Information about Chronavirus

Lake Parents —

For several weeks, we have been monitoring this outbreak across the world and those within the U.S. We have also been receiving guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health, and local health departments on best practices to combat the coronavirus. In response to the recommendations, Lake Local Schools is focusing on cleaning procedures and preventative practices to keep students, staff, and our community healthy and safe. 

While there are no confirmed cases in this area of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to share how we are monitoring the situation and what precautions we can all take during this flu season. Lake Schools are focused on working with the local and State Department of Health along with utilizing resources from the CDC and National sources to provide preventative measures for the flu and coronavirus. The CDC and the National School Superintendents Association have shared the following precautions:

Individual level

  • If students or staff exhibit cold and flu-like symptoms, they should stay home.

  • All individuals should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place it immediately in the trash.

Handwashing — (this is the single most important act of hygiene we can perform according to local health officials)

  • Encourage all students to keep unwashed hands out of their mouths, eyes, etc.

  • Encourage all students to use anti-bacterial soap.  

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Classroom/School level

  • The virus does not discriminate. Please remember that people of all nationalities can have the coronavirus. 

  • Teachers review hand-washing techniques with students.

  • Discourage the sharing of food.

  • Encourage students to use anti-bacterial soap to wash hands. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 

  • Encourage maintenance and classroom staff to use anti-bacterial products on all high-touch surfaces daily.

System/District level

  • Provide clear and transparent communication to communities especially around any suspected or confirmed cases.

  • Ensure that school personnel are vigilant in monitoring the student body, especially in cases where students exhibit symptoms associated with the virus.

  • Establish a process for determining whether students are contracting the virus and a system for reporting updates to health officials.

  • Currently, public health officials are not recommending the use of masks or gloves in public settings.

  • At this time, Federal health authorities are not  recommending that schools cancel classes. They are asking that Districts coordinate with local health departments on guidance if there are confirmed cases in a District.

  • Take action without stigmatizing any students/families/populations.

  • Consider cancelling out-of-district trips overseas or within the United States (if there are reported outbreaks at the U.S. destination).     

Please know there are many scenarios that could result from the coronavirus.  As of the time of sending this communication there are NO cases of confirmed coronavirus in Ohio. If there is a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the school system, the CDC recommendation is to work with the local health departments to determine our course of action. In the event of a confirmed case, the District’s focus would be for the safety of all students and staff in the District. If the local health department recommends that we close we will determine the best course of action on how to continue the education of students during this time. We would develop this in coordination with options that would be available from the Ohio Department of Education.

The CDC has many resources related to the coronavirus (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus). If you have questions, I would encourage you to review the information on their website. In addition, please be sure to let your supervisor and/or principal know if you have any specific concerns. We appreciate your collaboration with us to ensure the safety of students and staff at Lake!