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Coronavirus/COVID-19

The information shared below is updated daily M-F as cases are reported to the district. To see when the data were last updated, scroll to the second page by using the button located beneath the charts.

COVID-19 UPDATES

ACTIVITIES AND GATHERINGS
Governor Wolf has issued new closure orders (announced on Dec. 11) that go into effect Saturday, December 12th at 12:00 AM. As part of the updated order, school districts are unable to host any in-person after-school activities, including high school and middle level sports and all extracurriculars. The shutdown is in effect through January 4, 2021 at 8:00 AM. Activities such as clubs or sports that take place virtually can continue. NOTE: The option for onsite teaching and learning during the school day continues to be permitted. 

The order also includes additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts related to social gatherings. The updates limit indoor social gatherings and events to 10 people and outdoor events to 50 people (again, during the school day in-person teaching and learning activities are exempted from these limits).


ATTESTATION FORM
On November 23, 2020, in an effort to further mitigate Covid-19 transmissions in the Commonwealth, Governor Tom Wolf directed schools operating at levels of county SUBSTANTIAL TRANSMISSION to either shift all learning to remote/virtual or submit a signed Attestation Form which outlines how schools are required to adhere to aggressive mitigation measures, PDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESPONDING TO COVID-19 CASESFactors such as a school’s size, incidence/positivity rates within a school district’s county of location, the number of positive cases within the school itself over a 14-day rolling period, and consultation with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health all play a role in determining whether or not instruction should be fully virtual or on-site.

Perkiomen Valley School District has committed to following all PDE and PA DOH guidelines. While this means our schools are permitted to continue with the half-day and hybrid in-person learning models, the PDE/PA DOH requirements represented in the chart below for the high school (as an example of a "large" school), indicate that there could be future transitions to remote/virtual learning only on a school-by-school basis.

High School (Large School >900 Students)

Level of Transmission

# of Cases within a Rolling 14 Day Period

# of Cases within a Rolling 14 Day Period

# of Cases within a Rolling 14 Day Period

Substantial

1-5 student or staff

6-10 students or staff

11+ students or staff

Clean area(s) where cases spent time.

Clean area(s) where cases spent time.

Clean the entire school.

Remain in Blended Learning

Return to Virtual Learning for 3-7 Days

Return to Virtual Learning for 14 Days

In all cases, schools are encouraged to consider altering schedules to significantly decrease the number of students on site and regularly consult with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.


It is important to note that when we consider positivity rates in our schools, only the COVID-19 positive cases where students and/or staff are attending onsite are considered. Cases involving students and staff offsite, i.e., virtual learning or working remotely, are not counted when determining the need for a response to the guidelines. As such, we have updated our dashboard to delineate between the identified positive cases among students/staff who were onsite and those who have not been in our buildings (offsite) since at least two days prior to the onset of symptoms and/or a positive test result. See dashboard above for details.

TRAVEL 
Travel Restrictions - By Order issued November 17, 2020, with subsequent amendments, the Wolf administration is requiring that travelers (regardless of age) entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the Commonwealth, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the Commonwealth, produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania. If they are not tested prior to entry into PA, they must place themselves in travel quarantine for 10 days upon entering, unless they receive a negative test result upon return to the Commonwealth. Individuals are now permitted to test right away upon return (they do not need to wait 5 days) and can cease quarantine as soon as they receive a negative result.  

All students, parents/guardians, and staff members are asked to comply with the updated travel requirements in our efforts to avoid spread of coronavirus, COVID-19 TRAVELER INFORMATION.  

MASKS/FACE COVERINGS
Universal Face Coverings - The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) also put forward an Order that significantly reinforces and expands on the requirement for universal face coverings (masks). This order took effect Wednesday, November 18, 2020. This order includes a requirement that everyone must wear a face covering when indoors, irrespective of physical distance, MASKS-FACE COVERINGS

DAILY SYMPTOM MONITORING
Students and staff are expected to perform daily monitoring for the symptoms in Group A and B below. This should be completed prior to getting on the bus or entering any school building. Visitors permitted inside the schools will be limited and screened by a designated staff member prior to entering. Any student or staff who feels symptomatic during the school day is directed to report to the school nurse.

Group A

1 or more symptoms

Group B

2 or more symptoms

Cough

Shortness of breath

Difficulty breathing

New loss of taste or smell

Fever (measured or subjective)

Fatigue

Chills / Rigors

Myalgia (muscle aches)

Headache

Sore throat

Nausea / Vomiting / Diarrhea

Runny nose / Congestion


Stay home under the following circumstances:
  • Have one or more symptoms in Group A OR
  • Have two or more symptoms in Group B OR
  • Are taking fever reducing medication.
*If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please consult with your family medical provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 testing.

Access the following link for details regarding EXCLUSIONS AND RETURN TO SCHOOL/WORK ALGORITHM.

SAFE 2 SAY ANONYMOUS REPORTING SYSTEM
If you are worried about a child's safety at home during the pandemic, you can report your concerns anonymously through the state's Safe 2 Say Something portal. See below for information about how to report a tip:

Safe 2 Say contact info



Have a question about COVID-19? Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-7112. The hotline is staffed by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) professionals trained to answer questions about symptoms, exposures, travel, and testing.

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