Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness at OHS

Dear Parents,

Regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as a range of state and local health sources, staying on top of recommendations that apply to us as a school while maintaining a common sense perspective amid this very fluid public health concern.

To help prevent the spread of illness, we remain diligent in our efforts to clean all areas and high-touch surfaces throughout the school. SFM, our school’s facilities management contractor, performed a precautionary disinfectant cleaning this weekend and will continue this protocol every night.

While this extra layer of cleaning is helpful, we also need your assistance to engage in practices that promote good health. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is one of the most effective steps that we can all take to reduce the spread of illnesses.

Additionally, it is imperative that you keep your child at home if he or she experiences any of the following symptoms: fever, body aches, chills and sweats, persistent cough, fatigue/weakness and nasal congestion. Your child must also be fever-free (less than 100 degrees) for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing aid, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, before returning to school. Click HERE to review the school’s sick policy about when to keep your child at home.

We recognize that the COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving and anxiety levels are heightened as new headlines continue to emerge. While there are no reported cases in our local community or across the state at this time, we are preparing should the situation change. We are engaged in contingency planning in the event it becomes necessary to close school for an extended period of time. While this scenario is difficult to predict with any certainty, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates and support as needed.

Lastly, it is unavoidable that children will overhear us listening to and discussing news reports regarding COVID-19. Here are two quick resources to help guide conversations if you choose to have them with your children:

Thank you for your partnership and cooperation to help ensure the good health and well-being of our school community. As always, please contact me if you have any questions.

With gratitude,
Hart

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