COVID-19 UPDATE

Food Distribution

Since school has been closed (with the exception of Spring Break last week), our food service department has been serving grab and go meal bags. As of March 30, we have served more than 1,200 free meals to families in our community.

Food service will continue with the distribution of “Grab and Go Meal Bags” on Mondays and Wednesdays at two different pickup times from 10:30 am –11:30 am and from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Pick-up location is at the red building next to the tennis courts at Bethel-Tate Middle School. The district hands out 3 days of meals per child 18 years or younger who resides in the Bethel-Tate School District. 

Students/children do not need to be present at pick up. All that we ask for those receiving meals for others is to provide the student's / child’s name and the name of the person picking up the meal.

Parent/Guardian Letters
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.
Pandemic Plan
Bethel-Tate Local School District has a pandemic plan for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Within this plan, the district has comprehensive action steps that follow defined stages of risk--low, moderate, and high. 
COVID-19 Background
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

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.

Resources
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

Clermont County Public Health

American Academy of Pediatrics

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.