• Sutton Public Schools

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    Office of the Superintendent

    Theodore F. Friend, Superintendent

    16 Putnam Hill Road • Sutton, MA 01590 • (508) 581-1600 • friendt@suttonschools.net


    How You Can “Do Your Part” in the COVID-19 Pandemic

    A core value of Sutton Public Schools is “do your part”.  It is extremely important that we ALL “do our part” in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  The virus spreads from respiratory droplets of infected individuals to others. This is why respiratory hygiene is important - cover your cough and sneeze!  It appears it can take anywhere from 2-14 days to develop symptoms after being exposed to the virus. 

    Symptoms include:  Fever, Dry Cough and Shortness of Breath

    The virus is of greater risk to older adults (over 60 years old) and those individuals with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and people who are immunosuppressed.  Please help protect everyone by doing your part!

    General ways to stay healthy - Practice preventative health measures: 

      • Eat well balanced meals 
      • Get enough sleep 
      • Exercise 
      • Stay hydrated 
      • Manage your stress- take a break from the media
      • Wash your hands frequently

    Students and Families:  What can you do?

    • STAY HOME:  It is very important for you to stay home right now.  We are not in school to help prevent/slow the spread of the virus.  Please do not gather in groups or for playdates. PLEASE do your part and STAY HOME!  We are all in this together!

    • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and always:  

    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

    • After being in a public place

    • Before eating and/or preparing food

    • After using the toilet

    • Before and after treating a cut or wound

    • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

    • After touching garbage

    • Practice good sneeze/cough hygiene.  Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue and throw the tissue away immediately in a trash can, and then wash your hands.  If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.

    • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth, where it is easy to spread the virus to yourself.

    • Clean frequently touched surfaces daily, including door knobs, counters, tables, tablets, keyboards, phones, bathroom fixtures.

    • Do not eat from “family/community snack bags/bowls.  Pour the food into a single container, as opposed to reaching into the bag/box, to prevent contamination by many hands reaching into the same bag/box.

    • Do not leave family toothbrushes touching each other.  Remember to replace your toothbrush after being ill.

    • Avoid contact with sick people.  If someone in your household is sick, isolate them from the rest of the family.

    • Knowledge is important, but where you get your knowledge is just as important. There is a list of credible resources listed at the end of this document.

    • If you get sick with symptoms associated with COVID-19, and you are seeking treatment at your physician’s office or any healthcare facility, let them know your symptoms ahead of time, or immediately upon arrival.  If you can, have a family member go into the facility to share your symptoms with the triage nurse, so appropriate precautions can be taken.  If you need to call 911, notify the dispatcher of your symptoms so the first responders can take appropriate precautions. 

    If you get sick: 

    1.  Stay home except to get medical care.

    If you are seeking medical care, please notify the doctor’s office or the facility what your symptoms are before entering.  If you have a medical emergency, and have symptoms of COVID-19, you need to tell the dispatcher so the first responders can take appropriate precautions.  Separate yourself from the other members of your family and pets. Use a separate bathroom if possible. 

    2.  Practice good respiratory hygiene. 

    • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue

    • Dispose of the tissue immediately in a lined trash can

    • Wash your hands 

    • If a tissue is unavailable, cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow

    • Avoid sharing personal household items, such as dishes, utensils, cups, water bottles, towels, bedding

    3.  Wash your hands frequently.

    4.  Clean “high touch” surfaces everyday (e.g counters, tabletops, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, tablets, bathroom fixture)

    5.  Get medical attention immediately and/or call 911 if you have:

    • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath 

    • Persistent pain/pressure in chest

    • Mental status changes- confusion, lethargy, unable to arouse

    • Bluish color to lips or face

    Inform dispatcher of your symptoms so first responders can take appropriate precautions


    Additional Resources