Parent Update - COVID-19 March 2020


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Update of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Planning

Dear Parents/Guardians --

As we hear more news about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to share as much information as possible about how we can avoid the spread of the virus in schools and ways we can plan for potential disruption of education.

One immediate concern we have is the effect the virus spreading could have on planned travel for field trips. We are looking into ways that we can protect our parents' financial deposits should trips need to be cancelled. Schools will communicate directly with families about this issue.

At this point, no state-level information has been made available to us regarding the potential disruption of education, but we will not be alone if those situations arise. We expect that the state would offer guidance should schools need to close. Regardless, we have had initial conversations to prepare for any scenario.

We will turn to The National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and, by extension, our Ohio and Cuyahoga County health departments, when making decisions about all school-related guidelines. For example, we will continue to prioritize hand washing, and we are in the process of adding resources for hand sanitation and for sanitizing buildings and buses.

As we carefully plan and take preventative precautions that are within our control, please review the following resources from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC:

What You Need to Know
What You Need To Know

What to Do If You Are Sick
What to Do If You Are Sick 



 Stop the Spread of Germs
Poster
Stop The Spread of Germs

Poster -Symptoms of
Coronavirus Disease 2019
Symptoms of Coronavirum Disease 2019
 
Here is the most recent letter from the Ohio Department of Health regarding COVID-19:

 


A resource for talking with your children (click below):
Talking To Children About COVID19




Basic precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and flu, continue to include:
  • Stay home when you are sick. Please be fever free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) before returning to school, and stay home when other symptoms are apparent.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who 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.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

We know that the virus can be contagious before symptoms appear. This is why hand washing and personal hygiene is so important. As noted above, we are stressing hand washing with students at school, and ask that parents reinforce this practice at home.

More information from the CDC:


We will continue to inform you as we learn new information about this evolving situation. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Jodie Hausmann


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