Dear Parents and Guardians,
At the Clarion County Career Center, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion in the news regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.
First, it is important to remember that at this time, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. As a Career Center, we are working closely with our seven sending schools to monitor this situation and take guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is currently no recommendation to close schools in the United States.
However, as the number of coronavirus cases grow in the United States, I want to assure you that Clarion County Career Center is enacting contingency plans to ensure that students and staff are safeguarded, while continuing to provide for student learning and critical district functions.
Specifically at the Career Center, we are conducting more frequent cleaning in high traffic areas and wiping down door handles, handrails, and water fountains throughout the day. The maintenance department will be required to be diligent in the extra-effort needed to stay ahead any sickness. We have also ordered disinfecting wipes for classroom use as well.
The Career Center is asking for your help to prevent the spread of all viruses, we encourage students, staff, and community members to be mindful of key preventive measures. The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses. This link and other helpful information will be added to the clarioncte webpage and placed on the Career Center’s Facebook page. Most importantly, we ask that you wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and cough or sneeze into your arm, and that you stay home when you are sick.
In addition, please remember that if your child is sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Please refer to the health guidelines outlined on your sending schools website. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical in preventing the spread of viruses.
As the spring break approaches, I want to urge all members of the community to be cautious due to the potential for more cases of the coronavirus in the US and abroad. If you have concerns about the coronavirus related to any upcoming personal travel, I encourage you to review the information on the Centers for Disease Control website, including destination information and precautions that you can take to help contain the spread of this new virus.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 814-226-4391.
Douglas J. Mays, Interim Director