COVID-19 Update and School ClosurePosted on 03/12/2020

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This an important announcement from superintendent Kathleen Smith.

Based on updated information this morning, France has been labeled a level 3 country, as you know, our principal, Dr Samantha Meier was in Paris, France over this past weekend. With this updated information, Dr. Meier has self-quarantined for 14 days as recommended by the CDC guidelines and is exhibiting no symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, I have made the decision to dismiss Salem High School students beginning at 10:30am today and the school will remain closed tomorrow March 13th so we can do a second deep cleaning and disinfecting of the building. I am in contact with the Salem Board of Health who continues to work with us and advise us on next steps.

No known COVID-19 illness is present in our schools at this time.

For students taking bus transportation, buses will be available for them to take home. If there are students that need a ride, school leadership will be available at the school to assist them and make sure they have a way to get home. Bagged lunches will be available for students from food services.

In addition, because of potential exposure and an abundance of caution we are closing all schools tomorrow to reassess the situation and clean the schools. Schools and public health officials will be monitoring the ongoing circumstances this weekend and will communicate whether further school closures are necessary for next week. You can expect a call later today from the superintendent about this announcement.

We will continue to communicate with you as information becomes available.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we work together to keep our schools and students safe.