Dear Spring-Ford Family,
There are many aspects of this time of the year that will be different from years past, but there are also many things that are the same. I have said this before, but this year especially, it warrants repeating:
Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to celebrate old and new relationships. For many, this is one of the few times we are able to reconnect with our loved ones, be they family or close friends. In many cases, this will be done virtually, but nonetheless, the idea is the same. This particular holiday is my favorite due to the central idea associated with Thanksgiving: the giving of thanks.
This Thanksgiving I hope you will join me in giving thanks for those things in life that are precious beyond measure. Take stock of what is really important in life and be thankful for your many blessings.
It is my pleasure and honor to work along with so many dedicated Spring-Ford employees and community members. I wish you and your families all the best this holiday season.
Thank you all for your dedication and support of the Spring-Ford Area School District.
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: school districts in Montgomery County will return to Virtual Learning. Spring-Ford will continue to monitor numbers under the new Pennsylvania Department of Education guidance And, if necessary, will communicate changes to these dates as soon as available.
- Attendance Reporting: During that time, students will maintain their current schedules, and attend classes virtually through Canvas. Attendance will continue to be taken during this time. Should your student be absent/not attending class at any time, please be certain to notify your school's attendance office either by phone OR by email. If you choose to send an email, please be sure that it is sent from a Skyward associated parent/guardian email address
Food Service 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 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
The Secretary of Health issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the commonwealth.
- If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. This does NOT apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.
- This order took effect on Friday, November 20.
Weekly COVID Update – Week Ending November 20, 2020
Under the guidance of the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, Spring-Ford’s COVID Liaisons will aid in contact tracing when a student or staff member reports a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or test to the district.
All students and staff members who came into close contact with a positive individual will be notified by a COVID Liaison. "Close contact" is defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as being within approximately 6 feet of an infected individual for 15 or more minutes.
Going forward, families of students in a classroom with a confirmed positive case will be notified that their child may have been exposed to a positive case. Anyone who may be exposed to a positive case will be asked to monitor for symptoms, but they may not need to be excluded from school. Staff and students who had direct or close contact with the positive individual will be contacted directly with additional information. When cases are reported after school hours or over the weekend, this process timeline may take longer.
As well, weekly overviews will be added to the COVID Dashboard on the district website.
As you know, the purpose of contact tracing is to reduce or stop the spread of COVID-19 by notifying close contacts of their exposure and asking them to self-quarantine. It is important that individuals provide as much information as possible to Contact Tracers, whether they are employed by the school district or by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.
As always, please monitor your family members daily for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 as listed here, and consult with a medical professional should any symptoms or complications arise.
PDE Level of Community Transmission Table Update: 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: 16
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 20, 2020
Limerick Township: 53
Royersford Borough: 5
Upper Providence Township: 43
Spring City Borough: 4
NOTE: This update includes all numbers in the district footprint representing roughly 50,000 residents.