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2020 Athletic & Academic Awards 

 

UPDATE: NEW PARADE ROUTE - JUNE 5TH APOLOGIES FOR ANY CONFUSION.

 
 
 
 

Troy HS Graduate parade route turn-by-turn directions:

*Students will start from one of three locations, please see below for those locations.

 

Group 1: Last names S-Z start at WR Croman, arrive at 4:45 (Departs first)

  • Turn left onto Route 14(Canton Street)
  • Turn right onto Route 6
  • Turn left onto Route 14
  • Turn left to enter Alparon Gate 1 Lane
  • Proceed behind the cow barns
  • Exit Gate 3

Group 2: Last names I-R Start at Point Spring & DriveShaft (68 Canton St), (Departs 2nd) arrive at 5:00

  • Turn right onto Route 14(Canton Street)
  • Turn right onto Route 6
  • Turn left onto Route 14
  • Turn left to enter Alparon Gate 1 Lane
  • Proceed behind the cow barns
  • Exit Gate 3

Group 3: Last names A-H Start at Terrace Lanes Bowling Alley, (Departs 3rd) arrive at 5:10

  • Turn right onto Weigester Street
  • Turn left onto Route 14(Canton Street)
  • Turn right onto Route 6
  • Turn left onto Route 14
  • Turn left to enter Alparon Gate 1 Lane
  • Proceed behind the cow barns
  • Exit Gate 3

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NOTE:

- Please stay in cars at all times; do not park, stop, or gather. At the end of parade, please continue out of Alparon Gate 3.

- Only cars and truck are allowed in the parade; no floats will be permitted.

- All vehicles may be decorated, but decorations must be school appropriate

- Banners with student photos will be distributed to each student prior to the start of the parade and should be attached and displayed on each car.

- All spectators are asked to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.

 

 

***A special thank you to Troy Borough Police Department Chief Dooley and Borough Manager, Dan Close for their assistance and guidance with this project.***  

 

 

Senior Events Newsletter - June 2020

 
 
 

May 29, 2020

 

Dear Troy Jr/Sr High School Students and Parents/Guardians:

 

We wanted to extend a huge congratulations to the Class of 2020! You are now part of the Troy Trojans Alumni! We are so proud of each and every one of you and cannot wait to see what the future holds for you all. We know it has been a difficult and different end to the year, but we have enjoyed the individual time we got to spend with each graduate and their families. The following is updated information concerning senior events, especially the Senior parade and Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

 

Senior Prom

 

- A video-slideshow was created and is currently on the TASD website, featuring the prom court and their individual biographies.

 

- Congrats to Prom Queen Hope Houseknecht and Prom King Robert Rogers!

 

Academic and Athletic Awards

 

- Students were recorded receiving their awards. The official Academic and Athletic Award video will be uploaded to the TASD website on Wednesday, June 3rd.

 

- Individual pictures and videos will also be emailed to students. Please check your school email for these on Wednesday, June 3rd.

 

Graduation Parade

 

- Friday, June 5th at 5:30pm:

 

  • Start at Croman, the bowling alley or Point Spring Drive Shaft depending on your last name (see attached document for details); 
  •  End at the Jr/Sr High parking lot.  

 

- Expectations for social distancing will be communicated and enforced.

  • Spectators are asked to remain 6 feet apart. 
  • Spectators are asked to wear a mask or facial covering. 
  • Students and families participating in the parade must remain in their cars at all times, even once the parade is finished.  
  • Please do not stop and/or park at the end of the parade – continue through and exit. 

 

- Students will be able to have some family members be in town and around the parade route to support them before they go home to watch their graduation ceremony.

 

Virtual Graduation “Ceremony” 

 

- Individual students came to the auditorium the week of Memorial Day

- The video compilation will be released after the parade on Friday, June 5th at 8:15pm so families can gather in their homes, watch the ceremony video, and celebrate.

