Students and staff are expected to perform daily symptom monitoring based on the information in the chart below. This should be completed prior to boarding the bus or entering any of the District’s buildings. Any student or staff who feels symptomatic during the school day should immediately report to the school nurse.
*If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, please consult with your family medical provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 testing.
UPDATE 9/1/2021 The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) announced that masks/face coverings will be required in schools in Pennsylvania beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021. This order will remain in effect until the Acting Secretary of Health determines the public health risk is sufficiently reduced so that masks/face coverings are no longer necessary as public health mitigation measures in schools.
The order outlines the situations when a mask/face covering must be worn and also identifies the limited exceptions to the mandate. Mask/Face covering exemption requests must be based on a medical or mental health provider attesting to the fact that wearing a mask/face covering either causes a medical condition or exacerbates an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition, or a disability. The District has updated its Student Mask/Face Covering Exemption Request Form. In the event you believe your child needs an exemption and qualifies based on a PA licensed medical or mental health provider’s diagnosis, please complete the form and submit to your child’s school nurse electronically or in print format.
Mask/face covering exemption forms should be submitted electronically or in print to the school nurse. The email address of your child’s school nurse is available on the website: Staff Directory.
Students with an IEP or 504 requesting a mask/face covering exemption should reach out to their child’s case manager. These requests will be reviewed by the IEP or 504 team, respectively.
As a note, the DOH order does not apply to school sports or outdoor activities. However, the District’s approved Health and Safety Plan continues to require masks/face coverings for student athletes when practicing and competing indoors as well as all spectators attending events indoors. Masks/face coverings are recommended when outdoors on the fields or in the stadium when the gathering size is large, i.e., football games, otherwise they are optional.
Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine
Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine is required in accordance with Montgomery County Public Health Code. The following applies to schools when indoors: “If both the COVID19 positive student and an unvaccinated student who is exposed were both wearing masks and practicing physical distancing of at least 3 ft. or more, the exposed student WILL NOT be identified as a close contact and WILL NOT need to quarantine.” For more information visit Montgomery County Office of Public Health (OPH) School Guidance 2021-2022 School Year.
Masks are required for buses, planes, hospitals and healthcare settings in accordance with the CDC regulations.
OPH is not recommending masks/face coverings while participating in outdoor activities such as recess, sports or exercising, Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Guidance.
Approved Masks/Face Coverings
“Mask/Face Covering” is defined as a covering that extends over the nose and mouth and is secured with straps to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A “mask/face covering” can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton silk, or linen, and can include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth. As per the CDC, the protection afforded by a face shield alone continues to be investigated, and thus, they are not recommended for use. See: CDC’s Your Guide to Masks