WELLSTON — Wellston City Schools Karen Boch addressed the school district through a letter online today, Wednesday, March 11, regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
"We understand and share your concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus)," stated Boch. "Like you, we are closely monitoring updates about this situation from government, healthcare and public health experts, and we are also in contact with the Jackson County Health Department."
Boch added, "Keeping you and our students safe, and ensuring that our schools are clean, disinfected and healthy, remains a firm priority for our district as we continue to learn more about COVID-19."
The Jackson County Health Department recommends that individuals receive the flu vaccination and engage in everyday, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness including the COVID-19, such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze in a bend of your elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Stay home if you have a fever or within 24 hours of having a fever without fever reducing medication.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
"While there are no reported cases of the virus in Jackson County, we have put many additional measures in place to continue our cleaning and sanitation protocols to ensure all high-touch areas and surfaces throughout our buildings receive additional attention during this time," stated Boch. "Our transportation department will be taking measures to clean and sanitize the buses on a regular basis, as well."
Boch said, "It is our intent to continue to operate with these precautionary measures in place, but as you know, this could present a quickly changing situation."
If needed, Boch said, the middle and high school staff can utilize Google Classroom to continue learning at home on a temporary basis. The district is exploring similar options for elementary students.
WCS will use its robocall system, social media, email and website to provide parents with regular updates on this situation and any decisions make regarding school closures or remote schooling.
"In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to prepare, as well, for the possibility of future school closure, to review your ability to arrange for in-home learning, and to identify any childcare arrangements that may be necessary," stated Boch. "As always, please practice appropriate health and safety measures in your own homes and teach your children about proper hand washing and overall preventative habits to minimize the spread of illness. If your child is sick, please do not send him/her to school. We can work with you on attendance issues as long as you keep us informed of your student’s status."
Boch said, "We are working tirelessly to monitor this situation while ensuring your child experiences minimal disruption in the classroom. Once again, at this time we have no reason to change how our schools are operating. We will communicate additional information in the event of any changes."