 

Senior signs

 

- Individual double-sided signs with our Seniors’ pictures are displayed on the student parking lot hill, by the grand staircase at the High School.  

- A second set of single-sided signs with Senior pictures are posted around town.

- A third set will be distributed to Seniors for the parade, and they may keep those.

 

 

Congratulations, Troy Trojans Class of 2020!

 

Sincerely,

 

Daniel C. Brenner Troy Jr/Sr High School Principal

 

 

Angela L. Keating

Troy Jr/Sr High School

Assistant Principal

 

 

 

COVID-19 High School Senior Events

 
 
 
COVID-19 High School Senior Events 
 
May 13, 2020
 
Dear Troy Jr/Sr High School Seniors and Parents/Guardians:
 
We wanted to provide you with a summary of what the school is planning regarding several of the senior events this year. Please see below for a breakdown. A big thank you to all the individuals who have been working tirelessly to make this difficult and unique senior year memorable for the students. It has been a real challenge, and although all these options might not be perfectly ideal, we are excited to honor our seniors in a unique albeit different manner this year.  
 
Graduation “Ceremony”
 
  • Individual students will be scheduled to come to the auditorium the week of Memorial Day to walk for graduation and physically receive their diploma.
  • Graduation regalia (cap, gown, etc.) will be provided to students on their scheduled day.
  • Each graduate will be allowed to bring up to 8 guests to accompany graduates and take pictures
  • Time will be staggered for social distancing.
  • A video will be compiled, including speeches.
  • The video will be released on June 5, 2020 at 8:15pm so families can gather in their homes, watch the ceremony video, and celebrate. 

 

Graduation Parade

  • Official parade start time: Friday, June 5th at 5:30pm.
  • Students will be given a time to arrive at Croman.
  • The Parade will start at Croman and end at Alparon Park - gate two.
  • Expectations for social distancing will be communicated and enforced.
  • Students will be able to have some family members be in town and around Alparon to support them before they go home to watch graduation 

 

Adopt-A-Senior

  • Each Senior will have a sponsor who will send weekly uplifting notes and small gifts to each senior.
  • They will sponsor the cost of each senior’s cap and gown and will buy a tee-shirt for each senior.  

 

Senior signs

  • Individual double-sided signs with Seniors pictures will be displayed on the hill by the grand staircase at the High School.
  • Second set of single-sided signs with Senior pictures are being made by Moose’s, sponsored by the banks in town. They will be posted around town. 

 

Graduation Banner

  • A 16’ reusable banner is being donated by Larry Colton and will be displayed in town. 

 

Senior Trip 

  • The original trip has been cancelled.
  • Hotel and Bus deposits have been made.
  • Seniors decided to cover the cost of deposits for Class of 2021.
  • Students will be refunded all money that they have paid for the trip.
  • Students are still looking into alternatives. 

 

Senior Picnic

  • An alternative is still being planned for the senior picnic.  

 

Academic and Athletic Awards

  • Academic and Athletic Awards will be presented to the students when they come in to walk / be recorded for graduation the week of Memorial Day.
  • School staff / administration will be available to present the awards to the student.
  • Families (up to eight people) may be present to celebrate and take pictures with each student.
  • A video will be complied of students receiving their awards, and the video will be released prior to graduation.  

 

Senior Prom

  • We will create a video-slideshow the prom court and bios for each student
  • At the end of the video, the King and Queen will be crowned.
  • The video will be released online on Monday, May 25th . 

