COVID-19 Notice

To Bluedata students,

As you may know, there is an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).

At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. According to the New York State Department of Health, the risk to New Yorkers remains low.

Because we are an International school with students from all over the world, we must take precautions.

At this time we are asking any students who plan to return to the US from a country that has a confirmed case of the virus, or a country that may share connecting flights to affected areas, to take two week absence before returning to the school.

Send a scan or photo of your travel itinerary/tickets/purchase from recent travel for us to verify the two week gap.

Furthermore, any student that may feel sick regardless of travel are encouraged to see a doctor and take sick leave. Students may present a Doctor’s note and your attendance will be excused as necessary. If your Doctor recommends a length of rest away from class we will assess this recommendation and excuse your absence as necessary.

To ensure the health and safety of our community, Bluedata will routinely check the health advisories from the New York State/City department of health and we will follow their directives. Our school monitors the media and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a regular basis. Currently, we are checking websites daily of the CDC and the New York State Department of Health to receive the most up-to-date information.

For students who are thinking about traveling outside the US, the CDC and the US State Department have updated travel advisories for areas impacted by COVID-19. Please also be advised that since this is an evolving situation, travelers should be prepared for the possibility of travel restrictions, which may occur with little or no warnings.

All students should continue to follow general flu prevention measures including: • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve

• Wash your hands with soap and water regularly, 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 is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

• Avoid touching your face

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and areas using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Stay home if you are sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history; submit a doctor’s note to the main office

• Get your flu shot – it’s never too late

For more information on the CDC’s monitoring and recommendations, visit the CDC's coronavirus website.

For updates from the New York Department of Health, visit the NYS DOH website.

For US State Department travel advisories, please see US State Department Travel Advisories.

If you have any questions please call or email our main office.

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