Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
Click here for Mr. Rizzo's Weekly Update Video message to the Spring-Ford community.
REMINDER: No school September 6, 7, and 16. Click here for the complete 2021-2022 school calendar.
September is Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help. Throughout the month of September, SFASD will highlight resources from NAMI and MCHHS to encourage people to bring their voices together to advocate for our community.
Please join the upcoming events hosted by Montgomery County Health and Human Services.
- September 8, 6:30-8 p.m. – Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training. Click here to learn more.
- September 13, 6:30-8 p.m. – Protective Power of Parents to Keep Young People Safe and Build Them to be their Best Selves. Click here to learn more.
- September 22, 6:30-8 p.m. – Positive Parenting Strategies for Less Worrying and More Connection. Click here to learn more.
- September 29, 6:30-8 p.m. – A Discussion to Support Family and Youth Wellness With Panelists from Access Services. Click here to learn more.
Session recordings will be available to registered participants for a limited time period afterwards.
State-Wide Masking Update
On Tuesday, August 31, Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health signed an Order requiring face coverings to be worn in all school entities, including school districts, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers, intermediate units, and early learning and other child care settings, effective Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
FAQ's from the Pennsylvania Department of Education
- Are there exceptions to the Acting Secretary of Health's Order? All individuals must wear a face covering while in school entities unless they meet one of the exceptions in Section 3 of the Order. In these instances, Spring-Ford will honor 2021-2022 Medical Exemption Forms WITH a medical signature.
- What type of mask complies with this Order? "Face covering" means covering of the nose and mouth with material that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. Click here for a CDC Guide to Masks.
- Are vaccinated individuals required to wear masks in schools? Yes. Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, the Order applies to all children/students ages two years or older, staff, teachers, and visitors when indoors in school entities, regardless of vaccination status and community transmission level.
- Are individuals covered by this Order required to wear a mask outdoors? No. The Order does not require face coverings when outdoors. Individuals should follow the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Opens In A New Window on mask use outdoors.
- Do groups using the school after hours have to follow the face mask order? Yes. The Order applies to all activities occurring indoors in the school entity, regardless of when the activity occurs.
- Does the mask mandate include indoor sports for athletes? A student who is participating in a sports practice activity or event, whether indoors or outdoors, may remove their mask during active play. However, masks are mandated in the locker rooms, training room, Hurda, classrooms, buses, etc.
Click here for more information.
Group Spotlight: Spring-Ford Booster Club
Please join the Spring-Ford Booster Club. We support ALL sports with the Awards Banquet, Scholarships, Championship Recognitions and more. Please become a Booster Club member today. The $25 annual family membership helps us provide lasting memories for your athlete. Also, please consider getting involved with the Booster Club. We meet the 1st Monday of every month (except in September, we are meeting August 30th due to Labor Day) and the commitment is minimal. Check out our website for more information and to join today.
SFASD will not be utilizing volunteers during the school day as we navigate the reopening of the new school year. School day volunteers will be reassessed in the coming weeks. If you are interested in volunteering beyond school hours with children such as taking the lead on a Home and School event or activity, you will be required to complete the volunteer clearance paperwork for our school. Click here for more information.
Join SFASD at Royersford (Comm)UNITY Day
Join the Spring-Ford Area School District and Ram Country TV (RCTV) at the Annual Royersford Community Day on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.!
September 11 marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Honoring the lives lost and sacrifices made during this tragic day in American history AND in recognition of the strength of our community during 2020, let's take the time to celebrate UNITY Day with our neighbors in Royersford.
This is a RAIN or SHINE event. Click here to learn more.
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:
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.