Superintendent's Message

January 26, 2021

Increasing Access to 4-day In-Person Attendance

2020-2021 has been an interesting year for us all, staff, students, and parents alike. We continue to have about 65-80% of families choosing to send children to school in person two or four days per week, with attendance higher in person at our elementary schools and lower at our secondary schools, consistent with regional and national trends. Like many of you, our staff and administration are eager to increase access to in-person attendance for those who want and need it, while continuing to offer virtual schooling for those who prefer or need to remain at home.

We are planning to increase invitations for 4-day in-person schooling at each of our schools, using data to drive our decisions. Dr. Johnston, Assistant Superintendent is working with our Principals to review first semester academic reports to determine which students would benefit t most from increasing from 2-day to 4-day in person, and building administrators will communicate directly with families as decisions are made.

When Will Our Schools Open More Fully In Person for All Students?

Our administrative team is planning for a 4-day in-person option for ALL students when it is safe to do so. We are monitoring several indicators before making this decision, including:

  • Rate of transmission in the county and community
  • Degree of vaccination of staff and community
  • Scientific data regarding transmission in schools and how best to maintain mitigation strategies that are working to keep students and staff safe, while bringing more students into school together. (These studies are just being released and reviewed by public health agencies and school administrators and will help guide our decision-making this spring.)

We know that students and families are eager to return to school, and we are taking the steps needed to support expanded in-person schooling now so we'll be ready when it is safe to do so!

Travel   

If you travel outside PA, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Anyone over the age of 11, entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. 
  • If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days, or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first.   

The following exemptions are in place from this Order:

  • Individuals traveling to and from PA for the purpose of work
  • Individuals traveling to and from PA for medical reasons, including providing comfort and support to the patient
  • Individuals who are returning to PA after traveling outside of PA for less than 24 hours
  • Military personnel traveling by order or directive of a state or Federal military authority
  • Individuals in transit through PA to another destination
  • Individuals complying with a court order (including child custody)

For additional information, please review the information contained on the PADOH state website:  https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

Health and Safety

Please continue to follow four simple steps to keeping us all healthy:

  • Wear a mask whenever outside your home or with your immediate family
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from those outside your home
  • Do not send children to school if they have any symptoms or if they have been exposed to anyone who is symptomatic for COVID-19

We look forward to the New Year and hope that you and your families will join us in committing to these guidelines.  We are excited and optimistic for the many opportunities we plan to bring to our students in 2021!

Thank you,

MaryJo Yannacone, Ed.D.

Travel Restrictions

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has provided updated guidance this week about the travel restrictions for children.  Families wishing to quarantine out of an abundance of caution can access virtual instruction during this time. 

Latest Guidance At A Glance

The Secretary of Health issued an order requiring travelers over age 11 entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the Commonwealth, including Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the Commonwealth, to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering, unless they receive a negative test result during the 14-day travel quarantine period.

If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.

This does NOT apply to:

  • Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for the purposes of work.
  • Individuals who are returning to the Commonwealth after traveling outside the Commonwealth for less than 24 hours. 
  • Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for medical reasons, including individuals providing comfort and support to a patient.
  • Military personnel traveling to the Commonwealth by order or directive of a state or Federal military authority.
  • Individuals in transit through the Commonwealth to another destination, provided that the time spent in the Commonwealth is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.
  • Individuals traveling to comply with a court order, such as child custody, or other exemptions issued by guidance.
  • This order took effect on Wednesday, November 25. 

Updated Governor’s Order

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