Shaler Area School District - Closed - COVID-19
ALL Shaler Area School District buildings, fields, and facilities will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In case of a school emergency, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].
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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
Free Breakfast and Lunch
 
The district will offer free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch each weekday starting Tuesday, March 17. The meals will be packaged together and available for pick-up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at two locations:
  • Northern Area Boys and Girls Club, 100 Howard Street, in Millvale (the former Holy Spirit Parish School)
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 66 Grant Avenue, in Etna

Shaler Area's food service provider will update the menu for grab-and-go meal sites online at: https://sasd.nutrislice.com/menu 

The free breakfast and lunch service is available to any student age 18 and younger. To encourage social distancing and prevent the spread of illness, we ask that students and families not congregate at the site after receiving the meals. This service is not available on the weekends. If you have additional questions, please contact Food Service Director Sue Cook at [email protected].

**For a complete list of free food distribution sites in the region, visit this Allegheny County Deparment of Human Services map.

Sheetz Free Kidz Bags Program - Sheetz will offer one free meal to children. The meals will be available all day starting Thursday, April 2 and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink. For a list of participating Sheetz locations, visit: https://www.sheetz.com/news/kidzmeals

District Contacts During Closure
 
The district leadership team will be available to address the individual questions that will arise during the school closure. The best way to reach our staff at this time is via email as all district offices remain closed. Please use the contacts below for questions pertaining to:
Important updates will continue to be provided to all families via email as they become available.

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:
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; 
  • Avoiding touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • 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;
  • Athletes showering before and after their participation; 
  • Staying 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 through the end of the school year 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 and cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing;
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout our facilities for use when soap and water is not readily accessible; 
  • Practicing social distancing in classrooms, such as using non-contact greetings with students and arranging furniture to minimize unnecessary close contact.
Preventative Measures — Food Service
 
Shaler Area School District contracts with The Nutrition Group as its food service provider, a company that working diligently to stay on top of the evolving issue to maintain the health and safety of our students.
 
In addition to the standart sanitation and food safety practices, The Nutrition Group has added the following steps as an added precaution:
  1.  Conduct refresher training sessions with all employees on proper handwashing.
  2. Remind employees that no one should come to work sick.
  3. Reinforce the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) procedures with emphasis on surface sanitation.
  4. Review table washing procedures in all buildings to ensure tables are sanitized between each meal service.
  5. Provide hand sanitizers in all work areas and at the back door. Ensure delivery personnel wash or sanitize hands before entering the kitchen.
  6. Eliminate Share Tables. 
Preventative Measures — Buses
 
Shaler Area School District contracts with ABC Transit Inc. as its transportation provider, a company that is equally committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students.

ABC Transit Inc. will be taking extra steps to disinfect high contact areas such as seats, railings, and other surfaces the students contact during this time of concern. The company's trained technicians use Zep Micronex SDS, a hospital-grade disinfectant to ensure our buses are safe for students, providing yet another layer of protection to fight spread of the virus and other pathogens.  

ABC Transit Inc. also has established procedures in the event a student or adult infected with coronavirus is in contact with one of our vehicles:
  1. The vehicle will be taken out of service immediately.
  2. The manager alerts a cleaning crew to tag the bus indicated for inside cleaning.
  3. The vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The bus will remain out of service until the cleaning materials have dried inside the bus. 
If one of our drivers would be infected with coronavirus, ABC Transit Inc. will perform the steps above with any vehicle the driver has had contact and remove the driver immediately from service.
 
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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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