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Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians;
COVID-19, referenced in news reports as the novel CORONAVIRUS, is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping the spread of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy.
The Richmond Heights Local School District, working together with our local health department, plays an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. School districts in Ohio have been advised to take these steps to help stop or slow the spread of respiratory infectious diseases, including COVID-19 by;
      • Staying home when sick;
      • Appropriately covering coughs and sneezes with tissue (if available) and in the elbow crease of your arm and not your hands if tissue is not available;
      • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces;
      • Ensuring hand washing strategies that include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
      • Monitoring and planning for absenteeism, including how you will keep absent students on track;
      • Reviewing the usual absenteeism patterns at your school among both students and staff;
      • Reviewing attendance and sick leave policies;
      • Encouraging students and staff to stay home when sick;
      • Identifying critical job functions and positions, and planning for alternative coverage by cross-training staff.
      • Establishing procedures for students and staff who are sick at school;
      • Establishing procedures to ensure students and staff that become sick at school or arrive at school sick are sent home as soon as possible;
      • Keeping sick students and staff separate from well students and staff until they can leave;
      • Performing routine environmental cleaning;
      • Routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with the cleaners typically used;
      • Using all cleaning products according to the directions on the label;
      • Providing disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls) can be wiped down by students and staff before each use.
Remember that schools are NOT expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19. The majority of respiratory illnesses are not COVID-19. The district is providing classroom teachers with disposable wipes to be used in their classrooms to aid in the sanitization process as well as professional surface disinfectant spray. Our cleaning staff has adjusted their nightly routine to ensure that thorough disinfecting occurs at least twice a week. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at 216-692-8485.
Renée T. Willis, Ph.D.
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Community Park Gazebo 11:25
DeSan 11:50

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