Midview Schools News Article

December 4, 2020 Community Update

Dear Midview Staff and Families,
It’s been an interesting week as we returned from Thanksgiving to a foot of snow, but I’m glad we were able to offer our students some normalcy in a upside down year.  Everyone has been doing a really good job of working with their building principals on notifications so please continue to be diligent as we look to continue mitigating district spread.  I have attached a few updates for review below. 
Midview Covid-19 Dashboard:
As promised, I have updated the Midview Dashboard, please click on the link below to access the most recent numbers.  When comparing percentages, please know there are 338 staff members and 3108 students in our schools.
Covid-19 Midview Dashboard
Lorain County Health Department Update:
The good news so far is that we have not experienced a huge district spike as a result of Thanksgiving break.  We still have a few days left, but this has been somewhat promising for our district.  
As a county we have remained “Purple” this week.  While we reached 5 out of 7 indicators and could be in the “Red”, “Purple” requires us to stay for a minimum of two weeks.   We may very well be in the “Red” category next week, but we are still seeing high case counts across the county.   
We have also heard some good news in regard to Covid-19 vaccinations.  The frontline workers will be recipients of the first round of vaccinations sometime in mid-December.  Our health director also heard our suggestions as superintendents and will work to designate all school personnel as essential workers.  This will help get our staff vaccinated as early as we can.   There is no timetable yet, but it’s a great start.
We’ve also been reminded to share guidance from the Lorain County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Education that shows:
Schools have done well through the reset and restart phase of returning to in-person settings, and there has been little documented spread of COVID-19 attributed directly to the classroom setting. It bears recognizing that, by most indications, while in school buildings, Ohio students and educators are doing an effective job of complying with recommended health practices, especially mask-wearing guidelines. This is no small accomplishment, and the Ohio Department of Education congratulates school leaders, students and staff across the state for their efforts to keep one another safe and healthy.
SWC Guidance on Winter Sports:
Based upon a recommendation from our county health director, the Southwest Conference is continuing to pause sports activities for grades 7-12 and any youth teams that are associated with our district.  Please review the link below for more specific details and follow up with our Athletic Director, Dan May a [email protected] with any questions.
SWC Guidance on Winter Sports 
MHARS Board Information:
The Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County has shared some helpful links for families regarding staying emotionally well and coping with the holidays.  Check them out with the links below: 
Keeping Your Family Emotionally Well                       Coping with the Holidays
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Have a great weekend!  #WeAreMidview
All the best,
Dr. Willingham

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