COVID-19 Preparedness and Response
Student and staff safety is a top priority at Fairbanks Local Schools.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced schools to be closed for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16th. We will be updating this page regularly during this closure. Parents and guardians should watch email for an official announcements from the district.
In our efforts to keep our students, staff and families informed with the latest information, please use this page as a reference for District communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.
This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow advice provided by public health experts.
Click below for more information on:
- District Communications regarding COVID-19
- School Events
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Precautions and Recommendations
The District continues to monitor health warnings and travel advisories surrounding COVID-19. We have established a COVID-19 emergency response task force of District administrators and health professionals who have been meeting and communicating regularly to address the impacts to our District.
In addition, the Ohio Department of Health has established a Call Center, staffed by licensed nurses and infectious disease experts to answer questions regarding COVID-19 every day, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The Union County Health Department will also be issuing community updates via www.uchd.net and the Union County Health Department’s Facebook Page.
District Communications regarding COVID-19
Please refer to this section for the latest information on school events and travel. We will update our district through email, our school website, social media and app alerts of any changes in school events as soon as changes are made.
We want to provide clarity since there have been questions about campus use. Our campus is closed for student activities. There should not be gatherings of students on campus for any reason. This includes athlete-organized practices or club meetings. By practicing the measures implemented by the Governor, we hope we will be able to return to normal practices in the near future. We are operating with an abundance of caution for the duration of the extended closure.
School Sponsored Trips:
We are working directly with groups to evaluate each trip individually. Each trip poses different risk-assessments as laid out by the Union County Health Department. We are currently evaluating all trips and will be issuing guidance soon. We will consult and seek guidance from our partner health departments, travel companies, and schools.
Spring Break Travel:
As we head toward spring break , we know travel may be planned. There is now community spread of COVID-19 in Ohio, other areas of the United States, and in other countries so we encourage you to check the CDC Travel Advisory page prior to your travels.
The OHSAA issued directives about spring sports on Friday, March 13th. A MANDATORY no-contact period is in effect for all school-sponsored sports and there will be a mandatory shut down of facilities used for the purpose of conducting athletics activities until April 5. If this guidance shifts, we will update our coaches and athletes.
Governor DeWine has asked all universities and colleges in Ohio to screen students returning to school from international travel or cruises, including, but not limited to, students returning from spring break travel. This impacts our students that are currently taking CCP courses at various campuses. CCP students are expected to follow the guidelines sent by their higher ed institution.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Ohio Department of Health developed these Frequently Asked Questions, based on information from the Ohio Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ohio Department of Education, to help Ohio’s schools and districts consider local preparedness and action-planning steps necessary to carefully and effectively prepare for and respond to a Coronavirus outbreak.
Precautions and Recommendations
The District is taking a number of precautions to minimize the risk to our students, staff and families:
- We are asking all of our families to monitor their student’s health, as well as their own. If their child is sick with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough or shortness of breath, we are recommending that parents and guardians seek medical treatment. We are also asking staff to follow these same precautions.
- Our custodial staff is sanitizing every room in the district. Staff members are asked to contact the custodians if they need access to a sanitized room. The products we use are hospital-grade cleaners and peroxide based. Custodians will replace soap and hand sanitizers often. All buses have been disinfected and the Food Service Department will continue to follow food safety practices and use approved disinfectants.
- We continue to evaluate all upcoming District-sponsored travel and events, as information is presented by Government and health officials.
- We have tailored our Continuation of Operations Plan to COVID-19 for our school closure. Students should be accessing remote learning materials March 18, 2020 - March 20, 2020 and March 30, 2020 - April 3, 2020. Any questions about assignments should be directed to the student's teacher.
We encourage all students, staff and community members to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- 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 with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Ohio Department of Health
- Union County Health Department
- Ohio Department of Education
- Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)