COVID-19 Educational Model Weekly Update

March 5, 2021COVID

Dear PRSD Students, Parents/Guardians, and Staff:

COVID-19 Educational Continuum Model
The district shared a comprehensive educational model update with the community at Monday’s school board planning meeting. You can view the detailed podcast via this link.   To appropriately plan for this shift, all families in grades 4 - 12 were asked to complete a selection survey by noon today.  Results of those selections will be posted to the PRSD COVID-19 website when finalized.  We are still waiting for a large number of selections in the Sapphire system. As we monitor conditions, we are preparing for the following timeline: 

  • March 18: Eden Hall (Grades 4 – 6) and Seniors (Class of 2021)
  • March 29- April 5: Spring Break (All)
  • April 8: Middle School (Grades 7-8) and High School (Grades 9-11)

As we increase in-person learning, we want to remind families that there will be:

  • Reduced physical distance between students to less than six feet with the goal of maintaining at least three feet of physical distancing
  • Increased risk of large-scale quarantine when a positive case is identified in a classroom due to physical distancing less than six feet in most areas
  • Increased risk of short-term building closure if cases increase with the 14-day rolling window.

The district will sustain six feet of distancing in the cafeteria and/or alternative eating location and for the “teacher zone” for staff.

Vaccination Plan for School Personnel
For community awareness, PK - 12 school personnel are now eligible for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. PRSD employees and other school-related personnel will have the opportunity to receive the vaccine. Clinics will be established at Intermediate Units throughout Pennsylvania. The first set of employee vaccinations are scheduled to begin next week. Clinic hours should have a minimal impact on school operations.

Travel Procedures
As a result of the governor’s order, the quarantine period for individuals engaging in out-of-state travel has been lifted. Individuals traveling outside of the state are encouraged to practice the Big 3 in a disciplined manner. Monitoring for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is a critical step each morning, regardless of whether or not you have traveled. Students currently in a 10-day period of quarantine following travel, are permitted to return so long as they remain asymptomatic. Families will no longer be asked to complete the post-travel forms. We appreciate your cooperation throughout the year in communicating this information to keep our schools open and students safe.

Attendance at Sporting Events
Our winter programs have transitioned into post-season competition. We are pleased that our student-athletes were able to engage in their chosen sport and we wish them luck in the playoffs and tournaments. 

Spring sports begin officially on Monday, March 8th. Once again, our coaches have developed health and safety plans aligned with the district's plan but modified based upon the unique design of each sport. It will take the collective efforts of all involved to be consistently disciplined in implementing those plans. 

On March 1st, the indoor and outdoor capacity limits were adjusted. Indoor event limits are set at 15% of capacity and outdoor events at 20%. Consistent with our fall and winter programs, Director of Athletics Sean Simmons will work with his spring coaches to ensure families are aware of spectator guidelines/limits prior to each event.

Holistic Dashboard
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