Town update re virus


TOWN OF MEDFIELD Office of BOARD OF SELECTMEN TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052-0315 (508) 906-3011 (phone) (508) 359-6182 (fax) Kristine Trierweiler Town Administrator To: Town of Medfield Residents From: Kristine Trierweiler, Town Administrator Medfield Board of Selectmen Medfield Board of Health Date: March 13, 2020 Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Social Distancing Recommendations for Medfield Residents The Town of Medfield has taken several measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and slow its spread through our community. There are a number of things Medfield residents can do to further protect our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Health recommend all persons:  Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or inner elbow, not your hands.  Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.  Stay home if you are sick.  Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet). Because COVID-19 can be transmitted from an infected person before they feel sick, “social distancing” –that is, limiting close contact with others-- is a very important strategy for slowing its spread through our community. We strongly urge Medfield residents to avoid gathering in groups where it would be difficult for participants to maintain social distance. This includes, for example: community organization events, house parties, birthday parties, and indoor “play dates” for children from more than 2 families. With schools closed and many organized activities cancelled, we encourage parents to encourage older children to avoid gathering in large groups (especially indoors). To the extent possible, parents of younger children are encouraged to make childcare arrangements that minimize the number of children their children come in close contact with. Guidance and information regarding COVID-19 is being updated frequently. We recommend the following resources:  The Town of Medfield is maintaining a webpage about COVID-19 on its Town website and will post additional information and announcements at this link: https://www.town.medfield.net/1860/Coronavirus-Info-COVID-19  The Massachusetts Department of Health COVID-19 website: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease- 2019-covid-19  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlCOVID19 Social Distancing Recommendations for Medfield Residents Final_Page_2

From: Marsden, Jeffrey <aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 4:37 PM
Subject: Message from the Superintendent- COVID-19 Update #5- Important
To: <jmarsden@email.medfield.net>

 

Dear Parents,

After several conference calls today with state officials and other superintendents, as well as a meeting with the Town Administrator and the Medfield Board of Health, the decision has been made to close the Medfield Public Schools for at least the week of March 16th to March 20th.  Given the emerging data from infectious disease modelers, there is a strong possibility that an additional week may be needed.  Please note that our last day of school will be June 22, even if there is a need for additional absences. You will receive additional information from principals on Monday regarding expectations for students during the closure. I’ve attached a letter from the Medfield Board of Health with very important social distancing recommendations for all Medfield residents. We still do not have a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19 in Medfield, (probably due to the lack of testing), therefore, following this guidance around gatherings and “play dates” is critical to slow the spread of the virus.

I recognize how disruptive this will be to our families, but this decision is really in the best interest of our students, staff, and the entire community.  I thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Jeff Marsden

 

Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D

Superintendent

Medfield Public Schools

508-359-2302

Follow me on Twitter @JeffreyJMarsden and @DaleStProject

#medfieldps  #medfieldpln

 

 

Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D

Superintendent

Medfield Public Schools

508-359-2302

Follow me on Twitter @JeffreyJMarsden and @DaleStProject

#medfieldps  #medfieldpln

2 responses to “Town update re virus

  1. Thank you, Pete! I had just looked at the school’s website which hadn’t yet been updated — you have the most up-to-date information in town!

    Melanie Vagnini

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  2. Thanks so much for updating us Pete. We all need these reminders. Best, Eve Potts

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