Communication Summary - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 18 Video Message (Transcript here: https://tinyurl.com/message51820)

 

 

May 15 Video Message (Transcript here: https://tinyurl.com/message4152020)

 

 

May 7th Video Message (Transcript here: https://tinyurl.com/message5720)

 

 

April 29th Video Message (Transcript here: https://tinyurl.com/message42920)

 

March 30 Video Message

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March 14 Update

As a result of Governor DeWine’s decision to close Ohio’s Pre K-12 schools, the Wooster City School District will continue to provide meals for the duration of the school closure.

“Nearly 50% of our students rely on school breakfast and lunch as part of their daily routines,” said Food Service Supervisor, Don Lewis. “We have worked with our Federal and State governmental partners and believe we have a quality plan to support our students while our school are closed.”

The district will deploy 10 school buses and make 12 different stops throughout Wooster. Busses are currently scheduled to stop and stay at each location for 15 -20 minutes to ensure that all students receive meals.

The drop off times and locations are as follows:

• BUS #1 (Shelmar Park/Scotsdale Apartments

o 11:00 A.M. 1684 MECHANICSBURG RD ON ROSEBUD (CENTER CIRCLE) o 11:30 A.M. 1855 MECHANICSBURG RD APARTMENTS (CENTER OF APTS)

• BUS #2 (Parkview ES/YMCA)

o 11:00 A.M. PARKVIEW ELEMENTARY 773 PARKVIEW DRIVE
o 11:20 A.M. W00STER YMCA 680 WOODLAND AVE (PARKING LOT)

• BUS #3 (Cornerstone ES/Wayne County Public Library)

o 11:00 A.M. CORNERSTONE ELEMENTARY 101 W. BOWMAN (NORTH DRIVE LOOP) o 11:25 A.M. Wayne County Public Library

• BUS #4 (Salvation Army)

o 11:00 A.M. SALVATION ARMY 437 S. MARKET ST

• BUS #5 (Community Action)

o 11:00 A.M. COMMUNITY ACTION 905 PITTSBURGH

• BUS #6 (Gasche/Winter St.)

o 11:00 A.M. C/O GASCHE & WINTER ST

• BUS #7 (Melrose ES)

o 11:00 A.M. MELROSE ELEMENTARY 1641 SUNSET LANE (BUS LOOP ON MELROSE DR)

• BUS #8 (Edgewood MS)

o 11:00 A.M. EDGEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL 2695 GRAUSTARK PATH IN CIRCLE

• BUS #9 (Melrose Park)

o 11:00 A.M. MELROSE TRAILER PARK 4400 MELROSE DR (GAZEBO @ OFFICE)

• BUS #10 (Spruce Tree)

o 11:00 A.M. 5854 CLEVELAND RD SPRUCE TREE OFFICE

Funding for this program is provided through the USDA Summer Lunch Program, a federal grant initiative.

“We are so very thankful to our transportation and food services departments for going above and beyond to ensure our students are well fed during the governmental school closure,” said Superintendent, Dr. Michael Tefs. Between the USDA, our local faith-based partners, and service organizations, we are extremely confident that our students and their families will be well cared for while schools are closed for the Coronavirus. Not surprisingly, the response and support of our Wooster community has been overwhelming and heartwarming. I’ve been prouder to be a General!”

March 12 Update

Message From Superintendent, Dr. Michael Tefs
Re: Governor DeWine’s Executive Order: Closing School (3/16/2020 - 4/10/2020)

As I am sure you heard, Governor DeWine issued an Executive Order closing Ohio’s Pre K-12 schools for three weeks effective Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3, 2020. Additionally, the Wooster CSD will be CLOSED on Monday, March 16, 2020 for professional development and faculty support.

The school system will maintain our scheduled spring break from April 6 - 10, 2020. School is scheduled to reopen on ​Monday, April 13, 2020​.
All Wooster City Schools will be CLOSED from Monday, March 16 - Friday, April 10, 2020.

Directors of Education will distribute a curricular communication on Monday, March 16 explaining how faculty will deploy our Google Classroom environment for students to maintain their learning targets.

This is yet another critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in our state. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our students and employees and we applaud Governor DeWine for his courageous leadership. We ask for your grace and patience as we implement an online/digital curriculum. We could never replace the face-to-face interactions of our caring faculty with their students, but are positive that we can maintain our learning targets.

Respectfully,
Michael Tefs, Ed.D. Superintendent

March 10 Update

The Wooster City Schools District met with the Wayne County Health Department on Friday, March 6, 2020 to discuss the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its potential impact on our schools. We are grateful for their leadership. We are also following the recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We feel extremely fortunate to have Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH) leading our school health department and are confident in our response to the continued spread of COVID-19.

PREVENTION remains our focus. We cannot emphasize enough the following common sense strategies for preventing the spread of communicable diseases:

Individual level
● Practice social distancing when ill

o Do not attend school or public functions when exhibiting cold and flu-like symptoms o Remember, you must be fever free for 24-hours before returning to school

● Handwashing

o Keep unwashed hands out of mouths, eyes, etc. and use antibacterial soap o Cell Phone/laptop/device sanitation
o Use antibacterial products daily on all high-touch surfaces

Classroom/School level
● Review hand-washing techniques with students
● Provide antibacterial soap rather than hand sanitizers in classrooms and bathrooms
● Use antibacterial products daily on all high-touch surfaces
● Discourage the sharing of food

System/District level
● School nurses will be vigilant in monitoring the student body, especially in cases where students exhibit symptoms associated with the virus
● We will stay in weekly contact with the Wayne County Health Department and follow CDC protocols
And remember, 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.

Laura Zollinger BSN, RN, NCSN
Wooster City School District Clinical Coordinator Akron Children's Hospital School Health Services lzollinger@akronchildrens.org
330-988-1111 ext. 4216

March 4 Update

The Wooster City Schools District recognizes there are concerns about the encroaching spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its potential impact on schools. The best information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found on their website. We are also working on other communication measures to keep you abreast of strategies, tools, and recommendations.

At this time, while there is no anti-viral treatment that attacks the Coronavirus, individuals are being treated with pain relievers, cough syrup and other medications for the symptoms. So, it is important that we focus heavily on prevention. As we await further guidance from the CDC on specific strategies for schools, we encourage you to follow common sense strategies for preventing the spread of communicable diseases:

Individual level

• Practice social distancing when ill

o Do not attend school or public functions when exhibiting cold and flu-like symptoms o You must be 24-hour free of a fever before returning to school

• Handwashing

o Keep unwashed hands out of mouths, eyes, etc. and use anti-bacterial soap.

• Cell Phone/laptop/device sanitation

o Use anti-bacterial products daily on all high-touch surfaces

Classroom/School level

• Review hand-washing techniques with students
• Discourage the sharing of food
• Provide anti-bacterial soap rather than hand sanitizers in classrooms and bathrooms
• Use anti-bacterial products daily on all high-touch surfaces

System/District level

• School nurses will be vigilant in monitoring the student body, especially in cases where students exhibit symptoms associated with the virus
• We will stay in daily contact with the Wayne County Health Department and follow CDC protocols

And remember, 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.

Laura Zollinger BSN, RN, NCSN
Wooster City School District Clinical Coordinator Akron Children's Hospital School Health Services lzollinger@akronchildrens.org
330-988-1111 ext. 4216