Principal's Weekly Message & Monthly Newsletters

March 12, 2020


Hello Forest Hill Families,


I wanted to give everyone a thorough update on our prevention and preparation for COVID-19.  As you know, national, state, and county guidance is changing rapidly to address the path and spread of the virus.  Our Summit County Public Health department is outstanding and we have been working closely with them over the past 3 weeks on our own preparedness plans.  


Dr. David James, our Superintendent, has issued the following statement:


Dear APS Families, Staff and Community:

 

In much the way we do every year with influenza outbreaks, Akron Public Schools has been working with public health experts in Summit County and the state of Ohio to create and communicate to you the most important considerations disease experts in America have for the novel coronavirus, now better known as COVID-19.

 

We believe you will find the information we are including here helpful, as well as the links to live, regularly updated factual information and advice our health experts want us to convey.

 

Health officials and governing authorities have advised institutions to prepare for the potential impact of the COVID-19 virus in the United States. Please be assured that Akron Public Schools is preparing to quickly respond to this public health development. Although there is no immediate or current threat of a coronavirus outbreak in our community, school administrators are assessing all existing school protocols and making adjustments accordingly to meet the possible future needs of our students.

 

As superintendent, I will communicate directly with the APS community if changes to school routines are warranted during this evolving situation. 

 

I would like to inform all of you that information regarding Coronavirus may be found on the Akron Public Schools web page at akronschools.com.  This will be the most up-to-date location to find out how this virus is impacting the schools and any possible changes to our daily work or the school schedule.


We will also be utilizing the district all call system to communicate changes to you as well.  If you have not received an all call from Forest Hill or APS in the past few days, please call the school to make sure we have your most current information on file.




APS has also decided to cancel any field trips and other activities with large audiences between now and April 10.  The following Forest Hill field trips and activities have been cancelled:


March 13 - Good News Club *Cancelled each week until Further Notice

March 14 - 4th and 5th Grade Age Group Track Meet at North High School

March 17 - No School for students, Forest Hill will be open for voting only

March 17 - 5th Grade Recorder Link Up Concert

March 17 - Bowling *Cancelled each week until Further Notice

March 19 - Dancing Classrooms


APS will be on Spring Break from April 10 - April 19, so all schools will be closed during this time.  If information needs to be shared during Spring Break, it will be done via the all call system.


IMPORTANT: If your child is feeling ill, has a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea please keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours without medication.  Also make sure you and everyone in your house is frequently washing your hands. Please see the attached flyer for hand washing tips.


As always, Forest Hill CLC and APS have your children’s best interest in mind.  Our custodians are taking extra precaution in cleaning the building daily and sanitizing frequently used areas by multiple students such as restrooms and the cafeteria. All normal cleaning is still taking place daily as well with extra attention to doorknobs, light switches, and drinking fountains.


Please check the website for frequent updates to how APS is dealing with the Coronavirus.  Many of the decisions are being made at State and Federal levels with health officials providing guidance.  The website will be the best place to get the most up to date information.


You may call the school if you need to, our staff and I will be happy to help you.  Wash your hands and stay healthy!



Sincerely,


Mrs. Sarah Core

Principal

Forest Hill CLC


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