February 28, 2020
Mentor Schools families and staff members,
We know there is a lot of concern swirling around the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) right now and its potential impact here in the United States and, more specifically, our own community. We have been in contact with the Lake County General Health District and are staying on top of information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for advice and guidance. While we’re told there are no known cases of the Coronavirus in our area, there are still steps we can take to be vigilant and proactive in regard to health and wellness in our schools. You can click this link to read more information about COVID-19 from the CDC.
As you probably know, our custodial staff members disinfect common areas of every building on a daily basis. This includes bathrooms, cafeterias, sinks, drinking fountains, etc. We also regularly disinfect classroom surfaces, such as desks and chairs. These procedures extend to our buses as well. One extra tool we have in Mentor Schools and use in every school building is our electrostatic sprayer machines. The electrostatic sprayers are EPA approved and use a safe disinfectant solution to help us be even more efficient in the disinfecting process as we work to limit the spread of germs. Because it is flu season, we have already put extra emphasis on these important practices, and we are committed to continue to do so moving forward.
Additionally, beginning next week, we plan to address this topic in an age appropriate manner with all of our students through announcements or classroom meetings. We will discuss the importance of hand-washing and other actions that can be taken to help eliminate the spread of germs. While soap-and-water hand-washing will be stressed as the preferred method for cleanliness, we are also looking to add additional hand sanitizer stations to our schools quickly. Posters from the CDC with important reminders about preventing the spread of germs are also being displayed at all of our schools.
It is worth mentioning that our current student attendance records across the district have remained in the 90% range per day, which is typical. That being said, we insist that if you have a child who is feeling ill or has a fever, please keep him or her home from school. If a fever is present, please keep students home from school until they are at least 24-hours fever-free. Attendance letters are automatically generated if a child has missed 6, 12 or 18 days of school, whether excused or unexcused. Please know, you may receive one of these letters, but we will work with you to get children caught up on school work if they are home sick. It is most important that students stay home if they are ill for their own well-being, as well as for the safety of others. The same is true for our staff members, and we are encouraging all staff members to stay home from work if they are sick.
School safety is our number one priority in Mentor Public Schools. After speaking with the Lake County General Health District, I have been assured that our plan and precautions exceed what is being recommended for schools at this time. We will stay on top of this important, developing information regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 and how it may affect health and wellness in our community. We will continue being proactive in maintaining a safe learning environment for our students and staff.
Mentor Public Schools