Good afternoon Spring-Ford community,
As you may know, Montgomery County has been upgraded to Substantial for the week ending November 6, 2020. Substantial means a county incident rate of more than 100 per 100,000 residents OR more than 10% PCR positivity. As of November 6, Montgomery County’s incidence rate is 106.9 per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 5.2%.
As per our Reopening Plan, approved by the Board on September 28, 2020, it is noted that when Montgomery County is identified as Substantial, Spring-Ford would revert to a full virtual model of instructional delivery. We are now being told that there are more options available, and that a full district move to virtual may not be the best move. The Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education recently made a new recommendation not to move to full virtual until after two consecutive weeks as Substantial. Further, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health agreed to work with school districts based on local data including municipality incident and positivity rates. This change means that a decision to revert to virtual would be made on a local level, rather than a full county level. While the Office of Public Health reserves the right to close schools, they prefer to work collaboratively with districts to make the most strategic decision possible given local data and/or linked transmissions to schools. It is also important to note that when municipalities extend beyond the newly established 80/100K or 6%-8% positivity, the Office of Public Health will reevaluate and begin planning with school districts.
Based on this new information, and through our work with PDE as well as the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, we will continue to discuss the most appropriate next steps given the changing guidance and metrics. At this time, Spring-Ford does not plan to revert to full virtual learning and will continue with the plan to reopen In-Person learning for families that chose that option starting November 12, 2020.
As you know, each week in the Weekly Update we share the Level of Community Transmission Table Update, Montgomery County COVID Dashboard Trends in the SFASD Footprint, the Number of Confirmed Cases in SFASD Schools, and COVID Education Pieces. While this information typically comes out each Wednesday, we can share the information below:
Level of Community Transmission
- Chester County Community Transmission Level: Moderate
- Montgomery County Community Transmission Level: Substantial
Number of Confirmed Cases in SFASD for the Week Ending on November 6: This 7-day update includes all numbers of confirmed cases of COVID in the Spring-Ford schools.
Spring-Ford Area School District – New Confirmed Cases: 0
Spring-Ford Footprint*: Total Confirmed Cases Week Ending November 6, 2020
- Limerick Township: 34
- Royersford Borough: 5
- Upper Providence Township: 24
- Spring City Borough: 4
*NOTE: The footprint update includes all numbers in the district footprint representing roughly 50,000 residents.
County and Local Rates:
- Montgomery County: 106.6/100K; 5.2% Positivity (Week ending 11/6/2020)
- Limerick: 79.47/100K; 5.65% Positivity (Week ending 10/30/2020)
- Royersford: 20.96/100K; 3.73% Positivity (Week ending 10/30/2020)
- Spring City: 29 total of 3,333 residents; N/A (Week ending 11/6/2020)
- Upper Providence: 84.79/100K; 4.67% Positivity (Week ending 10/30/2020)
This will be a topic of discussion at our board meeting this evening. As well, we will temporarily remove the Community Transmission Table from the Reopening Toolkits and will make updates once additional information is available.