Please see the letter below from Superintendent Von Gunten regarding COVID-19:
March 4, 2020
The Firelands Local School District is working under the guidance of Lorain County Public Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal and state institutions regarding COVID-19. Our district relies heavily on these agencies to guide our health and well-being.
As most of us are aware, a newly identified virus causes the illness known commonly as COVID-19. It is a respiratory illness that has spread from person-to-person. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) advises that for the general American public, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low. At this point, we are not aware of any individual within Ohio that is unwell with COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, we suggest visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Currently, continued healthy practices is our most practical approach towards any virus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping the transmission of any viruses through everyday practices is best. Today we are sharing the CDC’s preventative action steps that you can follow:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Hand sanitizing stations are in most classrooms and public areas.
- Stay home when you are sick-this includes children from school
Your child should stay home from school for at least 24 hours after a fever subsides (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine) or if they are not well enough to participate in class.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website. This is a great time to remind children about proper handwashing!
As expected, we will closely monitor this situation and we will share updates as needed. The health of our children and staff is our top priority. If you have general health questions please visit Lorain County Public Health for assistance.
Mike Von Gunten
Superintendent Firelands Local Schools