Health & Safety Plan Approved for 2021-2022

August 27, 2021

Yesterday evening, the school board approved a Health and Safety Plan that will be in effect for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.  

Please see the important Health and Safety Plan highlights below and continue to refer to the District Web site’s COVID-19 Health & Safety for the 21-22 School Year page for important information and updates. 

Important Information from the Health and Safety Plan


MASKING

Masks are required on school buses and all forms of school transportation.  

In schools and school activities, masks are recommended, but optional for all students and staff.  Masks are strongly recommended for all unvaccinated individuals.    

Because conditions and guidance change rapidly, families should be aware that a masking requirement may become necessary based on levels of community transmission, school transmission, and/or changes to government guidance/mandates.  


CONTACT TRACING & QUARANTINE

In the event of a positive case, SASD school administrators and nurses will conduct contact tracing, inform families, and report to the county any close contacts and resulting quarantines.  “Close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of an individual who is positive for COVID-19.  

Unvaccinated students who have close contact with a COVID-positive student in school will be required to quarantine unless both students were properly wearing masks.  Vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine but will be asked to follow certain precautions in the event of close contact.  

A quarantine’s duration must be at least seven days and can be significantly longer depending on the circumstances in accordance with the quarantine requirements.  


PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Similar to last school year, students will be physically distanced during the school day as much as possible to limit potential transmission of COVID-19.  Assemblies and other large student gatherings will not take place until the risk of transmission is low.  


SYMPTOM SCREENING & TESTING

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, parents should keep their child at home and call the school nurse for guidance.  


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

Similar to last year, high-touch surfaces in schools will be regularly cleaned and sanitized. The District’s BioBlast® systems will continue to be employed daily to provide safe, hospital-grade sanitization of classrooms and common areas.  


VACCINATION CLINICS

The District will continue to communicate information on local COVID-19 vaccination clinics to families and will endeavor to partner with local vaccine providers to offer on-site clinics when vaccines are approved for children under 12 years of age.  


SPORTS

School sports will continue and will operate consistent with guidance from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.  Spectators are strongly encouraged to maintain physical distancing while attending sporting events, and unvaccinated spectators are strongly encouraged to wear masks.