Bay Schools COVID-19 Planning (3/11/20)

COVID-19 PLANNING UPDATE: March 11, 2020

Yesterday, a group of our Bay Village Schools administrators and teacher leaders took part in an informative coronavirus information update with our Cuyahoga County Department of Health. More than 80 county mayors, superintendents and other city and school officials learned about the latest COVID-19 statistics and guidelines for our communities.

While health experts cannot predict how fast the virus will spread, they are clear that the numbers of confirmed infections will continue to rise. Based on what we learned, our leadership group concluded that the following decisions and plans represent the most prudent course of action for our district:

FIELD TRIPS
We have made the difficult decision to cancel all out-of-state student trips for the remainder of this school year. We cannot risk the safety of our students by placing them in situations where exposure to the virus may be greater, and where disruptions to travel plans could create precarious situations for them.

We know that these trips provide great educational value, and we will work to reschedule some of these spring trips, notably our 8th-grade Washington, D.C. trip and our high school Nashville Choral Trip, for next fall.

In-state field trips will be decided on a case-by-case basis to minimize risk to students and staff.

Note on Personal Travel: If you are planning personal travel, please review the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel.

EVENTS

We will follow state guidelines on event attendance.

Athletic event attendance will follow Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) guidelines and Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendations that all indoor sporting events in Ohio should severely limit spectators to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, spectators for our indoor athletic contests will be limited to immediate family members of athletes. Outside sporting event guidelines will be monitored as they are issued, and we will be sharing those recommended guidelines as they become available.

Bay High’s Shrek the Musical – ticket sales have been temporarily suspended. The musical will be re-ticketed, and more information will be issued about this plan once details are worked out and a safer plan has been established.

Other events will be handled on a case-by-case basis. We remind families that those who are elderly or who have compromised immune systems should not attend large gatherings. Of course, those who are displaying symptoms of the flu should stay home.

We realize these changes will greatly disappoint our children and families involved. We will explore where and how we can live stream some athletic contests and performances.

SCHOOL CLOSURES
The Cuyahoga County Department of Health will work with school districts on an individual basis should confirmed COVID-19 cases appear in our student or staff population. School closings are a difficult decision that significantly impact student education, families and employers. It is important that parents have a plan for the possibility that schools will be closed.

We have made preparations for continuity of education through distance learning solutions in the event that school must be closed for an extended period of time. We prepared lessons some weeks ago, but we are using some time on Friday’s staff professional day to finalize our 30-day lesson plan template.

Note on election polling at Bay Middle School: We already have plans in place to keep voters completely separate from our student population, and we will remain vigilant in doing so. Protocols to disinfect areas available to voters before reopening them to students are in place.

CLEANING, DISINFECTING AND SANITIZING PROTOCOLS
Our custodial and maintenance staff, as well as teachers and other school staff, are following protocols that include the daily cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces  and objects, including technology, that are touched frequently in our schools. The district has purchased a sanitizing fogger that is used in restrooms, on buses, and in other areas where wiping may be less effective. Cleaning products are EPA-approved as non-toxic and effective against COVID-19.

OTHER PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
We are urging students and staff who are sick to please stay home from school. Students who display symptoms of illness will be sent home. If you are sick, we suggest you contact your health provider by phone for instructions BEFORE seeking in-person care for flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

Special attention is being made to ensure students wash their hands throughout the day. Large, colorful posters reminding students to wash their hands, to cough or sneeze into a sleeve or tissue, to avoid touching their face, and to practice other methods to stop the spread of germs have been posted through all our school buildings. Hand sanitizers are available throughout the buildings and are consistently replenished.

You can help us contain the spread of germs by following the CDC guidelines presented in our last Superintendent Update: http://bit.ly/BaySuptUpdateCOVID19

This situation is evolving quickly, but we will be watching carefully for updated guidelines from our health officials, and we will work closely with our city leaders. Please know we care deeply about the well being of our staff and students, and that the health and safety of our school community is our top priority.

Sincerely,

Jodie Hausmann, Superintendent

 

Bay Village Board of Education:

Lisa Priemer, President

Dr. Gayatry Jacob-Mosier, Vice President

Beth Lally

David Vegh

Paul Vincent

 

Lauren Stanislaw, President, Bay Teachers Association

Julia Russell, BTA and co-adviser for Washington, D.C. trip

 

Jack Heider, President, OAPSE (classified staff association)

 

Helen Petro, President, BISGITA (small group instructors association)

 

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