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Covid 19 Communication Page

Saint Philomena School is currently closed in accordance with directives from the RIDOH, Office of the Governor and local officials.  We are currently conducting our classes through our Distance Learning Plan.  We do update this page with new information as we receive it.  Please keep checking the sidebar to the right for updates and resources.

COVID-19 RI Hotline Information

If you have any questions, please call the Rhode Island COVID-19 hotline at 401-222-8022 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm or 211 after hours. You can also visit health.ri.gov/covid or write to RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov

Saint Philomena School Engagement

Saint Philomena School is actively engaged with our local Department of Health, statewide officials and national agencies to confront the challenges posed by the Covid-19 virus. Through daily and ongoing communication with experts and agencies, Saint Philomena School is guided by best practices and directives that prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and families. We join together with all those around Rhode Island to monitor, manage, prepare and respond to the evolving situation. Our school's policies, prevention and preparedness response to this flu season and in particular, the Covid-19 virus, is aligned and responsive to the scientific and health recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Rhode Island Department of Health.

In this evolving situation, we invite families and friends of Saint Philomena School to stay prepared and informed.  This page serves to gather and share information and resources that keep us connected in the weeks ahead.

Saint Philomena School is taking the following steps to address the evolving COVOID-19 situation:

  • The school administration team responds to the daily evolving CDC /DoH information and responsively reviews and updates policies, procedures and plans with school leadership team, school nurse, board leadership, and faculty. 
  • The school principal participates in a weekly (and more often if needed) standing RIDE conference call with RI Department of Health, Commissioner of Education, superintendents and heads of school to keep Saint Philomena School connected and engaged.
  • The school nurse, following instruction from the CDC and RIDoH with regard to screening/reporting and centralized communication, is coordinating student health care information of on-campus and absent students to ensure ongoing monitoring and communication with administration. 
  • The school is engaged with SPS staff and contracted cleaning professionals to review and enhance cleaning/disinfecting of school and specific high touch surfaces (door knobs, desks, iPads, computers, tables, etc.) as guided by CDC policy and practice guidelines. 
  • The school is implementing expectations for more regular hand washing / hand sanitizing practices across campus.
  • Faculty continue to educate and expect best practices to help stop the spread of germs (appropriate sneezing/coughing, eliminating the sharing of food/water bottles)
  • Sanitizing and disinfecting supplies are maintained and shared with all faculty and staff to assist with classroom and office area cleaning. Teachers are regularly disinfecting desk and students surfaces.
  • Advance planning, as recommended by the CDC and RIDOH, is being conducted to address potential longer-term scenarios and needs.

HELPFUL INFORMATION FROM THE CDC

The following is general CDC information to help staff and families understand COVID-19 and the steps they can take to protect themselves:

HANDWASHING RESOURCES

RESOURCES FOR TALKING TO CHILDREN

GUIDANCE FROM THE RI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Because human coronaviruses most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, Rhode Islanders are reminded to take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses.

  • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Viruses can spread by coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. 

If you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 and you have symptoms of the disease (fever, cough, shortness of breath) reach out to your healthcare provider and call ahead before going to a healthcare facility. The healthcare provider or facility will work closely with RIDOH.

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