March 11, 2020
As you are aware, our Governor, Mike DeWine, has issued a series of preventive measures in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). At this point, K-12 schools have been encouraged to continue normal operations. If that changes, we will communicate with our parents in a timely manner. The Superintendents throughout Richland County feel it is important to communicate and work together in promoting safety and wellness. We continue to work with Richland Public Health in managing the situation. Again, we will provide more relevant information as it becomes available.
Of immediate importance, please know that there are zero reports of the virus in any of the schools in Richland County. Richland Public Health is stressing prevention and not panic throughout our community.
Within our schools, we are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of any infection or virus. For example, our custodians are conducting extra cleanings of doorknobs and all other high-touch areas. Students will be taught or reminded of proper handwashing techniques and be encouraged to wash their hands frequently while in school. Social distancing is also encouraged at school and in all public places.
Here are a few ways to protect yourself and your family:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick.
- Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students, staff, and community safe. More information on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and at www.richlandhealth.org.
Bradley A. Herman