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.
Guidance from the Ohio Department of Education on Graduation Ceremonies
The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health urge school districts to be thoughtful and careful in choosing and planning the best way to celebrate graduation and other milestones. Several options are available and can be successfully implemented all while keeping safe practices in mind.
Virtual Graduation Ceremonies
Virtual graduation ceremonies are the safest. We strongly recommend this approach to maximize the safety and health of everyone involved. There are many good examples to be found on social media of virtual graduation ceremonies using technology.
Structured and Controlled In-Person Graduation Ceremonies
More care and complex planning is required in attempting structured and controlled in-person graduation ceremonies. Several schools and districts have already worked with their local health departments to develop creative ways to hold structured in-person ceremonies and create memorable experiences for participants that also follow social distancing best practices and comply with the mass gatherings limit of 10 people.
Click here for the ODE guidelines
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.
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.