In keeping with advice and
recommendations regarding COVID-19 from Governor DeWine, Stark County Health
Department, and the Ohio Department of Health, K-12 schools will remain open at
this time but we will be cancelling all out of state trips and all field trips
until further notice. Parents and
students should make preparations for the possibility of needing to stay home
with their children for remote learning. Also we are postponing all indoor student performances until further
As coverage of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
in China and throughout the world, including the U.S., has become more
prevalent, our school system and the Stark County Health Department are
fielding an increasing number of questions from anxious parents and residents.
Please know that, as we do in all health-related cases, we are working closely
together and receiving additional guidance from the Stark County Health
Department, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is important to understand that Ohio now has confirmed cases of COVID-19. This
is a rapidly evolving situation, and one which we are monitoring closely.
Schools in Stark County have previously developed emergency operations plans
that specifically address how to deal with a large-scale respiratory illness
outbreak, including procedures for excluding ill students and staff,
cancellation of activities and mass gatherings, and, if necessary, school
closure. We regularly work with our
local health departments when there is a case or outbreak of disease for
guidance on recommendation of student(s) exclusion and/or school closure.
There are 4 coronaviruses that normally circulate in human populations and
cause mild respiratory illness, along with 3 coronaviruses originating in
animal populations that cause more severe disease (SARS, MERS, and COVID-19).
The 2019 novel strain causing the current outbreak is a new one and has a more
severe impact in terms of respiratory illness; initial symptoms include fever,
cough, and difficulty breathing. The CDC is still studying how the virus is
transmitted, though at this point it is believed to spread via respiratory
droplets (like the flu). Children, adolescents, and healthy adults are not
considered to be at increased risk for severe illness of COVID 19; older adults
and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to require
Practicing good hygiene can help to limit the spread of viruses in our schools.
The virus may persist on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs so as a
safeguard, custodial staff will continue to regularly clean and disinfect
classrooms and common areas.
The current recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus are the same
precautions you would take to avoid the flu. To keep your family safe:
your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If
soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
close contact with people who are sick.
home when you are sick and do not return to work or school until you have
been fever- free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least
- Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. However, to prevent
influenza and possible unnecessary evaluation for COVID-19, all persons over
the age of 6 months should receive an annual influenza vaccine; vaccination is
still available and effective in helping to prevent influenza.
We will be continuing our partnerships with public health experts and updating
you when new relevant information is available.
You may find additional information here:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/Resources-for-the-Public/
Stark County Health Department: https://www.starkcountyohio.gov/public-health/coronavirus-updates?ext=.
Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline
1-833-4-ASK-ODH Open Seven Days a Week from 9:00 a.m. to
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our children and our schools healthy.