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FAQs - Preparing for Increased Onsite Instruction

 updated plans, procedures, 
and day-to-day operations!

 What will school look like?

When students return for 5 full days of instruction, will 6ft of social distancing be maintained?

Our focus, as always, is on the safety of our students and staff. Social/Physical distancing will be 6 ft. to the greatest extent possible, however, in some classroom spaces, our students may be 4-6 ft. apart. During lunch, students will maintain a minimum of 6 ft. of distancing.

Will students and staff be required to wear masks? Can they wear gaiters? 

All students and staff in any of our schools will continue to wear masks/face coverings and be expected to adhere to procedures set in place to mitigate the spread of the virus. Double-layer cloth masks are recommended and if students wear gaiters, they are expected to be double layered also. Face shields are not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), due to a lack of data. However, when individuals have a medical exemption, face shields are permitted. 

What will my child’s bus ride be like? 

Students and drivers will be expected to wear masks while riding the school bus. When possible, students should load vehicles from back to front with members of the same families sitting together when two to a seat is necessary. Students should unload from front to back. All students will have assigned seating. They will be spaced as much as possible. Several windows should be open 1-2” when possible. 

What are the drop off /pick-up procedures?
Updated procedures have been developed for parent drop off and pick up in anticipation of increased traffic at all schools. Refer to your child's school for additional information.
What are the breakfast/lunch procedures?
At the elementary level, breakfast and lunch will be primarily grab and go. Parents will order lunch on a weekly basis. There will be established seating charts in all lunches. Food service staff will deliver lunch to elementary students at their seats. Lunches will be counted, no keypad or scanning will be necessary at checkout.  A trashcan will be wheeled to students to avoid students getting up and down from their assigned seats. 
At the secondary level, students will move through the lines to serving areas, purchase meals, and report to their assigned seats. When paying, they will scan the barcode on their identification badge, no keypads will be used.  At middle and high school levels, custodial staff will wipe and spray all tables/desks between lunches.
Refer to the Food Service webpage for detailed information including links to order breakfast/lunch.
Can I volunteer to assist?
Volunteers and/or temporary support staff will be utilized as they become available. The responsibilities being considered currently include, oversight of arrival, dismissal, lunch, recess, and possibly instructional support.  If interested, please complete the following: Volunteer. To learn more about volunteer clearance requirements, visit our Volunteer Procedures page.
Will families be notified of COVID cases? How?
Families of those identified as close contacts will be informed by a member of the school contract tracing team via phone. An informative letter will follow via email.

What is the process when a positive COVID case is reported to our school nurse?

When a positive COVID case is reported to our school nurse, we immediately begin the contact tracing process as outlined below:

  • Contact tracing protocols are completed by a collaborative building team working under the leadership of the school nurse. The team conducts interviews and consults classroom seating charts to identify any and all close contacts (within 6ft. for 15 consecutive minutes or more with or without a mask).
  • Families of those identified as close contacts will be informed by a member of the school contract tracing team via phone. (*We make every effort to inform families as soon as possible. In almost all instances, we have been able to do so on the same day in which we were made aware of the positive case.)
  • An informative letter will follow via email. The letter outlines quarantine and testing expectations and provides a timeline. (Click here to view a copy of the letter.)

What IS a "close contact"?
As per the PA Department of Health, "close contacts" are defined as having 15 consecutive minutes of exposure at a distance of six feet or less with or without a mask.
How will close contacts be identified?
Seating charts have been established and shared with each school's contact tracing team. Seating charts will reflect instructional spaces, bus assignments, and lunch room. Upon notification of a positive COVID-19 case, seating charts will be reviewed collaboratively by administrators, nurses and school counselors (team members as designated by building principal).
Who needs to quarantine?
Individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated.  

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
As per the CDC, isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick; quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.  View the What's the difference between quarantine and isolation? video for more information.

Where can I find the recordings of the Parent Information sessions?

Elementary Parent Information Session - March 2021

Secondary Parent Information Session - March 2021

What is an Asynchronous Learning Day?

At this time, there are three asynchronous learning days planned at the elementary level, Friday, March 12, Thursday, March 18 and Friday March 19.  Students will receive meaningful activities to engage in learning. Some of the activities will be completed on a device, while other activities will involve reading or completion of exercises in print. Teachers will share activities by 9:00am. Elementary staff will utilize time on these days to prepare for their half day session groups to unite into one class. In a few cases, there is the need to relocate classrooms and shift supplies, resources, etc.  All students in kindergarten - grade 5 will be asynchronous on these dates. 

What is an EMPOWER Day?  

Empower days are similar to remote learning days with asynchronous learning activities for students. In addition, these days afford our staff time to meet with one another and with individual or small groups of students and support them academically, socially and emotionally. Students are expected to join sessions with their teachers when scheduled. In March, the following days have been identified as Empower Days for the Middle Schools and High School:  Friday, March 12 & Friday, March 19

*This is a correction to the original communication about Empower Days earlier this week.