Dear Parents/Guardians and community members,
The Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District is working closely with local, regional and state healthcare partners to monitor the rapidly-changing situation of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in order to make the most well-informed decisions on behalf of our students, staff and community. I am writing to provide an update on our district’s efforts related to student, staff and community health and wellness.
Although the current risk for COVID-19 is low for the State of Ohio, the most important thing to do is to plan and prepare. Upper Sandusky Exempted Village S.D. will be prepared to implement public health recommendations as required. Updated information will be shared with the community and posted on our website, usevs.org, as it becomes available.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by novel (new) virus. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through close contact (approximately 6 ft. or less), from respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible that touching an object that has the virus on it and then touching one’s mouth, nose or eyes can lead to transmission, although is not thought to be the primary means. Although some spread of the virus may be possible before people show symptoms, people are thought to be most contagious when they are symptomatic.
The CDC reports that COVID-19 has resulted in symptoms from mild to severe, and can include fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. Additionally, CDC believes that symptoms may appear between two (2) and fourteen (14) days after exposure, based on what has been seen previously with similar viruses.
While there is no vaccine to prevent this virus. Wyandot County Public Health Department recommends that individuals receive the flu vaccination and engage in everyday, preventative measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds (especially before eating, after using the restroom, blowing your nose and/or coughing/sneezing)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose
- Stay home if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Upper Sandusky Exempted Village S.D. will continue to monitor this situation and will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available. In the meantime, please be assured that we are actively engaged in monitoring, managing and preparing for potential impacts of COVID-19 on our school and community. Our efforts include:
- Ongoing cleaning/disinfecting our classrooms, schools, buses and other areas
- Ensuring our schools are equipped with proper soap, sanitizer and other supplies
- Continuing development of plans to provide off-site educational experiences, should the need arise
- Continuous communication with local, regional and state health departments and area school district administrators for coordination and planning
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Information about COVID-19 is available on our website, through state and local health departments as well as the CDC website.
Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District