9/1/21 | COVID Updates & Protocols from Superintendent Celico

Greetings,

 

Members of our administrative team met this morning to discuss the progression of COVID, to review our safety and cleaning measures, and to reassess our current plan.  As a result of the meeting, I have several things that I want to share.  It is clear that this virus is highly contagious and we must do everything we can to mitigate it.  I want to review protocols and share new ones that we will be implementing.

  1. Masks: In order for us to keep our schools open, we MUST be diligent in wearing our masks.  PLEASE be sure to send your child with a mask every day. While we have extras, we have a limited supply.
  2. Ruvna:  We will be reinstating the use of Ruvna. This is a daily health assessment that you must complete before sending your child to school. You will receive an email and text message each day. Before we enable it; however, we need to revise it. Therefore, we will let you know when it is ready to go. 
  3. Individual shields: While shields have been optional for students, we are going to use individual shields for all students.  
  4. Cleaning and sanitizing:  Our staff uses a vital-oxide ionization spray which kills 99.9% of viruses to clean our classrooms and common areas.
  5. Parent Notification: Moving forward, parents will be informed of a positive COVID case in their child’s classroom. Though we will not be able to identify whether or not the person is a student or staff member, an email will serve as notification. If your child is identified as a close contact, you will be notified.
  6. If you are interested in tracking the number of cases by building, here is the link that is updated as cases are reported.

https://www.bedford.k12.oh.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1722

  1. Visitors: Visitors will only be permitted for emergency purposes.
  2. Make up Work: If your child is isolated or quarantined due to COVID, we will provide your child with work. It may be required that a parent come pick up materials.

The last thing I need to share candidly is the reality in which we are faced.  I am sure you notice when you look around that everyone is struggling to staff restaurants, stores, and schools, which are no exception.  The reality is we are struggling to find enough people to cover classes, drive buses, feed students, and clean our buildings.  We may be faced with pivoting to remote learning, hybrid model for learning, or closing school(s) for a period of time. These certainly are our last resorts.  I want to communicate this to you in advance so you can have a contingency plan for your family.  Again, we will do everything we can to keep our schools open, but without a crystal ball, I am unsure what lies ahead.  As always, I thank you for your understanding. 

 

Superintendent Celico