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SAS COVID and Other Respiratory Illnesses Update

I wanted to share updated COVID information and make families aware of the rise in respiratory illnesses both here at St. Amelia School and in the greater community.


9 total COVID cases have been reported to us since September and only one case thus far in November.


A reminder that according to NYS guidance, we do not need to track and record cases to submit to the NYS Health Department as in years past.

Please be advised that families are not required to report COVID cases to us, but we strongly encourage you to advise the main office and the nurse. Again, we are not required to track cases but do our best to do so, if/as they are reported to us. Please request masks or COVID testing kits here and they will be spent home with your child(ren). As stated by the ECDOH and Kaleida Health:

  • Stay up to date with flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Stay home from school, work, daycare and other activities if you are sick.

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth if you have symptoms of respiratory illness – coughing, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.

  • Masking indoors and social distancing may be important for those who live with higher risk individuals: infants, older adults, pregnant people, and people born pre-term or those with underlying health conditions.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for least 20 seconds to protect yourself from germs and avoid spreading them to others.

  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Teach and remind children to do this, too.

  • Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol to use when soap and water are not available.

Please see the full press release here from ECDOH and Kaleida Health in regards to the increased threat of pediatric respiratory illnesses. Thank you for doing your part to keep our school community healthy and safe,

Mrs. Katie McIntyre, Principal

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