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October 14, 2014

While the outbreaks of the Ebola virus and the Enterovirus D68 are making headlines, and the instances of the flu and common cold are on the rise, we wanted to take a moment to reassure our parents/guardians and community members that the Galloway Township Public School District is taking precautions to prevent the spread of these illnesses. Keep reading to learn about our procedures and practices, and donít forget to take a look at the additional materials listed at the bottom of this message.

District practice is that all classrooms and core spaces are cleaned on a nightly basis with school-approved disinfecting cleaners. We also use a peroxide base cleaner in our bathrooms for an even stronger disinfecting cleaning nightly. If a student appears ill or if bodily fluid gets on a classroom surface during the day, the necessary steps are taken by the teacher to involve the nurse and/or custodial staff immediately. Our custodians do wipe desks and doorknobs on a daily basis and wear gloves and, if needed, masks, when doing so. Any issue throughout that day is also reported to the night shift for re-cleaning and disinfecting of the problem area as a second line of defense. Our custodians are required to participate in yearly Right-to-Know and Blood Borne Pathogens training as well.

We also believe that sometimes the simplest approach is the best (think "Cover your Cough" and "Wash Your Hands"). Join with us and celebrate Global Handwashing Day on October 15 and give yourself a DIY vaccine - wash your hands! The CDC tells us that washing our hands helps reduce respiratory illnesses (like colds and the flu) in the general population by 21% (read more here).

Please be assured that we take the threat of all contagious diseases and the safety and well-being of our students and staff very seriously. We take every precaution to ensure that our buildings are healthy and safe. If you have any questions, please email me (giaquintoa@gtps.k12.nj.us) or call: 609-748-1250, ext. 1016.

More information:
CDC: Your Questions on Ebola Answered | Know The Symptoms: Enterovirus D68 (CDC.gov) | CDCís Flu Basics | Ebola Infographic | Enterovirus D68 Infographic | EV D68 FAQ Sheet | EV D68 Letter to Parents

Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Meeting the Standard of Excellence

giaquintoa@gtps.k12.nj.us
609.748.1250, ext.
1016


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