The Latest on COVID-19
This page contains important safety plans, links and information for the Kolbe Academy community in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Our COVID-Safety Plan
Dear Kolbe Community,
As we remain open for in-person learning full-time we wish to remind you of the the highlights of our Back-to-School Plan. Our Plan was developed in consultation with the diocesan Office of Education, and with guidance from the CDC and the Department of Health. Highlights of the plan include:
- The implementation of a variety of mitigation measures to limit the spread of the virus at school. These include physical distancing practices, the use of face coverings, daily health screenings, regular hand hygiene, health and safety signage, and a comprehensive cleaning and disinfection protocol each night.
- The limitation of visitors and non-school related events on campus to reduce any excess traffic of people in the building.
- Students and staff will be distanced a minimum of at least six feet apart in all classrooms, offices and common areas.
- Hand sanitizer, soap, and cleaning supplies will be readily available. Staff, as well as students, will be properly trained on cleaning protocols and proper hygiene techniques.
- Staff, students and visitors (those that are permitted into the building) will take part in the following entrance-to-school protocol: use of hand sanitizer, the wearing of a mask, temperature check and completion of a health screening questionnaire.
To review the Kolbe Academy Back-to-School School Plan in its entirety, please click here or use the button on this page. If at any time you have questions, please reach out directly to John P. Petruzzelli, Principal, at email@example.com or 610-419-3333 ext. 1101.
Additional resources surrounding COVID-19 and our community can be found below.
Crisis Intervention (24 Hours)
Daytime number is 610-559-3270
After hours is 610-252-9060 or 911
Government and State Information
Our MARS counselors are available to both parent and student. Contact information can be found in your weekly email blast.
Northampton County new mental health support line is available to help folks get through this troubling time. Available 24/7. Call toll free: 1-855-284-2494.
REACH LV Virtual Hangouts are specifically for teens and young people up to 21 to share pressures, fear, anger, social issues, addiction, recovery and loss. The group meets on Thursdays from 7-8 PM. Click here for more information.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers an Online Support Community for Parents & Caregivers. Denise Mariano, the long time leader of this organization, provides successful personal and practical experience and wealth of knowledge, compassion and readiness to help. Available groups and details on how to join can be found here.
OASIS Community Center has also been working with the various Center support groups to set up videoconferencing meetings via Zoom. Some available meetings include: Restorative Yoga & Meditation Class, Daily Connection, Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA), Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), Al-Anon Family Group, Grief Group Therapy, and Parent & Family Support Group. For the full list of OASIS support groups and information on how to join, please view the calendar on their website here. OASIS is also available by email and phone. Reach out to Rhonda Miller, Executive Director, Certified Family Recovery Specialist: by phone at 484-747-6825, by video chat via Skype at Rhonda.miller880, by video chat or text messaging via Facebook Messenger at facebook.com/rhonda.c.miller.3, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk-in Clinics: KidsPeace’s outpatient locations in Lehigh and Monroe counties (PA) offer free walk-in mental health assessments by clinically trained professionals. The service is available during business hours at these locations:
- Allentown (two locations)
801 E Green Street (across from Dieruff High School); 610-799-8910
451 W Chew Street, Suite #105 (St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Hospital Campus); 610-776-5465
- Bethlehem (KidsPeace Broadway Campus Family Center)
1620 Broadway, Bethlehem; 610-799-8600
- Monroe County
1151 Pocono Boulevard, Suite #2, Mt Pocono, PA; 570-243-8787
Rehab 4 Addiction: a guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Teenagers can Protect Their Mental Health During COVID-19
KidsPeace reviews many articles pertaining to mental health and personal well-being. They recently shared this UNICEF article focused on how adolescents can protect their mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
TeenCentral.com is another resource available to teens. This web-based confidential and anonymous service provides a range of information and encouragement to older kids and teens – including the opportunity to submit questions and concerns and get an individualized response from clinical experts — provided in a “safe space” for young people who may have reluctance to discuss such matters with parents or other adults.
This toolkit designed by a teen is for other teens struggling to help a loved one with an opioid use disorder.
Talking to Your Children About Coronavirus
The coronavirus has been upsetting to everyone. Our usual coping mechanisms of coming together in times of stress are now being discouraged and we are forced to keep our distance from each other. For families caring for a child, youth or young adult, not seeing friends and worry about the possibility of getting sick may heighten anxiety. Our Intermediate Unit 20 has shared the following resources to help families support their children in this difficult time:
- Supporting Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis: Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home
- How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids
- Video Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Diocese of Allentown News and Updates on COVID-19
The Diocese of Allentown has developed a new source for Catholic news! AD Today is a new online resources for the latest local, national, and world Catholic news. This news source will feature news stories and photographs covering current events, inspiring stories, and information on how to practice your faith. Stay up to date with the latest news by subscribing today to the free email newsletter, delivered each week to you on Thursday morning by email.
Online Mass Options
You can virtually attend Mass! Check with your parish to see what streaming options are provided. You can also virtually attend livestream Mass with the diocese. To watch the Mass, go to www.ad-today.com and click “Click Here to Join us for Mass” at the top.
In addition to this daily livestream Mass, Cable TV Station EWTN televises two live Masses each Sunday at 8am and Noon. Service Electric in Lehigh Valley is on Channel 18. RCN in the Lehigh Valley is on Channel 326. Also, Catholic TV (Service Electric Channel 54) also broadcasts Sunday Mass at 7am.