Dear Springfield-Clark CTC Families,
At Springfield-Clark CTC, the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and let you know what we are doing to make sure our schools remain healthy and safe for all students and staff.
First, it is important to remember that at this time, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. There are currently no confirmed cases in Ohio or any surrounding states and officials say the risk to the general public is currently low. As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Clark County Combined Health District, Ohio Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We encourage our students, staff, and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses.
We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. Here at the SCCTC, we continue daily monitoring of attendance rates and illness reports. Our school nurse is proactive in reviewing, updating and communicating pandemic plans. And, we are completing extra sanitation within the school setting as well as making sure soap dispensers are adequately stocked. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:
- Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash fingertips and between fingers.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
- As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
- If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.
In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Please refer to the health guidelines outlined in our district handbook. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention.
With your support, we can all work together to prevent illnesses and keep our schools a healthy and safe learning environment for all students and staff. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Snider, School Nurse, at 937-325-7368 X 121 or me at 937-325-7368 X117
Michelle R. Patrick, Superintendent