Wheelersburg schools fighting the spread of germs

Staff Report

Wheelersburg Local School District is keeping parents informed on the steps they are taking to combat the flu and coronavirus.

In a statement released on Facebook Wednesday, the school district posted the health and safety of the students and staff were a top priority.

“Recently, our school community experienced an influenza outbreak that caused a great deal of concern. Now we are faced with a new strain of influenza. While there are no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in Scioto County or our district at this time, we want you to know what we are doing to prepare for and prevent the spread of the virus and how you can help by implementing some simple prevention measures into your daily routine,” The Facebook post said.

The district stated that families could help prevent the spread of a cold, influenza and other respiratory viruses like the coronavirus by practicing healthy habits suggested by the Center for Disease Control.

In the post, Wheelersburg Local School District listed tips on how to help stop the spread of germs.

“Wash your hands often! Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry your hands with a paper towel. Or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.

Avoid touching your face. Your eyes, nose, and mouth are open doors for germs to enter.

Cover your coughs and sneezes by holding a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue away and wash your hands!

Stay home if you’re sick. This isn’t the time to tough it out and leave your home if you’re not feeling well,” the post stated

The district said administrators are in contact with the Scioto County Health Department and any decisions on school closures will be made in a partnership with them on a case by case basis.

“We have also ordered additional disinfectants and have called in additional custodial staff to help sanitize common touchpoints in our schools. We will continue to share information with our community as the situation develops through email, social media and our website. If a school closure is required, we will also utilize our text messaging alert system, Instant Connect, and local media to keep you informed,” the post read.

The post concluded with the district thanking parents for their understanding and asking for them to stay informed.

“We recommend you stay informed through trusted public health sources like the Scioto County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control. Thank you for partnering with us to mitigate the influenza risk to our students, staff and community,” the district said.


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