As seen in headlines around the world, the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus. Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into US communities.
Schools can play an important role in this effort. Schools can prepare to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their students and staff should local health officials identify such a need.
In these situations, our District works closely with the Medina County Health Department, Ashland County Health Department, Akron Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals to ensure that a healthy environment is maintained for our students.
Additionally, the District would like to provide the Black River community with this
handout from the Medina County Health Department and CDC on stopping the spread of germs and this
handout on the Coronavirus.
While the Coronavirus news is concerning, it is important to point out that there are other respiratory viruses like influenza currently circulating in schools. Fever, coughing and difficulty breathing are symptoms associated with all of them. Therefore, anyone exhibiting these symptoms should not be assumed to have COVID-19.
As with all viruses, the best way to prevent infection and minimize transmission is through every day practices.