The coronavirus continues to dominate the news as it spreads worldwide. I hope you have read Dr. Hackett’s multiple communications. See Dr. Hackett’s most recent update on the coronavirus – Revised update March 10, 2020.
We understand the need to keep germs away and hand washing is the best defense. All elementary schools have adjusted their schedules to allow for hand washing prior to eating. Our teachers, along with our school nurse Mrs. Falco, have been teaching students how to properly wash hands. In addition, the district has provided us with posters from the CDC to remind everyone the importance of healthy habits of personal hygiene not just at this time, but always.
With all of the attention on the Coronavirus, we are beginning to see some interactions between students at school that are not appropriate. Our Mental Health Team members and Nursing Staff will be working together to help educate students so that they do not engage in any exclusionary behavior AND know how to get support if they have any worries about the Coronavirus. It would be most helpful if you would also discuss this with your child(ren) at home.
There have been many questions among adults, so it is not surprising that our young people may need additional support to navigate the situation. If you have any specific questions or concerns about your child, please reach out to one of our counselors or the school nurse. In addition, the Town of Lexington is holding a virtual forum on the Coronavirus and the current response on Thursday, March 12th. LexMedia will be live-streaming this forum on LexMedia.org, and it will be available for later on-demand viewing. It will also broadcast live on the public channel: Comcast 8, RCN 3 and Verizon 35, and in HD on RCN 613. The latest information is available at LexingtonMA.gov/COVID19.
Note: We are cancelling All School Meeting on Friday 3/13 at this time because it is a large group gathering. Other events and information is up to date as of distribution, but may change as we receive new information.