March 9 Announcement
Health and Wellness Update from Lake Ridge Academy
Lake Ridge Families,
As you may have heard, three cases of COVID-19 (a/k/a the coronavirus) have been identified in Cuyahoga County. In order to assist residents with the latest information, the Ohio Department of Health has created the website, coronavirus.ohio.gov, which will contain the latest information from the DoH. The site provides information on prevention, preparation, answers to common questions and current updates.
First and foremost, I want to remind everyone of the most important steps we can all take to prevent the spread of illness. We are reinforcing these at school and it would help if you reinforce them at home too:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Please know I and the rest of the leadership team are monitoring this situation daily, if not more often. We have taken the following additional steps to keep our community safe:
- Out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing the 1st and 3rd grade field trips that were scheduled for tomorrow, as they involved going downtown and interacting with lots of people in close quarters. They will be rescheduled.
- We have changed our sick leave policy to be more flexible, and allow faculty and staff to borrow time if they are sick but out of days. This change should ensure that nobody working at Lake Ridge comes to school if they are ill.
- We have ordered 20 hand-sanitizers that will be installed in strategic locations throughout school, to supplement the hand pumps we currently have available. While washing with soap and water is always best, we believe having hand-sanitizers located throughout school is a good additional step, and will also remind students, faculty, staff and visitors of the importance of good hygiene.
- I am meeting tomorrow with our cleaning staff to discuss additional steps that can be taken over break and on a regular basis to "deep clean" the school using additional and more powerful disinfectants.
- Michael Haase, RN (our school health specialist) continues to meet with students to reinforce the importance of washing hands; he spoke to the upper school students today to go over good hygiene procedures and answer questions. He also made it clear he is available individually to students who have questions.
The leadership team and I continue to closely monitor this situation with the Ohio Department of Health, CDC, and other local resources. I continue to believe the school is safe and we are following best practices. I, along with Michael Haase and the rest of the leadership, are closely monitoring the latest news and will keep you posted of any changes.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks and regards,