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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Please visit COVID-19 webpage for up to date information


Grab and Go meals will be held on Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9, 2020. Meals will be distributed from 10:30-12:00 at Sheckler Elementary. 

Available to all CASD residents, age 0-18. Proof of residency required. Walk-ups will be accommodated. Please arrive with a clean vehicle trunk.

If you are homebound, please contact c3p@cattysd.org or call 610 264 5571 and leave a phone number and/or email address. Someone will respond to you in a timely manner based on the time of your phone call or email.

Schedule and days available are subject to change and will be posted weekly on Sundays on CASD website, district and building, and social media. 

 


April 2, 2020

Dear Catasauqua Area School District Families and Staff,

The purpose of this communication is to provide you with the most recent update on District initiatives during the COVID-19 Pandemic Closure.  As you are aware, the Governor has closed Commonwealth Schools until further notice and Catasauqua Area School District is preparing for a long-term closure.

Catasauqua Area School District Administration has posted the Continuity of Education Plan and FERPA Notice on the COVID-19 section of the website.   I encourage you to take a look at the Continuity of Education Plan for a general overview of the timelines and expectations for Full Instruction to begin on April 14, 2020.   As I announced in an earlier communication, teacher contacts, review, and enrichment activities will occur from March 30 until April 14.  This timeframe allows us to prepare for a maximized, robust learning environment beginning on April 14, 2020.  Principals and Teachers will again be following up with students and parents over the next week to prepare for Full Instruction to begin on April 14.

Over these few weeks, we have been retooling the entire operation of the School District to transition from a traditional environment to one centered on e-learning.  Our Instructional Staff have been holding virtual experiences like Virtual Spirit Week, social posting of our 6th Grade Teachers checking in with students, Mrs. Gallo’s Zoom classroom meeting, and more. Staff members, including our SRO’s, have been serving Grab & Go Lunches, delivering meals to those in need including our Senior High-Rise Residents, and more.  I am humbled by our community’s response during this time with amazing donations and assistance from community groups and individuals.  We will travel this road together and I am confident we will all benefit in the long run. Please remain flexible, understanding and communicative during this unprecedented event.  Our entire staff is committed to providing a valuable experience for our students and I am proud of everyone for their hard work and determination in doing so.

Grab & Go Lunch Packs have been served this week on Tuesday and Thursday.  If you require additional nutrition, please contact C3P by email C3P@cattysd.org or call 610.264.5571 and leave a message. 

Again, please look for additional communication from your Child’s Principals and Teachers, who will be contacting you regarding preparation for full instruction, to include the learning platform, device availability, available resources, assignment structure, and more. 

Thank you for your incredible understanding and support throughout this time.  It’s greatly appreciated.

Respectfully,
Robert J. Spengler
Superintendent


 

As you may be aware, the Governor of Pennsylvania has announced the Closure of Pennsylvania Schools effective March 16, 2020 through March 29, 2020

Therefore, the Catasauqua Area School District will be closed effective this evening and, at this time, reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:00am.  Additionally, no extracurricular activities or outside events will occur during this timeframe, without exception.

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UPDATED CASD Important Health Information Alert letter from Mr. Robert Spengler

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Wolf Administration Prepares for Spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19

Coronavirus Fact Sheet K-12

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

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. 

How can the Coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;
  • Occasionally, fecal contamination.

How can I help protect myself?

Prevention 

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • 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.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
In addition, it is recommended that Pennsylvanians take time to prepare now. View the PA Emergency Preparedness Guide.
 
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