2019 Novel Coronavirus

2019 Novel Coronavirus

Overview

The Keystone Oaks School District is continually monitoring the latest news and updates regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can find the District's lastest communications and the most up-to-date resources from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and other local, state, and federal agencies on this web page. The District will continue to use School Messenger to communicate directly with families, but you will be able to find all of the updates and resources here. 

Links for Daily Attendance

Email Communication

During this school closure, Keystone Oaks’ Administrative Team and office staff is working remotely and is readily available via email. If you need to communicate with someone, we ask that you send an email, as it may be a few days before we are able to return phone messages. 
 
  • You can find the email addresses for the superintendent and department directors by clicking here.  
  • You can find the email addresses for the building principals by clicking here.  

Latest District Update

From Monday, March 30, 2020 -

 

Good Afternoon Keystone Oaks Families,

 

It is with sadness that I reach out to you to share the news that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today that all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania will be closed indefinitely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Keystone Oaks began online learning today and we are planning to continue to provide instruction via Google Classroom through Thursday, June 11, 2020, our previously scheduled last day of school. While it is possible that Governor Wolf may open schools before then, it does not seem likely at this time. 


The end of the school year is filled with so many special events and traditions for students, families, and staff. If we do not return to school this year, please know that central office administrators, building principals, and professional staff will be working together to find alternate ways to celebrate these meaningful occasions for our students. 


These are difficult, sad and scary times for children and adults. Please know that we are in this together and that we will do anything we can to help support the Keystone Oaks community as we grapple with this health crisis. We will be sure to pass along information and updates as they become available. 


Sincerely, 


William P. Stropkaj, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Keystone Oaks School District

Keystone Oaks Offering Free Breakfast & Lunch

The Keystone Oaks School District’s Food Service Department will operate a free lunch program on weekdays between Tuesday, March 17 and Friday, March 27, 2020, during the state-mandated school closure due to concerns over COVID-19. 

A bagged lunch and milk will be offered free to any child 18 years of age or younger; the child does not have to be eligible for the Free & Reduced Meal program in order to receive a free lunch during this school closure. 

We do ask that you do not congregate at the site and that children simply “grab and go.” 

Lunch will be available at the following sites and times:

Myrtle Ave Elementary School                              
3724 Myrtle Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Castle Shannon Borough Building
3310 McRoberts Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
12:45 – 1:30 pm

Saint John ELCA
601 Washington Ave, Carnegie
12 noon – 1pm

Alvern Gardens
1000 Vermont Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15234    
11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Green Tree Wilson Park (in front of Fire Station)
825 Poplar Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Dormont Elementary School                                      
3200 Annapolis Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Keystone Oaks High School, Entrance C31 (rear or the building)
1000 Kelton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Elementary Optional Activities

Online Educational Resources

District Communication

Frequently Asked Questions

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:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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.

Continuity of Education Plan

On March 27, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 13 of 2020, which included a number of provisions for school districts during the COVID-19 health emergency. One of those was a requirement that every school district develop a Continuity of Education Plan and make that plan available on the District's website. Below you will find Keystone Oaks School District's Continuity of Education Plan. 
 

Event Status

The Keystone Oaks School District will be through Monday, April 13, 2020, with students expected to return on Tuesday, April 14 . During this closure, all activities, events, practices, sporting events, and facility rentals are cancelled. 
 
The NMSI Study Session at Keystone Oaks High School on April 4 has been cancelled. 
 
This closure also affects all in-person kindergarten registration appointments. Please click here for more details.  
 
Battle of the Books has been cancelled for Wednesday, April 1.  
 
In-person Kennywood ticket sales, scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, have been cancelled. Tickets can be purchased online at . 
 
The 2020 Keystone Oaks High School Spring Musical has been rescheduled for June 4, 5 & 6, 2020. 


The ACT has announced that it has cancelled its exam on April 4, 2020 and rescheduled it for June 13, 2020. Additionally, the College Board has announced that it has cancelled the March 28 make-up exam as well as the exam scheduled for May 2, 2020. 

The PA Department of Education has cancelled statewide assessments (PSSA, Keystone and PASA exams).

Additionally, the College Board has , including free online AP Exam Review beginning March 25.   announced an alternate plan for AP testing

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Information

Keystone Oaks School Nurses
 
Allegheny County Health Department
(412-687-ACHD) or 412-687-2243 
 
PA Department of Health
 

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