 

Sincerely,

 

Daniel C. Brenner

 

Troy Jr/Sr High School Principal

 

 

Angela L. Keating

 

Troy Jr/Sr High School Assistant Principal  

THS Video Message to Families - May 4th, 2020

Elementary Principal Video Update

 
 
 Elementary Principal Video Updates
 
Click on links below
 
 
 

Elementary Letter to Families - April 24th

 
 
Troy Area School District WR Croman and Troy Intermediate School 
 
 
Dear Elementary Parents and Families,
 
We are beginning a new stage in our remote learning next week. The progression from the closure has been from no instruction to enrichment and review and now we are entering into planned instruction. Planned instruction increases the accountability for students, however it does not approach the levels of accountability in place during normal operations. In the elementary remote learning plan we are providing content by distributing packets, posting on ClassDojo, using online programs like Mobymax, and a few other platforms. Students are being supported online through Zoom meetings, ClassDojo, and email. Offline students should be communicating through phone calls with teachers to support student progress.  
 
 
SUBMITTING WORK:
 
 
We are encouraging everyone to submit work digitally whenever possible. We recognize that internet is not available everywhere and many families do not have enough devices to support full implementation of online learning for every student in their home.  
 
  • If the student completes an online activity the submission will depend on the platform. Teachers have provided instructions on how to submit online activities.
  • For papers and projects that are not done digitally most teachers are accepting submissions through ClassDojo. These submissions require someone to take a picture of the work and post it on the student portfolio.
  • Email is another method for you to send pictures of work to our teachers.
  • As a last resort mailing papers to the school is an acceptable means of submission. If returning the work in the mail is your only option, please let your children’s teachers know so we can prepare to handle the incoming mail and distribute the completed work after we receive it. 

 

Work does not need to be uploaded daily. If connectivity is a limiting issue, please upload work when you can find the appropriate connectivity that allows you to submit. We encourage you to include the date on the papers to reflect when the student worked so we can count those days towards their attendance.  

 

ATTENDANCE:

When providing planned instruction students can earn attendance in a variety of ways. Attendance is taken based on engagement, not visibility. 

Students can earn attendance through :

  • Work submissions on ClassDojo or email
  • Talking with a teacher and parent on the phone
  • Logging in and working on provided online activities
  • Being present in Zoom meetings. 

 

When students submit offline assignments, the teachers will note the date written on the assignment and make sure the student is counted on the attendance for those days. Zoom meetings are not required, they are being offered to assist students and families but are not the primary instructional method.  

 

GRADING

 

With planned instruction students will receive grades for their work. The grades students receive will not be posted in Mastery Connect. Mastery Connect provides us year-to-year mastery information that could be misleading under the current circumstances. Teachers will be grading assignments on a simple pass/fail/incomplete system. A report will be sent home at the conclusion of the school year to inform parents about their children’s work during this last quarter of school. We are looking for students to engage in the tasks, do the best they can, and focus on learning in a difficult situation.  

 

PROMOTION / RETENTION

 

Decisions about retention and promotion will not be based on work collected in this remote environment. If your family already had conversations with district staff about retention, and it was something being considered for your child, this would not change that decision.  

 

The teachers and administration appreciate your effort and support in these unprecedented times. Our hearts are heavy with the separation from our students. We are hopeful that you will find the learning opportunities to be pleasant and not overwhelming. Remember to keep a balance for your children between their emotional health and the demands of their schoolwork.  

 

Kindly,

Mr. Steve Brion and Mr. John Imbt

Troy Area School District Elementary Administrative Team 

THS Principal Letter to Families - April 23rd

 
 
 
April 23, 2020
 
Dear Troy Jr/Sr High School Students and Parents/Guardians:
 
We hope that you are all continuing to stay safe during these unprecedented times. We thank you for your support as we have transitioned through various stages of remote learning due to COVID-19.
 
As of April 9th, we all learned that schools in the state of Pennsylvania would be closed for the rest of the school year. With this news, we began a Phase 2 model which included providing review and enrichment of Quarter 3 material to our students. At this time, participation was not mandatory, attendance was not taken, and grades were not recorded. 
 
On April 16th, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education announced his expectation for all school districts in the Commonwealth to move toward Phase 3 - planned instruction. This makes remote participation mandatory for all students. We intend to implement a plan that meets this requirement and still allows flexibility for students and families during the pandemic. This letter should help to explain how this will work. 
 
