FLU and Coronavirus

Communication Updates

Released by STSD on March 31, 2020

Southern Tioga School District in collaboration with local food pantries, is expanding distribution locations for prepackaged meals. Each site will have several days of prepackaged meals. Students or parents may pick up at any location. Our food service team will be preparing the meals and distribution will be in the following locations:

In the Mansfield area:
Mansfield YMCA – Wednesday at 9 am

In the Blossburg area on Tuesday & Thursday from 11 am to 12:30 pm
Island Park – Kiwanis Building
Arnot – Township Building
Morris Run – Township Building
Covington – Covington Community Center

In the Liberty area:
Tuesday from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Liberty Lutheran Church and Harvest Family Fellowship
Friday from 11 am to 12:30 pm will be at Liberty Lutheran Church and Harvest Family Fellowship and the Cogan House Community Church

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Released by STSD on March 29, 2020

Southern Tioga School District is re-starting the bagged breakfast and lunch program.  We are announcing food distribution pick-up locations at several community sites. Each site will have several days of prepackaged meals. Students or parents may pick up at any location.  Our food service team will be preparing the meals and distribution will be in the following locations:

In the Mansfield area:

  • Mansfield Food Pantry – Wednesday at 9 am

In the Blossburg area:

  • Island Park – Kiwanis Building – Tuesday & Thursday from 11 am to 12:30 pm

In the Liberty area: 

  • Tuesday from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Liberty Lutheran Church 
  • Friday from 11 am to 12:30 pm will be at Liberty Lutheran Church and the Cogan House Community Church

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Released by PDE on March 23, 2020

The Department of Education (PDE) announced today all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Under the new timeline, school buildings would reopen on April 7 for two days to allow school administrators, teachers and other staff time to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return to school on April 9, unless extending the closure is needed in response to the situation with the virus at that time.

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Southern Tioga School District will be distributing free bagged breakfasts and lunches this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and next week Monday through Friday at Warren L. Miller, Blossburg Elementary, and Liberty Elementary schools from 11-12:30 each day at the student drop-off entrances.

Students do not need to be present if parents are picking up bags and friends, neighbors and family members can pick up lunches with a note from the parent. We ask that those picking up meals remain in their vehicles, and meals will be passed through the window.

Any child that attends a preschool program located at Blossburg Elementary or WL Miller may receive a bagged breakfast and lunch.

We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of illness by not remaining at the pick-up sites once meals have been distributed.

Students who walk or bike to the pick-up location should pick up their bag from the table and not congregate at the pick-up location.

STSD faculty, staff and administration are working hard to best serve and support our communities, and we appreciate your patience throughout this time!

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March 16, 2020

Southern Tioga School District will be providing a free grab and go breakfast and lunch for any Southern Tioga student from 11:00am to 12:30pm beginning Wednesday, March 18th.  The meals will be available for pick up this week Wednesday through Friday and the week of March 23rd, Monday through Friday.

The Grab and Go meal can be picked up at Blossburg Elementary, Liberty Elementary and WL Miller Elementary near the main entrance.

Students do not need to be with parents when the lunches are picked up and friends, neighbors, and family are welcome to pick up lunches with a note from the parent.  Students do not need their lunch number to participate.

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March 15, 2020

STSD is committed to providing you with accurate and updated information regarding COVID-19 and the evolving status of this illness in PA. I also recognize the importance of communicating the steps that we are taking to respond to this situation.  As we begin to address the issues associated with the school closure, we intend to send out correspondence that is accurate and timely. Please remember, the incoming information can change rapidly.

The Southern Tioga School District is closed for two weeks starting tomorrow, March 16th.

PA COVID-19 as of March 15th, 12:00pm

There are 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. There are no confirmed cases in Tioga Co.

Actions STSD is taking:

A core administrative team will meet on Monday to begin implementing and formulating plans for this closure.  Some of those action plans will be:

  • remote work expectations for all faculty/staff & contracted services,
  • providing breakfast/lunch for students (coordination with community groups),
  • conference calls with regional district administrative teams,
  • continuity of business office,
  • communication schedules for our learning community
  • developing plans to resume a normal school schedule
  • developing plans should there be a longer closure for STSD including educational resources

We are aware you may have additional concerns/issues, please note we are working to address each concern as rapidly and thoughtfully as we are capable.  We will also set up a format to address general questions in the near future. We will continue to use social media, parent-link and our website to communicate to our learning community.

I thank you for your understanding, patience, and willingness to work as a community to tackle these uncertain times.

Regards,

Sam A. Rotella Jr. – Superintendent

 


Resources for School Leaders

In partnership with Bucks County IU & BLaST IU17, Southern Tioga School District is providing a comprehensive list of resources to support school and agency leaders related to the Flu and Coronavirus.  This page is by no means exhaustive and in no way serves as an endorsement for specific resources.  Instead, it serves as a collection point for school leaders seeking resources and examples.  Please contact Superintendent Sam Rotella with any additional documents or links to post!

Health Agency Resources

CDC: Mental Health andCoping During COVID-19external link

PA Governor Wolf Press Release & Press Conference: March 6, 2020external link

EPA: Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19external link

PA Dept. of Health: Coronavirus Resources external link

PA Dept of Health: Coronavirus One Pagerexternal link

PA Dept of Health: Influenza Season Dataexternal link

CDC: 2018 Pan Epidemic Planexternal link

CDC: 2019 What to do if You are Sick with Coronavirusexternal link

CDC: Do your part to stop the spread of flu at child care facilities and schoolsexternal link

CDC: Influenza (Flu) Resourcesexternal link

CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)external link

CDC: School Resources and Guidelines for the H1N1 Pandemic in 2009external link

CDC: Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenzaexternal link

FluVIEW Interactiveexternal link

Flu Near Youexternal link

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak Resourcesexternal link

World Health Organization: Coronavirusexternal link

World Health Organization: Coronavirus Q&A Video

 

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CDC: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)external link
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PA Dept. of Health Coronavirus Information for K12 Schoolsexternal link

USDOE: COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnelexternal link

PEMA: All Hazards Schools Planning Kitexternal link

NSBA: COVID-19: Preparing For Widespread Illness in Your School Community – A Legal Guide for School Leadersexternal link

PASA Resource Pageexternal link

National Association of School Psychologists: Health Crisis Resourcesexternal link

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Documents and Resources

PEMA Pandemic Checklistexternal link

NC4 Situation Report: Major Coronavirus Outbreaks Abroad Raise Concerns about a Global Pandemic Even as Situation in Mainland China Remains Largely Stableexternal link

Harvard Business Review: Lead Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisisexternal link

Everbridge: 10 Key Organizational Infectious Disease Readiness Componentsexternal link

Everbridge: Critical Event Management (CEM) Best Practices for Infectious Disease Communicationexternal link

Everbridge:  Infectious Disease Communication and Best Practices White Paperexternal link

Willis Towers Watson Education Practice – Coronavirus Updatesexternal link

NPR.org: Audio Segment: Handwashing 101: A Guide To Proper Washing (And Drying)

 

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