August 23, 2021
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members,
With the start of school just a few days away, we are excited to welcome our students back into our classrooms for full time, in-person learning. This is just a reminder that our first day of school for students is this week, Wednesday, August 25th. We have been busy all summer preparing for the 2021-22 school year and are ready for the students to return.
As you are already aware, masks at school are optional. However, the federal government has mandated that masks are to be worn when on school buses and vans. Also, please note in order to keep our school doors open, we are asking for your help in monitoring the infections around you. If a family member in the same home becomes sick, keep your child(ren) home. If your child has a fever higher than 100 or any symptoms of Covid-19, keep him/her and any siblings home and contact the school nurse. We are still required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to report any positive cases in our buildings as well as conduct thorough contact tracing. Quarantining, if needed, will be for 10 days from symptom onset for any positive case unless vaccinated. If vaccinated, there will not be any quarantine period. If the positive case is in your home, you will need to quarantine for the ten days with the person plus your own 10 day quarantine for a total of 20 days. We have disinfecting protocols in place and will continue to use mitigation strategies to minimize transmission of the virus.
Although Covid-19 has forced us to think differently about how we educate our young people (which is a good thing), one thing we know for sure is that students learn best in a face to face environment. We hope throughout this year we can restore some sense of normalcy in the lives of our students and staff.
If you should have any questions or concerns regarding how you should handle a Covid situation, please communicate with your building principal and the school nurse. Thank you, in advance, for working together with the district to keep the lines of communication open as well as the doors to our school. This constant and upfront communication will help to ensure that we keep our students, staff, and families safe.
Let’s make this an exceptional year!
Dr. Christina J. Ramsey
Superintendent of Schools