Superintendent's Message

May 14, 2021

Dear SDST Families and Staff,

Over the past ten days multiple changes to guidance from the CDC, PA Department of Health (PADOH), and Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) have been made.  The changes to recommendations and requirements have been carefully reviewed by our administrative team, and we will present a revised Health and Safety Plan to the Board for their consideration on Monday night. The changes to the plan, if approved by the board, would go into effect May 18th, and are summarized here:

Face coverings

Face coverings will continue to be required for staff and students at events and at school, both indoors and outdoors, as well as on school buses, with the following exceptions:

  • Children may choose to remove masks when they arrive at recess outdoors.  (Masks will need to be stored in an appropriate way and then students will replace their mask prior to entering the building. Principals will communicate details.)
  • Children in physical education class may choose to remove masks when engaged in outdoor activities that require physical exertion.
  • Children in interscholastic athletics may choose to remove masks when engaged in practice or competition outdoors that requires physical exertion.

Maximum capacity

Effective May 31, 2021, attendees at District events shall be limited to a number of attendees that can attend while continuing to maintain appropriate social distancing, as recommended by the CDC and PADOH.  Principals will communicate limits for each event in advance.

COVID notification

We will continue to contact trace and notify first-degree contacts in consultation with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, and we will update the dashboard daily, through June 18, 2021.

2021 Summer School and Beyond

At this time, the health and safety procedures, protocols and requirements for Spartan Academies, Extended School Year, and for the 2021-22 school year have not yet been determined.  We are working on our plans now and will communicate to families in mid-June for summer programs and early August for this fall.

I know this has been a challenging, stressful year, but we are excited to be able to celebrate this spring with a return to class activities, field days, and traditional ceremonies for our 5th, 8th, and 12th graders.  Our mission continues to be to provide the highest quality educational program for ALL our students, whatever the challenges presented to us.  Thank you for continuing to provide our staff and administration, and most importantly, our students, the support we need to be successful.  

Sincerely, 

MaryJo Yannacone, Ed.D., Superintendent