REMINDER: No School November 23-27, 2020
All electronic report cards will be available by 4 p.m. via the Skyward System on Monday, November 23, 2020. Give your student a hug, handshake, or high five for a job well done!
Virtual Week Reminder: on November 13, 2020 the Montgomery County Office of Public Health voted to close public and non-public schools for a minimum of two weeks beginning on November 23, 2020. For Spring-Ford, this means that students will remain home for the week following the scheduled Fall Break.
- November 20, 2020: students and staff will take instructional materials home with the plan to work virtually the week after Thanksgiving.
- November 23-27, 2020: Spring-Ford will follow the scheduled Fall Break. If needed, parents will receive an update from the building level regarding conferences. Employees have heard from the Curriculum Department regarding the scheduled In-Service Day plans.
- November 30-December 6: all school districts in Montgomery County will return to Virtual Learning.
The Technology Department is in the process of adjusting schedules for virtual students, there may be issues accessing Canvas classes for virtual students only.
REMINDER: daily lunch pick-up will be at Limerick and 5/6/7 Grade Center only. Pick Up hours will be 4-5:30 p.m.
Adjusted Depot Distribution Schedule and Menu: November 23 - December 4. There will be no depot pick up on November 25, 26 and 27. Pick up will resume on November 30.
Monday, November 23
Meal 1: Breakfast, assorted cereal with graham crackers; Lunch, BBQ Shredded Pork with Corn
Meal 2: Breakfast, chocolate chip muffins; Lunch, Meatball Parm served with Broccoli
Tuesday, November 24
Meal 1: Breakfast, mini pancakes; Lunch, General Tso Chicken with Fried Rice
Meal 2: Breakfast, Pop Tarts; Lunch, assorted variety
Monday, November 30
Meal 1: Breakfast, assorted cereal with graham crackers; Lunch, Chicken Nuggets with Fries
Meal 2: Breakfast, chocolate chip muffins; Lunch, Tony's Pizza with Carrots and Dip
Tuesday, December 2
Meal 1: Breakfast, mini pancakes; Lunch, Mac and Cheese with Broccoli
Meal 2: Breakfast, Pop Tarts; Lunch, Meatball Hoagie with Peas
Meal 3: Breakfast, cereal bars; Lunch, Pancakes with Hashbrowns
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.
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.
Spring-Ford is committed to honoring all FERPA and HIPPA laws and standards to protect both students and employees. For this reason, only the positive individual and Close Contacts will be notified with each diagnosed case. Close Contact means within six feet for more than 15 minutes within 48 hours of the start of positive case symptoms, with or without the use of a mask. Through contact tracing protocol, anyone who had close contact with the individual who tested positive has been notified.
Weekly COVID Update – Week Ending November 13, 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 recommendations to Pre-K to 12 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: Substantial
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: 5
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 13, 2020
Limerick Township: 25
Royersford Borough: 5
Upper Providence Township: 24
Spring City Borough: 11
NOTE: This number update includes all numbers in the district footprint representing roughly 50,000 residents.