Update from Diocese on Coronavirus
Gov. Tom Wolf announced that two cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been “presumed positive” in the Philadelphia area. We wish to reassure you that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are a top priority for St. Teresa of Calcutta School.
While we continue to closely monitor this situation, our school will continue normal operations. For the moment, we plan to act as we do for inclement weather: we will follow the public school schedule if any closures are needed.
Our school and the Diocesan Education Office are closely monitoring this situation. The Education Office is involved in local and state-wide briefings and meetings. We continue to work and follow the recommendations from our state and national health departments, including thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. You and your family can also help keep our school and your family healthy by following these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (it’s longer than you think – try saying the Pledge of Allegiance twice or silently sing “Happy Birthday” twice, too).
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
- Apply the “not above the shoulders” rule – avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces often.
To prevent the spread of disease and for the health of all those at St. Teresa of Calcutta, please do not send your child(ren) to school if they are sick. As we all continue to monitor this situation, more information can be found at www.health.pa.gov or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
As always, thank you for trusting St. Teresa of Calcutta School with the wellbeing of your child(ren). Please know of our continued prayers for all our families during this uncertain time. God Bless, Mrs. Crystal Noel
A Message from the School Nurse
Pennsylvania State School Health Law requires a dental exam for every student upon entrance into a Pennsylvania school. This exam must be updated for every student in the 3rd and 7th grades.
Pennsylvania State School Health Law also requires a physical exam for every student upon original entrance into a Pennsylvania school, and for every student in 6th grade. Also for 7th grade, all students must have a Tdap vaccine. If your child does not have the Tdap vaccine, your child must receive the vaccine and show documentation within the first five (5) days of school or they can be excluded from school.
Reminder to all students requiring medications during the school day (inhalers, insulin, Epipens and oral medications) – Please sign the Authorization and return it with the action plan on how and when medication is to be taken at school. This needs to be signed by the physician and the parent with the necessary instructions.
If you should have any questions, please contact one of our school nurses:
Conewago Campus & McSherrystown Campus: Ms. Jennifer Turner 717-637-3135