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COVID-19: Latest OHS Response and Updates
The news and information about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region is quickly evolving. Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our school community. With that in mind, I want to share some new information and updates regarding our response to help protect our students and families. In taking these actions, school administration and the Board of Trustees, in direct consultation with the Davidson County Health Department and in coordination with other local schools, are following recommendations from the CDC as well as local and state public health officials.
We created a OHS Webpage for COVID-19 Updates, found in the Oakworthy menu on our website, serving as a centralized location for updates and resources for our school community. This is a rapidly evolving public health situation; please check this page regularly for updates.
- OHS does not have a current concern of an active exposure to COVID-19.
It is important to recognize that misinformation and speculation can create fear and unnecessary panic among our school community, making it more difficult to keep everyone healthy. With more tests available for COVID-19, the number of confirmed cases will grow. If your child or someone in your family has been tested for COVID-19, please notify our school nurse, Krista Hockaday. In the likely event COVID-19 affects someone in our community, we will share that information with you.
- Spring Break Travel
As you evaluate travel plans to make the best decisions for your family, please consult the CDC’s latest travel advisories and country-specific risk classification levels. We respectfully request that families reconsider non-essential travel at this time and the potential impacts that travel may have on you, your family and others in our community.
In partnership with the school, if any member of your family plans to travel to one of the countries classified by the CDC as Level 2 or Level 3, we ask that you self-report to our school nurse, Krista Hockaday. Additionally, following the guidance of the CDC, anyone who travels to a Level 2 or 3 area will be asked to refrain from coming to school for a period of 14 days upon returning to the U.S. This list is rapidly changing. Please review the CDC’s self-quarantine guidance and travel warnings for more information.
- Non-Essential Large Group Activities Canceled
In order to minimize potential exposure, it is essential for all of us to avoid large crowds and keep a safe social distance when in groups. The following activities are canceled:
- All field trips are canceled until further notice
- Lent Service, March 11
- Flag Raising will be conducted from the office
- Grandparents Day, April 9
Please refer to the OHS COVID-19 webpage for cancellation updates.
- Food Service Measures and Increased Cleaning Frequency
We continue to perform a disinfectant cleaning each day and are increasing cleaning frequency in high-touch areas. Additionally, we have taken food safety measures such as removing self-serve silverware and communal service areas, particularly the salad bar.
Thank you to all of those who are diligent about keeping sick children away from school. As a reminder, if you or your child has any symptoms of illness, please consult your pediatrician and not Nurse Hockaday.
Additional Reminders from the School Clinic:
- Wash hands frequently and well
- Do not send your child to school if he or she shows signs of illness
- *NEW* During this extenuating time, we will observe a 48 hour fever-free period, meaning, your child needs to be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing aids for 48 hours before returning to school.
We continue to monitor this situation. It is changing every day, in some cases, hourly. We appreciate your partnership as we navigate these uncertain times.