February 6, 2020
Many of you are aware of an international health risk related to “2019nCoV,” which is also known as coronavirus. North Yarmouth Academy is monitoring the situation and following the standard health care procedures set forth by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. As this is an evolving and complex situation, we will be vigilant and continue to monitor the NYA community, keeping in line with the guidelines of the local community health department and larger government agencies. The current recommendation is to limit all non-essential travel to Mainland China. While there is the risk of contracting viruses anywhere, there is an increased risk with international travel.
During this season, we encourage good health habits for prevention of all viruses, including the flu. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, wash hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissues, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. It is important to remain at home if you are sick; please remember that students are not to be in school with fevers (100.4) and should be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school. Other symptoms that require students to remain at home include vomiting, diarrhea, incessant coughing, pounding headache, exhaustion, and aching all over.
We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of the WHO and the CDC. Below are links to the sites for the most up to date information and travel recommendations:
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Health Services Coordinator