WAKEFIELD– Superintendent David DiBarri announces that Northeast Metro Tech will be closed tomorrow as a precaution against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, there are no confirmed or presumptive cases of the virus in the school, and the closure of the facility is being done as a proactive measure, and it mirrors steps being taken in school districts in the area. Northeast Metro Tech will close, effective tomorrow. Further guidelines are expected from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Friday and a message will go out tomorrow afternoon regarding further dates of closure. “This is not a decision we make lightly, but we believe this is an essential measure to best ensure the health and well-being of students and staff alike,” Superintendent DiBarri said. “We will be closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make decisions going forward as we learn more.” While students and educators are out of the building, Northeast will conduct a comprehensive and thorough disinfecting and sanitizing effort throughout the facility. This effort is in addition to the daily cleaning regimen the school has implemented in recent weeks in light of the virus and as is customary during flu season. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and can appear between two and 14 days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anyone who experiences symptoms and believes they may have the virus is advised to contact their health care provider. For more information from the CDC for those who may have the virus, click here. Northeast also wishes to encourage students and staff to follow recommended preventative steps from the DPH:
- Practice good hand hygiene! Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
- Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.