The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) issued an advisory related to enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness that has been confirmed in approximately a dozen children in New York State.
"This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children, especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school-age children are most likely to get infected with such enteroviruses and become ill because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses.”
We urge parents to please follow these guidelines:
Symptoms May Include: Fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches are the commonly reported symptoms at this time.
How It Is Transmitted: Close contact with a person who is already inflected, and/or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes.
Prevention Efforts (see CDC graphic)
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Use the same precautions used to prevent the spread of influenza.
If Your Child Feels Ill: Any student reporting or exhibiting such symptoms should contact/visit their healthcare provider for accurate treatment and diagnosis. Please do not send your child to school. Have your child rest and recover at home.
Should Your Child Sustain Excessive Absences: First contact the school nurse. Elementary parents should then contact their child’s classroom teacher. Secondary parents should contact their child’s guidance counselor.
Our Response: In addition to teachers reminding students to follow the principles of basic hygiene, our facilities and custodial staff are implementing intensified cleaning protocols and procedures in our buildings to mitigate the potential for the spread of any virus. Specifically, the custodial staff will use specialized cleaning products to disinfect high traffic surface areas such as door handles, desks, sink faucets and lavatory areas.
Please know, in addition to teachers reminding students to follow basic hygiene principles outlined above, our Facilities Department
For Additional Information Regarding Enterovirus EV-D68:
The New York State Department of Health:
Local County Health Departments Contact Information:
Center for Disease Control