Health Reminders from Central Catholic
Keeping our students safe and healthy is our top priority.
March 4, 2020
Dear Parents & Guardians,
Central Catholic High School and the Diocese of Pittsburgh, with guidance from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), work to communicate important health-related information to our families. The purpose of this communication is to reinforce the CDC’s recommendations regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which has been in the news.
Per CDC recommendations, the most critical action that can be taken is to use disciplined hygiene practices. Recommendations include:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially after bathroom use, before eating, and after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when sick.
- Refer to page 18 of the Student/Parent Handbook for attendance policies.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
Nightly, our cleaning staff is spending additional time disinfecting commonly touched objects and surfaces. Hand sanitizer is available on every floor and in common areas, including the McGinley Dining Hall and the library. Students, faculty and staff are reminded to follow the recommendations above to help keep everyone at Central Catholic safe and healthy.
For additional information concerning Coronavirus, please see the CDC and the ACHD guidelines at the links below:
- Guidance from CDC
- Cases in the United States
- 2019-nCoV and Children
- Guidance from ACHD (Also references CDC)
We are carefully monitoring the situation, and we are developing a contingency plan in the event that Central needs to be closed for an extended period of time. Additional information will be provided in the future as necessary.
Brother Tony Baginski, FSC