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Preventative Measures Recommended to Ensure Student Health

As cold and flu season is upon us, Mars Area School District is striving to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff members.

The District would like to remind parents/guardians of several preventative measures that may reduce the spread of germs and help to keep our students healthy. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who may be sick. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Stay home when you are sick for at least 24 hours after there is no sign of a fever. 
  • Take any anti-viral medication, as prescribed.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when sneezing or coughing. 
  • Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of healthy fluids. 
  • Get plenty of rest. 

More specific information regarding preventative steps as well as the symptoms associated with the Common Cold and Influenza (Flu) is available on the CDC website (

Parents/guardians should be reminded that 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.

As the Coronavirus and its global impact has been headlining recent news reports, the District would also like to note that there are NO current health concerns either at the District level or in the Commonwealth regarding the virus. District administrators and staff members are continuing to monitor the situation and will follow any guidelines recommended by either the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the CDC, if deemed necessary. More information about the Coronavirus is available online at or

Mars Area School District thanks all parents/guardians for your kind attention to these matters and appreciates your help in maintain a healthy and safe school environment for students and staff members.


Dr. Wesley W. Shipley