Good Afternoon Keystone Oaks Families,
We are looking forward to the first week of school and to welcoming our students back into the buildings!
As you know, we have worked diligently over the past few months to implement a number of health and safety measures in our classrooms, buildings, and throughout the District. While we will be doing our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses in our schools, I am also asking our students, families, community members, and employees to do the same. Please continue to follow the recommendations of health officials - avoid crowded gatherings, wear your face covering, maintain social distancing, wash your hands often - so that we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our buildings.
One of the biggest roles families can play in keeping everyone healthy is to keep children home when they are not feeling well. We have included information below regarding a daily health screening that we are asking families to complete. However, we are also asking that you keep your child home anytime he or she is not feeling well, even if the symptoms are not consistent with COVID-19. Students who are sick and stay home may still attend classes for the day through Google Meet. A student’s attendance will be counted as long as they log in and participate per the teacher’s directions. I know and understand that keeping a child home from school is inconvenient for many families; however, as we have seen in other school districts locally and across the country, a couple of cases of COVID-19 could lead to a school being closed for two weeks or longer. Your cooperation in keeping children who are feeling ill from attending school is appreciated.
Daily Health Screening Tool
Parents/guardians must also screen their child at home every day prior to sending them to school, using the questions below. If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, the student should be kept home. Please consult with your child’s healthcare provider before returning to school.
- Has your child experienced a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the past 24 hours?
- Does your child currently have a cough?
- Does your child currently have a sore throat or runny nose?
- Is your child currently suffering from shortness of breath?
- Is your child currently experiencing a new loss of taste or smell?
- Is your child currently experiencing vomiting or diarrhea?
- Is your child currently experiencing any body aches, headaches, or fatigue or generally feeling unwell?
- Within the past 14 days, has your child or family had close contact with someone who is currently sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
If your child is experiencing one or more of the symptoms, we ask that the child stay home until he/she has remained fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication such as Tylenol or Motrin or until the other symptoms have improved.
Additionally, if your child is tested for COVID-19 or has a presumed positive case, we ask that you notify the principal or school nurse at your child’s building immediately so that the District can begin contact tracing within the school and also can alert the Allegheny County Health Department so that they can begin the process of contact tracing throughout the community. The District will be collaborating with the Allegheny County Health Department throughout the process.
Once again, thank you for your partnership in providing a healthy and safe environment that will allow our students to return to school. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
William P. Stropkaj, Ed.D.
Keystone Oaks School District