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Health and Wellness

Welcome to the Southwest Local School District's Health and Wellness program.  


On April 20, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that remote learning would continue for the remainder of the academic year.  Please see SLSD Update #6 for details on how it will impact the 4th quarter, and the traditional end-of-year activities. 

On April 29, 2020, Governor DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton extended the closure of all school facilities until June 30, 2020.  This includes the indoor walking track at the Activity Center, as well as all athletic facilities.  

Continue reading below for many COVID-19 (Coronavirus) resources as well as previous SLSD updates.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

The Southwest Local School District continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the potential impact on students, families and staff in our schools and community. 

As of the afternoon of March 9, we received notice that there are confirmed cases in the state of Ohio in the Cleveland area. We recognize the heightened awareness and concern this will cause, and we will continue to monitor all communication coming from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Hamilton County Public Health Department (HCPH). 

Please be assured that we are continuing to work closely with the Hamilton County Health Department to stay up to date with concerns and illness trends in our area. It is important to know that during a major outbreak, we will continue to follow the health department’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed. Our primary focus is the safety of students and staff. At the same time, we place a high value on providing high quality learning experiences. 
 

Coronavirus Resources

Here are some resources that may prove beneficial for our community:

 

Southwest Local School District Coronavirus FAQs

What is SLSD doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other common flu strands?
We have increased our cleaning procedures to include a sanitized wipe down of all touch points and common surfaces including railings, door handles, desks, and bathroom areas.  We are promoting hand-washing and proper hygiene methods with our students.  Hand sanitizer is also available in classrooms and cafeterias.  During this period of extended closure, all SLSD buildings are going through a deep cleaning process.


How will SLSD be keeping families, staff, and students informed regarding Coronavirus?
Southwest Local Schools will disseminate information as needed via emails, phone calls, and SMS text messages using our School Messenger mass notification system.  Additionally, we will utilize the Health and Wellness section on the district website to relay accurate and timely information from the CDC, ODH and HCPH as it relates to our district. The website will also house all district updates so that you can see them in one location if you miss an email.  

 
How is SLSD ensuring buses are clean?
Our bus drivers wipe down all seats and commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant on a nightly basis.  During this period of extended closure, all SLSD buses and vans are going through a deep cleaning process.


When should a student or staff member stay home?
This time of year, the peak of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in school we recommend that students and employees stay home when they are feeling ill. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
• Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
• Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
• Headache
• Stomach ache

Please keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
• Fever (Your child should not return to school until (s)he is without fever for a full 24 hours without the use of fever-reducers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.)
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Chills
• General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
• Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring them to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom and will help to keep EVERYONE healthy.

Will SLSD be closing due to Coronavirus?
At the directive of Governor Mike DeWine, all K-12 schools in Ohio are closed through the end of the 19-20 school year.  Academic plans for the extended closure can be accessed HERE.
 

What about extracurriculars and student field trips?
As always, we will continue to abide by OHSAA policy and guidelines, as they are the governing body for high school athletics in the State of Ohio.
March 10 update from OHSAA 
March 13 update from OHSAA 
March 26 update from OHSAA 
April 21 update from OHSAA

All other extra-curricular activities and field trips are also cancelled.

With summer travel season approaching, we recommend that families check the CDC's travel website and follow any travel advisories. 

 

What about Report Cards?

Third Quarter report cards were due to be distributed on March 20, 2020.  Due to the school closure, we are making the report card available via your ProgressBook ParentAccess account.

You may login to your ProgressBook Parent Access account and click Report Card on the right side of the screen to view the 3rd quarter report card.

You can access your ProgressBook Parent Access account from the link in the parent portal or by going to https://pbaccess.hccanet.org.

If you do not have a ParentAccess Account, you may email ParentAccess@southwestschools.org and a registration code will be sent to you.

 

As a district, please know the following:

  • We are closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the CDC, ODH, and HCPH. 
  • All nurses currently monitor illnesses, as they always have, to identify flu and other illness trends. If greater than normal illnesses are happening, our nurses work with the health department and will notify parents and staff as needed to monitor their children. Additionally, our nurses are in close contact with the custodial staff so that should there be an increase in any type of illness extra steps are added to the daily cleaning procedures to lessen the spread of germs.
  • Even with confirmed cases in Ohio, the U.S. risk of infection remains “low” per the CDC, so anything now is in the preparation phase and not currently an active disease outbreak.
  • As always, we continue to encourage proper hand hygiene, cough/sneeze etiquette and staying home when ill.
  • We are asking that you report your child’s general symptoms when calling him/her in sick so that we can monitor the illness trends in our buildings, grades and classrooms.  


As we enter this stage of preparedness, this Health and Wellness web page will serve as a "one stop shop" to log all district updates as well as relay accurate and timely information from local health departments and the CDC on this issue, as it relates to the Southwest Local School District.  All email communications coming from the district will include a link back to this website for further information. 

Thank you for your support and understanding during this time of rapidly changing information and circumstances.  

Previous Updates

SLSD Update #6:  04-21-2020

SLSD Update #5:  03-31-2020

SLSD Update #4:  03-20-2020

SLSD Update #3:  03-12-2020

SLSD Update #2:  03-11-2020

SLSD Update #1:  03-05-2020

                    CDC:  Coronavirus Facts

                    CDC:  What You Need to Know

                    Mercy Health:  Coronavirus Symptoms

                    CDC:  What to Do if You Are Sick

                    ODH:  Tips for Prevention