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Preventative Measures

As concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, our families are encouraged to take precautions to lessen the spread of germs and reinforce good hygiene at home. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends the following preventative measures:

  1. Take your temperature and your child(ren)’s temperature once daily to check for fever (a body temperature of 100.4 or higher).
  2. Watch for other symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
  3. You and your child(ren) should wear a mask and maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from any person while outside the home. 
  4. Practice the following hygiene measures:
    • 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.
    • Cover any coughs or sneezes with an elbow, not hands.
    • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, and other frequently touched items.
  5. Be aware of any persons in your household who may be at higher risk of getting COVID-19, including individuals who are elderly, immunocompromised (e.g. someone with cancer or undergoing chemotherapy), or have another condition or illness such as diabetes or asthma. You and your child should practice physical distancing around those persons.
  6. If the Pennsylvania Department of Health or its representatives contact you, please cooperate with monitoring and follow all instructions so that other people do not become sick.

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should notify the Pennsylvania Department of Health immediately at 1 (877) 724-3258 and contact a health care provider. Before seeking medical attention, let the health care provider know about the possible exposure to a case of COVID-19.

More information on the symptoms of COVID-19 can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website or the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website. If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact the building principal.

When to Keep Sick Children at Home


Mars Area School District follows the National Association of School Nurse (NASN) Guidelines when determining whether a sick student should be sent home. Parents are encouraged to consider these same NASN guidelines when deciding whether or not to send a sick student to school.


A student should be kept at home if he/she:

  • has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher;
  • has been vomiting; or
  • exhibits symptoms that may prevent him/her from participating in school, such as excessive tiredness or lack of appetite, productive coughing or sneezing, headache, body aches, ear ache, or sore throat.

A student should not return to school until his/her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and unnecessarily expose others to illness.

All information and/or organizations listed on this page are offered for informational purposes only and do not constitute any endorsement or warranty of services by Mars Area School District. Any individual choosing to contact any of the above organizations does so at their own risk and Mars Area School District, it agents and employees assume no liability that may be attributed to use of these providers/agencies.