If school is cancelled, will we have to make up the days?
On Friday, March 13, 2020, PA Governor Tom Wolf ordered a mandatory school closure for all k-12 schools from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. At that time, Governor Wolf also waived the 180 day requirement. Keystone Oaks will begin online learning for all k-12 students on Monday, March 30 so that we can provide continuity of education while school buildings are closed.
Are school events cancelled?
As of Friday, March 13, 2020, all school activities, practices, athletic events, and facility rentals are cancelled.
Will students still have to take the PSSA, Keystone, and/or PASA Exams this school year?
On Thursday, March 19, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that it has cancelled statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes the PSSA, Keystone, and PASA exams. You can read the full announcement here.
Will students still be able to take Advanced Placement exams this year?
The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams, announced on Friday, March 20, that it is developing an at-home testing option for this year’s exams and will also be providing live and on-demand AP courses for free. In order to give students the option of taking the exam now or later, the College Board will offer two different testing dates for each subject. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3. Please click here for complete details.
Have any students or staff tested positive for coronavirus?
We are not aware of any of any postive cases of coronavirus in the Keystone Oaks School District. Please check the PA Department of Health website
for the most up-to-date list of confirmed cases.
Have any students or staff been exposed to coronavirus?
As of Friday, March 13, 2020, the Keystone Oaks School District has not received any reports of students or staff being exposed to an individual who has tested positive for coronavirus. The District has also not received any reports of individuals who have traveled to countries on the CDC's Level 3 Travel Health Notice List or to areas within the United States where outbreaks have occurred.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are common symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:
- Shortness of breath
The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
How does the virus spread?
Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;
- Occasionally, fecal contamination.
What can I do to prevent coronavirus?
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
- Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
Click here for Pennsylvania’s Emergency Preparedness Guide.
Who should seek medical evaluation for coronavirus?
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
When should I keep my child home from school?
The Keystone Oaks School District has issued the following guidelines for families to help them determine when to keep their child home from school. Guidelines for parents to follow to avoid exposing other children to possibly contagious illnesses are as follows:
- Children with a temperature above 100 degrees must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
- If a child vomits or has diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school, that child should be kept at home for 24 hours from the last episode.
- If they have red swollen eyes that itch, have purulent drainage, or have a crusty appearance upon awakening, they should be kept home and see a doctor.
- If they have a productive cough that cannot be controlled with medication they should stay home.
- If they have been diagnosed with a communicable illness such as chickenpox, impetigo, scabies, lice and/or ringworm.
- In addition, injuries that happen at home or over the weekend should be taken care of before returning to school.
Should I wear a mask?
The CDC does not recommend wearing masks or respirators outside of workplaces settings (in the community). A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face or head and covers at least the nose and mouth. Most often, spread of respiratory viruses from person-to-person happens among close contacts (within 6 feet). It is important that these devices are readily available to health care workers and others who need them.