COVID-19 Information & Our Community Response

 

January 13, 2021

 

Dear Community,

Late last week, the Admin Team received information about a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community.  We also have been alerted to probable cases due to close contact with individuals who tested positive.

Since we are still learning remotely, we are notifying you to make you aware that we are seeing a community spread and ask that you be vigilant.  We know that many students have after school jobs, lessons and often hang out with friends outside of the school day. Our hope is that they are using all necessary precautions to keep themselves, their families and the community safe.

COVID-19 can be a serious illness and should be taken seriously. 

 

As a reminder, the CDC recommends the following protocols to prevent community spread:

  • Wear a mask when in public (this is a state mandate)

  • Keep 6’ between you and others whenever possible

  • Wash hands frequently

  • Stay home when symptomatic or if you have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19  

 

Remote learning is often challenging.  However, with the rise in COVID-19  numbers and community exposure cases, we feel we have made the right decision in continuing to use this model for the foreseeable future. Our goal is not only to educate our students but to keep our community safe. If your student has to miss school because of COVID-19 please be sure to email attendance@cochecoarts.org so we can excuse their absence. If your student will be out more than two day we ask that you include a note from a health care provider.

 

For more information about Covid cases both locally and statewide please visit the DHHS website DHHS-NH Covid.  And as always, if you are feeling stressed or anxious about this situation or remote learning in general and would like to talk, please feel free to contact Ms. Lili at lun@cochecoarts.org.

Thank you for your continued support during this time. 

 

Cocheco Academy of The Arts Administrative Team

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8/4/2020

Dear CATA Community,

 

Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. The Board of Trustees and Staff have been monitoring this situation extremely closely. We have had numerous conversations with state officials; local, neighboring schools; and other interested parties. 

 

Yesterday evening, the Board voted that it is the safest for our community to open remotely at the beginning of the fall semester. We are not placing a definitive time frame on this but will periodically provide updates and adequate notice prior to any changes.  

 

Please direct all questions or concerns regarding this decision to Board Trustee Mark Andrews at mandrews@cochecoarts.org

 

For general fall 2020 questions or technology questions please contact Kelly Baker at kbaker@cochecoarts.org.

 

We will provide more information about what this looks like in the coming weeks. Please watch your email and our website for updates. 

 

Thank you,

 

Board of Trustees 

Cocheco Academy of The Arts

 

 

 

 

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As of Monday, March 16th, Cocheco Academy of The Arts has switched to its virtual learning schedule. We are closely monitoring the situation and currently have no return date. Our Administrative Team and Board of Trustees are in constant communication with state public health agencies, the Department of Education and the Governors Office to learn from and closely follow their recommendations. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will stay in contact with state and federal authorities for the latest information. In the meantime, even while we attend school remotely, we encourage faculty, staff and students to be vigilant in preventing the spread of illness. 

Prevention

 

To reduce the risk of spreading virus infection, the CDC recommends taking precautionary measures that include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer.

  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Stay home and avoid public places (i.e. social distancing).

  • Avoid being within 6 feet (close contact) of a person who is sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.  Then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Avoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices, or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Get a flu vaccine.

 

 

Additional Resources

 

Additional information about coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms, and continuing updates about the disease are available at:

 

603-742-0700

40 Hampshire Circle Dover NH United States 03820

Office Hours - Monday, Wednesday & Thursday - by appointment.

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