Dear SASEAS School families,
We are trying to be proactive as this situation with the spread of COVID-19 unfolds nationwide, especially as it has become more worrisome now that there are confirmed cases in our state. We will be prepared if the virus spreads into our community and impacts our school. To date, there have been no confirmed cases in our community. We are taking the situation seriously, while keeping perspective on the overall pandemic and spread of the virus.
We are following the Milford School District’s lead and much of this information was taken from their communication to us. We will be in contact with the Clermont County Public Health Department, the Ohio Department of Education, and the archdiocese, about COVID-19 and how we can best prevent its spread. It is best to take our cues from the Health Department as they are experts and can give us, and you, the best, most factual information. One of the curses of social media is that rumors take on a life of their own, often morphing into something that was never intended. Please help reduce anxiety by sharing reputable information from reliable sources. Links are included at the bottom of this email.
Ways we are ensuring the safety and health of students and staff:
- Both campuses are cleaned and disinfected nightly. Our teachers are wiping down desks, door knobs and other frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis.
- We are instructing students to wash their hands regularly using warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- If your child is sick, please keep them at home. We ask that no child returns to school until their fever has returned to normal for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever-lowering medications. We want you to keep your sick children at home if they are ill. The best way to limit the spread of this or any disease is to stay home if you are ill. We can arrange for work to be sent home and teachers will work with absent students in giving them the time they need to make up any work missed.
- If you suspect that you, or your child, may be showing symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor.
In the event COVID-19 spreads into our community and we need to cancel school and/or activities as a result of the outbreak, we will be prepared. If a district-wide shutdown goes into effect, we will follow Milford Schools. If Milford just closes a single school, we will continue to stay open unless a situation arises that cause us to close as well. If we do close for an extended period of time we will have a plan in place if the need arises, but our first priority will be to keep kids in school and learning. This is what the Milford School district is doing as well.
There are significant challenges should we need to close our doors for a period of time. We ask that your family prepare, as well. Parents should begin making plans for childcare if schools are closed for an extended period of time. While we cannot replace face-to-face instruction for all of our students, if we have to miss a significant amount of instructional time our options include: “blizzard bags” which are units of instruction uploaded to our website for you to print off and students will complete.
We also have a plan to video lessons that can be uploaded to our website and watched by our students. They may then have a coinciding worksheet or activity to complete that would also be uploaded.
Google Hangouts has also been made available to our school and this could be used to hold live chat sessions between teachers and students online if the need should arise. We are currently working on setting this option up and getting it running.
We encourage you to regularly check these websites for the most up to date information about COVID-19:
This is a fluid situation and working together with you to keep our students healthy, safe, and learning is very important. We will communicate with you as new information is available.
Nick Grieco, principal
SASEAS Catholic School