RAYMOND — Superintendent Tina McCoy, High School Principal Steve Woodward and Athletic Director Davinney Brazeau report that Raymond High School was informed on Friday that a student on the Raymond High School boys basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, all members and coaches involved in the program must self isolate for 10 days, and the boys basketball program has been suspended for at least that time.
The student that tested positive for the virus is self-isolating in accordance with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol. They will be able to return to school activities in approximately 10 days, as long as the individuals have been cleared by DHHS to do so. Under state and federal privacy laws, no further information will be made available about the individual.
Because all members of the program are considered close contacts, the program will be suspended for 10 days. The program will be able to resume team activities on Monday, Dec. 28.
The district is actively working with and following guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Those who are identified as a close contact (anyone who was within six feet of the infected individuals for 10 minutes cumulatively, up to two days before the positive test result) may be contacted by DHHS and required to quarantine for at least two weeks. Specific quarantine plans will be provided to those affected. Those families and staff are directed to get tested and keep themselves or their children quarantined until 10 days following their last possible exposure.
If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, or believe you have been exposed to someone who has contracted COVID-19, get a COVID-19 test and stay home until you receive your results. Testing can be done either through your primary healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state.
In addition, 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.
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