In the event of a school emergency or other alerts at any of our schools, we will post information and updates on this page to keep you informed.
February 5, 2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Health shared a fact sheet on the CoronaVirus 2019-nCoV. Please take a moment to review this information.
February 4, 2020
CoronaVirus 2019-nCoV Update
The Mt. Lebanon School District's Health Services Department continues to monitor updates from the ACHD and CDC concerning the CoronaVirus 2019-nCoV. Here are the ACHD’s latest recommendations:
If you or a family member have traveled to or from China within the past 14 days, the following should be done to obtain further recommendations and direction:
- Contact the Allegheny County Health Department
- Contact your child's school nurse
- Contact your primary care physician
January 30, 2020
CoronaVirus 2019-nCoV Update
Reports of a novel (new) virus called CoronaVirus 2019-nCoV, originating in Wuhan, China, have made the news in recent days. Be reassured that the District is monitoring the situation and the emerging facts about the disease through the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD).
At this time, there are no cases of this virus in Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania. Out of an abundance of caution, the CDC and ACHD recommend that anyone who has a fever and cough and has been to Wuhan, China, within the last 14 days should contact their primary care provider. We will continue to work with these agencies to understand and enact best practices for screening any students who may report with symptoms. The District takes any communicable disease very seriously.
The CDC and ACHD also recommends following best practices to avoid spreading any infection, especially at this time of the year. If your child is exhibiting contagious symptoms such as:
- Fever (100 degrees) or above
- Sore throat
- General not feeling well
- Runny Nose
Please keep them home for 24 hours after their symptoms have subsided and discuss with your primary care provider, as needed.
Please also remind your child:
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Cover your cough and sneeze
- Dispose of tissues properly and immediately after use
- Avoid contact with anyone exhibiting cold-like symptoms - Stay home when ill
- Get plenty of rest/sleep
Our teachers provide frequent reminders to our students about these prevention methods. Our cleaning procedures are based on best practices to keep our schools safe and healthy throughout the year as well.
Please contact your family physician if you have questions or concerns.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates if changes should occur. The health and safety of our children is always our top priority.
Here is the letter Dr. Steinhauer sent to elementary parents and guardians concerning air quality ratings in Allegheny County.
January 23, 2020
Dear Elementary Parents and Guardians,
Given the current air quality concerns in the Pittsburgh region, we want to assure you that we monitor public health issues very closely. We work directly with the Allegheny County Health Department and follow their recommendations. Our students’ health and safety is our highest priority.
We monitor air quality closely to make good decisions regarding recess and outdoor school activities. For example, in today’s case, we spoke with the ACHD Director of Air Quality and learned that while the air quality rating for the Allegheny County region is orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups), Mt. Lebanon specifically is yellow (moderate).
As in all cases related to individual student health needs, parents have the option to notify the school if they would prefer special arrangements for their children relative to recess and other outdoor activities. Parents should contact their child’s teacher, school nurse, or principal to discuss these needs. On days when the air quality is deemed unhealthy for all, we will keep children indoors and limit outdoor activities.
Rest assured we closely monitor a myriad of health and safety issues and always keep our children’s well-being at the forefront of actions.
Please contact your child’s principal, school nurse, or me if you have any additional questions.
Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools