UPDATE: Due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases throughout the country, on Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced an extension of his stay-at-home order until April 30, and that all PA schools and non-life sustaining businesses will be closed indefinitely.
The Deer Lakes School District holds the well-being, health, and safety of its students and staff as a top priority. With this principle in mind, we are writing to update you on an evolving health issue involving COVID-19, or as it is more commonly known, novel coronavirus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
It is important to note that there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Deer Lakes School District. However, health officials warn that could change in the coming weeks and months ahead, which is why it is imperative everyone understands what the novel coronavirus is, how it makes us sick and what you and your family can do to avoid contracting and/or spreading it; as well as what you can do if you do contract it.
We are working closely with the Allegheny County Health Department
, the Pennsylvania Department of Health
and the Pennsylvania Department of Education
; and we are carefully taking the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
. Also, each Tuesday and Thursday, school district officials from across the county are meeting with officials from Allegheny County Emergency Management and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 to receive updates on this evolving situation.
Read on for more information about COVID-19 and what you and your children can do to protect yourselves and others from the spread of all types of viruses. And continue to check this page regularly for potential updates related to the school district.
It is important to understand that in times like these, where public concern is heightened and with the pervasiveness of social media throughout our entire culture, rumors and misconceptions can spread just as fast as any potential contageon. That is why we implore everyone in our community to use this page as your official resource for COVID-19 in Deer Lakes. Please don't turn to Facebook or Twitter for your Deer Lakes COVID-19 news because it may well be inaccurate.
Also, please note that even in the midst of a possible public health scare, the school district must still abide by privacy restrictions and student confidentiality laws. That said, Deer Lakes has vowed to be as transparent as legally allowable to keep our community informed and up-to-date on COVID-19 in our region and perhaps even our community.