March 12, 2020
Dear Parents and Staff:
I am writing to share with you the measures Corryville Catholic School is taking to protect the health and safety of our community. Based on Governor DeWine’s decision to close all schools in the state of Ohio in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are suspending classes beginning Monday, March 16th through April 3. We will be instituting Non Traditional Learning for students. Please continue to check your email and the website for updates as this situation unfolds.
This is an unprecedented situation that is changing rapidly. We recognize that this email may not answer all of your questions at this time, but more information will be shared as plans are confirmed. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.
Why are we closing school?
Governor Mike DeWine today asked all of the state’s schools to take immediate, aggressive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state. The governor urged these actions because this is a crucial moment in time, when Ohio can slow the spread of this disease and do everything we can to protect public health, especially for our most vulnerable populations. While these actions will be disruptive and inconvenient to many, we are compelled as a faith-based community to come together for the common good of our community, state, country, and world.
While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our school, there are at least four confirmed cases in northern Ohio, and increasing reports of cases in the tri-state area. Both the state of Ohio and the city of Cincinnati are under a state of emergency in response to the epidemic.
Social distancing is the best way to prevent new cases by preventing sick people from coming in close contact with healthy ones. This strategy requires limiting large group gatherings, canceling events, working or communicating remotely, and keeping at least a 6-foot distance between people.
How is Corryville Catholic making decisions?
We follow the directives and recommendations from Hamilton County Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. We are also in regular contact with other area schools.
How will Corryville Catholic communicate with us moving forward?
Ongoing updates will be provided through email. Our website www.corryvillecatholic.org will also be regularly updated.
What should families do to prepare for the school closure?
Students will be required to continue learning while at home. We will start with providing one week of work.
Information on how to turn this work in to your teacher and pick up a new packet for subsequent weeks will be communicated later next week.
There are two choices for acquiring the first work packet:
1) Parents can download and print students’ work from our website www.corryvillecatholic.org
2) Parents can pick up packets from the school office. Our office will be staffed Friday, March 13th from 3:00p.m.-6:00 p.m. and Monday, March 16th from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m .
What is the expectation of my child to complete school work? How will this be communicated?
It is important to note that Corryville Catholic will continue to provide educational services during this time. Our faculty and staff are working diligently and swiftly to transition their classroom lessons to a format that can be delivered in a different mode for what we hope is a short period of time.
While we would expect the State of Ohio to provide an exemption to these missed school days, we still want our students learning and reviewing skills. And, students will need something to do during their time off too!
Please reach out to teachers over email if you have questions, concerns, or need some support. Again, it is not our intent to overwhelm students and parents, but rather provide some academic programming during this time away from the physical school building. Students should not view this time as a complete vacation from school and learning.
What should our time away from school look like?
With the decision to close schools, the purpose is to limit social interactions so as to slow or prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Parents are urged to use caution during this time while the students are at home and avoid placing them in large social situations where the risk of infection may be present. This will help make our school closure more effective.
How can our Corryville community stay healthy?
It is important for all of us to maintain hygiene standards to help stop the spread of the flu, the coronavirus, and other pathogens. Most of these are common sense, but are worth highlighting again:
● Keep children home when they are sick, especially with acute respiratory symptoms.
● Remind children to cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
● Handwashing needs to be stressed. All of us should wash our hands with soap and water often for at least 20
seconds. Hand sanitizer is also a good option if handwashing cannot be done.
● Tell children to avoid touching their mouth, nose, and eyes with their hands when possible.
● Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, mouse, and tablets.
● Don’t share personal items such as water bottles.
How is cleaning and disinfection being carried out at Corryville Catholic?
Our custodial team has been using increased disinfectant measures daily with extra attention on touch points – door handles, door push plates, water fountains, and railings. Our cleaning service has been contracted to provide additional disinfectant cleaning to include surfaces like desks, floors, and so on.
How can I help others?
As a Christian community, we are called to service to those around us, especially in times of need. Corryville Catholic is blessed with a strong, well-connected community, through which we can all support each other during this difficult time.
We are encouraged to learn that many businesses are responding with compassion and flexibility in allowing employees to work from home or take extended leaves of absences in order to comply with the social distancing recommendations.
We certainly hope that parents that do have flexible work options may be able to assist other parents in service industries and health care that do not have flexibility.
How do I talk to my child about COVID-19?
As public conversations around COVID-19 increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways children can avoid getting and spreading the disease.
Please join us in prayer for our country and our world as we face these challenging times. I am confident that our community will face this challenge with hopeful optimism and work together to do what’s best for our children and our community.