March 3, 2020
Much of the country’s attention is on the Coronavirus outbreak and the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center stands with our 16 sending districts in addressing their primary concern – the safety and welfare of our students and staff. We are closely reviewing information released each day by agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the PA Department of Health, and others that monitor the development and spread of the outbreak. We use this information to determine the steps to take to best maintain a healthy environment for everyone and minimize disruption to instruction. It is important to remember that, at this time, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States.
The Lancaster County Career & Technology Center has confirmed with our vendors that our cleaning products are effective against pathogens like influenza and Coronavirus. We are increasing the daily frequency of disinfecting hard surfaces including door handles and frames, desks, light switches, chairs, and other commonly touched surfaces. Most classrooms, labs, and offices throughout the LCCTC already have hand sanitizing stations. We are ensuring that all social spaces in all our campuses have access to hand sanitizing stations.
The current recommendations from various health agencies is to conform to standard responses to influenza and other typical seasonal infectious outbreaks. Those recommendations include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Do not go to work or school if you have cold and flu‐like symptoms. Students should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school following an illness.
- Keep your distance as best you can from others when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Do not share food.
- Maintain a clean environment by using anti‐bacterial products daily on all high‐touch surfaces.
The Lancaster County CTC will continue to monitor the situation and abide by the recommendations of the CDC and other health organizations. We encourage families to use trusted resources like the World Health Organization and the CDC to remain informed on the outbreak. When appropriate, we will share any additional guidance or recommendations that we receive regarding response strategies to the outbreak.
For information from the CDC on the Coronavirus, click the links below: