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District Statement March 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

Dear North Olmsted Community,

The news of coronavirus COVID-19 continues to be a major headline in the United States and across the world. Questions and concerns have surfaced about the potential impact the coronavirus could have in the United States and our local community. As a district our student’s health and safety is a top priority. We would like to take this time to be proactive and provide you with some information and resources.   

We want to stress that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio. As a district we work closely with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on any health related matters that could impact our school community. We stay up to date on the information and resources provided by these agencies and also follow their guidance when it comes to action plans and preventative safety measures.

      We want our students to be in school every day, however, it is important to keep your student home if they are feeling sick or experiencing flu related symptoms. Keeping students home when they are sick is critical in preventing any illness from spreading.

      In addition, following general practices of good hygiene will help prevent the coronavirus as well as flu, colds and other illnesses. Hygiene tips suggested by the CDC include:

  • Sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow to keep germs from spreading
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water/use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in between
  • Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, etc. with anyone
  • Don’t make food for anyone if you are sick
  • Don’t go to work or school if you are sick
  • Visit a doctor, urgent care or emergency department if you are sick – don’t take chances

The district has taken several preventative measures to ensure the well-being of our students and maintain a healthy learning environment.

Superintendent 

  • All head custodians were notified to take extra care to disinfect common work spaces such as table top surfaces and desks. Bus drivers have also spent additional time disinfecting their vehicles.
  • North Olmsted High School uses an Electrostatic Cleaning Device to disinfect large spaces such as restrooms and locker rooms.
  • NOCS has a district wide registered nurse on staff and each school building has a clinic staff member. These staff members have been proactive within our buildings on a variety of health related topics and have also worked to educate students about good handwashing and hygiene practices.
  • Posters from the CDC about proper handwashing have been displayed throughout all our schools and in the restrooms. 
  • The district provided flu shots to all staff members back in the fall of 2019.
  • Building administrators are monitoring student attendance numbers and trends in their buildings. 

      Fear and anxiety of coronavirus can often lead to social stigmas and discrimination against certain individuals and groups. According to the CDC, viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds. We encourage you to visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the CDC website. More detailed information about the coronavirus including symptoms, prevention, and updates can be found at the links below:

Cuyahoga County Board of Health 

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

      As a district we will continue to take steps that ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the district. 

Sincerely,

Michael E. Zalar, Ph.D.

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