For Students in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment Courses, and Troy Virtual Academy:
  • Students have already moved to Phase 3 Planned Instruction. As we move ahead, they will continue to Quarter 4 beginning April 29, 2020.  

 

For All Students:

  • On April 29, 2020, all students will move to Phase 3 Planned Instruction in Quarter 4.
  • We will use the Canvas learning management system. Students should already be familiar with this platform.
  • Participation is mandatory. Failure to participate will result in failure to pass and failure to obtain credits towards graduation requirements.
  • Attendance will be reported weekly and reflect student participation.
  • Attendance calls for nonparticipation will go out on Thursdays.
  • Teachers will continue to be available by email Monday – Friday from 8am-3:15pm.
  • Teachers will still hold scheduled office hours.
  • Teachers will post objectives and class content on Canvas each Wednesday.
  • Students who do not have online access for any reason should let their teachers or the school know so that a paper copy of work may be sent home.
  • If mail is chosen, a self-addressed stamped envelope will be included with work, so it can be returned to the school. 
  • Work will be due the following Wednesday, one week after it was assigned.
  • Grades will be recorded weekly by teachers in Power School.
  • Second Semester grades will be recorded on student transcripts as pass or fail.  
 
We have been proud of student participation thus far, and we are looking forward to moving on with our Continuation of Education Plan. As always, thank you for all your support and for working with us. We know that none of this has been easy and difficult demands are being placed on families. We appreciate all you are doing. We appreciate you; we truly miss the students and look forward to a return to normalcy. Please feel free to contact us if necessary. We are in this together! It is crucial that your children stay active with us throughout the duration of the closure. Stay safe and thank you for all you are doing! 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
Daniel C. Brenner Troy Jr/Sr High School Principal
 
 
 
 
Angela L. Keating Troy Jr/Sr High School Assistant Principal  
 

Community Communications

 
 
Troy Community,
 
      We know that many people have questions regarding how COVID-19 impacts education and life. We want to reach out to let you know what we are doing, and what we are working on.
 
      As school closures have evolved over the course of the pandemic, guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) about Continuity of Education has also evolved. When schools first closed from March 16-27, 2020, PDE's guidance to schools focused on providing meals, communicating with families and providing optional educational opportunities. With the first closure extended to April 15, 2020. PDE adjusted their guidance to support schools in providing educational options to students and families, including enrichment/review options as well as supporting more formal, planned instruction approaches. Following the announcement on April 9, 2020, schools will remain closed for the duration of the academic year, PDE shifted their focus to ensure all schools coordinate planned instruction for all students. 
 
      On April 16, 2020, the Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera II, issued a letter to districts that underscored the importance and responsibility that schools have in providing opportunities for students to continue advancing their learning throughout the duration of the closure. It is PDE's expectation that planned instruction should be incorporated in every grade level for all students.  
 
      Planned instruction is formal teaching and learning like that which occurs in a classroom setting. Within this process, teachers use planned courses of instruction of new concepts/skills aligned to grade level standards. Teachers assess the learning of their students and adjust instruction based upon student progress. In order to receive grade and credit, students must attend regularly and complete the course requirements. Considerations for grading and attendance is developed at the local level. 
 
New Mandate:
 
On April 15, 2020, according to Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera II:  
 
As educators preparing students to continue to postsecondary opportunities, the workforce or transitioning to their next grade, it is our responsibility and expectation that every school offer planned instruction at every grade level for all students. 
 
I recognize that there is no precedent for what you are being asked to do and it is not an easy task, but it is our collective, moral responsibility as education leaders to do all we can to ensure equity and opportunity for those we serve. We are a state rich in diversity – and that means no single solution will be effective for all schools.
 
The lack of stable, high-speed internet poses a significant challenge to providing planned instruction. We have been working continuously to develop and update plans that work for our community in addition to submitting these plans to PDE as required. Continuity of Education plans can be found on the Troy Area School District (TASD) website. 
 
