Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week, Mr. Rizzo and guest Ms. Crew talk about vaccine updates from the CDC, a new Test to Stay program, and send a special message to Coach Reagan. Click here to watch.
SFASD’s 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. Detailed information will be sent to all families next week, including:
- A program overview and timeline
- Frequently asked questions
- Parent consent form
- Rapid Test QR form
Click here to watch Mr. Rizzo’s Weekly Update video with more information about the Test to Stay program.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
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.
Register Today for Upcoming Events
- In-Person QPR Training, November 4 at 6:30 p.m.
- Virtual QPR Training, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
- Virtual Speaker Series: Eating Disorders, What You Need to Know, November 18 at 7 p.m.
Speaker Series: Eating Disorders, What You Need to Know
During the recent pandemic, calls to the National Eating Disorder hotlines increased 70%. Join Adrianne Delgado, dietitian and owner of Bodymetrix Health and Wellness Services, as she discusses the causes, early warning signs, and treatment options for those struggling with eating disorders.
WHEN: Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m.
DETAILS: Click here to register.
SFASD Athletic Registration
If your child is participating in sports, they must have completed the online registration and required forms by the due dates listed above. In addition, a student must pass a PIAA physical exam. Physicals must be administered by a doctor June 1, 2021 or after. Click here to learn more. Winter registration is due by November 8, 2021
2021-2022 Calendar Update
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.
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.
Food Service Update
It is no surprise that cafeterias all over the country look quite different these days. From socially distanced tables, outdoor eating areas and masked staff, things are just not the same. Shortages and supply chain issues have brought great challenges at all points of the chain -- from raw materials and manufacturing to packaging and transporting. In addition to food, this shortage affects the paper products used to serve meals, and even the trays that are a mainstay in every cafeteria, among other items. At the same time, many schools are affected by staffing issues, with workers retiring or leaving the profession. Yet, despite these challenges, school nutrition teams are working tirelessly behind the scenes to secure the necessary items needed to provide students with a healthy and balanced meal. In this video, SNA shares what parents need to know about supply chain issues and their current impact on school meals. Click here to learn more about supply chain issues.
Upper Providence Township Parks & Recs: Laser Tag Night
Laser tag and MORE is coming to UPT on Friday, November 5th! Register for laser tag, a game truck, glow dodgeball, and giant backyard games available to play with friends! Please register for the time period of your choice. Children must be picked up at the end of their session. Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted for this event. Click here to register.
UPES Basket Raffle
Looking for unique holiday gifts? Want to win a Peloton Bike and accessory package? Then you’ll want to check out the Upper Providence Home & School Basket Raffle, a virtual event! Try your luck winning a La-Z-Boy recliner, game table, Scoupe DeVille Ice Cream party and many other prizes! Check out the AMAZING baskets using this link: https://upper-providence-elementary-hs.square.site
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.
Many Thanks will be posted weekly to the Spring-Ford website, shared in Weekly Updates, and acknowledged on our social media platforms. You have the option to remain anonymous or share your first name.
Click here to send a special message, and... Many Thanks, Spring-Ford!
Many Thanks to...
- Steven E., thank you for making class interesting and making all your students feel wanted and accepted. You've created a welcoming and safe space classroom that is fun to learn in. From Sarah W.
- 7th & 8th Grade Parent Volunteers, many thanks to the parents who volunteered at the 7th and 8th grade fall festival. Our kids needed this fun event and my son is still talking about it! From Michelle S.
- Sam H., many thanks for always showing kindness and compassion for your classmates. Your special connection to one specific student peer is a positive example to the class as to how to be a good friend and help others even in difficult situations. Please don't ever change! From A Thankful Friend.
- Laura C., many thanks for being an amazing Learning Support teacher and advocate for our kids. We are forever grateful for the impact you have made on their lives. From Danelle L.
- Coach Drummer and Coach Avans, many thanks for a fantastic volleyball season. You both are so positive and encouraging to the girls. Thank you!!! From Karen F.
- Julieanna L., many thanks for doing your best at what you do in a new school with new people, new friends, and most importantly In a new environment!! Keep striving an keep up the great work, kiddo!! From Amber W.
- Miss B., many thanks for going out of your way to make special connections with your students. 7th grade can be a tough year and EVERY day my child looks forward to coming to school because of you! From a very thankful Mom S.
- Dr. Colyer., many thanks for thinking outside the box - and outside the walls - to give our students a memorable Homecoming. We've been asking for "normal" for two years, and you went above and beyond to give them that, and more! From Thankful SF Parents.
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 Tuesday. 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.
Find Available Vaccine Appointments: Many local locations have vaccines available, some offering same-day appointments or walk-in appointments. MCOPH will release vaccine appointments within phases randomly, not by the date registered. Click here to register for a vaccine appointment.
Local Vaccine Search: Enter your zip code for a listing of local sites.