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Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Pam Pratt
Friday, March 06, 2020

The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are top priorities.

With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) making headlines, our district wants to make sure to reinforce preventive safety measures and to offer additional information.

It is important to remember at the time of this posting, March 6, there are no cases in Ohio. Our district is closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Butler County General Health DistrictOhio Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The symptoms of COVID-19 that may appear 2-14 days after exposure are similar to that of the flu; fever and cough. One additional symptom that is present in COVID-19 is shortness of breath. The virus spreads primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes. 

We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of an outbreak. The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same preventions that are recommended for the spread of the flu and common cold. Students, staff, and families are encouraged to use these key preventive measures: 

  1. Hand washing is extremely important in the prevention of illness.  Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if you are unable to use soap and water, hand sanitizers that include 60%-95% alcohol are recommended. If you have young children, here is a great video about hand washing to share with them.

  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since that is how germs get into the body. 

  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, then cough/sneeze into your elbow. 

  4. If you, or your child, are sick, stay home. If you/child have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, remain home until you/child are fever-free for a full 24-hours before returning to school or work.

  5. Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects using everyday household disinfectants. High-touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles should be cleaned more often. 

With Spring Break approaching, questions regarding travel have arisen.  The CDC has provided a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Travel to assist in answering your questions.

We are closely monitoring the situation and are making the necessary preparations in case COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community. We will continue to update you with information about COVID-19 as we know it. 

As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remains our top priority and we will always act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well being.