Dear Spring-Ford Community,
I am writing today with three important updates:
UPDATE FROM THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
This afternoon, we received notification from the Montgomery County Office of Public Health that a 10-12 Grade Center high school student was exposed to an individual who tested positive for the Coronavirus. The Office of Public Health has reported that the student is not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. As per their protocol, this individual is following the directive of the Office of Public Health and is quarantined and is not currently attending school.
As a reminder, I shared yesterday that quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to an illness to see if they become symptomatic. Someone in quarantine may not be sick and may not become sick. The Office of Public Health indicated that those most at risk are the elderly, anyone with an underlying serious medical condition, and anyone who is immune-compromised.
In consultation with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health we have decided that all Spring-Ford schools will remain open at this time. We are following the plan laid out in the Preparedness Action Plan, which I shared yesterday and remain in the “Limiting” phase.
SPRING-FORD AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT CLEANING PROCEDURES
As shared in previous email communications, our maintenance staff has been sanitizing and disinfecting our schools daily, including classrooms and high-touch areas such as desks, surfaces and doorknobs. All District and contracted custodial employees have been trained according to and follow the same procedures outlined in our SFASD Custodial Manual. The manual is up to date with all cleaning products used, processes for cleaning in designated areas, and frequency of cleaning activities. The manual outlines specific daily processes and cleaning products used for sanitizing/disinfecting in the following areas:
- Classrooms: desk surfaces are cleaned and sanitized/disinfected; all sinks, drinking outlets and counters are cleaned and sanitized/disinfected; door handles and the light switches are cleaned and sanitized/disinfected; empty trashcans are sprayed with sanitizer/disinfectant; spray 3M™ Quat Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate 5H disinfectant on the surfaces intended for sanitizing
- Bathrooms/Locker rooms: Clean toilets and urinals with disinfectant; clean and disinfect bathroom floors; spray toilets and sinks with disinfecting/sanitizing mist and allow to dry; clean and sanitize/disinfect bathroom door handles
- Hallways and Stairwells: clean and sanitize/disinfect handrails; clean and sanitize/disinfect door handles; clean and sanitize/disinfect water fountains
- Cafeteria: clean all floors with disinfectant floor cleaner; clean and sanitize/disinfect water fountains; clean and sanitize/disinfect door handles
- School buses: Custer’s Garage has been directed to use the same quality cleaning product that we use in our schools for daily cleaning.
Cleaning products used as disinfectants are EPA registered disinfectant cleaners for use in hospitals.
As always, we are promoting frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, particularly before and after lunch and snack time.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
At this time, there has been no decision made by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as to whether or not the 180-student day requirement would be waived if Spring-Ford needed to close for an extended period of time. While it is difficult to plan for the unknown, our Department of Curriculum and Instruction is developing plans that will be put in place if a closure is necessary. It is our hope that the PDE supports our district and would waive student days. I hope to have more information about their decision next week.
As always, if you have any questions about coronavirus please contact your health care provider and/or the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.
I want to assure you that we are making the most educated decisions for our community based on the information available. I will continue this regular communication through the rest of the week.
Dr. David Goodin