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Important Information Regarding COVID-19 at GBS

June 3, 2021

Good Morning ConVal Community,

In the course of the last 24 hours we have become aware of 2 separate and distinct cases (students in different pods) of COVID-19 at Great Brook School.

Due to the nature of these cases the contact tracing has been quite extensive. We are in active conversations with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS). Additionally, one of the cases involves another agency who NH DHHS will be reaching out to. NH DHHS has requested we provide contact information for anyone who has been identified as having had close contact (within 3 feet for a total of 10 cumulative minutes or more, beginning 2 days prior to first illness onset or collection of positive test, whichever is earlier) with the infected person.

Anytime a student or staff member is potentially exposed they receive a phone call from the appropriate building administrator. These calls have been made. At this point there is no need to change our instructional model. However, based on contact tracing a number of students have been asked to quarantine and are presently attending school remotely.

The safety of our children, employees, and community is our top priority. Should your student show symptoms or test positive for COVID 19 it is important that you reach out and let your student’s school know, we can not begin contact tracing without confirmation of a positive case from a parent/ guardian or from NH DHHS.

To ensure your health and safety. and to be sure that we are able to finish the year in our present instructional model, we should all take the following precautions to prevent the spread of the disease:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Notify the school if your student displays symptoms, has tested positive for COVID 19, or has been in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID 19.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • When outside your home, keep a distance of at least 3- 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect yourself and others when indoors at public areas.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to reach out directly to me at ksaunders@conval.edu.