Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week, Mr. Rizzo talks about: changes to our COVID practices including classroom notification, Close Contact notification, and more.
Updates to SFASD’s COVID Practices
Classroom Notification Update: Starting January 19, 2022, SFASD will discontinue the daily Classroom Notification. Due to the nature of COVID-19, parents should continue to monitor for symptoms even if their child has not been exposed to a known positive case. Parents should notify their family physician and consider testing if symptoms develop for anyone in the household. If a Spring-Ford student or staff member develops symptoms, the student/staff should:
- Stay home when ill
- Test for COVID when symptomatic
- Report a positive result using the POSITIVE CASE REPORT form after testing positive
Close Contact Letter Update: Parents will be notified that their child was identified as a Close Contact with an individual at school who has tested positive for COVID-19 by email. A Close Contact is defined by MCOPH in the School Exclusion Guide. This email will contain:
- A School Close Contact Intention Form
- Quarantine and Mask to Stay Information
- The exposure date, quarantine end date (if applicable), and return to school date
- MCOPH’s School Exclusion Guide
Once received, parents should review the entire email and complete the School Close Contact Intentions Form before the end of the day. If the form is not complete your child should not attend school the next school day. If your child returns to school without a completed form, they will be enrolled in the Mask to Stay program.
SFASD will continue with Contact Tracing in when students are unmasked in the cafeteria, unmasked while actively participating in band or chorus, while actively participating in a school district sport, or “high risk” areas when a student is indoors without a mask for more than 15-minutes.
The Mask to Stay Program: Based on the changing landscape of COVID-19, the MCOPH recommends using Mask to Stay as one of several tools in a layered strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Mask to Stay allows staff and students who are exposed to COVID-19 in school or in the community and who are asymptomatic to continue to attend school with required mask-wearing at all times for ten days after the date of exposure. Individuals participating in Mask to Stay will be expected to follow the program guidelines, including:
- Take one antigen test between days 4 through 6 after exposure.
- Exiting the program if the individual tests positive becomes symptomatic, or has household exposure. These individuals should be sent home and follow isolation and quarantine guidelines.
- Exiting the program if the individual cannot wear a well-fitted mask at all times during that 10 day time period.
Mask to Stay applies to COVID-19 exposures that occur in and outside the school setting but does not include household exposures. Click here to learn more about the Mask to Stay program.
Spring-Ford will continue following the current Health and Safety Plan where masking is mandated while in High Community Transmission.
Annual Spring-Ford Music Educator's Performance Gala
Join the Spring-Ford Music Association, along with your student’s favorite music teacher, for an evening of fun and great music when the Music Educators of Spring-Ford perform in the Annual Music Educator’s Performance Gala. Tickets are available for pickup at the door the evening of the event.
WHEN: Friday, January 21, 2022 - doors open at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: 9th Grade Center Auditorium; 400 South Lewis Road, Royersford
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased at the door, adults $10 and students/seniors $5
Internet Safety for Kids and Families: Protecting Your Family on Video Chat Apps
New technology and new apps can be intimidating, yet also a great opportunity where everyone can benefit. In this webinar, Lynette Owens discusses the pros and cons of video chatting and how best to protect you and your family while using them. Click here to watch.
School Board Meeting Reminder
The Spring-Ford Area School District Board of School Directors will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 24, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. Participation shall be virtual via Zoom or YouTube, and in-person in the Spring-Ford Area High School cafeteria.
COVID Test Clinic for Students and Staff
The Spring-Ford Area School District in partnership with CHOP PolicyLab is providing weekly COVID-19 testing for all current K-12 students and all current staff members. This program is not open to household or community members.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: All current Spring-Ford students or employees are eligible to participate in the Spring-Ford Rapid Test program. Participation is completely voluntary.
WHO SHOULD NOT PARTICIPATE: Due to a limited number of tests available from MCOPH and CHOP PolicyLab, individuals who are not symptomatic or have not been identified as a close contact should not participate. Individuals who recently tested positive should not participate. It is not required to provide a negative test to return to school.
- School Psychologist - 9th Grade
- Maintenance III Employee
- Guidance Secretary- High School
- Second Shift Custodian
- Learning Support Teacher-High School
- District-wide Subs
Community or Household COVID Testing
Need to have a family member tested for COVID19? MCOPH offer free testing Monday-Friday at five sites located across Montgomery County. Appointments are required to get tested. You can register up to 4 days in advance. Click here to find a site near you or make an appointment.
Message From the School Nurse
For parents who have elected to have students vaccinated: As we continue our efforts with contact tracing in our schools, please consider emailing your building nurse a picture of your student’s COVID vaccination card after dose #2. Having this information helps us to determine close contacts more efficiently. Thank you for considering sharing your student’s vaccination status with us!
STS and SFASD Guest Teacher Program - We Need You!
