COVID-19 Health & Safety FAQs


Use the links below for answers to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 Health & Safety for the 2021-2022 school year:

  1. What mitigation measures are in place to limit the transmission of COVID-19?
  2. Do I have to wear a mask?
  3. What about wearing masks on the bus?
  4. Is there any other time when I have to wear a mask?
  5. What if I have a household member with COVID-19?
  6. What should I do if I have a close contact somewhere else? 
  7. Will I have to quarantine? 
  8. What if I am positive for COVID-19?
  9. What about vaccination status?
  10. How will the District report cases of COVID-19?
  11. Is there a virtual-only option for SASD students? 
  12. Will sports continue? 


Q1: What mitigation measures are in place to limit the transmission of COVID-19? 

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SYMPTOM SCREENING & ISOLATION
Parents should keep children at home when they are exhibiting any symptoms of illness. In children, COVID-19 infection can be mistaken for allergies or other viral infections. When any symptoms are present. Students who are positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home. Once recovered, students can return to school 5 days after symptoms begin if they are no longer symptomatic and are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

HYGIENE, HANDWASHING & RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE
Regular hand washing, personal hygiene, and respiratory etiquette will be routinely reinforced with students. Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other personal hygiene products will always be available for students and staff.

CLEANING/SANITIZING
High-touch surfaces in schools will be regularly cleaned and sanitized. The District’s disinfectant fogger sanitizing spray systems will continue to be employed daily to provide safe, hospital-grade sanitization of classrooms and common areas.

INCREASED VENTILATION
District air filtration systems have been upgraded to the highest capacity MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) filters. Ventilation has been augmented where practicable using single-room air filters, fans, windows, and doors.


 

Q2: Do I have to wear a mask?
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Masks/face coverings are optional for all students, staff, and visitors in school or at any school activity.

 


Q3: What about wearing masks on the bus?
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On Friday, February 25, 2022, the CDC announced that it will no longer require wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems.

Therefore, masks are now optional for students and staff on all forms of school transportation.

 


Q4: Is there any other time when I have to wear a mask?
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Masks are recommended in the following circumstances:

  • Individuals who are exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 should wear a mask for 5 days in school following exposure and may continue to attend school provided they remain asymptomatic.
  • Individuals who have just recovered from a COVID-19 illness should wear a mask for 5 days upon return to school.

 


Q5: What if I have a household member with COVID-19?
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Families who have a COVID-19 positive individual in the household should contact the school nurse's office to report the case. Students with household exposures should wear a mask for 5 days following exposure and may continue to attend school provided they remain asymptomatic.

 


Q6: What should I do if I have a close contact somewhere else?
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Families should contact their school nurse’s office to report the exposure. Students with exposures should wear a mask for 5 days following exposure and may continue to attend school provided they remain asymptomatic.

 


Q7: Will I have to quarantine?
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Individuals with exposures will not be required to quarantine but should wear a mask for 5 days following exposure and stay home and seek testing if symptoms develop.

 


Q8: What if I am positive for COVID-19?
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Individuals who test positive must isolate at home. Once recovered, individuals can return to school 5 days after symptoms begin if they are no longer symptomatic and are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

 


Q9: What about vaccination status?
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The policies described above apply to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

 


Q10: How will the District report cases of COVID-19?
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Cases will be aggregated by elementary, middle, and high school level and reported on our Web site's COVID Dashboard on a weekly basis.

 


Q11: Is there a virtual-only option for SASD students?
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Yes. Families seeking a virtual-only option may enroll their students in the Souderton Area Virtual Academy.

 


Q12: Will sports continue?
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School sports will continue and will operate consistent with guidance from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). Masks are optional for participants and spectators.