Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week, Mr. Rizzo talks about Veterans Day, masking updates, and the Test to Stay Program. Click here to watch.
Spring-Ford Test to Stay Program
The Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) recently updated the guidelines on quarantining students to allow a school-based Test to Stay program. Participating school districts will be allowed to offer a voluntary rapid antigen test in the school every other day for asymptomatic individuals identified as a close contact. The ultimate goal of the Test to Stay program is to minimize the need to quarantine healthy students.
About the Program: Test to Stay is a voluntary COVID-19 prevention strategy that allows individuals who are identified as a close contact to a case of COVID-19 to continue to attend school and participate in extracurricular activities in modified quarantine for seven days after the last day of exposure. To participate in Test to Stay, individuals will need to opt-in to completing an antigen testing cadence for COVID-19, remain symptom-free, and test negative to be able to remain in school and participate in extracurricular activities over their 7 day quarantine period.
If a parent does not want their child to participate in the voluntary Test to Stay Program, that child will be required to quarantine in accordance with current recommendations outlined in the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.
Spring-Ford's Test to Stay Program will launch Monday, November 15th. Parents are encouraged to log into Skyward to complete a Parent Consent Form.
Click here to learn more about the program, student eligibility requirements, testing timeline, and more.
Spring-Ford Health and Safety Plan: Masking Information
On Wednesday, November 10, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a ruling that voided the Face Covering Order for schools in Pennsylvania that was issued by PA Acting Secretary of Health Allison Beam on August 31, 2021. Shortly after the announcement, an appeal was filed effectively keeping the original mandate in place for the time being. Should the order change again, Spring-Ford will return to following the 2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan. Please click here to review the plan.
School Board Meeting Reminder
The Spring-Ford Area School District Board of School Directors will hold regularly scheduled meetings on Monday, November 15 and 22, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Participation shall be virtual via Zoom or YouTube, and in-person in the Spring-Ford Area High School cafeteria.
In-person attendees must wear masks while indoors. Please refer to the CDC guideline if you have any questions regarding types of masks, proper wearing, or how to clean reusable masks.
Individuals who plan to watch the meeting and do not plan to make Public Comment should watch using the live YouTube link. Individuals who plan to watch online and make public comments should click here to participate using Zoom. All meetings are filmed by RCTV and are archived on YouTube.
Fall Play: Buy Your Tickets for Cinderella
Tickets for the fall production of Cinderella are on sale! There will be two shows, Friday, November 12th at 7 PM and Saturday, November 13th at noon. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.
About the show: All the ingredients that have made the story a perennial favorite are here: dirty, ragged, pitiful, but optimistic and loving Cinderella; her cruel stepmother and selfish stepsisters; the ball and the handsome prince looking for a bride; the fairy godmother; the glass slipper and the search for the foot that fits it; and the happily-ever-after ending. Sally Netzel's sense of humor and her ability to develop captivating characters and invent charming scenes make this dramatization outstanding. Cinderella is a real person, with the hopes and petulance and frustration and love that modern young people experience when their fantasies seem to be impossible dreams.
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.
- Montgomery County registration link: https://www.montcopa.org/3660/COVID-19-Vaccine?fbclid=IwAR1329fQQmPYgZjGkZt7yNmaKjPM9OyiFDkDG6N3GrXc_gV_2nnglHk53vI
- Vaccine.gov link: https://www.vaccines.gov/
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 mass clinics in a Spring-Ford facility.
Parent Center: Early Intervention Workshop
Join the Special Education Team on November 17, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom for a discussion on the Early Intervention Transition to Kindergarten Process. We will discuss how Spring-Ford works collaboratively with the MCIU, including the steps we follow before, during and after the Early Intervention transition meetings with families. We will also provide a brief overview of the different special education programs our district has to offer in kindergarten as well as the roles and responsibilities of special education team members in the school-age setting.
Click here to register.
American Education Week: November 15-19
This year, American Education Week is November 15-19, and we encourage our community to celebrate public education by sending a message through Many Thanks, Spring-Ford! In addition to our outstanding teachers, we encourage sending messages of thanks to our Support Professionals and Substitute Teachers!
Click here to submit a Many Thanks, Spring-Ford.
Join Spring-Ford at the MCIU Job Fair
The Montgomery County Recruitment Outreach (MCRO) is a recruitment consortium of Montgomery County Public School Districts located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The MCRO is dedicated to the recruitment, selection, and employment of diverse, skilled, and talented educators to work in our schools. MCRO is seeking diverse, skilled, and talented educators for exciting employment opportunities in the field of education. Join Spring-Ford and MCRO on November 22, 2021 to learn more about:
- Competitive salaries are amongst the highest in Pennsylvania
- Comprehensive health and wellness benefits
- Generous tuition reimbursement programs
- One of the best retirement plans in the nation
Click here for more information and to register.
SFMA Pie Sale
SFMA is happy to once again partner with Linvilla Orchards to provide their famous pies to the community through this fundraiser. Linvilla Orchards has been baking their pies for over 50 years! All orders for this fundraiser will be delivered in time for Thanksgiving. Click here to learn more.
Holiday Greens & Wreaths from Three Rivers
It is November and soon it will be time to decorate for your favorite winter holidays! Support the Spring-Ford Booster Club AND get some decorating done at the same time by ordering beautiful holiday wreaths and greens that are shipped directly to your home. They also make great gifts to ship directly to out of town friends and family. Ordering closes on November 30th! Click here to order, and use code is 6B46PE.
Spring-Ford Spirit Wear
The Spring-Ford Booster Club Spirit Wear Shop is open with lots of new and old items that are sure to make your Rams fans happy! Check out their traditional hoodies along with fleece vests, women’s cut hoodies, flannel PJ pants, scarves and hats, tie-dye and Christmas ornaments. Order by November 27th so you don’t miss out on these great school spirit items. Click here to visit the Spirit Wear Shop.
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: