A message from Superintendent Dr. Mark Potts:
I have received several emails from parents who are concerned with the safety of the schools with respect to the flu going around. For those of you who have been dealing with sick children, I am truly sorry for what you are going through. I understand. I am a parent too.
Your concerns are valid as the virus is all over Northeast Ohio. Generally, public schools look at closing due to illness when absences reach or exceed 30%. There have been no public schools in our area closed due to flu to my knowledge.
Let me assure you we are tracking the absences. The past two weeks have seen an increase of students going home ill, but the absences have not gotten over 10-11%. Yesterday, when I received many emails about closing the school due to the exorbitant number of absences being reported on Facebook, we only had 8.9% absent. It was a little more than normal, but not an epidemic.
We have paid custodians overtime in the evening to disinfect desks, doors, counters, and any common areas where students may place their hands. We did extensive disinfecting over the weekend and plan to continue for as long as is necessary.
Here are some guidelines to help keep our children healthy:
To stop the spread of illness please do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting any signs of the flu such as fever, chills, headache, or sore muscles.
If your child has a fever (temperature greater than 100) please keep them home for 24 hours after the fever is gone and without the use of fever reducing medications.
Students should all be kept home for 24 hours after vomiting or diarrhea.
We would also encourage frequent hand washing with friction, sneezing or coughing into the inside of their elbow, drinking plenty of clear fluids, adequate nutrition and to get as much rest as possible to keep their immune system as strong as it can be.
We share your concern for the health and safety of our students. We are working to keep the schools as safe from germs as possible.
Thank you for helping to keep our children healthy.