Superintendent’s Message

September 23, 2014

Dear Parents and Community,

I would like to make you aware of Enterovirus (EV-D68) and enlist your assistance in limiting its spread. From mid-August to September 18, 2014, a total of 153 people from 18 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Recently, several cases have been confirmed in Pennsylvania. We are not aware of any cases with students in the East Penn School District.

The Center for Disease Control has stated that symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Symptoms can become more serious with difficulty in breathing and wheezing. Transmission of the virus is believed to be through respiratory secretions, nasal mucous, or sputum/saliva. The virus is likely spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches public surfaces that have been contaminated. At this time, there is no vaccine or antiviral medication available for EV-D68 infection.

Preventive measures include:

  • diligent hand washing,
  • the avoidance of touching the eyes, nose, and mouth,
  • not sharing drinking cups or utensils with other people,
  • avoidance of close personal contact if someone is sick
  • disinfecting door knobs, light switches, and toys
  • keeping children at home if they are sick, especially if they have symptoms of respiratory illness

Last week information was provided to district teachers and staff regarding the signs and symptoms of Enterovirus, its mode of transmission, and procedures to follow if a student appears ill during the school day. At each school, teachers will continue to send students to the health room who show signs of illness. The nursing staff will carefully assess students for the potential of having a contagious illness and advise exclusion from school as needed.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation. As always, if you have concerns regarding your child’s health, please contact your health care provider.

For more information, see www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/EV68/.

Sincerely,

Michael Schilder
Superintendent of Schools

Makerspace Workshop at Willow Lane ES

On Wednesday, August 20th, during the second EPSD Employee Development Day, the staff of Willow Lane Elementary School engaged in a Makerspace workshop conducted by Julia Dweck, Anthony Moyer, and Ken Jones and Ron Morris, proprietors of Mercantile Home in Easton, PA. Makerspaces are learning centers with tools. They combine manufacturing tools and equipment for the purposes of enabling students to design, prototype, and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with resources available to individuals working alone. Makerspaces represent the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication, and education…. Read more…

Stinger Grads Honored at National Awards

On Friday, September 5th, the National Federation of Press Women honored 104 students who won national journalism awards in its annual high school communications contest – and that includes two 2014 Emmaus graduates!

Katrina Guido and Eamon Dreisbach, who served as editors of The Stinger, both won first-place awards at the state level and went on to represent Pennsylvania at the national level. Katrina Guido, who served as editor-in-chief, won second in the nation for features for a story on bullying and Eamon Dreisbach, who was culture editor, won honorable mention in review writing for a critique on Eminem.
Congratulations to EHS English Teacher Denise Reaman, Katrina Guido and Eamon Dreisbach!