Parent Update – October 19, 2009
Student Illness at OFCS
Today, more than 100 students were absent from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School due to various illnesses. While this is a large number of absent students, it does not exceed the County’s current average absentee rate of 18%. We have learned that one of these students has been diagnosed with Type A influenza. We have also been notified by this student’s parent that, while this is not a confirmed case of H1N1, the child’s doctor plans to treat it as such.
Cases of Type A influenza, the type that includes H1N1 influenza, have been confirmed throughout Cuyahoga County. Local media outlets have reported confirmed cases of H1N1 in surrounding school districts. Residents and staff members should assume that the H1N1 virus is present in the community, and not confined to any one school, neighborhood, or age group. The Olmsted Falls School District is monitoring our student population district-wide and following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health. School closure is not recommended at this time.
We will continue to keep you informed with any change in status of this situation and will provide information on our District’s website at www.ofcs.net. We will be continuing to promote basic prevention habits in our classrooms and encourage you to do the same with your children at home (i.e., hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and not sharing personal items like food, drinks, or utensils). For additional information on influenza, please also visit www.flu.gov.
The percentage of students absent at District buildings are:
High School (98 absent) 8.5%
Middle School (114 absent) 13.1%
Intermediate School (101 absent) 17.8%
Falls Lenox (63 absent) 7.3%
High School Quiz Bowl team
On Saturday, the Academic Team made the trip to Columbus for their Novice Invitational Tournament. The Novice Tournament is open to all teams and players that did not participate in Nationals in 2009.
Our A team (Jim Coury, Mike Coury, Emily Nageotte, Chris Traylor, and Marty Mendenhall) won the overall tournament with a record of 10-1.
Since our only loss was to Monroeville (305-310), in the finals (double elimination) we had to beat Monroeville twice in order to win the championship.
The scores of the finals were:
game 1–OF 505, Monroeville 80 and
game 2–OF 395, Monroeville 220.
Our B team (Eric Miranda, Natalie Brdar, Pam Keller, Tom Hoy, and Sohan Vertek) won their bracket with an overall record of 7-2 for the day. Their only losses were to Monroeville and Brush (the second and third place teams in the tournament).
A quick reminder that tonight at 7:15 PM, an information meeting to answer residents questions about the upcoming school levy will be held in the High School Auditorium. Additionally, the 4th and final levy information meeting will be held this coming Sunday, October 25th at 4:30PM in our High School Auditorium.
On this same topic, the Pride in Olmsted schools has put together another video entitled “My Turn.” This video can be see viewed by clicking here.
Upcoming Issue of School Report
Later this week, you should receive a copy of the School Report, which will update you on important District information. To view an advance copy of this document, please click here.
Columbia Road closure
We have been informed that Columbia Road will be closed at the southerly railroad tracks for three days beginning Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. until Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. Crews will be working 24 hours to expedite the construction of the relocated railroad crossing.