- January 19. 2022 Updates
- Masking Best Practices
- Physical Distancing
- Facility Cleaning
- Parent Expectation
- Learning While Quarantined
Classroom Notification Update: Starting January 19, 2022, SFASD will discontinue the daily Classroom Notification. Due to the nature of this illness, parents should monitor for symptoms as always. Parents should notify their family physician and consider testing if symptoms develop for anyone in the household. If a Spring-Ford student or staff member develops symptoms, the student/staff should:
- Stay home when ill
- Test for COVID when symptomatic
- Report a positive result POSITIVE CASE REPORT after a positive test
Close Contact Letter Update: Parents will be notified that their child was identified as a Close Contact with an individual at school who has tested positive for COVID-19 by email. This email will contain:
- A School Close Contact Intention Form
- Quarantine and Mask to Stay Information
- The exposure date, quarantine end date (if applicable), and return to school date
- MCOPH’s School Exclusion Guide
Once received, parents should review the entire email and complete the School Close Contact Intentions Form before the end of the day. If the form is not complete your child should not attend school the next day. If your child returns to school without a completed form, they will be enrolled in the Mask to Stay program.
SFASD will continue with Contact Tracing in when students are unmasked in the cafeteria, unmakesd in band or chorus, while actively participating in a school district sport, or “high risk” areas when a student is indoors without a mask for more than 15-minutes.
The Mask to Stay Program: Based on data and the changing landscape of COVID-19, the MCOPH recommends Mask to Stay as one of several tools in a layered strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Mask to Stay allows staff and students who are exposed to COVID-19 in school or in the community, and who are asymptomatic to continue to attend school with required mask-wearing at all times when around other people for ten days after the date of exposure. Individuals participating in Mask to Stay will be expected to follow the program guidelines, including:
- Take one antigen test between days 4 through 6 after exposure.
- Exiting the program if the individual tests positive, becomes symptomatic, or has household exposure. These individuals should immediately be sent home and follow isolation and quarantine guidelines
- Exiting the program if the individual cannot wear a well-fitted mask at all times during that 10 day time period. Mask to Stay applies to COVID-19 exposures that occur in and outside the school setting but does not include household exposures.
Click here to learn more about the Mask to Stay program.
Spring-Ford will continue following the current Health and Safety Plan where masking is mandated while in High Community Transmission.
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.
Protocols for distancing student desks/ seating and other social distancing practices classroom/learning space occupancy that allows for separation among students and staff throughout the day to the maximum extent feasible.
- Low/Moderate Transmission: A minimum of 3’ of physical distancing will be established in all learning environments to the extent feasible. All student desks will be oriented to face the front of the classroom.
- Substantial/High Transmission: Unnecessary furniture will be removed from classrooms to facilitate a minimum 3 feet (with a goal of 6 feet) for physical distancing. Student desks will be oriented to face the front of the classroom, and student seating will be staggered. Special consideration for musical performing ensembles, classroom spaces, and instrumental/choral music instruction may be implemented.
Procedures for restricting the use of cafeterias.
- Low/Moderate Transmission: Cafeteria seating will maximize spacing to the extent feasible. An automated process (RFP) will be used for student payment in the lunch line to minimize touching of the check-out keypad. If this system is not available, students will be required to sanitize their hands after they use the keypad. Cleaning carts will be available in all spaces used for serving/eating lunch to facilitate wiping down of surfaces in between lunch services.
- Substantial/High Transmission: Student seating will be staggered to avoid sitting directly across from one another. Alternate spaces have been identified to provide more space for students to socially distance during lunch periods. An automated process (RFP) will be used for student pay ment in the lunch line to minimize touching of the check-out keypad. If this system is not available, students will be required to sanitize their hands after they use the keypad. Cleaning carts will be available in all spaces used for serving/eating lunch to facilitate wiping down of surfaces in between lunch services.
Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation:
- SFASD will utilize 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 and 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 available in every classroom, building primary entrances and office areas.
- HVAC operation will follow ASHRAE Reopening of Schools recommendations 2020 where attainable.
- Increased outside air in all ventilation equipment.
- Increased building air flow by operating at full capacity two hours before and two hours after school hours.
