Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week Mr. Rizzo talks about the B101 Christmas Choir Competition. Click here to watch. The Spring-Ford Vocal Ensemble advanced to the next round of the B101 Philly Christmas Choir Competition! Voting is open today, December 8, 2021. You can vote as many times as you'd like simply by refreshing your browser.
If Spring-Ford advances they could win $5,000 and a chance to perform live at the Kimmel Center. You can help them to take home the win!!
Spring-Ford COVID Test Clinic
In our efforts to safely welcome all students back to school for in-person learning, the Spring-Ford Area School District is providing weekly COVID-19 testing for all current K-12 students and all current employees. The purpose of student testing is to provide an additional layer of prevention to slow the spread of COVID-19 in school buildings and extracurricular activities. The COVID Test Clinic is available in addition to the Test to Stay Program.
ABOUT THE COVID TEST CLINIC: The Spring-Ford School District will provide Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test to current Spring-Ford students (with prior parent/guardian consent) and employees. The BinaxNOW test is a fast nasal swab of both nostrils. The test involves inserting a small swab, like a Q-Tip, into the front of the nose in both nostrils; results will be sent directly to parents and/or employees by PA Rapid Test. Individuals who are symptomatic may participate in this program, though, for the safety of those on our school campuses, we recommend that staff/students with notable active symptoms (congestion, fever, vomiting) also contact their primary health provider. Please be sure to be masked and observe social distancing.
Spring-Ford SNAP Event - Comedy Night
Spring-Ford SNAP Fundraiser at SoulJoel’s Pop-Up at Westover, Thursday, December 9th at 7 p.m. 401 Schuylkill Ave, Jeffersonville, PA 19403
- Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm
- Tickets only $20 ($10 per ticket to be donated to Spring-Ford SNAP)
- Full bar available before/during show
- Food available before show
Board Notes: Welcome Incoming and Returning Board Members
The Spring-Ford Board of School Directors held the annual reorganization meeting on Monday, December 6, 2021. Each year, Pennsylvania school boards reorganize during the first week of December to:
- swear in newly elected members
- elect a president and vice president
- appoint board positions
- adopt a meeting calendar for the upcoming year
The Board welcomed three new Board Members: Karen Weingarten, Gabrielle Deardorff and Erica Hermans. The Board congratulated returning Board Member Clinton Jackson (not pictured).
During the meeting, the board voted to elect Dr. Margaret Wright as Board President and Erica Hermans as Vice President.
The Board of School Directors will assess the current assignments for Board Committees (Community Relations, Curriculum & Technology, Extra-Curricular, Finance, Personnel, Property and Policy) and will announce any changes in early 2022.
Spring-Ford SNAP Dancing With the Stars
Registration is still open to compete for the covenant mirror ball trophy in SF SNAP’s DWTS. Your act can consist of as many people as you want. Specific details will be sent after you have registered. If you have questions contact Heidi at Sfsnap.email@example.com.
Many Thanks, Spring-Ford
Many Thanks will be posted weekly to the Spring-Ford website, shared in Weekly Updates, and acknowledged on our social media platforms. You have the option to remain anonymous or share your first name. Many Thanks to…
Gabrielle Procario, many thanks for the courage, understanding, and compassion in meeting the unique needs of your students. It is your exemplary actions which serve proudly the Spring-Ford community and the teaching profession. Parents are fortunate to have their children benefit from your professional knowledge and expertise and most importantly your genuine dedication to see our children develop and succeed. From a Thankful Parent
Celeste B., many thanks for for giving our oldest daughter the encouragement and study skills she needs to be successful with her academics. She is gaining her confidence back, and the weekly support she receives from you is invaluable. Thank you for everything! Sincerely, Parent of a 5th Grader
Ms. Rocco, many thanks for always keeping science class engaging and entertaining! From a Thankful Student
Mr. Landis, many thanks for making sure students of all walks of life feel safe and welcome in your class. From a Thankful Student
Mrs. Valloor, many thanks for listening to students worries and struggles every day. You strive to make change and speak for the kids who really have trouble voicing their experiences. Thank you so much! From a Thankful Student
Mr. Horne, many thanks for taking time in class to answer questions, and staying after to help us. I know it can be an inconvenience to take extra time out of your day, but you always do! Thank you so much! From a Thankful Student
Every staff member at Brooke Elementary, many thanks for laying down such a solid foundation for my future education. I'm in high school now, but the kindness and love you all showed me back then still sticks in my head, and has paved the way for these successful years. From a Thankful Student
To the people who run the Many Thanks forms, many thanks for going through all these submissions, formatting them, and spreading positive messages all throughout Spring-Ford with this opportunity! From a Thankful Student
Click here to send a special message, and... Many Thanks, Spring-Ford!
