Superintendent Issues Statement Regarding Coronavirus


The Vermilion Local Schools Superintendent, Philip Pempin, has issued the following statement to parents and guardians regarding the Coronavirus:

We are closely monitoring the news and CDC reports regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In determining the appropriate response to this situation, the Vermilion Local School District will rely on the guidance and recommendations provided by the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, and the Erie/Lorain County Health Departments. 

You can help with prevention efforts by following the recommendations below from the CDC. These guidelines are similar to the best practices we encourage everyone to follow during flu season:

  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Cover your nose and mouth: When coughing or sneezing cover with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  If a tissue is not available, use sleeve or elbow.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when sick and don’t return to school for at least 24 hours after being fever-free without the use of medication.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

The Vermilion Schools will follow all recommendations from the CDC regarding the cleaning of school facilities and equipment frequently touched by students and staff. Our staff will continue to encourage students to wash hands often.

We are in process of procuring extra hand sanitation dispensers and disinfecting wipes which will be made available in classrooms and in our cafeterias. If a confirmed case of COVID-19 virus is reported in our area, we will take direction from the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health and Erie County Board of Health regarding potential school closings.