Frequently Asked Questions
Is there guidance from the state regarding school-wide shut downs for this year?
A maximum 14-day suspension of in-person learning may be recommended by the Department of Health if the following criteria are met:
- 5% of students/staff confirmed cases in 14-day window:
- Small School (<500 staff & students): 25 case threshold
- Medium School (500 - 900 staff & students): 25 - 45 case threshold
- Large School (900+ staff & students): 45+ case threshold
- 3 simultaneous classroom and/or core group outbreaks
What size categories do each of our schools fall into?
ECC - Small
Elementary & High School - Large
Middle School - Medium
What is considered an outbreak?
2 or more cases among students/staff without other identified epidemiological linkage, with onset within 14 days in a single classroom or core group.
When will my child need to quarantine? For how long?
Please see the attached flow chart and read carefully the Vaccinated and Unvaccinated procedures. LINK
What timeframe does the COVID count on your website represent?
Since the inception of the table last school year noting the totals, we have included the totals on a 14-day rotation. This was done since, as per the CDC and PA DOH, trends need to be sustained for seven to 14 days before any conclusions can be made regarding the progress of the pandemic in an institution such as schools.
Who does the quarantine/symptoms group represent?
The Quarantine/Symptoms category includes all COVID related scenarios other than a positive case such as symptomatic, awaiting test result, close contact, probable case (as deemed by physician), etc
Will my child be able to Zoom into their classes if they are at home for quarantine?
Yes, this year students will be able to join classes remotely for two reasons:
- If a student is quarantined for a positive COVID test and feels well enough to join classes
- If a student is quarantined due to being a close contact
Once quarantine has been confirmed, please allow 1 business day for teachers to prepare for Zoom classes.
Does my child get mask breaks?
Yes, teachers may take students outside for a mask break, or even have class outdoors when it is instructionally appropriate. Students do not need to wear masks for outdoor recess or outdoor physical education. Students may remove masks for lunchtime eating.
How will lunches be handled?
ECC students will eat lunch with half of the grade level with their assigned classes. Students will be spread out as feasible and will be assigned seats so that contact tracing can occur if necessary.
Elementary students eat by grade level, with approximately half of each grade in one of two cafeterias. Students will spread out as feasible and will be assigned seats so that contact tracing can occur if necessary.
Middle School students will select a seat at the beginning of each marking period and then retain that seat until the next marking period when they will have the opportunity to select a new seat. Table groups have been reduced from 7 to 6 to provide more physical space between students while they eat lunch. Assigning seats for a marking period will allow for contact tracing to occur if necessary.
High School students will use a QR code system to identify where they have sat each day for lunch to allow for contact tracing if necessary. High School outdoor seating has been increased to over 160 seats with the addition of picnic tables.
Will my child need to wear a mask during gym?
Students will not need to wear masks for outdoor physical education, please be prepared to be outdoors a lot for PE!