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COVID-19 Information

for The Harley Community

The Harley School is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of every member of the community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials.

This section is designed to provide convenient access to reliable information resources regarding the coronavirus in general, as well as timely updates specific to the School’s response and planning efforts. Please know that this page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

COVID-19 General Questions

What is the novel coronavirus COVID-19?

A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus called COVID-19 was detected in thousands of people worldwide, primarily in China.

Situation in U.S.

For the most recent case information, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary webpage.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

 

How is COVID-19 transmitted?
Many of the initial patients with COVID-19 in China indicated possible animal-to-person spread. However, cases being reported at this time have been occurring through person-to-person spread. The virus is thought to spread mainly:
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

What should I do if I develop symptoms associated with COVID-19?

Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

 

What should I do if I suspect exposure to COVID-19?

Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

 

Is there a phone number I can call to report suspicion of COVID-19?

The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline at 888-364-3065. Department of Health experts will be available to answer questions regarding COVID-19.

 

Who can be tested for COVID-19?

New York state is now able to perform testing for COVID-19. The CDC has developed specific criteria for who can be tested for COVID-19. As the situation evolves, the criteria may change. For the most current testing criteria, visit the CDC Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI) webpage.

 

Is there a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. There is also no specific treatment for COVID-19 at this time. However, most people will recover on their own after resting and drinking plenty of fluids. To relieve symptoms, people with the virus can take pain and fever medication and can use a room humidifier or take hot showers to help ease a sore throat and cough.

 

How can I protect myself and my community?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
 
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

 

COVID-19 Harley-Related Questions

Are there any suspected cases at The Harley School?

There are currently no suspected cases of COVID-19 at The Harley School. We will inform the community if the virus appears in our community.

 

What steps has The Harley School taken to minimize the risk of transmission?

A task force composed of Head of School and members of the school administration continue to closely monitor the most up-to-date information provided by federal, state and local health officials, as well as from school-governing organizations, and are meeting daily to adjust their plans. 

While there are no known cases of COVID-19 in our community, we made this decision given the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in our area and the complexities associated with having a boarding program as well as a day program.

The School’s maintenance staff is working diligently to regularly sanitize school facilities with hospital-grade cleaning products.

 

Should I inform the Harley School if I suspect exposure to COVID-19?

As a community with a shared responsibility to care for one another, we ask that you please report suspected exposure to our nursing staff.

Please know that we will handle this information with the utmost care and responsibility.

All reports of suspected exposure will be evaluated and handled following the proper guidance from health professionals.

What are the re-entry protocols that are in place after travel to ensure a safe return to campus?

We ask any member of our community who travels to an area under the CDC’s Warning Level 3 or Alert Level 2 for the novel coronavirus to refrain from coming to campus for 14 days and to contact our nursing staff to gain medical clearance before returning to school.

If you have traveled to other areas, even within the United States, the Monroe County Health Department requests you contact your primary care physician so they can advise you if you need to take any steps before return to campus. If you do not have a primary care doctor, call Monroe County COVID-19 Hotline: (585) 753-5555.

Contact your division head to keep us informed of your status.

We understand that this may pose a significant inconvenience, but please know that we make this request with the well-being of our community as our priority.

The CDC is continually evaluating these ratings, and the list of areas under alerts could change rapidly. We will adjust our plans as needed.

Has Harley canceled classes, trips and/or events?

Spring class trips and events will be evaluated once school resumes.

 

What will Harley do in the event of an extended closure?

In the event of an extended school closure, the School will implement a contingency plan for continued learning. Our division heads and department chairs are working to adjust our curriculum for remote teaching and learning and are exploring all viable options with our Technology Department.

What kind of support are students receiving to address anxiety?
Given the level of attention that the novel coronavirus has attracted, students may understandably become anxious and have concerns about the virus and its transmission. The Harley counselors will be posting support materials for students and families via email and Schoology.  They will also be available by email or scheduled phone calls to address questions and concerns.  Community mental health resources, referrals and crisis numbers will also be made available.

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1981 Clover Street
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 442-1770

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