• Letter to Parent/Guardians and Staff - March 10, 2020

    March 10, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 

    The purpose of this communication is to provide you with another update regarding our work to be as well prepared as possible for any impact due to the coronavirus.

    Yesterday, I attended another meeting of local Superintendents, the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Delaware County Council, Delaware County Intercommunity Health, Delaware County Emergency Services, and PA Department of Health to receive an update from officials and to begin collaborative planning with agencies in attendance as well as my colleague Superintendents.

    The first outcome of the meeting is a Pandemic Action Plan (attached) developed with the input of all in attendance. Four stages are identified in the action plan. At this time our District is in the first stage, Monitoring.  Should the need arise to move into the Limiting phase, communication will be provided and information will be posted on our website.

    In order to be proactive and plan for the possibility of an extended closure of schools, Delaware County Districts plan to hold an in-service (March 13 or March 16) for staff to discuss, learn more about, and plan flexible learning opportunities. Flexible learning means that the students do not need to be present in the classroom to engage in learning activities.  Our District will hold this day on Friday, March 13, 2020. Students will not report to school on Friday, March 13, 2020.  Busing will be provided for all non-WSSD Schools. 

    In the event of a prolonged school closure, the District will combine the use of inclement weather days and flexible learning opportunities to keep students engaged.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Our District team will continue to meet daily, monitor the situation, and communicate all relevant information.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa A. Palmer, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

    Delaware County Pandemic Action Plan 

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    Letter to Parent/Guardians and Staff - March 8, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    On Tuesday, March 3rd, I wrote to you and advised that the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District is closely monitoring the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).   In my e-blast, I mentioned that we will share additional information as any other relevant updates become available.

    To that end, I’d like to share that on Friday, March 6th, Delaware County officials provided a briefing to the county superintendents.  Officials shared that the presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Delaware County is not community spread.  The individual had recently traveled to an area of the US where COVID-19 is present.  The female adult is currently in her home in isolation.  The County has created a website dedicated to information on the coronavirus and has provided a press release with more information. 

    During the briefing, no changes to school protocols were suggested.  Further, officials focused on preventative measures with the most important one being washing hands frequently and thoroughly.  I know our principals have been sharing messages from our school nurses, but I’d like to share the message again:

    FROM THE NURSE’S OFFICE

    Now that we are in the winter season and the freezing cold, and Flu (influenza) and cold season is in full blast all around us, here are some important reminders. Children with influenza-like (flu) symptoms should be kept at home until symptom free.

    The school nurses would like to remind you of simple precautions that may help to limit your risk of being exposed to any cold or flu viruses.  As with most viruses, preventing exposure is the key to safeguarding oneself from catching them.

    • Avoid close contact with sick people
    • Wash your hands often – Best practice is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song while washing to insure an effective washing.  Remember to wash your hands after you sneeze or cough
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes – into a tissue or utilizing a bent elbow rather than your hands
    • Do not share drinks or food with individuals that appear sick or have been exposed
    • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces at home
    • And most importantly, stay home when you are sick.

    I would also like to remind you that the coronavirus is not specific to any race, nationality, or ethnicity.  We want to ensure that students and staff do not experience harassment or stigmatization as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 virus.  Please report any concerns about harmful behaviors to a teacher or school administrator. 

    We remain committed to protecting the health and welfare of our students and staff.  We will continue to monitor changes in the spread of the virus and information provided through the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Delaware County, and other public health officials.  We will continue to share additional information as any other relevant updates become available.

    Very truly yours

    Lisa A. Palmer, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

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    Letter to Parent/Guardians and Staff - March 3, 2020 

    The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District is closely monitoring the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are no reports of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District is preparing for the possibility that the disease could make its way to our area. As of today, no incidents have been reported in Pennsylvania, and the CDC states, “For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.” As the information associated with this outbreak is ever changing, we continue to consult with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure we have the most current information and associated protocols. 

    Should you like more information, the CDC’s website on COVID-19 is a great resource and is updated regularly.  Additionally, the CDC has a number of other informational resources such as the What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 and What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 fact sheets and the Stop the spread of germs and Symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 posters.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s fact sheet can also provide you with information. 

    The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District is committed to protecting the health and welfare of our students and staff.  We will continue to monitor changes in the spread of the virus and information provided through the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and other public health officials.  We will share additional information as any other relevant updates become available. 

    Sincerely,

    Lisa A. Palmer, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools