November 16, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Today, the Berks Career and Technology Center was notified that a student or staff member at our East Campus, and a student or staff member at our West Campus has tested positive for COVID-19. We are sending our sincere wishes for a full recovery to this member of our BCTC community. Please know that the health, safety, and well-being of our students, families, and staff remains our top priority. All families of students who are required to quarantine have already been notified by BCTC. In addition, we are sharing the following action steps and recommendations with you.
Per our established protocol,• Please monitor your son or daughter for any sign or symptoms of the illness.• Any ill student should remain at home and contact your physicians with any question or concerns.• Make sure students wear their masks at all times.• If you are directed by a medical professional to take a COVID test, you may not return to BCTC until a negative result is determined.
The Berks Career and Technology Center is working with the PA Department of Health and will be taking the steps necessary to protect the health of our students and staff. The individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will remain home until all ofthe following are true:
•At least 10 days since the onset of symptoms,
•At least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
•Improvement in respiratory symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath).
While this positive case does not mean your child will get COVID-19, it is still important for parents and guardians to be aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if your child becomes ill. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and cough. Some individuals may also experience shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, loss of taste/smell or gastrointestinal symptoms. Symptoms can vary by person and range from very mild symptoms to severe illness.
Please watch for symptoms of COVID-19 over the next couple of weeks. If your child currently has symptoms or develops symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your child's healthcare provider. We encourage families to continue practicing proper hand hygiene, physical distancing when outside of the home, wearing face coverings, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas, and checking health daily.
Please understand that we have prepared for this very scenario and all the appropriate steps are underway. We will continue to assess the situation in consultation with the PA Department of Health and will provide you with updates as we know more. During this time, we remain open and will continue our deep cleaning. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dr. James Kraft