The safety and wellness of students and staff is a top priority in our school district. Upper Arlington Schools believes that open communication is a key element in maintaining safe learning environments.
Upper Arlington Schools uses a parent notification system that can contact families via phone or email to provide regular updates or emergency messages. Learn more about the parent notification system at the link below.
Information Provided By: Infectious Disease Program at Franklin County Public Health
ENTEROVIRUS D68 (EV-D68)
Over the last several months, the U.S. has experienced a nationwide outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness. EV-D68 is not a new disease; it was actually discovered in 1962. The spread of EV-D68 is through close contact with an infected person’s body fluids including oral secretions, respiratory droplets, and stool. Those with asthma have a higher risk of catching the disease. Most cases have been seen in children. Prevention is the key to stopping the spread of this virus and includes covering coughs, and hand washing on a frequent basis. Furthermore, staying away from those who are ill and disinfection of surfaces is also important to help stop the spread of EV-D68. Symptoms of EV-D68 are similar to cold-like symptoms and include cough, runny nose, mild sore throat, and congestion. In severe cases, symptoms can include wheezing, fever, difficulty breathing, and those affected may need to be hospitalized. EV-D68 is not a reportable disease in Ohio, but should be reported to Franklin County Public Health at 614-525-8888 if there are multiple cases in the same classroom.
For more information on EV-D68 please visit the CDC website or call Franklin County Public Health at 614-525-4981.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest in history. Even though a few cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in the U.S. the risk of an actual outbreak is low. Franklin County Public Health continues to work directly with our hospitals, our fire and EMS units and law enforcement partners to prepare should we be faced with an Ebola case in our community. If there is a case Franklin County Public Health along with other public health officials and partners would be involved in isolation and quarantine measures, as well as tracking potential contacts of the case. Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common. Ebola is spread by touching blood and body fluids from a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. Ebola is NOT spread through air, water, or food. For more information please visit the CDC website or call Franklin County Public Health's Ebola hotline at 614-525-3097.