Many parents and staff are concerned that some in the community may not understand the call for “social distancing” as we respond to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. There is a sense that students may want to gather in groups, hold playdates and sleepovers, roam the neighborhood, go out to eat with friends, or continue to engage in other social activities that are typically quite appropriate for each age group. We reiterate to the entire community the need to work together to reduce the likelihood of community spread of this disease by practicing social distancing and suspending these activities.
All parents, staff, and students are encouraged to take social distancing very seriously. We should not be gathering for social activities of any kind. Students are not to gather on school grounds for any reason, including athletics/recreation. Other than a minimal number of administrative staff and cleaning staff, adults will also not gather at the schools.
The coronavirus is present in Cumberland County and will spread more rapidly through social activities. Health officials throughout the country are telling us to cease gathering with others, as are leaders at all levels of government, from Town Hall to Augusta to Washington, D.C. We must heed their advice. Please join us in practicing social distancing and expecting that our children will, as well.
To read more about “flattening the curve” and the need to practice social distancing, please see Dr. Asaf Bitton’s article from March 14, “Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day.”