      The top banner of the TASD website has been updated to include a COVID-19 link where families can access teachers and information regarding content and instruction. Please see below for grade level specific information:
 
Grades 7-12
 
      At the 7-12 level, students have been in a hybrid model of optional enrichment and review and planned instruction. Students will be moving into quarter four and all classes will start required planned instruction where students are accountable, must participate, and must turn in assignments. Quarter 4 (required participation) will begin on April 29th, 2020, and teachers will be in contact regarding expectations for their specific classes. Students will not be held accountable for content which was optional enrichment and review provided between March 13, 2020 and April 29,2020. 
 
      We are considering specific plans regarding providing alternate activities to many senior experiences such as prom, graduation, academic awards, and athletic awards. No senior will be prevented from graduating due to school closure related to COVID-19. 
 
Grades K-6
 
      In Kindergarten through Sixth grade students are being provided with enrichment and review activities. Planned instruction will begin on April 29 th . Offline activities are being mailed home in packets, and students are being supported by telephone, email, and other contact methods. Teachers are using a variety of tools to facilitate synchronous and asynchronous online learning activities. ClassDojo, Zoom, and other available platforms are being utilized. We are planning a student of the month assembly and an end of the year awards assembly to host on Zoom. 
 
K-12 Special Education/Gifted
 
      Special education and gifted students will continue to be supported by teachers and paraprofessionals via virtual sessions, email, and phone contacts as we transition to planned instruction. TASD will make every effort to address meeting and process timelines while complying with social distancing guidelines. Students and families should reach out to individual case managers for additional information.  
 
      Please understand that we are working in an ever-changing environment. We thank the entire Troy Area School District community for their continued support and the strong partnership as we work to educate our students during the pandemic. Stay safe!
 
Sincerely,
 
Mr. Steve Gobble Assistant Superintendent
 
Mr. Steve Brion Elementary Principal
 
Mr. John Imbt  Elementary Assistant Principal 
 
Mr. Daniel Brenner JSHS Principal
 
Mrs. Angela Keating  JSHS Assistant Principal 
 
Mrs. Sheri Markiw Director of Special Education
 
Mr. Matthew Schwenk  Director of Special Education 
 
 

Letter to Seniors

 
 
Letter to Seniors 
 
Please click on the link below for the letter from the Principal and Asst Principal to the seniors.
 
 

 
 

Letter from Pedro A. Rivera II - Secretary of Education - Department of Education

 
 
 
Letter from Pedro A. Rivera II - Secretary of Education - Department of Education.
 
 

This morning, I issued an order under Act 13 of 2020 to close all public schools through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, as defined by the local school calendar.

 

Additionally, Governor Wolf is ordering all K-12 schools and programs, public and private, to be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Programs and Preschool Early Intervention programs will also remain closed, and institutions of higher education are prohibited from offering in-person instruction.

 

All of these decisions were made in consultation with the Secretary of Health, based on the most recent information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to the health, safety, and welfare of students, school staff, and communities.

 

While I am sure this announcement may provoke additional questions, it is my hope that this order provides you clarity as you plan the remainder of the school year, and will allow you to redouble the innovative, collaborative work you’ve been doing, recognizing that energies that would be devoted to re-opening schools will need to come later. 

 

To continue our efforts to support you and all education professionals statewide, my order under Act 13 also waives a series of state-level requirements to ensure crucial stability of education programs.  This action will:

 

By taking these actions, the Department is providing flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public education can and will continue.

 

As always, PDE will provide you updates and guidance as they become available—and will continue to advocate on behalf of our schools and students as we travel this unprecedented path.

 

 

-Pedro

 

Pedro A. Rivera II | Secretary of Education
Department of Education | Executive Office
333 Market Street | Harrisburg PA 17126
www.education.pa.gov

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PADepartmentofEducation
Twitter: @PADeptofEd

 
 
 
 
 
 
THS Principal Letter to Families
 
 
Please click on the link below for the THS Principal Letter to Families.
 
