April 2nd Update

 A Message from Matt Campbell, CCBDD Superintendent

 

I want to say a big thank you to all the Direct Care Professionals that continue to support people with developmental disabilities in our community. We are all facing this COVID-19 pandemic together. The Board is here to support you. The Board has been reaching out to providers to see what they need. The Board has provided supplies such as alcohol wipes, Tylenol, gloves, bleach, toilet paper, batteries, and disinfectant sprays. We are also looking at ways to help with increased costs during this time frame.

 

I also want to say thank you to Board staff who volunteer to work shifts for providers, teachers with daily lesson plans, Service and Support Administrators contacting individuals weekly, and supplies provided to providers and those served. I am proud to say that everyone is working together to meet needs. However, we are facing shortage of supplies such as face masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer. The Board has ordered these items but are in the waiting game for them to arrive.

 

The Board office on 540 High Street NW only remains open for a few staff. Our outreach will consist of phone calls, video conferences, and delivery of needed supplies. We are only having essential staff at the Board offices. I have approved for some staff to work from home. We are taking staff temperatures each morning and will send any staff home with a temperature at 100.4 or higher. We are practicing social distancing and proper hygiene such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds and ensuring everything is disinfected. There are no face to face meetings. We only provide curb service for necessary visitors. This means you will have to call in and staff will meet you at your vehicle.

 

Carroll Hills School remains closed to students until at least May 1, 2020. Parents will be notified when school will resume via One Call Now, our website, and Facebook. Service and Support Administrators and Community Network Coordinator are checking with each adult served and providing items for activities at home. If you have any questions for the school please call 330-267-9719.

 

We continue to monitor daily guidance and directives from local, state, and federal authorities. We try to learn more information by connecting with credible sources such as the Carroll County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Association for County Boards, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Our website and Facebook Page continue to be good resources for our community. We upload and post the latest information to these pages and encourage you to visit there often.

 

Take care, stay well, and stay safe. Please call the Administration Office at 330-627-6555 with questions, concerns, issues, or needs. To report someone with a disability being abused or neglected, please call 800-240-6733.

 

Sincerely,

 

Matt Campbell,

Superintendent

April 1st Update

Board offices will be CLOSED Thursday April 2nd and Friday April 3rd..
Emergencies can call our On-Call line at 800-240-6733.
School inquiries can reach us at 330-267-9719.

COVID-19 update 3/26/2020.

Board offices will be CLOSED Friday March 27th, reopening Monday March 30th.
Emergencies can call our On-Call line at 800-240-6733.
School inquiries can reach us at 330-267-9719.

COVID-19 update 3/23/2020.
Based on guidance from Governor DeWine, Carroll Hills School will be closed starting Monday March 16th to April 3rd, tentatively scheduled to return to classes on April 6th.

The Board offices are now operating on a curbside service, so if you require assistance, please park outside the building and call our office at 330-627-6555. A member of staff will be happy to assist you.

If you have any questions for the school please call 330-267-9719.

See below for a letter from Superintendent Mathual J. Campbell.

A Message from Matt Campbell, CCBDD Superintendent

 

I want to assure Carroll County residents that the Board is here to support this community. We are uncertain how long this crisis will last. I want the entire community to know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

We do not have plans to close unless we are told to do so. The Board Offices on 540 High Street NW are open so we may support those served. The Board has implemented no face to face meetings other than staff at this time. Our outreach will consist of phone calls, video conferences, and delivery of needed supplies. We are only requiring essential staff at the Board Offices. I have approved for some staff to work from home. We are taking staff temperatures each morning and will send any staff home with a temperature at 100.4 or higher. We are practicing social distancing and proper hygiene such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds and ensuring everything is disinfected. We will only provide curb service for necessary visitors. This means you will have to call ahead and staff will meet you at your vehicle.

Carroll Hills School remains closed to students until at least April 6, 2020. Our teachers are reaching out to parents and students for daily activities. There will only be limited staff at the building with most days one maintenance staff.  Parents will be notified when school will resume via One Call Now, our website, and Facebook. If you have questions, concerns, needs or issues regarding Carroll Hills School, please leave a message at 330-267-9719 and someone will be in contact ASAP. 

Service and Support Administrators and Community Network Coordinator are checking with each adult served and providing items for activities at home.

We continue to monitor daily guidance and directives from local, state, and federal authorities. We try to learn more information by connecting with credible sources such as the Carroll County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Association for County Boards, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Our website and Facebook page continue to be good resources for our community. We upload and post the latest information to these pages and encourage you to visit there often.

 

We would like to give special appreciation and recognition to Direct Service Professionals who aren’t able to stop working and go home when everyone else does. We are so very thankful for them as they continue to support and meet the needs of those with disabilities, and we hope they stay well and safe during these times.

 

Take care, stay well and stay safe. Call the Board Offices at 330-627-6555 with questions, concerns, issues, or needs. To report someone with a disability being abused or neglected, please call 800-240-6733.

 

Sincerely,

 

Matt Campbell,

Superintendent

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines

COVID-19 update 3/13/2020.
Based on guidance from Governor DeWine, Carroll Hills School will be closed starting Monday March 16th to April 3rd, tentatively scheduled to return to classes on April 6th.
Previously scheduled Spring break on April 9th and 13th will now not happen and Carroll Hills School will be open.
For any questions about staff schedules or for more information, please call the board offices at 330-627-6555.

