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Parent Update – October 19, 2009

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).

Levy Update

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.

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  1. Lynn Bozin
    October 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    My 5th grade daughter came home from school on Tuesday last week sick. I kept her home until today. It is a parents job to keep their children home until there are no more signs of illness. This will stop the spread of the virus that is infecting our children.

  2. Dawn Braun
    October 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I agree Lynn. That goes for parents who send their children to school with lice also. Keep your children home until their healthy. I kept my son home from school today also, because of coughing and running nose, he also is now displaying signs of an ear infection, so I’ll probably have him home and at the Drs. tomorrow. But, even if I didn’t think he needed the Dr. I probably would’ve kept him home until the coughing subsided anyway. As far as the schools (not just ours) deciding not to close because of illness is ridiculous. I’d rather have my child have a couple days off, then to come home with H1N1 or any type of Infulenza if it’s affecting so many of the children in one school.

  3. Matthew Miller
    October 20, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Parents should keep their child home if they know they are sick, but according to my sons doctor they can have influenza and be contagious for up to two days before they show any signs of being sick.

  4. Feeling Lousy
    October 20, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I’m with you guys! I wish there were more parents who understood this concept! I’d rather my sons get behind in thier work, than to have them in the hospital fighting for thier life. I also think it would be awesome if the teachers could have some sort of on-line lesson plan, or ideas to keep our kids fresh, that we could follow if our school should HAVE to close for a week or so.

  5. October 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you for all of the comments on this topic. The major point is that when children are feeling under the weather, it is best to keep them home. Unfortunately, this sometimes creates a work dilemma for parents, but if we are going to prevent a major flu outbreak, this action simply must be taken.

  6. W.L.Miller
    October 21, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Just wondering…how many kids have to be absent before the school system will call this an N1H1 outbreak. Obviously, not everyone is going to get tested. It really only takes one positive influenza A (because 98% of the influenza A out there right now is H1N1). It seems that all of the children that are ill are all having the same symptoms. This virus is so potent that to prevent the spread is almost futile. It HAS to run its course whether we want it to or not.

  7. October 22, 2009 at 9:14 am

    The District does not have a set number of students that must be absent in order for schools to be closed. Additionally, the CDC and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health are not recommending school closure at this time.

    Presently, even with our increased number of student absences (12.2%), over 3,300 students are still healthy and able to attend school.

  8. Christine Moore
    October 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Thank you for your pro-active communication to the parents. I have had sick child home with the flu since Sunday. His doctor is stating it he more than likely has the H1N1 but is not testing because most of the influenza A out there right now is H1N1. We are just treating it as such – rest, fluids, ibuprofen, etc. We do have another son who is still attending school and has been symptom free, as are myself and my husband. I have been off of work since Monday, but what can you do? I am thankful I have an understanding employer. Parents need to remember that diligent handwashing and common sense are the key. Keep your son/daughter home until they are fever free for over 24 hours. Panic is not going to help anyone at this time.

  9. October 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you for the kind words. We realize that with all of the media attention being given to the topic of the H1N1 flu, that we need to do our best to “over communicate” in order to ensure parents have up-to-date and factual information.

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