Dear Versailles School District Families,
As many of you are aware, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has made a tough decision to close all K-12 schools after classes on Monday, March 16th to assist in the management of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Versailles Schools, the Versailles Schools community, and Darke County have no known person with the virus at this time. Managing the virus is needed to support the healthcare system.
After 3:05 PM on Monday, March 16th through April 3rd, the district will be closed for all student activities, including extra-curricular activities. As of now, no school facilities will be used during this time as well for any practices or gatherings.
The Governor has indicated guidelines for K-12 schools will out in the next few days. I expect plans to be developed and shared with families by Monday, March 16th to address student learning opportunities and other community supports.
You may find the following resources useful if you would like more information on COVID-19:
Public health containment efforts are aimed at slowing the spread of the disease so that local and regional health care capacity is not overwhelmed. This will help to ensure that people who are infected with COVID-19 receive the level of care they need. Unfortunately, the best containment efforts will not keep the virus out of our community indefinitely. There may eventually be a time when the virus circulates freely in our county, and it will no longer be feasible to identify all cases of COVID-19. The same preventive actions taken now will continue to be important with widespread disease. These include:
= Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with others, including large crowds.
= Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
= Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
= Avoid contact with people who are sick.
= Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional)
= If you need to see a healthcare provider, call ahead before going.
= Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
= Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
= Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Versailles Schools are committed to working through this tough and frightening time for everyone.
Please check our website for updates. Updates will also be provided using the Instant Connect Call System.
Thank you for your time and understanding as we deal with this situation.
Aaron Moran, Superintendent