March 10, 2020
With the increased intensity of news reports and social media posts regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) comes speculation about the impact this virus may eventually have on school communities. It is important for you to know the most accurate and timely information about this health concern.
We are monitoring the situation closely, and are following trusted information and advice from our local health department, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Ohio Department of Health. These websites are being updated continually for your reference. As of March 10, there are 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio , none in the Mahoning Valley.
As always, our schools work closely with public health officials and follow all of their expert recommendations to best ensure the safety of everyone in our school community.
According to the CDC, the way COVID-19 is spread is very similar to the flu and common colds. For this reason, we are encouraging our students and staff to actively wash their hands and take all of the same precautions they would normally take to avoid these illnesses. Please encourage your children to do the same at home, as they build healthy habits.
- Teachers and staff are focusing students on hand washing with antibacterial soaps. We are distributing additional hand sanitizing dispensers for the common areas of our buildings.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, please stay home and avoid contact with others.
- Maintenance and classroom staff will continue our daily process of cleaning and disinfecting all hard surfaces (desks, tables, doorknobs, keyboards, etc) as is our protocol.
- If the Board of Health or CDC recommends any additional measures, we will incorporate those into our daily routine.
- We have purchased two handheld electrostatic sprayers for Stadium Drive and Robinwood Elementary Schools to add to the two spray guns currently in use at West Blvd. These provide for a quicker and more efficient disinfecting process, especially with hand held items you find in classrooms, as well as harder to clean/reach areas.
- Two larger misting sprayers with disinfectants have been purchased for the High School and Glenwood/BCIS. Cleaning solutions follow the EPA's suggested list.
We have open and effective lines of communication with our public health officials and will alert students, staff and parents if we receive direction related to COVID-19. Any potential school closing due to illness will be guided by public health officials. While education is important, the health and well being of our students and staff are more significant.
We will update families as appropriate moving forward.
Timothy L. Saxton