Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


District COVID-19 Cases

The following shows North Hills School District COVID-19 cases to date since the start of the 2020-21 school year. Positive cases are no longer active after a 10-day isolation period per guidance from the Center for Disease Control.

Precautions & Next Steps

Protect Yourself

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. Follow these guidelines from the CDC to protect yourself and your family.

Talk to your children

The North Hills School District encourages families to talk to their children about the virus.

Children need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of the disease, and concrete instruction about how to avoid its spread. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk can help reduce anxiety.

Parents should:

  • Remain calm. If a parent seems overly worried, a child's anxiety may rise.
  • Provide reassurance. Health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. Children are not high-risk and the majority of people with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover.
  • Keep information simple and straightforward. Pittsburgh family physician and parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa suggests asking the child what he/she has heard and believes. This animated video from BrainPOP is also a good place to start.
  • Find opportunities to correct misinformation. It's okay if you don’t know all the answers. Information is constantly changing. Please keep the dialogue with your child open.
  • Reinforce that not one group is to blame. No group should be stereotyped as responsible for the virus, and bullying or racial discrimination will not be tolerated in our schools. This virus can affect anybody. This comic created by NPR can be a helpful tool.

In Our Schools

Teachers and school nurses consistently reinforce the behaviors of good hygiene. All desks, door knobs and other touch surfaces are wiped daily with a hospital grade EPA disinfectant and all rooms are sanitized each night. Our custodial team is prepared to fully disinfect should a COVID-19 outbreak occur in one of our buildings.

ABC Transit, the district's transportation provider, disinfects high contact areas such as seats and railings daily. Trained technicians use hospital-grade disinfectant to ensure all buses are safe for students providing another layer of protection to fight spread of the virus.

Health Agencies & Resources
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