SDST Health and Safety Announcement, May 16, 2022

SDST Health and Safety Announcement, May 16, 2022

Dear SDST Staff & Families,

This email is intended to inform you that Montgomery County moved into the MEDIUM level this week due to case rate. Case rate is the only metric at this time that classifies us in the medium level. New hospital admissions and inpatient bed utilization is still considered low, but certainly increasing.  In addition, our district case counts have been higher than at any point in the pandemic, with a current total as of this email of 76 active cases across our schools and offices.  

Details:

  • New cases: Increase in new cases (167.04 last week to 228.66 this week).
  • New admissions: Increase (6.2/100k last week to 7.7/100k this week).
  • Inpatient bed utilization: Increase (1.9% last week to 2.6% this week).

Regionally, Berks, Bucks, Philadelphia, Chester, and Delaware counties remain in LOW.  

We would like to work collaboratively with our staff and families to try to reduce the spread.  In reviewing the guidance of the CDC for communities with a Medium level of exposure, we are requesting that we work together by taking the following mitigation measures:

  • We strongly encourage indoor use of masks for staff and students, especially when social distancing is unable to be maintained for activities such as science labs and small group activities.
  • We strongly encourage use of masks for large indoor group events, such as concerts, art shows, and meetings.
  • We will shift to virtual meetings whenever feasible through Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
  • We continue to encourage personal hygiene and screening for symptoms.  
  • Please remain home when experiencing symptoms or if you test positive for Covid-19.
  • If you have not already submitted your child’s vaccinations records to the school nurse, please consider doing so.  

Within our district operations, the following measures are in place:

  • We will continue to maintain effective ventilation in our schools and offices, and open windows to bring in fresh air where feasible.  
  • We are using bi-polar ionization units in all buildings for enhanced clean air exchange.
  • Effective today we are resuming spraying of all surfaces, as was occurring during the higher levels of the pandemic.  

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms is encouraged to take a test and anyone with a known exposure should test between 3-5 days after exposure to either confirm or rule out the presence of Covid-19 before returning to school or work. Those testing positive will be required to quarantine at home for 5 days, and then mask at school/work for 5 additional days.  You can access testing at a number of regional locations.

Together, we can reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.  Thank you for helping us to keep our community safe, and avoid greater mitigation measures in the closing weeks of the school year.  For more information, please visit our Covid-19 resources dashboard here.  Thank you.

MaryJo Yannacone, Ed.D.

Superintendent