RAYMOND — Superintendent Tina McCoy reports that all Raymond High School and Iber Holmes Gove Middle School students will participate in remote learning tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 2 due to a positive COVID-19 case at the middle school and a possible exposure at the high school. There will be no on-site education for middle and high school students.
This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of students and staff and to allow ample time for contact tracing to be completed.
The district was notified of the possible cases on Friday, Oct. 30 and received notice of the positive case on Sunday, Nov. 1. The Iber Holmes Gove case is unrelated to the positive case announced on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Both individuals are currently self-quarantining in accordance with the NH DHHS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol while they await further guidance. Under state and federal privacy laws, no further information is available about the individuals.
Lamprey River Elementary School will be in session as planned.
Any family who is immediately in need of a Chromebook for their student to participate in remote learning should call the Technology Support Hotline at 603-690-9005 starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.
More information will be shared as it becomes available.
As a reminder, any student or staff member who is sick or showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 should stay home from school and participate in remote learning. Students and staff will need to stay out of school for at least 14 days after the onset of symptoms, with signs that symptoms have improved, and at least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Parents and guardians should stay in close contact with school nurses in relation to all student illnesses. While a negative COVID-19 test result could hasten a student’s return to school, please note that it is not possible to test out of a quarantine period.
To prevent further spread of the disease in the community, the Raymond School District asks that students, families and staff take the following precautions to prevent the spread of the disease:
- Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well. Students should stay home from school should any new or unexplained illness, no matter how mild, develop. This precaution is meant to keep all staff and students safe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid close contact with others. When outside your home, please adhere to social distancing guidelines and keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Keep your child home if there is a chance that he or she has recently come into contact with someone with COVID-19, and consult the NH DHHS as needed by calling 211.
Children may worry about themselves, their family and friends getting sick with COVID-19. Tips for talking to children about COVID-19 can be found here.
To learn more about COVID-19, please check these trusted resources:
- New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention