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Recommendation to Stay Healthy This Winter!

Dear KCSD families,

The New York State Health Department is reporting that the number of cases of the flu, COVID-19, and other respiratory illnesses are currently on the rise throughout New York State. The Kingston City School District is encouraging everyone to take common preventative measures to help protect themselves and others from getting sick this winter.

How it spreads:

The flu and similar viruses are spread by coughing and sneezing in close contact. Sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses may also assist in the spread of these illnesses.

Symptoms to look out for:

Both COVID-19 and the flu are contagious respiratory illnesses that have similar symptoms, making it difficult to distinguish between the two viral infections. Symptoms of each—which can range from mild to severe—include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Respiratory symptoms may be present without a fever, and some people may also experience vomiting and diarrhea.


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

  • Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you to use when soap and water are not available. 

  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow.

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth if you are symptomatic.

If Symptoms Develop:

  • Please keep your child/ren at home if they are feeling ill.

  • Have your child/ren tested for COVID-19. 

  • Your child/ren should not return to school until symptoms subside for at least 24 hours. This helps avoid spreading illnesses to others. 

  • If you suspect contact with a person infected by COVID-19, please consider having your child/ren wear properly-fitted face coverings around others.
  • If you are worried about your child, or have any questions about their illness, contact their health care provider or their school nurse.

Thank you for your cooperation as we do everything we can to keep our students healthy during this cold and flu season.


Dr. Paul J. Padalino

Superintendent of Schools