March 6, 2020 Update

  • Dear Kutztown families,

    I am writing to update you on the status of the management of the Coronavirus situation for the KASD community. As of midday today, it is reported that there are two suspected cases of coronavirus in PA, in Delaware and Wayne counties. As of now, there are no reported cases in the Kutztown attendance area or in Berks County. Today, one Bucks County school district had been contacted by county and state Departments of Health with a caution that members of their community had been exposed to the virus while out of state. The district canceled school in 5 of their 23 buildings today as a precaution while they performed deep cleaning of all impacted facilities.

    Throughout this evolving situation, we will remain in contact with both the Berks County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We will keep the Kutztown community updated as we learn information that affects our population.

    As in our last communication, KASD continues to take extra actions to sanitize the environment of our schools daily.

    • Regular disinfection of high volume contact and public areas (door handles, desks, phones, counters, water fountains, bus seats, etc.)
    • Additional staffing as needed for cleaning.
    • The availability of hand sanitizer.
    • Flyers posted throughout public areas and restrooms about how to stop the spread of germs.

    Coronavirus is transmitted like the common flu virus and can be easily eliminated with good cleaning and personal hygiene practices. Common symptoms for coronavirus include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Some tips from the website to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as coronavirus, include:

    • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not available, use a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, electronic devices, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
    • Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick to help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or above should not attend school.
    • Students who have had a temperature of 100.4 or above should not return to school until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

    You can find additional resources about the coronavirus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (CDC Website). They are updating their site with information routinely. The CDC also offers helpful FAQs about coronavirus. The PA Department of Health Coronavirus Website is a good source of information as well. If you have questions about your own health, please consult your medical professionals.

    The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at ctemchatin@kasd.org.

    Sincerely,

     

    Christian Temchatin

    Superintendent of Schools