 

THS Principal Letter to Families April 9th

 
 
 
 
THS Principal Letter to Families
 
 
Please click on the link below for the THS Principal Letter to Families.
 
 

Elementary Principal Letter to Families - April 1st


 
 
Elementary Principal Letter to Families
 
Please click on the link below for the Elementary Principal Letter to Families
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Contuinity of Education Plan

 
 
Please click on link below for Continuity of Education Plan
 
 
 
 

Schools Closed Until Further Notice



 
 
 
 
 

Superintendent Letter - 3/13/2020 - COVID-19 Update

 
 
MEMORANDUM
 
TO: Troy Area School District Community
 
FROM: Dr. Amy Martell, Superintendent
 
DATE: March 13, 2020 5:00 PM
 
RE: COVID-19 Update 
 
 
The district’s top priority is the health and safety of our students and school community. Troy Area SD will be closed for ten (10) business days beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. The district will continue to communicate with the parents as the COVID- 19 pandemic unfolds. 
 
The district has been preparing to provide guidance regarding the pandemic flu preparations at the Troy Area School District. District procedures and policies have been shared with staff and we will be posting the Influenza posters in addition to lessons and prevention strategies. We will be limiting visitors in the building to minimize the risk of potential exposure for our student areas. 
 
There is a lot of conversation at the Federal and State level regarding what educational institutions should do regarding the coronavirus. One of the things the government is trying to do is to mitigate the number of cases or to flatten the COVID-19 curve. The health system has a capacity and if the cases rise too quickly, like they have in China and Italy, then it makes it difficult for the health system to respond. With protective measures like social isolation and prevention the government is hopeful that the spike in the number of cases will flattened over time.
 
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidance for K-12 schools, among other organizations. This guidance discusses three phases for communities. We are now in Phase 1, which is described as the Preparedness Phase: No Community Spread.
 
  • We are coordinating with local health and emergency management officials and following the Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) for pandemic influenza. It is most important that we are planning and preparing.
  • As you know from previous correspondence schools have been educating and asking for healthy practices for students and staff.
  • We are daily cleaning and disinfecting our schools especially in high traffic areas and commonly used surfaces.
  • We continue assessing group gatherings and events which may lead to the postponement of any noncritical gatherings or events.
  • We have asked sick staff and students to remain home.  

We are not in Phase II, minimal to moderate community transmission or when a confirmed case has entered the school. As you have seen in other areas like Montgomery County, the course of action will be determined at that time in coordination with local health officials. There may be an initial short-term dismissal, allowing time for local health officials to gain a better understanding of the local impact and to determine if an extended dismissal is warranted. If this happens the district will communicate with staff, parents, and students as well as to clean and disinfect thoroughly. In addition, decisions will be made about the extension of the short-term to a longer-term dismissal. Phase III is defined as substantial community transmission. At this phase the district will continue to work with local and health officials and consider extended school dismissals. The school calendar will be impacted during Phase II and Phase III. Please prepare for the fact that graduation may not be the date scheduled now on the calendar.

 

Pennsylvania confirmed cases are as follows and information will be updated at the link - here:

Montgomery County: 13

Bucks County: 2

Philadelphia County: 1

Monroe County: 2

Delaware County: 1

Wayne County: 1

Northampton: 1

Pike County: 1 

 

Governor Wolf has updated information available at the link – here: He has given specific guidance for Montgomery County due to the spread of the virus but he has also expressed statewide recommendations. Those recommendations include, 

  • The Wolf Administration strongly encourages the suspension of large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more.
  • The Wolf Administration discourages individuals from traveling to recreational activities like gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls.
  • The Wolf Administration encourages religious leaders to exercise discretion in order to mitigate the spread of illness.
  • State correctional facilities and veterans homes have already introduced a statewide visitor ban to ensure the safety of inmates, residents, staff and visitors.
  • The daily COVID- 19 report is available at this link - here 

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the outbreak of COVID- 19 is a pandemic. This announcement will allow the state organizations to respond to the outbreak in ways they could not do so previously. For information regarding this announcement refer to this link – here.

