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COVID-19
 
Given the evolving situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), Shaler Area School District has created this website to provide families with the most up-to-date information specific to our schools as well as helpful links for families.

The health, safety, and security of our students and staff is our top priority, and we are monitoring the situation as it develops and taking guidance from the Allegheny County Health Department, Pennsylvania Department of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

This webpage contains information on a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 virus. Up-to-date information about this virus should be obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Allegheny County Health Department:

If you have specific questions or concerns regarding this issue, please reach out to your building principal, school nurse, or health care provider. Thank you for your support and cooperation as we work together to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for our students and staff.
 
Communication: How to update your email address
 
In addition to posting information related to this rapidly evolving situation on the district website, Shaler Area will continue to share significant changes in procedures or schedules via email. If you are not receiving the district emails, please try the following:
  1. Check your junk email folder. The emails will come from "@blackboard.com"
  2. Log in to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to update your email address
  3. Send an email to [email protected] and include in the email
  • Parent/Guardian full name
  • Parent/Guardian phone number
  • Student full name
  • Student school and grade
Tips for Talking with Children
 
Shaler Area School District recognizes that concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. It is important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. The following are guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses for talking to children about COVID-19. 
  • Remain calm and reassuring;
  • Make yourself available to your students to express concerns and questions;
  • Avoid blaming;
  • Monitor television viewing and social media;
  • Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible;
  • Be honest and accurate—share facts;
  • Review and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection.
Additional information can be found in the links to the right.
 
Preventative Measures — Students, Staff, Families
 
The symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, and the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC offers some tips on its website for the prevention of this and other respiratory diseases including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds;
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and with people who do not live in your household;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash; alternatively, covering your cough or sneeze with your elbow when is tissue is not available;
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily;
  • Monitor your health daily, and stay home when you are sick.

Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are working carefully to encourage these simple and effective habits with our students in school, and we ask that you also encourage these practices at home.
 

Please remember that students who are sick should not attend school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. While we value school attendance in the education of our students, it is more important to keep students home when they are ill.
 
Preventative Measures — Facilities
 
Shaler Area School District recognizes the importance of regular and thorough cleaning to reduce the spread of disease. With this in mind, we have initiated the following procedures to keep our facilities safe:
  • More intensive cleaning procedures with a focus on high traffic areas such as desks, lunch tables, door knobs, and hand rails;
  • Informational posters and signs reminding students and staff to wash hands properly, wear a face covering, and maintain social distance between others;
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout our facilities for use when soap and water is not readily accessible; 
  • Encouraging social distancing in classrooms through non-contact greetings with students and arranging furniture to minimize close contact.
Back to School 2020
Resources
FFCRA requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
FFCRA requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
from the Western Psychiatric Hospital of UPMC
from the Western Psychiatric Hospital of UPMC
from the National Association of School Psychologists & National Association of School Nurses
from the National Association of School Psychologists & National Association of School Nurses
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