Cleveland school cleaned as precaution, teacher may have had contact with Ebola victim

Cleveland school cleaned as precaution, teacher may have had contact with Ebola victim


thoroughly cleaned one of its campuses in the district overnight as a precautionary measure after the discovery that a teacher may have come into contact with Amber Vinson. Vinson was diagnosed with the Ebola virus on Tuesday. The teacher works at Cranwood School.

Following CDC guidelines, the building was cleaned with a bleach-based cleaning solution.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon told 19 Action News that janitorial crews worked from 1:30 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. cleaning Cranwood School in Garfield Heights and it's the cleanest it's ever been.

The impromptu cleaning was not required by the health department, but used as a precautionary measure to assure faculty, students, and their families that the school is safe.

Gordon says the teacher has been placed on paid leave and will stay home until cleared by health officials.

He said she was not showing signs or symptoms of Ebola, but thanked her for coming forward with the information in a timely manner.

The following statement is posted on the districts website:

CMSD takes Ebola precautions at Cranwood School

Late Wednesday, October 15, CMSD was made aware that a teacher who works at Cranwood School may have come in contact with a person diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Based upon the information provided and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, we have been assured by City Health Department officials that our students, families and staff are not at risk, we nonetheless took a number of precautions to allay any concerns about safety at Cranwood School.

  • Cranwood School families and staff were notified about the precautions we are taking.
  • Overnight, the school was thoroughly cleaned with a bleach-based cleaning solution, according to guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control.
  • The teacher suspected of having contact with an affected person is at home and will remain at home until cleared by health officials to return to work.
The school is home to two new high schools: E3agle Academy and PACT (Problem-based Academy of Critical Thinking). The schools will be open Thursday.

The steps we chose to take at Cranwood School are strictly precautionary and were done to allay any concerns of our students, staff and families, given the nation's heightened anxiety about the Ebola virus.

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