To the Nativity Community:
As you may know from the news, COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus 2019, has become a more widespread concern. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our students, staff and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation. We are currently operating as usual and we continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and local health agencies.
Nativity has high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention, and we have health and safety protocols in place, such as:
- Training for faculty & staff, with ongoing reinforcement
- Defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas
- Easy access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers
- Quick response to spills, trash, and other situations
- End of day sanitation procedures for restroom, kitchen, and other facilities
Additionally, we are communicating with staff about illness prevention, including the guidance of the CDC. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, such as staying home when sick, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, following proper respiratory cough etiquette, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
How you can help
- Remember to cover coughs and sneezes
- Remember to keep your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth
- Remember to wash hands frequently, particularly before eating. Use hand sanitizer as needed
- Discard any used tissues immediately
- Those who are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness are not obligated to attend Mass and out of charity towards others should remain home
- We encourage you to exchange the sign of peace without physical contact
- Parents can also do their part by keeping ill children home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours. Students who experience frequent coughing or sneezing should be kept home until symptoms subside
- All are encouraged to pray for those afflicted with serious illnesses and health-care professionals
The CDC provides more detailed coronavirus information on its website and as always, your personal physician is a valuable resource for specific medical questions you may have. We have set up a special page on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates with key information about the virus and its effect on Nativity. We will also post information via email and Facebook as needed. If you have any questions about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus, please contact me at (513) 531-3164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rudy Gruenke IV
Director of System & Special Projects