February 27, 2020
Dear SUN Tech Parents/Guardians and Students;
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not issued specific guidance on the prevention of the coronavirus in schools, we would like to share with you, general guidance offered by the CDC. Currently, there are no documented cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. This information is being shared for situational awareness purposes.
According to the CDC, the symptoms of someone infected with the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after an individual has been exposed to the virus. It can be spread through sneezing and coughing, as well as by touching an object or surface containing the virus.
The CDC has set forth the following guidance regarding prevention of the coronavirus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
From a practical standpoint, the most important things we can do to help ensure the safety of our school community is to frequently wash our hands (before eating, before and after using the restroom, after we cough or sneeze, etc.), and also stay home when we are sick so we do not run the risk of infecting others.
The cleaning products we use in the school should be effective in killing the coronavirus. It is also suggested that Lysol spray and disinfecting wipes should be effective in killing the virus as well.
More information on the coronavirus can be found on the CDC’s web site here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html .
Should you have further concerns or questions, please fee free to reach out to my office at
(570)-966-1031 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.