An Important Update on Coronavirus Preparedness
March 9, 2020
With concerns rising regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), I’d like to take this opportunity to provide some additional information on the many steps the Fairview Park City School District is taking to maximize the health and wellness of our students, families, staff and community.
- Closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.
- Working with district staff to ensure awareness of emergency procedures specific to a virus outbreak.
- Reviewing and modifying (as needed) our emergency management plans, based on the most current information related to the COVID-19 virus, and its potential impact on the daily operation of our schools.
- Increasing the disinfection procedures throughout all operations of our district, including all buildings and busses.
- Using an electrostatic disinfection sprayer for whole room sterilization throughout the district. We use specific germicides that are proven effective on this and many other sources of infection and illness.
- Reminding students and staff to cover coughs and sneezes and to provide additional time throughout the day for thorough hand washing.
- Having the nursing staff work with building principals, teachers and support staff to discuss preventative measures and answer questions.
- Working cooperatively with local, regional, state, and national agencies to determine the appropriate time to close a school due to excessive illness.
- Developing communication and information plans for families regarding learning plans for all students, should a family be quarantined or the district close for an extended period of time.
For the past several weeks, we have been developing communication plans should we need to close our buildings for an extended period of time. Teachers are also developing plans to continue their students’ learning as needed through our existing digital platforms including SeeSaw, GoogleClassroom, Summit Learning and other digital resources.
If your family does not have home wireless internet access or a mobile hotspot to host a school device, please complete THIS form so we can reach out to you and assist in the event of an extended closure. There are also several low-cost internet options available from AT&T and Cox that you may want to explore.
To maximize the effectiveness of our communications efforts, we ask that all of our families review and update (as needed) their emergency contact information in the PowerSchool Parent Portal under SwiftReachSwiftK12 > Alert Preferences.
Please remember, if your children are sick, please keep them home from school. These absences are always excused.
To help prevent the spread of illness, we encourage you and your child to follow these important tips:
- 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.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
I am asking that our parents continue to be our partners in proactively keeping our schools as safe and healthy as they can be. With the cold and flu season still in full-swing, the current health situation is yet another reason to ask parents to keep students home while they are sick. The guideline of being “fever-free for 24 hours without medication” is still the best practice for determining when to allow your child back to school.
The health and safety of our families and staff is always the top priority of the Fairview Park City Schools. This is a constantly-evolving situation with new information occurring on a daily (sometimes, hourly) basis. Rest assured that we will continue to monitor the situation, and share the most current guidance and information from the Cuyahoga County Department of Health, Ohio Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control.
Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work together through this ongoing situation.
Dr. Bill Wagner
Fairview Park City Schools
What You Should Know
How to Protect Yourself & Your Family from Coronavirus
Ohio Department of Health
Overview: Symptoms, Treatment, Travel
Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Resources for Schools