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. How will the District report cases of COVID-19?
  3. What does it mean to be vaccinated or unvaccinated?
  4. What if I have a household member with COVID-19?
  5. What should I do if I have a close contact outside of school?
  6. What will happen if a student is identified as a close contact in school? 
  7. What if I want to remain in school instead of quarantine? 
  8. Will I have to provide vaccination records to the school? 
  9. How will students who quarantine keep up with instruction? 
  10. Is there a virtual-only option for SASD students? 
  11. Will sports continue? 


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

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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.

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 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: 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 on a weekly basis.  The District’s COVID-19 Dashboard/Case Report has been modified to reflect these changes.

 


Q3: What does it mean to be vaccinated or unvaccinated?
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The CDC has updated its vaccination definitions to reflect the evolving virus. The chart below depicts the guidance as of January 2022.

 

Ages 18 and up 

Ages 5 to 17  

Vaccinated 

  • Pfizer or Moderna: completed the primary vaccine series and received a booster when eligible. 

  • Johnson & Johnson: received booster if initial single dose was over two months ago 

Completed the primary series of any of the three available vaccines 

Unvaccinated 

  • Never vaccinated, OR 

  • Pfizer or Moderna: completed the primary vaccine series but have not received a booster when eligible, OR 

  • Johnson & Johnson: received initial dose over two months ago but have not received booster 

  • Never vaccinated 

 

 


Q4: What if I have a household member with COVID-19?
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Unvaccinated students who have a COVID-positive household contact will be required to quarantine for the positive individual's 5 day isolation period, then quarantine for an additional 5 days. They may return to school after both periods have ended, provided they are asymptomatic and wear a mask for their first 5 days back at school. Vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine but will be required to wear a mask for 10 days following exposure.

 


Q5: What should I do if I have a close contact outside of school?
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Families should contact their school nurse's office to report the exposure and receive guidance on student return to school.

 


Q6: What will happen if a student is identified as a close contact in school?
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When a school close contact is identified, the family is contacted and the options for quarantining or returning to school are reviewed based on the student's vaccination status.

 


Q7: What if I want to remain in school instead of quarantine?
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Unvaccinated students who are identified as close contacts and choose to remain in school instead of quarantining must wear a mask for 10 days and also be tested for COVID-19 between days 4 and 6. The test used is the Abbot BinaxNOW® 15-minute rapid antigen test provided through a partnership with Montgomery County and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

These students must:

  • Provide a signed parent permission form which is provided to the family upon notification.
  • Be transported to school by a parent or guardian on the day of the test. The parent/guardian must remain with the student for 15 minutes on the morning that the student is tested.
  • Wear a mask at all times during the 10-day period following the exposure, except for eating, drinking or mask breaks.
  • If the student tests positives or develops symptoms of COVID-19, the student must isolate at home for a period of 5 days.

 


Q8: Will I have to provide vaccination records to the school?
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If a vaccinated student is identified as a close contact, the school will ask the family to provide the vaccination record for inclusion in the student's medical file.

 


Q9: How will students who quarantine keep up with instruction?
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Students who must quarantine will be able to continue to engage in their lessons via Schoology to continue learning while they are out of school.

 


Q10: 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.

 


Q11: Will sports continue?
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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 at indoor events are required to wear masks and all spectators are encouraged to maintain physical distancing while attending sporting events.