|Suzanne Hrusch MPH, RS
216.201.2000 ext 1242
|Rick Novickis MPH, RS
216.201.2000 ext 1200
Frequently Asked Questions
This document is current as of August 6, 2020. We will provide updates as they become available.
The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health have issued health and prevention guidance for K-12 schools.
Our agency issued recommendations for local K-12 schools within our health district to begin the 2020-21 school year on a remote basis. At this time, we feel that remote learning is the safest option for all involved.
Our health commissioner explains the factors that influenced our recommendations.
We provided an update about how the move from red to orange on the state’s health risk advisory system affects our previous recommendations.
Updated return-to-school guidance that incorporates the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and includes a list of scientific references
Screening for symptoms and illness
Before entering the building, staff, students and visitors should be screened about their current health status.
CCBH has provided a list of symptoms that are commonly associated with communicable diseases.
Cleaning commonly-touched surfaces
Items such as desks, chairs, door handles, computer keyboards and other commonly-touched surfaces must be regularly cleaned and disinfected to prevent the spread of illness such as COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
Follow the link below to see the CDC’s list of best practices and to access the EPA list of approved disinfectants.
In response to requests for a product that is ready-to-use, has a brief dwell time and the lowest EPA toxicity rating, please follow the links below to learn more.
Wearing masks helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They are recommended by CCBH for use by students and adults in the school environment.
Cuyahoga County is also subject to the orders set forth by the state health director mandating the use of masks. A list of exemptions for wearing facial coverings is found on page three of the director’s order.
Face shields help to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets and can be used in situations where face masks are not tolerated or able to be worn by students.
Your school’s clinical staff will be relied upon in ways like never before. Please be as prepared as possible by learning as much as you can about those who may be at risk, how to handle someone who is sick, and how to help protect the mental health of those who may be affected. Please follow the links below to CDC guidance:
Please review the guidelines below from CCBH about implementing best practices for maintaining employee health.