2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan At-a-Glance (UPDATED: September 7, 2021)
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Health and Safety Plan At A Glance publication
- The mitigation efforts associated with the board-approved Health & Safety plan are subject to change if conditions necessitate OR the state or federal government issues a new or revised mandate.
- While the District has received the initial information from the PA Department of Health about setting up a school district vaccination clinic and/or free COVID-19 testing at our schools, at this point, we have not received enough logistical information to make a decision/recommendation to the school board on either of these two considerations
- REVISED September 7, 2021
- Schools will be open for in-person instruction five days a week.
- Etown Cyber will continue to be available for all families wishing to utilize a virtual schooling option.
- Contact your child’s building principal to discuss educational offerings.
- EASD may need to shift to a virtual learning environment depending on conditions in our community or within our school buildings.
FACE COVERINGS & VACCINATIONS
- By order of the PA Department of Health, ALL students, staff, and school visitors are required to wear a solid, protective face covering that covers their nose and mouth inside our schools at all times unless an official exception has been sought and approved.
- Students will be permitted to remove their masks at scheduled mask breaks, lunchtime and outdoor recess. The Order does not apply to students participating in athletics inside or outside or physical education classes indoors
- The Order requires that schools enforce the masking requirement as the Pennsylvania Department of Health has the broad legal authority to issue this Order.
- Vaccinations are not required for students, staff, and visitors.
- EASD will review new/updated state and federal guidance when released and applicable to determine if additional local measures are needed (School Board approval required for any changes).
SCHOOL BUILDINGS & CLASSROOMS
- Safe physical distancing to the best extent possible.
- Teachers will continue to operate their classrooms in the safest manner feasible.
- Encourage outdoor learning and activities where possible.
- Continue with increased ventilation in our buildings.
- Maintain plexiglass partitions in select areas of our cafeterias for students that desire the added layer of protection.
- Encourage frequent student handwashing.
- Provide hand sanitizing stations at each building entrance, shared spaces, and all classrooms.
- EASD will make use of water bottle filling stations instead of water fountains.
- Contact tracing will occur for ALL Persons Under Investigation (PUI) AND presumptive positives based on symptoms of COVID to identify potential close contacts.
- EASD defines close contact as any student/staff member who has been in close contact (within six feet) for a cumulative total of fifteen minutes over a twenty-four-hour period once a PUI becomes a confirmed positive.
- Close contact exceptions:
- Close contacts at least three feet from the infected student when BOTH the infected student and close contact had a face covering
- Close contact is vaccinated (proof of vaccination required).
- Close contact has had COVID in the past ninety days (proof of positive test required).
- Close contact has a positive antibody test within the last three months (physician or clinic provider note of test results required).
- EASD defines presumptive positive as any student/staff member that is symptomatic AND has had exposure to an individual who is a confirmed positive or an individual experiencing a loss of taste or smell.
- The minimum quarantine period for confirmed cases and close contacts is ten days from the onset of symptoms (confirmed cases) or the last date of contact (close contacts).
- After completing the minimum quarantine period, a return date will be established in consultation with the school nurse or EASD’s designated COVID point-of-contact.
- Minimum quarantine period for close contacts could be shortened to seven days with a negative test result at least five days from the last close contact.
- PUIs would be permitted to return to school if evaluated by a physician who provides an alternative diagnosis.
- Presumptive positives with an exposure to a confirmed positive would need to complete the minimum quarantine period identified above.
- Presumptive positives without exposure to a positive could return with a negative test and reduced symptoms.
- In the event of an outbreak of COVID in a school building, defined as five percent of the overall building enrollment (students and staff) having active, confirmed cases of COVID, the school building will temporarily close (1-3 days). Real time virtual learning will occur where feasible.
- In the event of an outbreak of COVID in a classroom, defined as twenty-five percent of the overall classroom enrollment (students and staff) having active, confirmed cases of COVID, the entire class will transition to virtual instruction unless another class is available in the building for the unaffected students and staff to relocate to.
- Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all schools, focusing on high touchpoints like door handles, faucets, water filling stations, light switches, etc.
- Deploy electrostatic spraying systems in our school buildings to supplement the enhanced cleaning.
- Staff and students (regardless of vaccination status) must wear a face covering on all school buses/vans in alignment with a federal mandate that is still in place.
- Parents/Guardians may choose to be contacted by EASD if their child has been determined to be a POSSIBLE close contact of a PUI prior to the confirmation of the PUI as a positive case. Parents/Guardians must contact their child’s school nurse to opt-in to this communication process.
- To make close contact investigations more efficient, if vaccinated, parents/guardians may choose to provide their child’s vaccination card voluntarily to their child’s school nurse via email, by providing a copy of the card, or by securely uploading through the community portal.
- EASD will communicate DAILY case counts by building, through its COVID Case Count Dashboard, of CONFIRMED and PRESUMPTIVE positive cases to assist parents with personal health decisions that best account for their unique family circumstances
- EASD will also communicate, when appropriate, other essential COVID-19-related information such as classroom and/or building closures, changes to the District’s board-approved health and safety plan, and general information on our mitigation efforts.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
- For questions or concerns regarding the District’s Health and Safety Plan, contact Richard Schwarzman, Assistant to the Superintendent for Support Services and Compliance, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (717) 367-1521, ext. 10004.
WHEN TO STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL DECISION TREE
STAY HOME from school when you have ONE OR MORE of the following major symptoms:
- Fever (100.4 or greater)
- New loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills, Fatigue; Muscle or body aches
STAY HOME from school when you have TWO OR MORE of the following secondary symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
PROTOCOLS FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF - VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS
PROTOCOLS FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF - NON-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS
For the board-approved 2021-2022 Health & Safety Plan, CLICK HERE.