As you know, on November 12, the Spring-Ford Area School District plans to re-open to in-person student learning! Families had the option to return to in-person classes, move into our cyber program, or remain virtual for the second marking period. Before returning to school tomorrow, please take time to review the information below:
- Return to School Message from Dr. Goodin
- Daily COVID Checklist – please review this checklist each morning with your student
- Sent Home Sick Flowchart
- Sick Family Member Flowchart
- MCIU COVID Parent Information Session with Dr. David Rubin
- November 12, 2020: Second First Day of School K-6, school starts at 9 a.m.
- November 12, 2020: Second First Day of School 7-9 Blue, grades 7 and 8 starts at 8:05 a.m., grade 9 starts at 7:40 a.m.
- November 13, 2020: Second First Day of School 7-9 Gold, grades 7 and 8 starts at 8:05 a.m., grade 9 starts at 7:40 a.m.
- November 16, 2020: Second First Day of School 10-12 Blue, school starts at 7:40 a.m.
- November 17, 2020: Second First Day of School 10-12 Gold, school starts at 7:40 a.m.
Second First Day of School Checklist: before leaving for school, did you…
- Review the daily COVID checklist, making sure that you answer NO to each question?
- Provide a mask to your student?
- Double-check your 7-12 grade student's Blue/Gold assignment?
- Sent a refillable water bottle with your student?
- Check Skyward for school bus pick-up and drop-off times?
- Added money to eFunds to buy snacks and/or a la carte items?
- Visit the Second First Day of School page to review:
- K-6 In-Person and Virtual Overview
- 7-12 In-Person and Virtual Overview
- Second First Day of School signs
- MCIU Parent Information Session
Covering more than 2.1 million miles each year, the Transportation Department offers safe and reliable travel to and from Spring-Ford schools, serving thousands of students each day.
New for 2020-2021 School Year:
- Students will be required to wear a face mask before boarding and while riding on a school bus.
- Siblings will be required to sit together.
- Students should sit in the same seat before and after school every day.
- Students should arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the assigned time.
- Families can download the Bus App to receive a notification if a bus would not be running on time.
- Log into Skyward and click on “Busing” to confirm Pick Up and Drop Off times.
Your patience is appreciated as we do expect delays for both bus riders and parent pick-up and drop-off during the first few weeks of school.
Food Service Update
Starting November 12, daily lunch pick-up will be at Limerick and 5/6/7 Grade Center only. Pick up times will change to 4:30-5:45 p.m. Both locations will have a hot meal choice or a cold meal choice.
COST OF BREAKFAST AND LUNCH: All reimbursable meals in-person and pickup will be free to all students and will not be allocated to student accounts. Even though all meals are free through December 31, 2020, families are encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced Lunch Application to prepare for 2021 and beyond. Families approved for the Free and Reduced Program may qualify for reduced internet services through Comcast. Click here for more information.
All meals will be served in closed lid containers and all utensils will be pre-wrapped for student safety. All CDC guidelines will be followed by employees as well as students during food service transactions. Shields have been installed on all POS systems as well as six feet distance markers.
SNACKS AND A LA CARTE: There will be limited snack offerings specific to each school. Snacks will not be free and will need to be paid for at the point of sale. Families can click here to add funds to your eFunds account to cover the cost of snacks and a la carte items.
Family Vacations During COVID
Reminder, families who travel out of state should check the COVID-19 Travel Information on the PA Health Department page before returning to school. SFASD will require a 14-day quarantine at home for any student returning from a state identified on the PA COVID-19 Information for Travelers site.
New COVID Dashboard
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. This information will continue to be shared in Weekly Updates and can also be found on our new COVID Dashboard. Click here to view the COVID Dashboard.
Weekly COVID Update – Week Ending November 6, 2020
PDE Level of Community Transmission Table Update: In response to school leaders' need for additional guidance as to the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their communities, the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education are providing metrics to schools when making decisions related to instructional models during the 2020-21 school year.
For ease of use, once per week, the Department of Education will publish a list identifying the level of community transmission in each county over the most recent 7-day reporting period. Click the section called: Level of Community Transmission Table to view this week’s update.
Chester County Community Transmission Level: Moderate
Montgomery County Community Transmission Level: Substantial
Number of Confirmed Cases in SFASD: Through these weekly updates, SFASD will share COVID related information and educational resources. 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
SFASD is committed to protecting the personal health information of all students and employees. To ensure HIPAA and FERPA standards are followed, the district will continue to share district-wide data each week rather than building-based notifications. Parents/guardians will receive notification from a school nurse only if their child has been exposed to COVID through direct contact. Direct Contact is identified as being in contact with any individual within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes. As a reminder, our schools are thoroughly cleaned each evening. SFASD utilizes the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants against COVID-19.
- All frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned, sanitized & disinfected at least 1x/day 5 days per week per CDC Guidance.
- All classrooms will be cleaned, sanitized & disinfected at least 1x/day 5 days per week per CDC Guidance.
- All bathrooms and locker rooms will be cleaned, sanitized & disinfected at least 1x/day 5 days per week per CDC Guidance.
- Day custodians will sanitize high touch areas at least once during the school day.
- Disinfecting wipes will be provided to all occupied areas in each building.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be installed in every classroom, building primary entrances and office areas.
- All drinking fountains will shut off. Bottle fillers will be in use where applicable.
- HVAC operation will follow ASHRAE Reopening of Schools recommendations 2020 where attainable
COVID Information from the CDC: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Click here for more information about COVID symptoms.
Montgomery and Chester County COVID Dashboard Trends: Montgomery and Chester County officials are committed to the health and safety of all of the county residents. The Counties has compiled data pertaining to COVID-19 into easy to use dashboards. On these dashboards, you can explore a collection of maps, data and charts that show the number of cases related to COVID-19. There is also information on age, gender and race. The information only pertains to those individuals that have been verified as county residents and received a positive test.
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: This number update includes all numbers in the district footprint representing roughly 50,000 residents.