(Posted March 11, 2020)
By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer
The London school board addressed the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) at their regularly scheduled meeting on March 10.
The district is focusing on hygiene within its schools. The district plans to add additional hand sanitizer to common areas, secure masks for those who arrive on school campus sick, and talk to students about maintaining good hygiene.
As of March 10, the district had no plans to cancel classes or move to an online class format.
“We are being proactive,” said Dr. Lou Kramer, superintendent. “Things have really changed within the past 24 hours with how (COVID-19 is) affecting public universities and schools.”
The Ohio State University and other major colleges throughout Ohio have temporarily moved classes online as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.
However, as of March 10, the Ohio Department of Health and the governor’s office had not recommended the same course of action for K-12 schools.
One school district in southeast Ohio, near Ohio University, has temporarily suspended classes, fearing potential spread of COVID-19 from traveling college students.
As of March 10, there were no known COVID-19 cases in Madison County, according to a public information release by Madison County Public Health.
“I don’t think it’s time to panic. I think it’s important, in fact, that we do the opposite: take common sense steps,” Kramer said.
Madison County families should stay informed on the spread of the virus, practice good hygiene and stay home if sick, he said.
“(The district is) constantly trying to stay updated on a daily basis,” Kramer said. “Families should do the same thing.”
Families should also make “active choices” about attending large gatherings, according to Madison County Public Health.
No district events have been cancelled or postponed yet. But the district will continue to make informed decisions as large events and gatherings approach, Kramer said.
“Many things happening outside the district are affecting us. So we want to have all avenues planned and accounted for,” he said.