Are You Ready for Winter Weather?
Winter weather is around the corner, do you know where to find school closure information? Click here to watch an informative Spring-Ford Spotlight Video as we review the quickest ways to get up-to-date information on delays and closures.
This year (2021-2022) Spring-Ford Area School District built one Emergency Day into the calendar and planned to utilize Virtual or Flexible Instruction Days (FID) in case of an emergency or snow closure. The district used the Emergency Day on September 2, 2021 following district-wide flooding and power outages. Therefore, April 13, 2022 will change to an In-Person school day.
A Virtual Day or FID will be used in place of a snow day or other unplanned school closure and eliminate the need for a make-up day because students perform classwork at home. On a weather related Virtual Day, students will complete learning assignments provided by the teacher at home through Canvas. Click here to learn more about what to expect on a weather related Virtual Day.
Updated Health and Safety Plan Reminder
On Monday, November 15, 2021 the Board of School Directors authorized an amendment to the 2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan (HSP) effective January 17, 2022 to align with recommendations of the Montgomery County Department of Health (MCOPH), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDoH) and recommends that students and staff, Kindergarten through 12th grade, wear appropriate face coverings while indoors during school activities. This amendment does not change mask requirements on buses as the result of the mandated order of the CDC.
If the current state-wide masking order should be lifted at any point before January 17, 2022, Spring-Ford will resort to the current Health and Safety Plan.
Currently, masks are mandatory for staff when Spring-Ford’s Level of Community Transmission is “High.” Only medical exemptions with a medical signature will be honored. Spring-Ford’s Level of Community Transmission can be found on the COVID Dashboard, and will be included each week in Weekly Updates.
Click here to review the current and upcoming Health and Safety Plans.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 and confirmed that vaccine providers are ready to administer shots as soon as possible. With parental consent, children ages 5 through 11 may register to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health will continue working with providers across the state to help ensure that the vaccine is available in every community. Parents can find the nearest COVID-19 vaccine provider at Vaccines.gov including county sites, local pharmacies, and medical providers.
Spring-Ford will continue to send vaccine and testing information through Weekly Updates, including links to register for first and second dose appointments and booster appointments in our area. At this time, local pharmacies are not offering community clinics in Spring-Ford schools/buildings.
Montgomery County Testing Sites
The Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sites are open! These sites are outdoors and are subject to closure on short notice due to inclement weather. Click here to find a local testing site.
Spring-Ford Level of Community Transmission: Schools should work with local public health officials to determine the additional prevention strategies needed in their area by monitoring levels of community transmission (i.e., low, moderate, substantial, or high). SFASD will refer to the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) COVID-19 Rates by School District Dashboard (link below). MCOPH will update their weekly data each Wednesday. Click here for the 2021-2022 Dashboard.
Montgomery and Chester County COVID Dashboard Trends:
- Spring-Ford Area School District COVID Dashboard
- Click here to view the full Montgomery County dashboard.
- Click here to view the full Chester County dashboard.
CDC Information: Masking Best Practices
Please refer to the CDC guideline if you have any questions regarding the proper wear of your mask or how to clean reusable masks.