Keeping You Connected, Keeping You Safe

Dr. Amy Valasek, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Sports Medicine - Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Dr. Paul Been, Emergency Room Physician, Ohio Health Grant Medical Center

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Coronavirus - What You Need to Know

  • stop the spread of germs poster Keep up with the latest on the Coronavirus - COVID-19 and its impact for New Albany - Plain Local Schools. 

    The Ohio Department of Health will provide daily updates on its webpage by 2 p.m. to reflect the number of people currently under investigation for possible infection.

    15 Days to Slow the Spread

    Up-to-date information also is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website.

    Additional Resources 

    Franklin County Health Department

    Ohio Department of Health

    Ohio Department of Education

    Nationwide Children's Hospital

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

    My 5 Basic Rules for Talking to Young Students About Coronavirus

    Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

    CDC - What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    CDC - What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    National Association of School Nurses  


    There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • 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 an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

    For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

    For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

    These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.


    Our school district cares about the health and safety of each of our children, just like you.

    Our school district continues to receive regular updates from the Franklin County Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), both of whom are actively working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are also actively communicating with other school districts, health care organizations, state and local officials and first responders to receive additional updates and proactively review local plans and actions.

    In the meantime, our best defense against the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and influenza, is prevention and planning. By following the recommendations listed below, together we can reduce illness in our schools:

    • Keep sick children home. If your child has a fever ≥100.0, seek appropriate medical attention and keep students home until they are fever free for 24 hours. Students must be fever free without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil, understanding that administering Tylenol or Advil does not make the student non-contagious; it simply removes the symptom of fever. Keeping sick children home prevents the spread of any virus to others. Any child suspected to be sick while at school will be assessed in our school clinics and if determined to be sick will be sent home.
    • Help reduce student anxiety for missed instruction and make-up work by reminding your child that teachers will work with each student to ensure sufficient time for any missed work if out sick from school.
    • Report your child’s absence and share sickness information with our attendance secretary, school nurses, and clinic aides. 
    • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wash as soon as you can.  We encourage parents to ask students to recite the entire alphabet or slowly count to 20 as a measure of time to ensure proper hand washing.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
    • Remind your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth whenever possible.
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu every year as recommended by health officials.  There is presently no vaccine for COVID-19.

    Several parents have asked for resources and guidance from officials on how to engage your child(ren) in conversations at home.  To assist you, we have linked resources provided by health experts below as well as above for your ready reference.   

    Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
    A new type of coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory (lung) disease. more

    Thank you,

    Michael Sawyers                     Brian Weikert
    Superintendent                       School Nurse