According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “2019 Novel  Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus)  identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and lower respiratory tract issues such as cough and shortness of breath.

When a new strain of flu develops, such as 2019 Novel Coronavirus, there is a period where there is no available vaccine and until the vaccine is developed it is important for people living in affected areas to take steps to prevent spreading the virus. If people are ill, they should stay at home and limit contact with others, except to seek medical care.   Healthy residents living in infected areas should take everyday preventive actions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer these tips to prevent the flu:

  •  Get vaccinated every year
  •  A void contact with people that are sick
  •  A void touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  •  Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
  •  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  •  Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily
  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  •  Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol

Planning and Preparedness
The recommendations for preventing the spread of coronavirus are the same as the flu. We have posted information from the CDC on our Health Services page on our website. In addition to closely partnering with public health agencies to keep up-to-date on this  evolving situation, East Cleveland City Schools is following existing safety practices to minimize the spread of illness and to encourage good health. Safe school plans are in place at each of our schools. We encourage preventative actions, including:

  • There is a Pandemic Flu Response Plan in place that can be viewed on the ECCS web page.
  • Routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces with government-approved disinfectants. Our custodians and cleaners daily disinfect high contact surfaces like desks, counters, door knobs and bathrooms.
  • Washing hands frequently.
  • Encouraging students and staff to stay home if they are ill. If running a fever, it is recommended that students remain at home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Using respiratory etiquette (e.g. covering coughs, using tissue and no-touch trash cans).
  • Our school nurses and health aides are valued partners in our healthy school efforts, and assist if a student falls ill while at school.

As a Reminder,

  • The Coronavirus 2019 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by
    viruses that can cause severe illness.
  • Symptoms of influenza and the Coronavirus 2019 can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, runny nose and cough.
  • Do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick.

Parents can keep up with the latest news about the coronavirus outbreak and actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control online at https://www.cdc.gov/ and through the Ohio Department of Health at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know­our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/2019-nCoV. If our District needs to make a decision to close schools, it will be made in conjunction with the guidance of the Cuyahoga County and Ohio Department of Health. This is truly a developing situation that our District, like all districts, are watching closely and collaborating with other agencies. As we gather new information, I will keep our community updated with information as it is released and as we create our next steps. Hopefully, our school community will not feel any impact from the potential spread of COVID-19 and our spring continues with classes, activities and school as planned. I want to thank you for your help and support in these endeavors.

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