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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information/Resources

FREE BREAKFAST/LUNCHES

Reading families will have access to free meals for their children during the state-mandated closure. Carry out breakfast/lunch bags will be available at Reading High School. A lunch meal for that day and a breakfast meal for the next day will be in each of these take-home bags. 

 

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO FOOD DISTRIBUTION DURING SPRING BREAK (April 6-10)

 

Meal Pick Up Time and Location

Reading High School

10:30 a.m. - 12 noon*

Schools Days (Monday-Friday)

Drive through the circle drive to the main entrance. Parents/guardians do not need to get out of your vehicle. Staff will be distributing meal bags to walkers and drivers.

*The district is expanding its closing time to 12 noon beginning April 13, 2020

 

PARENT MESSAGES BY DATE

On March 30, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement today ordering all of Ohio’s school buildings to remain closed through Friday, May 1, due to the coronavirus health crisis. As we get closer to this date, the Governor said he will re-evaluate his decision and decide on whether to re-open school buildings or continue the building closures. See more about this decision and future plans for the district at the link to the parent update below for March 30th.

 

 
 
SCHOOL STAFF AVAILABILITY

Although our school building is closed, remote learning is still happening! Our secretaries, teachers, and administrators will be working remotely and checking and responding to emails and voicemails between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on regular school days. Teachers will be corresponding with parents and students on a regular basis.

 

REMOTE LEARNING

The district has set up pages dedicated to guidelines and resources related to remote learning. See the links below.

Remote Learning Overview

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Reading’s in-person kindergarten registration procedures as outlined on our website have been suspended until further notice. If you are interested in registering your child for kindergarten for 2020-2021, please leave a message or email for Kim Bell at 513-842-5100 or email Kim Bell at kbell@readingschools.org and arrangements will be made to register your child.

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT UPDATES (3/27/20)

Because of the changes and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 crisis in Ohio, we are waiting to set an official date and procedures for accepting new open enrollment applications (currently NOT enrolled in Reading Schools). We will communicate updates via social media and our website.

 

For those families who currently have students open enrolled in Reading Schools, a letter was mailed from the district on March 16, regarding registration for 2020-2021. The original deadline to return these forms was Friday, March 27. Because of the closure, we are extending the deadline until May 1.

 

Please mail back your blue application with proof of residency to Kim Blair, Reading Community City Schools, 810. E. Columbia Avenue, Reading, OH 45215 or take a photo or scan the application and email it to Mrs. Blair’s attention at kblair@readingschools.org. Mrs. Blair will confirm via email that she has received your application.

 

If you have questions regarding open enrollment, please call Kim Blair at 842-5109 or email at kblair@readingschools.org.  We will be responding to voicemails and emails between the hours of 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday-Friday

 

 

COVID-19 FACTS

COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019, is an upper respiratory tract disease caused by one of the seven coronaviruses known to infect humans. It was first identified in humans in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. The virus that causes COVID-19 is called SARS-CoV-2. 


What are the symptoms? 

Symptoms, which generally appear two to 14 days after exposure, include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most people who become sick do not require hospitalization, but older adults, people with chronic health conditions, and people with compromised immune systems are more likely to require more advanced care. 


How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. 


Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.


PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

The CDC has recommended using the following precautions similar to the flu and other illnesses:

    • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water, especially after using the restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t accessible.
    • 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) and avoid contact with others.
    • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
    • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Avoid traveling to, or practice enhanced precautions when traveling to high-risk areas identified by the CDC.

 

COVID Flyer

 

RESOURCES

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus | Child Mind Institute
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

 

Free Internet Access

In the coming weeks, many Americans will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and Charter is focused on serving and supporting our 29 million customers. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

 

For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

 

Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

 

We encourage you to regularly check these websites for the most up to date information about COVID-19:

Ohio Department of Health


Centers for Disease Control


American Academy of Pediatrics


Hamilton County Department of Health

 

STATE HOTLINE

If you have questions about coronavirus, the Ohio Department of Health has set up a call center. You can reach the call center 7 days per week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. 

ALERT HC—MASS NOTIFICATION AND WARNING SYSTEM
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