Coronavirus in the community
Information and messages about COVID-19, otherwise known as novel coronavirus, continue to be widely reported by the media. The matter is complex and may be hard to accurately predict the duration and full impact of the virus. Bellefonte Area School District is monitoring the pandemic closely and are making the necessary preparations as COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community.
Numerous efforts to prevent or decrease the spread of the virus were placed in all district schools as early as February 2020. The nursing staff continuously observes and monitors the health of all students. Nurses were also instructed to remain diligent in terms of sending students home who showed signs of illness, in addition to communicating with families.
Custodial staff in every building also continue to ensure facilities are clean and all frequently-touched surfaces are sanitized on a daily basis. This is during active school days and during the state-ordered school closure.
Administrators guarantee that all decisions are made -- and will continue to be made -- with the best interest of students in mind in consultation with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the PA Departments of Health and Education, and can assure the public that our first priority is to maintain the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff.
*Photo provided by CDC
We encourage the practice of good habits, including:
- Wash hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash fingertips.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your arm.
- As much as possible, avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose.
- If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them adequate time to feel better, so that they do not risk infecting others.
Some resources you may access to further your understanding of COVID-19 include:
Coronavirus in Pennsylvania