Also based on Governor DeWine’s Statements, plus guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, we will be enacting the following:
❗️All Special Olympics events are cancelled for the month of March, this includes Cougars Basketball, Friday Bowling and the Family & Friends Bowling on March 16th.
❗️DD Awards and Recognition Banquet on March 26th will be postponed until April 28th, New deadline for buying tickets is April 17th.
❗️If you have home visit and/or meeting scheduled in the near future, you will be contacted to see if anyone is experiencing cold/flu like symptoms or other illnesses and your meeting may be rescheduled.

Introduction

The Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) has been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak with the guidance of the Carroll County Health Department, including information from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Health authorities have indicated that the situation is evolving, and we need to do all we can to inform those we serve and ourselves of measures we can take to prevent the spread of the virus.  To date, we have sent communication via letter and one call now to individuals served, family, staff and providers. We will continue to follow the guidelines from the Carroll County Health Department.

Symptoms of the Virus

Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness that can include fever, cough and shortness of breath.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.  If a person has been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks and develops symptoms, they are advised to call their doctor.

Education

Continued education on every day preventative measures, similar to flu prevention, is very important.  It is important that we continue to focus our efforts on educating the individuals who have developmental disabilities, their families, staff and providers.  Those measurers to stop the spread of germs are:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• Stop handshaking – use other methods of greeting.

We encourage all staff to continue ‘Universal Precautions’ consistent with our training.

Surgical Masks

 

Surgical masks do not protect people from COVID-19, as it’s the type of virus that can enter through the mask or along the edges where there are gaps.  Surgical masks are most effective at controlling the spread of the virus from a source or infected person.  Surgical masks should not be used by healthy people for “protection” from coronavirus – it will not provide protection and will deplete the limited stock needed for use by sick individuals and to protect health care workers.

 

Cleaning Protocols

Our maintenance/janitorial staff at Carroll Hills School has already been cleaning and disinfecting daily due to flu and cold season. We will be stepping up these procedures at our Board offices to address doorknobs and other surfaces often touched. We are also stepping up cleaning procedures for buses and vans to daily. In addition, we ask individuals, families, staff and providers to also practice every day safe cleaning protocols in their homes, classrooms, work areas, etc.

Large Gatherings

We will continue to follow the Health Department’s guidance related to attendance at large gatherings.  We will make decisions on individual events based on these guidelines. All Special Olympics events are cancelled for the month of March.  This includes the Cougars Basketball fun games on March 16, 19, and 31st and AM and PM Bowling on Fridays along with Family and Friend Bowling on March 16.  The Talent Show on March 24, The People First Meeting on March 11 at Ponderosa and Game Night on March 23 are cancelled.  

We are postponing the DD Awards Banquet on March 26 but plan to reschedule in April. We encourage individuals to make the choice that is best for their own personal situations with consideration of appropriate social distancing. Attendance at large gatherings is discouraged.

Cancellation

If necessary, decisions to suspend early childhood or school classes will only be made after consultation with appropriate Health Officials.  If classes are closed temporarily, families will be informed and provided alternative at-home educational suggestions.  If make-up time is required, classes will be made-up in the summer.

Quarantine

Quarantine decisions will be made by the Health authorities.  If a person has been exposed to someone, who has COVID-19 or thinks he/she has been exposed and ‘Self Quarantine’ is considered, we will consult with the Health Department.  We would also consider allowance of a person to use sick or other leave for a self-quarantine period if a public health official advises you to stay home due to a possible exposure.

Home Visits

Certain staff are required to make home visits.  To make home visits, staff are asked call your contact no more than 24 hours in advance to consider the following risk protocol questions:

·       Does the individual served or family member have flu symptoms?

·        Has the individual served or family member recently traveled to or been in recent contact with people who have recently traveled to China, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy or Iran?

If the answer is yes to either of those questions, the visit should not be made at this time. Reschedule the meeting to at least 14 days later. Before attending the rescheduled meeting, follow the 24-hour call prior to meeting. If symptoms continue, schedule an additional 14 days out. Any rescheduled meeting MUST be reported to your immediate supervisor who will be keeping track of these occurrences in the event we need to report this information. We will consult DODD to determine how this may impact deadlines.

If there are other concerns or questions regarding home visits, staff are asked to direct the question to their Supervisor.  Health authorities will be asked for their guidance.

Skype, Facetime, Conference Calls and other tools will be considered by staff with Supervisor approval with the understanding that HIPAA requirements will need to be followed.

Travel

Staff of CCBDD are fortunate that travel to other states or countries is not necessary.  We will encourage staff and supervisors to use their judgment related to professional development conferences and we will discourage travel outside of Central Ohio in the immediate future.

Technology

Technology is a tool that will assist with business continuity, if necessary.  Remote access through our Webmail, Mi-Fi and server will continue to be available.  Priority will be given to essential positions that require remote access.

Flexibility

Recognizing that this situation is evolving, guidelines cannot cover every possibility.  Individual circumstances and decisions will be required by individuals, staff and supervisors.  We ask for everyone to continue to consider others and especially those we serve when making decisions that are in the best interest.  Basic common sense is generally our best guide.

Sincerely,
Mathual J. Campbell
Superintendent
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Latest COVID-19 Update
April 1st, 2020

Board offices will be CLOSED Thursday April 2nd and Friday April 3rd.
 

Emergencies can reach our on-call phone at 800-240-6733.
School Inquiries can reach us at 330-267-9719

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