Posted March 11, 2020 in Press Releases
March 11, 2020
With news of the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to take a moment to update you on our response and what we are doing to protect our students during this time. At this point, we have not received local or state-level instruction that schools need to close, but are developing plans to ensure continuity of education in the event that we are forced to do so.
As we monitor ongoing developments and safety information related to COVID-19, we are following guidelines from public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other state and local guidelines to ensure the safety of our students, their families, and greater school community.
What is Saint Martin currently doing?
This process includes, but is not limited to sanitizing bathrooms with bleach; and sanitizing high-use areas prone to high rates of germs (door handles, push bars, lockers, and the frequently touched walls) with Clorox disinfectant. However, while we work to provide a clean and safe environment, our best solution for preventing the spread of Coronavirus continues to be hand-washing and building our immune system through adequate sleep and nutrition. The school’s administrative team is working to develop digital, home-based learning lessons, should we need them. As we develop these plans, please think about your internet capabilities and plan for your child to use their school-issued laptop or personal smartphone for online learning if school is closed. We are working closely with our CWSP partners to identify and communicate work-site closures as they occur.
What do the Ohio Department of Health and CDC recommend?
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. We are prioritizing hand washing and the use of Purell during the school day.
Stay home when you are sick. Please be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication including Tylenol) before returning to school, or when other symptoms are apparent.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Stay informed on emerging news and recommendations by visiting:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ 2019-ncov/index.html
Ohio Department of Health https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our- programs/Novel-Coronavirus/2019-nCoV
We will continue to inform you as we learn new information about this evolving situation. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our priority.
Chaz Napoli, President