Letter to ECP, Religious School and Kodomono Kuni School Families

As concerns about the spread of the coronavirus continue to mount globally, we have been closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Westchester County Health Department.

We would like to assure you that we will continue to work with our community health partners to stay on top of the most up-to-date information and take appropriate precautions to keep our community healthy and safe. We encourage you to remain informed, and to this end, we provide you the links below, offering current information about what authorities know so far about the virus, its spread, travel recommendations, and preventive measures.

  • Center for Disease Control 2019 nCoV website:https://www.cdc.gov/nCoVhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
  • NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
  • NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Website:https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
  • New York State Department of Health Local Health Departments:https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information/
  • New York State Center for School Health: https://www.schoolhealthny.com
  • Westchester County Health Department:https://www.health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirusAs a regular part of our building maintenance schedule, all classroom and communal areas are regularly cleaned. With the current health concerns, special attention is being paid to the cleaning of door handles, surfaces and all public areas.

    Our collective schools’ normal protocols call for students with any sort of fever, flu or illness to stay home for the length of their illness. Any student who is found to have such an illness will immediately be sent home. Children with any type of influenza are required to stay home for 48 hours after their fever breaks.

    We would also like to share the recommendation of The New York State Department of Health that these simple steps can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Be assured that we are staying updated on the latest health recommendations and are taking all necessary actions in order to keep our school communities as healthy and safe as possible. In the coming weeks, as advised by local, state and national health organizations, we will continue to use flu-season precautions in our schools. We will also continue to share information with you as more is learned about this virus and/or conditions evolve.

    We are all united in this effort. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have questions.

Jessica Lorden
Executive Director Congregation Kol Ami

Nan Blank
Early Childhood Program

Pam Pass
Kol Ami Religious School

Kuniko Hayatsu Director
Kodomono Kuni School