 

 

 

COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR K-12 SCHOOLS

 
BACKGROUND
 
To slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into Pennsylvania, the Department of Health (DOH) is working with local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions. There are currently four countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. Additional countries may be added as the global situation continues to evolve. An updated list of countries can be found here
 
It is important to call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room after coming back from traveling. If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing, seek medical care; tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms, avoid contact with others. If you need medical care for other reasons, call ahead to 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) and to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. 
 
WHAT SHOULD SCHOOLS DO?
 
If a student, teacher or faculty member have returned from Iran or China:
1. The health department will be alerted by CDC and will contact the individual(s)
2. Stay home and self-isolate yourself for 14 days after travel
 
If a student, teacher or faculty member have returned from Italy or South Korea:
1. They need to call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) to let the health department know about their travel
2. Stay home and self-isolate yourself for 14 days after travel 
 
Any travelers returning from Iran, China, Italy and South Korea should self-monitor for symptoms like fever, cough, or trouble breathing. If you become sick, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) and the doctor’s office or emergency room before visiting.
 
For information on how to self-monitor and practice social distancing, visit https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus%20Travelers.aspx 
 
WHAT IF WE HAVE A STUDENT WHOSE HEALTH IS BEING MONITORED?
 
If a student becomes a patient under investigation, schools should continue to follow usual procedures for notification of parents/guardians whose children are ill at school. Schools should also work with their local health department regarding notification.
 
PREVENTIVE MEASURES
 
The department encourages schools to increase education on ways to protect yourself from illnesses such as the cold, flu and also the coronavirus:
 
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, do not use your hands!
Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
Contain- if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better. 
 
RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
 
 
Date Created: 2/3/2020
 
Date Updated: 3/6/2020 
  

What is Coronavirus?

 
CORONAVIRUS
 
BACKGROUND
 
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common throughout the world. These viruses can live in animals, such as camels, cats and bats, and at times, evolve and infect people, before spreading through human to human contact. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold—through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination. This has occurred previously with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreaks 
 
WHO DOES THE ISSUE IMPACT?
 
People most at-risk of contracting a coronavirus are those who have traveled to places where the virus is occurring. In the case of the novel coronavirus, that location is China, and particularly the Wuhan area and the Hubei province.  
 
 
 
 
 
 WHAT ARE WE DOING?
 
The department frequently exercises and prepares for a potential infectious disease outbreak. We have been monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China using information from our federal and local partners and are preparing our response teams in case of an outbreak here. We have talked with health care partners about the potential spread of the coronavirus into the United States and how they will work with public health to evaluate potential cases. 
 
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
 
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath 
 
The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
 
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, do not use your hands!
Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Contain- if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.  
 
RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
 
 
The latest information on the coronavirus in the U.S. and worldwide can be found on the CDC website
Additional information from the CDC on what to do if you are sick can be found here 
 
 

COVID-19 Update

 
 
March 4, 2020 
 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Over the past few days, there have been a number of concerns about the preparedness of the Troy Area School District as well as the community for the COVID- 19 respiratory illness. This illness has been the topic of discussion on the news broadcasts and in media outlets. The health and safety of our school community is a primary concern for the district. We also know that there have been no reports of this virus in Pennsylvania but likely, that will change. It is important to be proactive and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended being proactive in order to prevent and mitigate this disease. The CDC has provided additional support documents for families here 

 

The TASD is recommending following the recommendations of CDC, PA Department of Health, and Local Health Officials. They are recommending strategies to reduce the spread of infectious diseases in our everyday school practices. Please stay home when sick in order to prevent spreading germs at school. It is important to cover coughs and sneezes, clean frequently touched surfaces, and wash hands often. Hand washing strategies should include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water is not available.  

