COVID-19 Educational Model Weekly Update

Logo March 19, 2021

Dear PRSD Students, Parents/Guardians, and Staff:

Conditions and Cases
The revised ACHD Dashboard reflects reporting of conditions and the PADOH COVID-19 Dashboard can also be viewed at the source. 

For a PRSD case count-to-date and the rolling 14-Day case count per building update, please click here. It is important to understand that if a building reaches a certain number of cases in the 14-Day rolling window, the possibility of a short-term closure may exist. The specific nature of the cases is important to the decision. However, the details surrounding those cases are also important. PRSD officials would work with ACHD officials to make a determination of short-term closure (e.g., 1 - 2 days). If a short-term closure would occur, that building would shift to the full virtual learning model. The district would provide as much notice as possible, but it is also likely that action would need to occur quickly. Students and staff should maintain the habit of taking important materials and computers home each day.

Disciplined Attention to All Mitigation Strategies
As we approach the final nine weeks of the school year, it is so important that our entire community continues to support the solid mitigation strategies (e.g., masks, sanitizing, monitoring symptoms, etc.). We want to earn our best opportunity to maintain continuity and avoid the need for short-term closures or a shift on the continuum.

COVID-19 Educational Continuum Model & Selection Results
The PR School Board approved the district’s updated health and safety plan on Monday, March 15. The plan outlines the district’s plans to make the six-foot "teacher zone" of physical distancing a priority. In addition, six feet will also be designated for the cafeteria. The increase of in-person attendance means that we will have circumstances of less than six feet between students. We continue to acknowledge this shift to increase in-person learning may require an increased need to quarantine.

On March 18th, Pine-Richland High School (Seniors) and Eden Hall Upper Elementary School (Grades 4-6) phased more students back to the 100% in-person model. The rest of the timeline is as follows:

  • March 29- April 5: Spring Break (All)
  • April 8: Middle School (Grades 7-8) and High School (Grades 9-11)

We are also aware of the news reports that the CDC may issue updated guidelines with respect to physical distancing. Similar to our approach all year, we will take time to review any updated guidance carefully and discuss that information with the PRSD Healthcare Leadership Council. 

Quarantine Length Updates
In consultation with the PR Healthcare Leadership Council and at the guidance of the CDC, PDH, and ACHD the length of quarantine for any individual named a close contact of a confirmed positive case will be reduced from 14 days to 10 days. This update went into effect on March 16th and will be applied retroactively to those in quarantine currently. The school nurses will be reaching out to those families impacted to invite them to return on the shortened quarantine timeline based upon their exposure dates. Any further reduction of quarantine will be considered in consultation with the Allegheny County Health Department and school nurse, and only in unique situations.

Updated Travel Procedures
t is critical that families understand that virtual education will not be provided for students during travel periods unless they are enrolled in the 100% virtual model and are able to maintain their academic schedule synchronously. The spirit of the travel provisions is not to encourage families

to travel throughout the year, yet is in place to accommodate trips that fall within the attendance policy guidelines. Students registered for in-person instruction will complete the pre-travel form and make arrangements to complete classwork asynchronously while they are not in attendance. 

Quarantine periods following national travel have been lifted. However, if you are traveling internationally, you are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before you board a flight to the United States. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.