As you are all well aware, there is a lot of information being given regarding the Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19. This webpage has been created in an effort to inform our parents, community, students, and staff on how the school is responding to this public health concern. Student safety has always been and will always be our top priority. With the announcement that there are confirmed cases in northern Ohio we are preparing and examining our practices to prevent the spread of illness in our schools. All information contained on our this webpage is available through public resources. A list with links is at the bottom of the page. Please follow these links for additional information and resources.
March 13, 2020
Fairfield Local Schools will be open Monday, March 16, 2020. Staff will report at normal time. Students will be on a 2-hour delay. Students are NOT bring their textbooks and materials to school Monday. Below you will find links to "Home Learning Expectations" and "Food Service Operations". These will be in effect from March 17, 2020 through April 3, 2020. Teachers will be in the building Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 11:30am. The buildings will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm. At any time during this 3-week period, NO STUDENTS/CHILDREN are permitted in the building.
Thank you, Tim Dettwiller, Superintendent
March 12, 2020
Fairfield Local Schools will be closed tomorrow Friday March 13, 2020. This closure is to allow our staff to prepare for the possibility of an extended closure if ordered by the Governor's office due to the CoronaVirus. All staff will report at 8:00am tomorrow for a general staff meeting in the district auditeria. All staff will work their normal hours beginning at 8:00am. Students should take home today all textbooks and materials needed for home study. Students may need textbooks and materials in the event the Governor’s office does recommend the closure of schools in Ohio. By the end of the day tomorrow, this page will outline our Academic Plan to address how we will provide educational reinforcement to our students remotely if we should close for an extended period of time.
Thank you, Tim Dettwiller, Superintendent
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HOME LEARNING
Click here to be redirected to the Home Learning Expectations Page.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FOOD SERVICE OPERATIONS
Click here to be redirected to the Food Service Operations Page.
WHAT ARE CORONAVIRUSES?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of enveloped virus that was first discovered in the 1960s. Coronaviruses are most commonly found in animals, including camels and bats, and are not typically transmitted between animals and humans. However six strains of coronavirus were previously known to be capable of transmission from animals to humans, the most well-known being Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) CoV, responsible for a large outbreak in 2003, and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) CoV, responsible for an outbreak in 2012.
The latest strain, known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCov, is the seventh strain now known to have been transmitted from animals to humans at an animal and seafood market in Wuhan, China. The growing number of patients who have not had exposure to animal markets suggest that person-to-person transmission is occurring.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CORONAVIRUS INFECTION?
Human coronavirus usually causes mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Symptoms often include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, and fever. Most people contract the illness at some point in their lives and it usually only lasts for a short time. Sometimes human coronaviruses can cause lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in infants, the elderly, or individuals with weakened immune systems. In some serious cases, such as with 2019-nCoV, the virus can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome, pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.
HOW ARE CORONAVIRUSES SPREAD?
Coronaviruses are typically spread through the air via coughing or sneezing, via contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces, and sometimes, but rarely, via fecal contamination. 2019-nCov is thought to have originally spread from animals to humans, but there is growing evidence of person-to-person transmission.
RESOURCES AND LINKS
Ohio Department of Health
CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
US Department of Education - Info for Schools and School Personnel
WHO - World Health Organization