Dear Mentor Schools community,
We understand there is growing concern surrounding the possibility of Ebola in the Cleveland area because a patient confirmed to have the virus was on two flights in and out of the Cleveland airport. While we do not believe anyone from Mentor Schools had direct contact with the patient, we are aware there are many questions about how schools are reacting and we will remain vigilant to maintaining a safe environment for our students and staff.
Our custodial staff members disinfect common areas of every building on a daily basis. This includes bathrooms, cafeterias, sinks, water fountains, etc. We also regularly disinfect classroom surfaces, such as desks. However, to take extra precautions and help ease concerns, we will put an extra emphasis on disinfecting all buildings and all classrooms tonight and tomorrow. One extra tool we have and will use in every building is our electrostatic sprayer machines. The electrostatic sprayers are EPA approved and use a safe disinfectant solution to help us be more efficient in the disinfecting process.
Additionally, I have been in direct contact with our local Medical Director of the Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health Director for advice and have been assured our plan and precautions exceed what is being recommended for schools at this time. Student and staff safety is our utmost priority in Mentor Schools and we will continue to be pro-active in maintaining a safe environment.
Here are a few resources provided to us by State officials that you can read/call for more information about the Ebola virus:
Matthew MillerSuperintendent Mentor Public Schools
The following link is to a news story with more information about how the electrostatic sprayer works. You can see the story is from 2013, and since then we have purchased the machines for every building: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-lake/mentor-public-schools-use-high-powered-disinfectant-sprayers-to-fight-flu