On March 12, Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio schools will be closed starting on Monday, March 16 for at least the next four weeks, through Monday, April 13, 2020, and students will learn from home. Buildings are currently scheduled to reopen on April 6; most students will return to school on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
As we prepare for the implications of this closing, we are also looking beyond that period. Until April 30:
- All student trips (in town or out of town) are cancelled.
- During that time, public events on campus will be cancelled or rescheduled. This includes such events as Live Oaks Super Service Saturday and Laurel Oaks Signing Day.
In the meantime, if you have questions about the coronavirus or Ohio’s plans and preparations, more information is available at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
This is an unusual situation, to say the least. We know that we will get back to normal, and appreciate this chance to help ensure that our families stay healthy.
Letter to parents from the campus dean:
Please note: This letter was originally sent on March 6. The information in the first paragraph and at the end of the letter regarding known cases, of course, is out of date--but we wanted you to know what was originally sent.
Chances are you’ve seen or heard news stories about the novel coronavirus. Cases of this virus have been reported in the United States, but none in Ohio or surrounding region.
The threat of contagious illness is not new to schools; our staff is trained and ready to deal with flu, viruses, and other illness. I want to assure you that we are aware of, and preparing for, every foreseeable situation. We also stay in contact with local health officials to receive the most up-to-date information.
What we’re doing
- Continuing to maintain clean, safe and healthy buildings through regular maintenance and detailed cleaning.
- Ensuring that our custodial staff is trained in proper disinfection and other procedures to minimize the possibility of the spread of any contagions. For instance, we use an electrostatic sprayer daily to clean and sanitize all main common areas as well as classrooms and other areas as needed.
- Maintaining hand sanitizers throughout the building for student and staff use.
- Keeping staff and students informed about disease prevention.
- Monitoring the most up-to-date information from the Ohio Department of Health and local health officials.
- Reviewing contingency plans in the unlikely event that we must modify our school, class or field trip schedules; postpone or reschedule school activities; or otherwise make changes to our normal routine.
What you can do
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends typical infectious disease precautions, just as those used to prevent cold or flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
- Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
- Stay home you are ill (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well‐balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Again, there is no immediate threat or concern about the novel coronavirus at our campus or anywhere in our region. We are confident that health professionals are working to ensure that we all stay healthy and safe. We just want to be prepared.
We appreciate your support and look forward to an excellent spring. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Updated information will be shared on the digital screens and social media.
Create a household plan of action
- Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. There is limited information about who may be at risk for severe complications from COVID-19 illness. From the data that are available for COVID-19 patients, and from data for related coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, it is possible that older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications. Early data suggest older people are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. If you or your household members are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, please consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. CDC will recommend actions to help keep people at high risk for complications healthy if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf iconexternal icon. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed
Plan for potential changes at your workplace
- Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan. Discuss sick-leave policies and telework options for workers who are sick or who need to stay home to care for sick household members. Learn how businesses and employers can plan for and respond to COVID-19.
During an outbreak in your community, protect yourself and others by:
- Staying home from work, school, and all activities when you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
- Keeping away from others who are sick.
- Limiting close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
Put your household plan into action
- Stay home if you are sick. Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms. If a member of your household is sick, stay home from school and work to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others.
- If your children are in the care of others, urge caregivers to watch for COVID-19 symptoms.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the CBC, is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf iconexternal icon. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
Inform your workplace if you need to change your regular work schedule
Take the following steps to help protect your children during an outbreak
- Keep track of school dismissals in your community. Read or watch local media sources that report school dismissals. If schools are dismissed temporarily, use alternative childcare arrangements, if needed.
The scheduled spring break for all four campuses will be the week of April 6. This allows us to keep students out for four weeks in total.
Will the class time be made up during the summer?
The length of the school year is determined by the Ohio Legislature; we expect they will provide an answer to this question in the near future.
Remote learning assignments
We realize online activities cannot replace face to face instruction. But, given this unique situation, we need to create alternative learning activities for our students to complete remotely.
Lessons will be posted on Blackboard (https://bb.greatoaks.com/) by the end of the day Wednesday, March 18.
Students already have access. Parents who have not set up an account, but would like access, should go to https://parentportal.greatoaks.com/createaccount/
Programs with minimum hours for licensure/certification
We know that some career programs have a minimum hour requirement for licensure or certification. We are currently working with the credentialing agencies to better understand how this extended break will affect those classes.
Clinicals, internships, and job placement
Some students have scheduled clinicals, internships or job placement during this time. Please contact your employer or your instructor to find out whether those scheduled activities will continue.
Because the buildings are closed, meetings and activities scheduled by outside groups during that time are canceled. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope that groups understand the unusual situation occurring now.
All motorcycle safety classes are canceled temporarily. All students currently registered will be contacted shortly to reschedule. We will hopefully be back in full swing by Monday April 6th. Please check back for any updates.
The Test Center (located at the Scarlet Oaks campus) will be open Saturday, March 14.
Public Safety Services
Full-time Public Safety Services programs, including the current Police Academy and upcoming Fire and Emergency Medical Rescue Academy, are OPEN.