At Bellevue Schools, we take many precautions to keep our students, your children, safe and healthy. We would like to let you know that we are staying updated and informed about the current health concerns. We have contact with the local health departments, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Department of Education to help keep us informed and up to date of current and potential health situations in our area.
We would like to assure you that we are meeting or exceeding the recommended guidelines to help prevent the spread of infection in our schools. This includes the recommended guidelines for minimizing the risk of illness such as influenza, enterovirus, norovirus, and many others.
We recently received education and information on Ebola. It was reassuring to know, the processes we already have in place, meet the recommended standards to help protect our students from the spread of this illness also.
Some of the enlightening information received, included information about how Ebola is spread. As with many other illnesses, a person must have direct contact with an infected person or their blood/body fluid. (To be contagious, a person must have symptoms of illness. They are not contagious before they have symptoms.) Even if you come in contact with a symptomatic person or their blood or body fluid, the virus must have entry into your body, such as a break in the skin or through mucus membranes like your eyes, mouth or nose.
It is interesting that using precautions that are recommended to prevent the spread of any the flu or other illness, are also suggested to prevent spreading Ebola. Number one, is good, frequent hand washing. Another common practice to prevent illness is to cover coughs and sneezes, use tissues, and stay home if you are sick. If you are exposed to someone with Ebola, notify your local health department. They will be able to explain the monitoring procedures and guidelines should you develop symptoms.
One more important note, there have been a few cases of influenza reported in the area already this season so please consider getting a flu vaccine for you and your family. Although the flu may seem common, each year it causes many cases of serious illness and death.
If you have any questions or specific concerns, please contact Bellevue Schools Health Services at 419-484-5094 or Laura.Shaw@bellevueschools.org.
Laura Shaw, RN School Nurse