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Information for Families and Tips to Keep Everyone Healthy

Posted on: March 10, 2020

Dear Wilmington Families,

Our teachers and principals have been working hard to reteach and reinforce to our students  the importance of handwashing and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. It is also important to know when to stay at home when you are sick.  These are the things that we have the most control of in preventing the spread of germs. With the pending spread of the coronavirus we have been communicating this with our students over the last several weeks.  

  • Hand Washing:  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.  Students need to know that germs get into our body most often through touching our face - eyes, nose, mouth and to try a avoid rubbing their eyes, etc

  • Coughing and Sneezing:  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and dispose of the tissue or cough/sneeze into your upper sleeve.

  • Feeling Sick- Stay at Home:  Just like the flu or the common cold, if your child has a fever or cough, they should remain at home until they are fever and cough free for 24 hours without medication. 

We are monitoring the status of the coronavirus. We will work closely with and follow direction from our health department for decisions if we need to take any measures for health protection.  We will communicate any specific plans for Wilmington by using email, auto-dial, website and social media. At this time, we are proceeding with normal routines.  

Our staff is working hard to provide the needed support when students feel anxious about all of the news they hear.  The best thing is to reassure them that they are in safe hands at school and home and that experts are making decisions.  It is best for our students that the adults provide them with support, normal routines, and keep them engaged in their learning and extra-curricular activities.  

Here a few links for helpful information:

Ohio Department of Health

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Mindy McCarty-Stewart, Superintendent

Superintendent Wilmington City Schools