December 13, 2020
Dear Catasauqua Area School District Parents/Guardians,
The Catasauqua Area School District was notified today of another confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Catasauqua High School. Appropriate family members and contacts have been notified and appropriate quarantine/isolation is in effect for impacted individuals in accordance with CDC and PA Department of Health Guidelines.
In alignment with current PDE and PA DOH recommendations, the Catasauqua High School will move to Virtual Instruction from tomorrow Monday December 14, 2020 through the Holiday Break with an anticipated return to In-Person Instruction on Monday January 4, 2021. However, please be aware that we will work directly with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and consider local school data when making decisions to alter the instructional mode. Contributors to this decision include the number of positive COVID cases, the number of quarantined students and staff, and pending test results. At this time, Catasauqua Middle School and Sheckler Elementary School remain open for In-Person Instruction.
You are encouraged to do the following to help prevent the spread of illness at home and in school:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough and sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Practice social distancing and wear a face covering.
Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms: fever (I00°F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, lack of smell or taste, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, headache, congestion, or runny nose. Also, please follow updated CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health recommendations in an effort to contain the community spread of COVID-19.
The Catasauqua Area School District will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed. Please know the health and safety of our students and staff are our highest priorities. If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please contact your building administration.
We thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
Robert J. Spengler
Superintendent of Schools