November 13, 2020
Dear Buckeye Central Parents, Staff, and Community Members:
As our community continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, we believe one of our greatest responsibilities is to communicate transparently and often with you, our school community. It is our hope that accurate and up-to-date correspondence will help you make well-informed decisions for your family. Nothing is more important to Buckeye Central than the safety and health of our students, our employees, and their families. When we work together, we can provide the best care for all involved.
As middle school parents were informed earlier this week, we learned that a 5th grade teacher tested positive for COVID-19. We have continued to work closely with Crawford County Public Health to ensure all appropriate measures are being taken to identify anyone at risk due to close contact with the infected person. After further review, the Crawford County Public Health Department has determined that your child will need to quarantine. All 5th grade students will be quarantined through the end of the day on Tuesday, November 24. Since Buckeye Central Schools are not in session on Wednesday, November 25, your student will return to school on Monday, November 30. The Crawford County Public Health will contact you regarding the quarantine period.
Be reminded that this 14-day quarantine is precautionary. None of the students are ill or have tested positive. The close contact designation is due to your child's work in the classroom. During the quarantine period, your child will be taught remotely. The 5th grade teachers and staff have shared the remote learning expectations with all of the 5th grade students. Your child should have brought home the remote education information tonight (Friday). Additionally, the teachers will be in contact next week.
During this time of increased community spread, we recommend that all families monitor their children for symptoms daily. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after an exposure. If you or a family member exhibits these symptoms, please contact your medical provider.
Crawford County Public Health encourages you and your family to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
? Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
? Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
? Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
? Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
? Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
? Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
? Stay at home when you are sick.
? Practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
? Wear a facial covering in public settings.
Preventing the spread of this virus requires the vigilance of everyone at school, at home and out in the community. As we learn more about COVID-19 the guidance changes accordingly. For current information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
There is nothing more important to Buckeye Central than the safety and health of our students, our staff and their families. Thank you, in advance for your understanding. If you have any questions or additional concerns about this matter, you are welcome to contact the respective building principal. Thank you!
Mark A. Robinson
Dr. Michael Martin, HS Principal (410) 492-2266
Deb Daniel, MS Principal (419) 492-1035
Matt Millinger, Elementary Principal (419) 492-1022