Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week, Mr. Rizzo wishes the entire Spring-Ford community an enjoyable break. Click here to watch.
Thank You to Outgoing Board Members
On Monday, November 22, the SFASD recognized outgoing board members Tom DiBello, Linda Fazzini, and Christina Melton for their service to the Board.
On behalf of the Spring-Ford Area School District, THANK YOU to Tom, Linda, and Christina for your time and dedication to our students, staff, and the entire Spring-Ford community!
Click here for a Farewell Message to Mr. DiBello, Mrs. Fazzini, and Mrs. Melton.
School Board Reorganization Meeting
The next scheduled meeting will be Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Reorganization Meeting. All School Boards in Pennsylvania reorganize during the first week of December each year to:
- elect a president and vice president
- adopt a meeting calendar for the following year
- appoint committees and other board positions
- swear in newly elected members (during election years or as needed)
Participation at the Reorganization Meeting shall be virtual via Zoom or YouTube, and in-person. In-person attendees must wear masks at all times. As always, Board Meetings shall be recorded to allow those members of the public that cannot participate to review at a later time.
Starting in January 2022, Board Meeting Reminders will be sent in Weekly Updates.
2021-2022 Calendar Reminder
This year, SFASD built one Emergency or Snow 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/Snow Day on September 2, 2021 following district-wide flooding and power outages. Therefore, April 13, 2022 will change to an In-Person school day. Click here to review the updated School Calendar.
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.
Many Thanks, Spring-Ford
Many Thanks is an unsolicited acknowledgment of anyone in the Spring-Ford community who has demonstrated a caring or sensitive attitude, gone the extra mile, made a special effort to include someone, or simply deserves recognition.
Who can you thank? Send a special message to students, parents, teachers, administrators, administrative assistants, bus drivers, custodial staff, your favorite food service staff, a coworker, stranger, business owner, or community member.
This week, Many Thanks goes out to...
- Spring-Ford School Police, many thanks for the exceptional service they do. Especially managing the car lines. Hats off to all of the officers who stood in the pouring rain a month ago for hours to guide the cars. From A Thankful Parent
- Mr. Jones, many thanks for your guidance to the students in Marching band this year! You’ve taught them life lessons in addition to a love of music! From Kristen F.
- Seth J., many thanks for an absolutely fantastic Marching Band Season !! From Deirdre H.
- Colleen Zasowski., many thanks for all your hard work & time (which is voluntary) as the School Board President! This was a tough 19 months!! You have been fair, gracious, patient & professional!! You have set a very high bar!! ❤️ From Lorna D.
- Erica K., many thanks for always having a happy disposition and a friendly chat with my daughter when you get her out of the car in the morning and afternoon! You also have all the cars memorized as to whose is which students:) From A Thankful Parent
- Joan C., many thanks for always chatting with the kids when they are waiting for their parent’s cars to pull up. She always engages with my daughter and she even says hi to her little sister inside the car. She always puts a small on all our faces! From A Thankful Parent
- Treasure Maack, many thanks for always greeting my daughter by name when you get her out of the car and engaging in a chat with her. You always have a smile on your face in the morning and a friendly wave in the afternoon. From A Thankful Parent
- Steve Hull, many thanks for doing such a great job in the pick up line at Oaks. You always have a positive attitude and a thumbs up even when it’s raining and cold outside! From A Thankful Parent
- Missie P., we can not thank you enough for your support and encouragement for turning my child’s attitude around. Last year was a rough one and it is clear to see from the moment he stepped into your classroom what a difference you’ve had on him. We love to see the “go with the flow” kid we never thought we’d see. Thank you for everything you have done for our son. From Julie L.
WMCTC Open HouseVirtual Open House via Zoom! December 8, 2021 at 6 p.m. WMCTC will be offering three sessions to join their teachers virtually in their program to learn about what the WMCTC can offer your students.
- Session 1: 6-6:30 p.m.
- Session 2: 6:45-7:15 p.m.
- Session 3: 7:30-8 p.m.
Want to check out the programs before the open house? Watch them on Ram Country TV!
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.
Spring-Ford Test to Stay Program
Test to Stay is a voluntary COVID-19 prevention strategy that allows students 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, students 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 seven day quarantine period.
If a parent does not want their student to participate in the voluntary Test to Stay Program, that student will be required to quarantine in accordance with current recommendations outlined in the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.
Click here to learn more about the program, student eligibility requirements, and more.
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.
Custom Spring-Ford Tags
Spring-Ford friends, are you planning a trip over the holidays? Do your kids need a new tag for their backpacks, instruments, gym or athletic bags? How bout a simple ornament for a friend? Spring-Ford Music Association is selling luggage tags and ornaments that will arrive before the holidays and make great stocking stuffers! There are some generic travel styles in addition to SF branded ones. Click here to order.
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 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.
Upcoming Events: Limerick Township
Limerick Township Parks and Recreation has upcoming events for you and your family!
December 4: Rudolph Run
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
The following Masks are allowable for school use.
- Two or more layers of washable. Breathable fabric.
- Completely covers your nose and mouth.
- Fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps.
- Has a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask. (Disposable Surgical)
- Gaiters with two layers, or fold to make it two layers.
The following masks are not allowable for use in schools.
- Having valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape.
- Having mesh only or webbing only and used as a face covering.
- Any clear face shield either partial or full alone is not allowable without a specific medical waiver. Clear face shields are allowable in combination with a mask listed above.
Long term use of N95 masks is not recommended for children by the CDC. N95 masks are for priority use for our healthcare workers. Please refer to the CDC guideline if you have any questions regarding the proper wear of your mask or how to clean reusable masks.