COVID-19 Update (3/5/20)

COVID-19 Update 2 (3/5/20)
Posted on 03/05/2020

The Jim Thorpe Area School District continues to follow the Pennsylvania CDC and Department of Health updates and recommendations regarding the Coronavirus Disease(COVID-19.) as the district is promoting and utilizing the CDC recommendations. 

At this time, I would like the Jim Thorpe Area Students, Staff, and Community to focus on the Prevention recommendations by visiting the link below

The prevention recommendations are as follows:

  • 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.

Recently our school leaders have been asked about students wearing facemasks as a preventative measure.  Here are the recommendations from the CDC:

  • 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).

Therefore, students should not be wearing facemasks to school.

Handwashing is the most important thing we can do right now with regards to prevention.

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.

Lastly, if your child is sick and running a fever, defined as a temperature greater than or equal to 100 degree Fahrenheit, please keep them out of school until they are fever free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medications.

As always, if you have any concerns regarding your child’s health, it is recommended that you consult with your child’s primary care physician.