Updated on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
As you are already aware, we are in the middle of cold and flu season, and the news is constantly reporting on the Coronavirus, which appears to be making its way around the world. In an effort to keep everyone healthy and safe, out of an abundance of caution the Bethel Park School District will be CLOSED from March 13-29, and will tentatively re-open on Monday, March 30. This includes the school day, all after school and evening activities, and athletic events.
The Coronavirus is spread much like the common cold or flu—transmitted through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close contact, or by touching an object or surface containing the virus. To that end, our Facilities Department has met with third party cleaning supply experts to ensure that we have stocked the recommended safe products for use in all of our facilities, and are using them correctly. We have instructed our custodians to be hyper-vigilant with their disinfecting practices, with an emphasis on touch surfaces—door knobs, light switches, desks, faucets, etc. We commend them for their diligent efforts to keep our schools clean and safe.
According to the CDC, the most important thing you can do is to stay home if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, including fever, vomiting (even once), diarrhea, chills, feelings of fatigue, discomfort; weakness or muscle aches, cough, nasal congestion and frequent nose blowing.
To help prevent catching the flu and cold, please practice the following good hygiene habits as recommended by the CDC:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for a minimum of 24 hours after a fever is gone.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Take any prescribed anti-viral medications as instructed.
Any specific health concerns should be directed to your family physician or healthcare provider. Please also contact your student’s school nurse if your child has been diagnosed with a doctor-confirmed case of influenza.
We have instructed our custodial staff to be hyper vigilant with their cleanin/disinfecting procedures during cough and flu season.
Please click on any of the links below to learn more about Coronavirus.
- Please click here to see Coronavirus Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
- Please click here to read a Coronavirus Fact Sheet from the CDC.
- Please click here to see a brief video on proper handwashing procedures.
- Please click here to see a brief video on proper sneezing procedures.
- Please click here to read a Tribune-Review article about how to talk to your children about Coronavirus
- Please click here to see a powerpoint that explains what the flu is to children.
- Please click here to view a "What Is Coronavirus" video from the CDC.
- Please click here to view a "What Is My Risk" video from the CDC.
- Please click here to view a "How Do I Protect Myself" video from the CDC.
- Please click here to view a "Stop The Spread Of Germs" video from the CDC.
- Please click here to read "About Coronavirus" from the CDC.
- Please click here to read "About Coronavirus In The US" from the CDC.
- Please click here to read a List of Frequently Asked Coronavirus Questions from the CDC.
- Please click here to read "Information For Travel" from the CDC.
- Please click here to read about the Coronavirus and Children from the CDC.
- Please click here to read about the CDC's recommendations for what you should do if you get the Coronavirus.
- Please click here to learn more about the Coronavirus from the Allegheny County Department of Health.
- Please click here to access Supports for Families, Students and Educators from PaTTAN (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network).