March 11, 2020
Dear Canfield Families,
There is a significant amount of information circulating regarding COVID-19 in the media, and on social media, and it can be overwhelming and cause anxiety for you and your child(ren). At this time, there are 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio.
Our District has and will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mahoning County Public Health. We are actively monitoring their frequent updates as appropriate for our District.
On Friday, March 13, 2020, we have decided to close all schools to students so that our staff can prepare for the possibility of online or blended instruction should the District have to close due to the virus. If you do not have a computer or internet access please contact your building administrator as soon as possible.
While there is now increased concern in Ohio, health officials are advising that we continue to follow preventative measures to minimize the spread of communicable diseases including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
- Keeping students home and contact your healthcare provider if sick.
- Reporting confirmed cases of Influenza and other illnesses to the school secretary.
Our teaching staff is diligent in helping our students practice these recommendations at school. Please help us reinforce these preventative measures at home and during non school activities. Our custodial staff is working tirelessly to ensure that areas are cleaned in the buildings including tables, desks, restrooms, and common areas.
If there were infections in our community, public health authorities may recommend specific measures to lessen the possibility of the spread of infection in our schools. This could include measures to increase “social distancing” and limiting activities where large groups are closely gathered like assemblies or certain after school activities.
We will continue to monitor the situation, in partnership with our health experts, and will keep you informed if additional measures need to be taken. Closing schools would likely be at the recommendation of public health authorities or at the direction of state leadership. It is also possible that we would close school if there were not enough healthy staff members available to work. There may also be a situation where a specific school would be closed while others remained open. We are tracking student and staff illnesses in our buildings on an ongoing basis.
Our website and social media will remain the hub for all information. As always, should you have any questions, please contact any administrator or me directly.