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Dear Parents, Families and Communities,
Nelsonville-York City School District’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our students
and staff. Accordingly, our leadership team has been meeting and closely monitoring the news
surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus. Currently, the State of Ohio has four confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the 4th is community spread, so Nelsonville-York CSD is implementing and, in most cases, reemphasizing proactive measures to help protect our students, staff and community.
What We Are Doing Now:
• Beginning with activities starting on Monday, March 16th, all school-related field trips, travel, as well as any planned community events will be evaluated on a week by week basis and may be canceled with limited notice.
•Continue to encourage families to monitor their personal and family health and we ask that families self-report when a student has a fever and cough. If those symptoms are present, we ask that you follow our typical protocol of 24 hours symptom free before returning to school.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and lower respiratory tract issues such as cough and shortness of breath.
Please join us in encouraging students to: follow CDC guidelines while washing their hands at home or in school, cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching their faces.
• We are asking parents and families to update their contact emails in Infinite Campus’ Parent Portal, so we have accurate emails to communicate with.
• We will be surveying students regarding internet access and personal device availability at home.
• Outdoor activities will continue. Most spring sports are held outdoors so they will not be affected in the immediate future.
• We will also work to limit visitors to our buildings unless absolutely necessary, including volunteers. Parents/families who need to pick up their children and/or drop off items may be met at the entrance doors and students sent to the parents/families as opposed to parents/families entering the facilities.
• Our transportation staff is thoroughly wiping down every single school bus and monitoring our bus drivers for signs of potential illness.
• Food Services is continuing to wipe down all areas (and surrounding areas) where food is served every school day. We are also taking steps to limit the exposure of the meals to outside elements. During lunch time we are encouraging students to wash/disinfect.
• We are also increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas in all our buildings using disinfectants proven effective against COVID-19 as recommended by the EPA and CDC.
Plans In The Event We Close:
Nelsonville-York adheres to our safety plan which details appropriate responses to these types of outbreaks using the resources that we currently have in place.
• We may begin using blizzard bags to address lessons and activities, so this approach will be used for any long-term closure.
• Printed lessons will be distributed to those students without the resources to acquire them electronically.
• Since we are a one-to-one district, many of our teachers and most of our students already have a digital learning device or have access to a personal device of their own.
• We will also work to ensure that all students are trained as soon as possible on how to use the option(s) that applies to their grade level at home and are provided with information on how they may access technical support if issues occur during the transition.
• We currently use digital learning through a variety of different curriculum-based programs that can be accessible from school or home.
• Teachers can add content (videos, documents, etc.) into their Google Classrooms remotely for students to access, and they can interact with students in the Google Classroom as well.
• We will be instituting and encouraging additional handwashing and germ control measures with all students and staff.
• We are evaluating ways to distribute meals to students and families during a closure.
• We are evaluating ways to assist families in evaluating the health of their children if a fever or cough or other flu-like symptoms present themselves.
• School Calendar adjustments may be made to better serve the students of the district.
Keeping our buildings clean to lower the risk of spreading germs is a big job, so please thank our nurses and custodial staff for their hard work when you see them. For more information about COVID-19 and our district’s response, please visit our district’s website.
Currently, there is not an anti-viral medication or vaccination available for COVID-19. We will continue to follow any guidance received from the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Board of Health and the Athens-City-County Department of Health regarding COVID-19. If we were to experience a COVID-19 case, we will take direction from these agencies regarding potential school closings.
We intend to regularly communicate with our parents and families by use of the automated calling and messaging system, social media and the district website. Information relative to the virus is ever evolving and changing, we will do our best to stay current and share as quickly as possible. We will only utilize first source information as sources of information to share and base decisions from.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding and we wish you a happy, healthy rest of the school year.
Ricky D. Edwards