May 5, 2021 (posted at 12:00 p.m.)
Update on Face-Coverings at EASD Outdoor Events
We are in the home stretch of what has undoubtedly been an unprecedented school year. Thanks to the tremendous cooperation of our families, students, and employees, we have been able to offer a full complement of learning models and extracurricular opportunities to our students with minimal disruptions. For that, I am grateful.
While our mitigation efforts remain fully in effect for our indoor learning environments, due to revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and constructive parent/guardian feedback, we would like to share an adjustment to our face-covering requirement for outdoor events.
Effective immediately, wearing a face-covering is now optional for spectators at outdoor, school-district sponsored events, including athletic contests and music concerts, under the following conditions:
- Spectators are asked to wear a mask until you arrive at your seating area.
- Spectators are asked to wear a mask when walking to and from restroom facilities and parking lots.
- Family units must sit together for the duration of the activity.
- Non-family units must maintain six feet of separation for the duration of the activity.
We believe this adjustment will allow our students, families, and community members to enjoy the contest or activity either with or without a face covering.
While this revision is a positive development, we do not want to let our guard down. We respectfully ask for continued cooperation with our indoor/outdoor mitigation efforts for the remaining 23 days of school. We have had great success the first 153 days, and we look forward to continued success over the remainder of the year.
We will continue to adapt to and communicate any additional changes based on yesterday’s release of new guidance from Governor Tom Wolf that goes into effect May 31, 2021. This could include revisions to our existing quarantine process, physical distancing requirements, case tracking protocols, and vaccinations. As it relates to vaccinations, for those who are eligible and are still interested in receiving a vaccine, we have attached a flyer below on behalf of Vaccinate Lancaster. We encourage you to take a moment to review the flyer.
In closing, much like you, we look forward to putting the pandemic behind us and moving forward for the 2021-2022 school year. We appreciate the cooperation, patience, insight, support, and grace the greater Elizabethtown community has exhibited since the onset of the global health pandemic.
Michele M. Balliet, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools