HEALTH UPDATE - March 6, 2020
Dear NELSD Families,
At NELSD, the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our
top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce
preventive safety measures and let you know what we are doing to make sure our
schools remain healthy and safe for all students and staff.
First, it is important to remember that at this time, there have only been
a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States.
There are currently no confirmed cases in Ohio or any surrounding states and
officials say the risk to the general public is currently low. As a school
district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the
Clark County Combined Health District, Ohio Department of Health, and the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is currently no
recommendation to close schools in Clark County.
We encourage our students, staff, and families to be mindful of key preventive
measures. The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in
avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses.
At NELSD, we are monitoring attendance rates and illness reports daily and and working closely with the Clark County Combined Health District to stay up-to-date and make sure we are following recommendations for the health and safety of our students and staff. As the district’s superintendent, I recently attended a tabletop exercise with Clark County health and emergency officials on pandemic response and learned valuable information about pandemic response.
We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus
outbreak in our school district community. We encourage everyone to practice
good habits, including:
? Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before
preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20
seconds. Be sure to also wash fingertips and between fingers.
? Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
? As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
? If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them
some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.
In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at
school. Students need to be fever-free, without medication, for 24 hours before
returning to class after any illness. Please refer to the health guidelines
outlined in our district handbook. Keeping children home when they are sick is
critical to prevention.
With your support, we can all work together to prevent illnesses and keep our
schools a healthy and safe learning environment for all students and
staff. For more information about COVID-19, please visit the informational
page under the Student Health department of our website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 937-325-7615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. John Kronour, Superintendent
Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020