Dear Parents and Guardians of MTHS Students:
As you are aware, the COVID-19 virus is in the news on a daily basis. As more cases in the U.S. appear, the media attention will only grow possibly alarming you, our students, and our community in general. Our school nurse, Lisa Doty, has been in contact with the Woodford County Health Department receiving updates and guidance. I have been receiving updates through the Regional Office of Education from the Illinois Department of Public Health. In their memo, the IDPH has created an outline for what people should be doing at the present moment. This advice includes
*Washing 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
*Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
*Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
*Staying home when you are sick
*Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash
*Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
At this time, the IDPH does not recommend
*the use of masks or gloves
*cancelling mass gatherings
Additionally, the IDPH is not calling for any special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning at this time.
In the unlikely event that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Illinois State Board of Education would call for the closing of schools, we have to be ready with a plan to continue student learning. I feel we are well-positioned to accomplish this task through Google Classroom. I have been working with our Technology Director, Bill Upp, about developing a process to distribute Chromebooks to students who might have Internet at home but not a reliable computer or a computer that is shared by several family members. To be proactive, I am asking our teachers to be thinking about steps they could take to continue instruction if we had to close for a period of time to keep learning going if we are allowed to do so by ISBE. While we have always had handwashing and hygiene posters around school, we will be hanging more up today as a reminder to everyone. The main symptoms the Health Department is advising people to be mindful of in making a determination to attend school or work are fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.
Two useful websites for factual information include:
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. This message is trying to inform without alarming you. I think it is important to be proactive, knowledgeable, and calm as we navigate the next few months. Our students will be looking to you for information and reassurance.
Sean O’Laughlin Superintendent