March 4, 2020
As the safety and security of our students is always our top priority, please know we are closely monitoring the occurrences of the Coronavirus disease in the United States and doing what we can within our school facilities to ensure we continue to maintain a healthy environment for all students and staff.
What is Coronavirus disease?
Coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It is a new virus first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Lebanon School District administrators are regularly reviewing recommendations and the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in conjunction with communications among leading national school organizations, including the American Association for School Administrators (AASA) and the National School Board Association (NSBA). These efforts help District leaders monitor the spread of the disease and utilize resources to assist with prevention.
According to the CDC, symptoms of the Coronavirus are respiratory related and may also include symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Please contact your health care provider if you have recently traveled to a country where the virus is prevalent, or if you are concerned about specific symptoms you or your child are experiencing.
At school, we are practicing good hygiene, encouraging students to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, keeping surfaces clean, and encouraging people to stay at home if they are sick.
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) encourages us to follow common-sense strategies for preventing the spread of communicable diseases:
· Maintain your distance from others when ill.
· Keep children home who exhibit cold and flu-like symptoms.
· Refrain from going to work if you have cold and flu-like symptoms.
· Keep unwashed hands out of your mouth, eyes, etc.
· Use anti-bacterial soap.
· Do not share food.
· Maintain a clean environment by using anti-bacterial products daily on all high-touch surfaces.
Additionally, you may find helpful the following resources that provide more detailed information on the Coronavirus:
Lebanon School District will follow recommendations and work closely with federal, state, and local organizations and resources in the event there would be a local Coronavirus outbreak. It is our hope that this will never be the case.
We will continue to focus on prevention in our schools to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff. Please do not hesitate to contact your building principal or school nurse with any questions.
Arthur W. C. Abrom, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools