Important COVID 19 information from Superintendent Ferguson

Dear Tallmadge City Schools Families,

As you are aware, there are three confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ohio, all of which are in Cuyahoga County.

We continue to monitor the situation and are receiving daily updates from Summit County Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education and Akron Children's Hospital. The safety and wellness of our students and staff remain our top priority. As such, we are continuing to follow the best practices set forth by these local health organizations. 

For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. As of right now, there is not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States. 

Early information shows that some people are at a higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. The higher-risk populations include:

  • Adults age 60 and older
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extremely important for you to take precautions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people‚Äôs risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease. Governor DeWine recently announced recommendations for universities to implement remote learning, to minimize group gatherings and to not allow spectators at indoor sporting events. The current recommendation is for K-12 schools to remain open but to prepare for potential responses that may include school closings. The Governor has set up a website resource for families to stay informed: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/  

Our Tallmadge City Schools administration team has determined the following:

  • If we do have a need to close schools, it will be a full district closure, not an individual building.
  • In the event of closures, teachers will be prepared to provide educational content for students to do at home. The work provided will keep students engaged under the guidance of their families. However, learning at home is not a substitute for classroom instruction. 
  • As of this writing, no large group programs have been canceled. We will continue to monitor the situation. It is possible future planned events and field trips will be delayed or possibly cancelled.

We will continue to keep you aware of decisions as we make them and provide guidance as we receive it.

Linked below are a list of guidelines to prepare your household for an outbreak of any infectious disease, including a stop the spread of disease poster and a reminder about how to prevent contracting the disease.

 https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

COVID 19 Checklist

COVID Fact Sheet

Stop the Spread of Germs Poster

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Ferguson

Superintendent

Tallmadge City Schools

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