March 12, 2020 Update
Dear Kutztown Community,
As the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 unfolds both locally and nationally, we must join those throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and consider the guidance of Governor Wolf in limiting activities on our campuses. We will join the Governor’s office, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, and many universities and school districts in first limiting extra-curricular activities as we further consider when a school closure might be in the best interests of our students and community.
The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly and response is deemed necessary in the best interests of public health. Our first actions effective, March 13th, 2020, include:
- Postponement of all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities/events/trips (e.g., clubs, athletics, music, theatre, field trips, etc.) that operate outside the scope of the traditional school day, or field trips/trips that operate within the scope of the regular school day
- The closure of all Kutztown Area School District buildings and facilities to outside groups
These measures will be in place until further notice. We will continue to be responsive to the information we receive from state and county officials.
Our leadership team has reviewed various situations in enacting preparedness plans should COVID-19 affect Berks County. In the event of a school closure, we have plans in place to provide for the continuation of learning activities.
With the announcement by the Governor that all schools in Montgomery County close for 14 days, we must consider that such action may become necessary in Berks County. In light of this information, please begin to consider child care in the event of an extended closure.
With the information changing rapidly, KASD will continue to communicate with our community as the details we receive dictates.
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. Best practices 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.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate these challenging events and care for our students and community.
Christian Temchatin, Superintendent