Substitute Teacher Service (STS) is proud to offer the Guest Teacher Program at Spring-Ford. This program allows those who have a four-year degree to take an online training program that would prepare them for teaching in the classroom as a day to day substitute teacher. This program is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and is exclusive to STS. As a substitute teacher, you will be responsible for carrying out the lesson plans of the regularly appointed teacher for whom you would be substituting. Your goal will be to adhere to the learning environment that would exist if the regular teacher were in the classroom.
Click here to learn more about Guest Teaching at Spring-Ford.
Title IIA & Title IV Stakeholder Input
Under the Federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act, Spring-Ford receives annual allocations for Title IIA and Title IV. Although allocations fluctuate from year to year, Spring-Ford receives approximately $130,000 for Title IIA and $30,000 for Title IV.
Title IIA provides opportunities for a wide range of activities to support the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school staff. Title IIA fund must address the learning needs of all students, including children with disabilities, English Learners (ELs), and gifted and talented students. As a stakeholder, we need your input for next year's spending plan. Past practices have included training in the following areas: social emotional learning, technology integration, differentiation, teaching English Learners, understanding diversity, administrator training to improve leadership to support instruction, and transferring some funds to support Title I programs. Transferability rules allow for Title II funds to be transferred to Title I.
Title IV provides opportunities to support well-rounded education opportunities, safe and healthy schools, and effective uses of technology. As a stakeholder, we need your input for next year's spending plan. Transferability rules allow for Title IV funds to be transferred to Title I & Title II. Past practices have included transferring the Title IV allocation to Title II to allow for more flexible spending opportunities.
Please complete the survey linked here to provide your input on spending opportunities for the 2022-2023 school year for the Federal grants of Title IIA and Title IV.
Click here for more information related to these grants.
If you have specific questions related to Spring-Ford, please contact Catherine Gardy, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Technology, email@example.com or 610-705-6211.
Spring-Ford SEPAC Kickoff Meeting
The Spring-Ford SEPAC (Special Education Parent Alliance Committee) was formed to provide parents and guardians a network of support, education and training, as well as to access to relevant information, current public policy issues, regulations and laws regarding special education. We are a group that collaborates with SFASD to work towards positive outcomes. If you are looking to connect with other caregivers who understand what it is like raising a child with additional needs, please come out to hear what SF SEPAC has to offer!
WHEN: January 20th, 7pm-8pm
WHERE: SFAHS Hurda Learning Center, 350 South Lewis Road, Royersford
WHO: Parents, guardians, caregivers, staff, anyone interested in supporting children with additional needs and and their families.
REGISTER: Click here to register.
Spring-Ford Induction Program
The Spring-Ford Area School District Induction Program is a comprehensive professional development offering. The Induction Program consists of ongoing instructional coaching to support the Induction Program content.
Purpose of the Induction Program: The hiring of quality, effective teachers and professionals is the most important offering for SFASD students. The goal is to hire the best staff then support them in furthering their own professional skills so that both they and our students are well-served. The purpose of the district’s new teacher/professional Induction Program is to sustain the growth of teachers in their knowledge and practice of teaching and learning. This support is grounded in research-based practices that help to keep teachers and other professionals current in their profession and promote student achievement. The program recognizes that this profession is complex and demanding and calls for several years of study, consultation, and reflective practice beyond college/university preparation. Inductees are required, throughout the course of the three-year Induction Program, to provide required written or performance-based responses to the information requested, but this information is not necessarily collated into an active portfolio. Click here to learn more about Spring-Ford’s Induction Program.
Community Connection with Mr. Rizzo
Join Mr. Robert Rizzo, Superintendent, for a series of informal conversations in the community. This is an opportunity for families and community members to visit with the superintendent, have brief conversations about important issues, and ask questions. All Spring-Ford community members, whether parents of students in the districts or not, are invited to attend.
WHEN: Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: District Office 857 South Lewis Road
REGISTER: Click here to register.
Community-Based Vaccine Clinics
There are a number of pop-up vaccination clinics being held throughout Montgomery County over the coming days and weeks for primary or booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a seasonal flu vaccine and more. Click here to check the MCOPH website calendar for more details and to find an event near you.
Spring-Ford SNAP Update
Message from Spring-Ford SNAP: After careful consideration SNAP has decided to postpone our DWTS event until fall/ winter of 2023. We feel it is our best option due to lack of registration and COVID issues. SNAP would like to thank those who have registered and look forward to working with soon. If you have any questions please contact Heidi at Sfsnap.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Prom boutique will be open starting January 29, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. All dresses are $25! Masks are mandatory. Please stop in and see our new inventory of beautiful dresses. Our boutique dates can be found on our website Sfsnap.org. We are now accepting new or gently used male for male formal wear. You can drop of dry cleaned/laundered items at the main entrance of the High School.
Lewis Road Lane Closure
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that Lewis Road motorists will encounter a weekday lane closure between Cherry Lane and D & L Drive in Limerick Township on Monday, January 17 through Friday, January 21, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curb median installation for a pedestrian crossing under a local project.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays will occur. The schedule is weather-dependent.