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Message from Superintendent Reedy on Coronavirus
Posted 2/29/20

Message from Superintendent Reedy on Coronavirus

APS is working closely with the state Department of Health, which provides regular updates, resources, and guidance.

It’s that time of year when lots of us – students and employees alike – are coughing, sniffling, sneezing, and just feeling awful. Cold season. Flu season. Allergies. Throw the specter of a global pandemic in the mix, and it’s no wonder people are concerned.

It is important to note that New Mexico has no cases of COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus. According to the experts, the virus is not spreading in the United States, and the vast majority of Americans have a low risk of exposure. The more pressing health risk in New Mexico is the flu, according to the New Mexico Department of Health, which is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot.

Even though the threat of coronavirus is low, we are still taking precautions. We are working closely with the DOH, which provides us regular updates, resources, and guidance. We also are working closely with the city of Albuquerque and other local and national agencies to anticipate and address concerns as they arise. 

The DOH is one of the best resources on coronavirus and other infectious diseases. If you want more information, I encourage you to visit their website: cv.nmhealth.org/

Of course, when you hear about a new disease spreading across other parts of the world, it is natural to ask what you can do to protect yourself and your family as well as our students and coworkers.  

Do What You Do During Cold & Flu Season 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – that’s about how long it takes to sing the ABCs.
  • Use an alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth 
  • Practice good health habits 
  • Stay home or keep your child home when sick 
  • Be understanding and supportive when others, whether students or coworkers, need to stay home 

You can find more information on the coronavirus on the APS Nursing Services website: www.aps.edu/nursing/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/

We are fortunate that all of our schools have nurses. These wonderful professionals know their stuff, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or seek help when your child or one of your students isn’t feeling well.

I'm sharing with you a helpful video on When Is Sick Too Sick for School narrated by Judith Edwards, APS Senior Director of Nursing Services. It covers a variety of illnesses and provides recommendations on whether or not students should attend school. It’s a good resource for parents and employees alike.  

 

Watch the video in English: youtu.be/T9t_bRYIl_Q

Watch the video in Spanish:youtu.be/mColJhovS54

 

Take care of yourself, your family, and our students. 

Sincerely,

Raquel Reedy
Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent