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March 3 letter from Terri Noe

Dear Finneytown Families, March 3, 2020

In our effort to keep you informed, we want you to be aware that we are closely monitoring the information surrounding the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID19).  It is important to remember that no student or staff member in Finneytown Local School District has been diagnosed with Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19. According to the CDC, as of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana. Should that change, the Disease Control (CDC) will let us know, and we would notify all parents. Our Hamilton County Public Health Department and the Ohio Health Department is also working closely with all schools to monitor any situation that might arise. I am receiving frequent updates.

As a district, our emergency Pandemic Plan has several stages to it including this first step of notification to our families providing basic information as well as what can be done to reduce the chances of this most recent virus or any type of flu. If it becomes necessary, I will send more information out using One Call Now, our website, and local news stations like we always do. Similar to preventing the spread of the H1N1 virus back in 2009 or any significant flu season since then, the basics still apply:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Cover your cough and sneeze.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas.
  5. Stay home when you are sick.
  6. Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.

We will be working with students to be sure they are reminded to wash their hands and we are also in close contact with our cleaning crew as they increase disinfecting in the evenings. The wiping of surfaces in our bus transportation fleet and kitchens in all buildings is also a part of this plan. 

This email is not meant to cause undue alarm or fear as our most recent communication from the CDC is that our risk in Ohio is considered low at this time.  We also plan to be sensitive to those students who might be more concerned than others about what they’ve heard in the news. Please monitor particularly younger students from being overly informed on the most recent coronavirus outbreak and simply remind them that hand washing and keeping their hands away from their face are all a part of healthy habits that will reduce the risk of getting a cold.  
While the Coronavirus is a new concern of late, please do not lose sight of the tips and tools you have been given to stay healthy this cold and flu season. Hand washing with soap and water is our greatest asset. This is the BEST method of prevention to combat seasonal illness. I also want to remind our staff and families to keep in mind the importance of rest and focusing on our own personal health.
If you or your child is exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory illness, like the flu, (see the links and attachments for a list of symptoms) please stay home and be sure to notify the school each day your child is absent.
I have attached some resources and will also include some links to resources. These will also be posted on our webpage. www.finneytown.org

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/COVID19Hamilton County Department of Health Department:  https://www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org/Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/novel-coronavirus/2019-ncov

If you have further questions, please reach out to the building nurses. I don’t mean to bombard you with all this information. Please know this is a small sample of what we have received. Some of the attachments may help with smaller children. We will continue to update you as information becomes available.

Thanks for your support in helping to keep all of us healthy as we encourage students and staff to wash their hands. 

Respectfully,Terri Noe, Superintendent

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