Commitment to Safety and Security
The mission of Neshannock Township School District is to provide every student the opportunity to develop and utilize their academic and social skills through an exemplary, rigorous educational experience in a safe and caring environment. In addition to giving obvious attention to securing our facilities and being vigilant with all visitors on campus, NTSD remains committed to providing great attention to the health and well-being of our students and staff at all times.
With the recent concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19), we have heightened our focus on maintaining sanitary procedures for classrooms, instructional equipment, buses, and all surfaces within our schools. We are monitoring the situation closely and receive regular information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health regarding best practices.
The District has been using hospital grade disinfectant in our schools for the past several months. In the coming extended weekend (March 13-16, 2020), the maintenance department will be sterilizing all school buses. In addition, we have contracted with an outside agency to sanitize the interior campus in its entirety this weekend. We have added disinfectant stations throughout the schools and are looking to add these to all buses. Our aggressive efforts will continue as our buildings and buses operate on a regular schedule.
Precautions and Preventive Measures
Parents and guardians must also play an important role in minimizing the potential spread of any virus, especially during this time of potential COVID-19 outbreak. We strongly encourage parents to keep their child(ren) home if they display cold and/or flu symptoms. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the best defense is to follow the same precautions recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of the cold and flu:
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks as a way to prevent the virus’ spread.
Guidance to Families Returning from International Travel
We ask that if any member of your household (adult or child) has traveled to any one of the travel-restricted countries in the past 14 days that you immediately contact your building principal to discuss any required safety protocols prior to returning your child to school.
As we continue to monitor the situation closely, the focus of Neshannock Township School District continues to be on providing top notch education in a safe learning environment. Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s health and safety, please contact your healthcare provider, school nurse and/or building principal. Thank you for helping to keep our schools and, most importantly, our students safe and healthy.
Please continue to regularly visit our website and social media pages — Facebook and Instagram — for any updates and information that may be forthcoming. Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff and all who enter our facilities remains of paramount importance. It is critical that we all work together to eliminate the spread of any virus or infection.
We encourage you to visit the links below in order to be informed and educated:
- CDC Coronavirus-Information
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Cornavirus Disease
- What To Do If You are Sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- Stop the Spread of Germs (COVID-19)
- Preparing for the Coronavirus Spread Infographic
- When to Keep Your Child Home
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Pennsylvania Department of Health
- Pennsylvania Department of Education