Pocono Mountain School District Prepares for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Pocono Mountain School District (PMSD) has processes and procedures in place to respond to, manage, and stop the spread of infectious illnesses that could impact its students, staff and schools. District officials are actively monitoring all PA Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information and updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The District has a direct point-of-contact with the DOH who helps guide its efforts if there is a health issue or concern. The District coordinates with health experts on the appropriate steps to take when it comes to parent and public notification, cleaning and sanitizing of schools, and any other measures to prevent, reduce, or contain the spread of any communicable and/or infectious illnesses.
PMSD custodians implemented the CDC’s recommendations for flu season and pandemic flu situations at the start of the regular flu season and continue those measures daily. Custodians implemented the daily cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects to include, but not limited to, desk and table tops, doorknobs and push bars, light switches, water fountains, and all bathroom surfaces. Custodians use a hospital grade disinfectant that is rated to kill human Corona class viruses.
CDC Website - Current risk assessment:
- For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. This virus is not currently widespread in the United States.
Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
As with other types of influenza, the Department of Health and CDC recommend individuals take precautions to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19:
- 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- 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).
- 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.
Dr. Elizabeth Robison's letter to parents dated March 10, 2020
Dr. Elizabeth Robison's letter to parents dated February 27, 2020
NASP Guidleines for Parents on How to Talk to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Self-monitoring information for individuals returning from trips.
Self-monitoring guidelines for individuals returning from trips.
This Fact Sheet provides guidance to help fmailies prepare for the possible spread of COVID-19.
This Fact Sheet provides guidance for families to prepare for the possible spread of COVID-19.