Dear DLSA Community,
Like many of you, we have been following the developments surrounding the emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As the school continues to monitor the evolution of the virus, we want to make sure that the community stays informed and is provided with updates as they become available.
Our main goal remains to keep the De La Salle community healthy and work as best as possible to keep the school open.
In order to achieve this, we ask that everyone exercise caution by limiting their exposure to potential illness through commonsense health guidelines described below. We encourage faculty and students to treat illness differently than usual and closely monitor your health. If you experience cold or flu like symptoms, please err on the side of caution and stay home.
USEFUL RESOURCES ON COVID-19
This section of our website will offer answers to frequently asked questions as well as provide any updates as new information becomes available.
COVID-19 General Questions
Q: What is the novel coronavirus COVID-19?
A: A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus called COVID-19 was detected in thousands of people worldwide, primarily in China. Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the United States, and it is expected that more cases of COVID-19 will be identified in the future. For the most recent case information, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary webpage.
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: The most common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Q: How is COVID-10 transmitted?
A: Many of the initial patients with COVID-19 in China indicated possible animal-to-person spread. However, cases being reported at this time have been occurring through person-to-person spread. The virus is thought to spread mainly:
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Q: What should I do if I develop symptoms associated with COVID-19?
A: Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Q: What should I do if I suspect exposure to COVID-19?
A: Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Q: Is there a phone number I can call to report suspicion of COVID-19?
A: The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline at 888-364-3065. Locally, you may dial 211. Department of Health experts will be available to answer questions regarding COVID-19.
Q: Is there a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19?
A: There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. There is also no specific treatment for COVID-19 at this time. However, most people will recover on their own after resting and drinking plenty of fluids. To relieve symptoms, people with the virus can take pain and fever medication and can use a room humidifier or take hot showers to help ease a sore throat and cough.
Q: How can I protect myself and my community?
A: The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water 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 are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
COVID -19 De La Salle Academy Related Questions:
Q: Are there suspected cases at De La Salle Academy?
A: There are currently no suspected cases of COVID-19 at De La Salle Academy. We will inform the community if the virus appears in our community.
Q: Should I keep my child home as a precaution, even if my child or family members have NOT been formally diagnosed with COVID-19 or are NOT sick with cold or flu like symptoms?
A: No. Students should continue to come to school while adhering to the health guidelines listed above.
Q: What steps has De La Salle Academy taken to minimize the risk of transmission?
A: The school leadership team continues to closely monitor the most up-to-date information provided by federal, state and local health officials, as well as from school-governing organizations, and are meeting regularly to adjust their plans.
Q: Should I inform De La Salle Academy if I suspect exposure to COVID-19?
A: As a community with a shared responsibility to care for one another, we ask that you please report suspected exposure to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dr. Angel Gonzalez, Principal at 212-316-5840.
Please know that we will handle this information with the utmost care and responsibility.
All reports of suspected exposure will be evaluated and handled following the proper guidance from health professionals.
Q: What are the re-entry protocols that are in place after travel to ensure a safe return to school? (This includes travel during weekends, holidays and school breaks).
A: We ask any member of our community who travels to an area under the CDC’s Warning Level 3 or Alert Level 2 for the novel coronavirus to refrain from coming to school for 14 days and contact Dr. Angel Gonzalez, Principal at or call 212-316-5840 to gain medical clearance before returning to school.
We understand that this may pose a significant inconvenience, but please know that we make this request with the well-being of our community as our priority.
The CDC is continually evaluating these ratings, and the list of countries under alerts could change rapidly. We will adjust our plans as needed.
Q: Has De La Salle Academy canceled classes, trips and/or events?
At this time, we have no planned cancelations or closures. In the event that such action is required, we will inform the community via our TADS contact system as well as update this web page.
Q: What will De La Salle Academy do in the event of an extended closure?
A: In the event of an extended school closure, De La Salle Academy will implement a contingency plan for continued learning. Our leadership team is working to adjust our curriculum for remote teaching and learning and are exploring all viable options. We are working with our teachers to train them and set realistic expectations for both faculty and students. Please ask your children to bring their textbooks and other school materials home before weekends and major breaks.
At this time, I would also like to encourage all of our families to plan for child care and other contingencies in your homes should we come to this decision.
If you feel remote learning would pose technological or financial difficulties, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Angel Gonzalez via email (email@example.com or call
212-316-5840) to find ways we can best support your family.