Dear Parents and Staff,
In everything we do, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. For that reason, we want to share an important message about the coronavirus (COVID-19) illness. With the virus now spreading outside its origins in China, federal health officials are preparing for a likely outbreak in the United States. The Franklin Local School District is monitoring the situation closely and is taking direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department (ZMCHD). The ZMCHD has information on their website to help keep you informed about the current situation at: http://www.zmchd.org/coronavirus-disease/. You can also call the 24 hour hotline at 1-8333-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634). I am attaching information from the Muskingum County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health for you to review.
Here is what the Franklin Local School District is doing:
- The custodial and transportation staff is increasing the frequency of their routine disinfection of common areas as well as buses. The sanitation efforts are occurring with cleaning products that are in line with CDC recommendations.
- School nurses will be going class to class, discussing proper ways to handwashing and how to cover a cough.
- The cafeteria is using disposable trays at lunch.
- Instructional materials are being prepared by our teaching staff in the event that the Franklin Local School District must cancel classes for health and safety reasons.
- We are switching the professional day at the end of the school year with March 17th, the day voting occurs in our schools. This means that students will not be session during the March 17th
To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19 and the flu, please follow these guidelines:
- If your child is sick, keep your child home. Please call your child’s school office if they are not coming to school so that we can monitor possible patterns.
- Please be sure that your child is fever free for at least 24 hours before they return to school.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
When we receive additional information, we will notify you. If you have any questions, we encourage you to call your school nurse.
Sharon A. McDermott, Superintendent