COVID-19 Updates

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Coronavirus Information

March 2, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Penn Manor School District is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. The school district is closely monitoring health information regarding Coronavirus COVID-19. As we do in all health-related cases, we are working closely with and receiving additional guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our school district physician. 

Please note: There have been no cases of the Coronavirus reported in our school district.

We are providing this information to you so that you are aware of this issue and are assured that our district has plans in place to monitor, prepare for, and respond to any health or safety issue that may impact us. We also encourage you to use the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) as trusted resources on the latest updates and guidance concerning this health issue.

It is the school district’s desire to do all that is possible to help prevent the spread of the virus in the event of an outbreak in the area, and we need your help to do this.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has shared the following tips on its website to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19: 
 • Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of 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, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas. 
 • Contain the potential spread. If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.  Avoid people who are already sick. 

Penn Manor School District is closely monitoring the situation (not only the coronavirus but also this year’s strain of the flu) and is cleaning and disinfecting schools daily as part of ongoing custodial services. In the event that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area, the school district will follow guidance provided by health professionals regarding any additional measures that are necessary.

If your child becomes ill, please follow these guidelines regarding student illnesses: 

  1. Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school. 
  2. Children with vomiting and diarrhea must be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode. 
  3. Children with suspected infectious diseases (i.e. pink eye and any unknown rashes) should be kept home until verification from your health care provider can be obtained.
  4. If your child is sick, keep him or her home, regardless of field trips, parties or other special events that may be held at school that day. 
  5. It is important right now that we work together to remain focused on what we can control. We will remain vigilant in monitoring the status of all illnesses that could present a threat to our staff and students.

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our staff, and our students.

Sincerely,
Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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4th, 5th, and 6th grade health lessons

In the next few months, as part of our fourth, fifth and sixth grade health program, students will be receiving important information about puberty.  In addition, the 6th grade students will receive information regarding the immune system and HIV/AIDS in a separate lesson. The goals of the program are to present up-to-date information and to emphasize the importance of healthful living.  The programs are presented separately.  The puberty lesson for girls will be taught by the Certified School Nurse and the lesson for boys will be taught by the Health and Physical Education teacher.  Written materials will be used and sent home for follow-up discussion and as a reference for your child.

The DVDs and complementary materials will be available for parent preview in your child’s school.  Contact the school nurse to make arrangements if you wish to preview the materials prior to March 6th.

If you would like to have your child excused from either topic, please notify the school nurse in writing no later than March 6th.

For any questions please contact your school nurse.

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Free Teen Heart Screening

The Peyton Walker Foundation will be offering free heart screenings, for any students ages 12-19 at Manheim Township High School on Saturday, February 22, 9:00am-3:00pm. Registration is required.

For more details visit: https://www.peytonwalker.org/heartscreenings.html


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When to keep your child home from school

Because students are in close contact with one another during the school day, diseases spread easily through the school. We try to prevent this as much as possible through education and encouragement of frequent hand washing, proper diet and rest. However, children do get sick. We ask you to keep your child at home for the following reasons:

-has a temperature of 100 degrees or more. Temperatures should be normal for 24 hours before s/he returns to school.

-has been diagnosed with a strep infection. Your child should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.

-has been vomiting during the night or before school

-has persistent diarrhea during the night or before school.

-has red swollen eyes that itch and are draining pus or have a crusty appearance upon awakening.

-has a productive cough that cannot be controlled with medication

If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable illness, please contact the school nurse to discuss when your child should return to school. Examples include, but are not limited to chicken pox, impetigo, and scabies.

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Reminders

Reminders

  • All students in Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades are required to have completed physical exams.
  • All students in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th grades are required to have a completed dental exam.

Exams may be mailed to the health room, faxed, or emailed to your school nurse.  For contact information, see the Contact Us page.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.

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Reminders for next school year

Reminders for next school year

  • All students in Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades are required to have completed physical exams.
  • All students in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th grades are required to have a completed dental exam.
  • Incoming Kindergarten students are required to have their immunizations completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 7th graders are required to have the Tdap and MCV vaccines completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 12th graders are required to have the 2nd dose of MCV vaccine completed prior to the first day of school.
  • All other students that have been notified of immunization needs are required to have these completed prior to the first day of school.

PLEASE NOTE:  Immunization Documentation (this is either an updated copy of the immunization record, a note signed by the doctor noting the date of the appointment, or a Religious/Moral Exemption) MUST be completed by the FIRST day of school.  If it is not, after 5 days, your child will be at risk for exclusion (they will not be allowed to attend school) until the documentation has been received.

Exams and immunizations may be mailed to the health room, faxed, or emailed to your school nurse.  For contact information, see the Contact Us page.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.

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Reminder- When to keep your child home from school

WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL

Because students are in close contact with one another during the school day, diseases spread easily through the school. We try to prevent this as much as possible through education and encouragement of frequent hand washing, proper diet and rest. However, children do get sick. We ask you to keep your child at home for the following reasons:

-has a temperature of 100 degrees or more. Temperatures should be normal for 24 hours before s/he returns to school.

-has been diagnosed with a strep infection. Your child should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.

-has been vomiting during the night or before school

-has persistent diarrhea during the night or before school.

-has red swollen eyes that itch and are draining pus or have a crusty appearance upon awakening.

-has a productive cough that cannot be controlled with medication

If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable illness, please contact the school nurse to discuss when your child should return to school. Examples include, but are not limited to chicken pox, impetigo, scabies, and ringworm.

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Health Lessons for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades

In the next few months as part of our fourth, fifth and sixth grade health program, students will be receiving important information about puberty.  The lessons for fourth grade are provided for girls only.  In addition, the 6th grade students will receive information regarding HIV/AIDS.  The goals of the program are to present up-to-date information and to emphasize the importance of healthful living.  The programs are presented separately.  The puberty lesson for girls will be taught by the Certified School Nurse and the lesson for boys will be taught by the Health and Physical Education teacher.  Written materials will be used and sent home for follow-up discussion and as a reference for your child.

The DVDs and complementary materials will be available for parent preview in your child’s school.  Contact the school nurse to make arrangements if you wish to preview the materials prior to February 28th.

If you would like to have your child excused from either topic, please notify the school nurse in writing no later than February 28th.

For any questions please contact your school nurse.

For more information see the letters sent home to each grade level.2

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Sealant Saturday

FREE ORAL SCREENINGS & SEALANTS

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time: 9 a.m.—12 noon

Location: Welsh Mountain Health Centers, 584 Springville Rd., New Holland PA 17557

Phone: 717-354-4711 (Appointments are required)

Children in 1st through 8th grades are eligible, especially children who do not have a dentist and are uninsured can receive a free oral screening and sealants.

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