked up within a half-hour of being notified. If a child is being sent home, the primary care provider should be notified by telephone in order to get medical guidance.
 
The Rhode Island Department of Health has advised that schools do stay open at this time, provided there is not a specific set of circumstances that would lead to a recommendation for closure. We remain in regular contact with RI DOH for updates on this very fluid situation.
 
Best practices for virus prevention:
 
– Wash your hands often throughout the day. If soap & water are not available, use hand sanitizer or rub your hands vigorously under running water.
– Cough or sneeze into a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid unnecessary hand contact.
– Keep surfaces clean by wiping them down with disinfectant.
– Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods
 
The Rhode Island Department of Health has a 24-hour hotline, 401-222-8022, for anyone seeking information about COVID-19. You may also access the Rhode Island Department of Health’s website https://health.ri.gov/ or the Centers for Disease Control website https://cdc.gov for further information.
 
With schools remaining open, it is understood that some parents may desire to keep their children home as that is the best decision for their family. Should you make the decision to keep your child home, please know student attendance procedures will allow you to be home and we will support your child academically to the extent we can by providing resources for learning in the various content areas and grade levels. Please contact your school about your child’s attendance and your request for at-home assignments. A virtual learning plan is developed and will be shared via email and the district’s website if that step becomes necessary.
 
I do realize that this is a stressful situation for all and we do want to be as responsive as possible to your concerns. Should you have questions or concerns moving forward please do not hesitate to contact me via phone 734-3101 or email at philip.thornton@warwickschools.org.
 
Sincerely,
 
Phil Thornton, Superintendent