 

Families should review the school attendance and sick policies. Schools are not expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19 but we will keep sick students and staff separate from well students until they are able to leave. We would encourage families to pick up their sick children as soon as possible. The district will perform routine environmental cleaning.  

 

It is the priority of the district to continue to communicate with families as information is known. We will continue to share resources with students and families through our website and on social media. The safety of our school community is of the upmost importance.  

 

Thank you, 

 

 

Dr. Amy Martell 

Superintendent 

COVID - 19 Nurse Memo

 
 
 
MEMORANDUM
 
TO: Troy Area School District Community
FROM: Mrs. Ellie Madigan, School Nurse K-12
DATE: March 5th, 2020
COVID-19 School Nurse Update 
 
 
 
 
The Troy Area School District is working closely together with the Local Department of Health to insure a safe and healthy learning environment for our staff and students.
 
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
 
The Department of Health recommends all staff and students practice the basics which include: good handwashing (for at least 20 seconds), cover coughs and sneezes, keep surfaces clean, and encourage staff and students to stay home if they are sick.
 
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
 
There are a lot of media reports on the virus and it is important to evaluate sources of information.
 
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidance which was updated March 3, 2019 and may be found here.
 

COVID - 19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Update

 
MEMORANDUM
TO: Troy Area School District Community
FROM: Mr. David Blair, Maintenance Supervisor
DATE: March 6, 2020
RE: COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Update
 
With the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID- 19), it is critical that the school community understands the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Troy Area School District procedures for cleaning and disinfecting, as well as the recommendations for home cleaning and disinfection. It is important to educate about COVID- 19 symptoms in order to minimize the spread of the virus from person to person.
 
Viruses spread from person to person and more quickly among close contacts within six feet. When viruses spread in this way it is through respiratory droplets. In schools or public places the transmission of COVID- 19 from contaminated surfaces have not been documented (CDC, 2020). Regardless, cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is the best practice measure for prevention of COVID- 19 and other viruses in public settings.
 
Cleaning: removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs but by removing them will lower the number of germs and reduce the risk of spreading infections (CDC, 2020).
 
Disinfection: using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean the dirty surface or remove germs but kills them on the surface AFTER cleaning. This can lower the risk of spreading infections (CDC, 2020).
 
The distinction between cleaning and disinfecting is important because the disinfecting process at the Troy Area School District includes using the AirX Spray N Go System. Please watch the video link to find out more about how the system works and effectiveness. Concerns about the Safety Data Sheet SDS may be found here. The efficacy information is found here.
 
The procedures for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces include wearing disposable gloves and following the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting using the products described above. When the gloves are removed, hands must be washed immediately with soap and water. For dirty surfaces, they are cleaned with detergent and water prior to the disinfection process. We use Proctor and Gamble product line 32 and 33. For disinfection, the AirX Spray N Go is used on the surfaces. In the restrooms and our public drinking fountains we use the Fullsan Disinfectant and Cleaner II to disinfect those areas.
 
For your home, it is recommended by the CDC (2020) that you clean surfaces using disposable gloves and wash hands with soap and water when they are removed. Surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent or soap prior to disinfecting. For disinfection, in your homes, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol should be effective.
 
References
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020, March 3).
 
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19): Interim environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations for U.S. households with 
suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19).
 

Pop Up Food Pantry at the Troy Fire Dept

POP UP Food Pantry at the Troy Fire Department on Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m.


 
 
 
The Troy Area School District would like to remind you that on Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m. there will be a POP UP Food Pantry at the Troy Fire Department.  
 
This will be a drive through service only.  All Troy Area School District Families are welcome to attend.  There are no income stipulations.  We ask that you stay in your vehicle and the food will be handed to you.  Please leave the area when you have received your food. 
 
Thank you. 
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