Message from the Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent

October 16, 2020 

Dear Families, 

This afternoon I was informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Christa McAuliffe School. The case involves a student at the school. The student has not been in school since Tuesday October13th. All safety protocols were in place including wearing of masks and six-foot distancing. The students and staff will be notified by the Division of Public Health as soon as the contact tracing process has been completed. I remind everyone that the district is held to strict confidentiality rules regarding specific student and personnel information. 

We are actively working with and following guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

NH DHHS has requested we provide contact information for anyone who has been identified as having had close contact (within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes) with the infected student. NH DHHS will contact these individuals and will instruct them how to self-quarantine at home. Those students and staff will be directed to get tested and keep themselves quarantined until 14 days following their last possible exposure. A guide for self-quarantine can be found here. 

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness,  aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and away from others and get a COVID-19 PCR test. You may also choose to seek out testing from your healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state (https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/covid-testing-options.pdf). If you choose either of those options, you should bring this letter with you. 

Please note that if you or your child are currently quarantined, you must complete quarantine, even if your test is negative. This is because the maximum amount of time from being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and testing positive is 14 days. Therefore, even if your child tests negative today, they would need to quarantine until they reach the 14th day following exposure. 

The safety of our children, employees is our top priority. To ensure your health and safety, we have been following CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting for our high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces. In addition, to prevent further spread of the disease in our community, please: 

Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, we should all take the following precautions to prevent the spread of the disease: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

  • Avoid close contact with others. When outside your home, keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. This is known as social distancing. 

  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas. 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well. 

Children may worry about themselves, their family and friends getting sick with COVID-19. Tips for talking to children about COVID-19 can be found here

To learn more about COVID-19, please check these trusted resources: 

Sincerely, 

Kathleen A. Murphy
Interim Superintendent



September 28, 2020 

Dear Families, 

Late yesterday afternoon, I was informed of a confirmed case of Covid-19 at Concord High School. The case involves a member of the high school staff. The employee has not been in school since September 22. All protocols were in place, including wearing of masks and six-foot distancing. Students and staff will be notified by the NH Division of Public Health Services as soon as the contact tracing process has been completed. I remind everyone that the District is held to strict confidentiality rules regarding specific student and personnel information. 

We are actively working with and following guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS). 

NH DHHS has requested we provide contact information for anyone who has been identified as having had close contact (within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes) with the infected person. NH DHHS will contact these individuals and will instruct them how to self-quarantine at home. Those students and staff will be directed to get tested and keep themselves quarantined until 14 days following their last possible exposure. A guide for self-quarantine can be found here. 

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or changes in taste and smell, please stay home and away from others and get a Covid-19 PCR test. You may also choose to seek out testing from your healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state (https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/covid-testing-options.pdf). If you choose either of those options, you should bring this letter with you. 

Please note that if you or your child are currently quarantined, you must complete quarantine, even if your test is negative. This is because the maximum amount of time from being exposed to the virus that causes Covid-19 and testing positive is 14 days. Therefore, even if your child tests negative today, they would need to quarantine until they reach the 14th day following exposure. 

The safety of our children and employees is our top priority. To ensure your health and safety, we have been following CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting for our high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces. In addition, to prevent further spread of the disease in our community, please: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

  • Avoid close contact with others. When outside your home, keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. This is known as social distancing. 

  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas. 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well. 

Children may worry about themselves, their family and friends getting sick with Covid-19. Tips for talking to children about Covid-19 can be found here

To learn more about Covid-19, please check these trusted resources: 

Sincerely, 

Kathleen A. Murphy
Interim Superintendent

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