- Scheduled filter and equipment preventative maintenance according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Inspection and maintenance on exhaust systems in kitchens and bathrooms.
- All HVAC equipment and building automations systems operate as designed.
- To the extent feasible, SFASD will implement recommended CDC strategies.
Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
Students and staff will be encouraged to:
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Use tissues and throw them away.
- Stay home when sick.
- Hands should be washed regularly. Handwashing should include the use of regular soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap is not immediately available, use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol content or greater.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Provide tissues and no-touch receptacles for their disposal.
- Provide resources for performing hand hygiene in or near waiting areas.
- Provide space and encourage symptomatic patients to sit as far away from others as possible.
All parents must review the following checklist prior to departing for a district building each morning. If ONE of the following symptoms are detected, the parent should not send their child to school:
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- or new loss of taste or smell
All parents must review the following checklist prior to departing for a district building each morning. If TWO of the following symptoms are detected, the parent should not send their child to school:
- fever (measured or subjective)
- sore throat
- congestion or running nose
Employees will follow the same daily checklist.
How will students continue learning while quarantined?
- Quarantined and Ill: if a student is out of school with any illness – COVID, standard flu, sinus infections, etc. – their parent/guardian should call the school’s Attendance Line to report their student absent. As with any other year, they will be expected to make up work and should do so by working directly with their teacher.
- Quarantined/Self Quarantined and Not Ill: if a student is quarantined or self quarantined, but the student is not ill, they should complete their school work from home
- Classroom teachers will make contact with the families of quarantined students. Through communication with the family, teachers should create a plan to provide learning to their quarantined students based on the length of the quarantine. The goal is to keep students at a similar pace with their classroom peers to the greatest extent possible.
- If a student needs to be quarantined, students should be given access to both asynchronous direct instruction (in the form of videos etc) and asynchronous activities/homework.
- Asynchronous Direct Instruction Examples: Pre-recorded videos, Khan Academy, Discovery Education, PowerPoint/Google slides from lessons, etc.
- Asynchronous Activities/Homework Examples: Interactive websites, worksheets, assignments, go noodle, etc.
Spring-Ford Area School District (SFASD) is planning to open for in-person instruction, 5-days per week, for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2021-2022 school year.
SFASD will monitor county and municipality incidence and positivity data leading to a designation of low, moderate, substantial, or high status as determined by the Commonwealth
SFASD will continue to consider guidance and implement mandates provided by:
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PaDoH)
- The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
- The Montgomery Office of Public Health (MCOPH)
If schools are required* by local health officials to open at a reduced capacity, SFASD will operate on a hybrid model (Blue/Gold) with two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual and asynchronous instruction.
If schools are required by local health officials to fully close for in-person learning, SFASD will operate on a synchronous and virtual basis.
- Staff will report to their assigned building for instruction
- Students with special needs will adhere to a modified in-person model where feasible to best facilitate a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
- Athletics and extracurricular activities will follow PaDoH/PDE/MCOPH/PIAA/PAC requirements. Guidelines will be considered.
*A requirement to modify our instructional model is defined as a mandate from PDE/PaDoH/MCOPH.
- Mental Health
- Senior Citizen Care
- Financial Hardship
- Food Resources
- Health & Wellness
- Educator Resources
- Archived Updates: March through May 2020
- Drive-thru testing is now available in Montco - learn who is eligible here
- Visit Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Data Hub & Office of Public Health websites for accurate local information
- Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health & CDC websites for accurate statewide and national information
- PA Parent and Family Alliance has been working hard to put together some useful resources for families and providers across the state. These resources include education, mental wellness, work, necessary services, art, relaxation and much more and we have more to add. Please visit their site by clicking here .
- KIDSPEACE is offering the “24 WAYS YOU CAN PREVENT CHILD ABUSE” BROCHURE which is attached. Additionally, please check out this link detailing “Helpful Tips for Kids and Teens Dealing with Stress during this Crisis”… click here “
- Southeast MHTTC invites you to a special webinar event entitled "COVID-19: Mental Health Challenges and Resilience" this Friday, April 3rd, at 10:00 AM ET. Register here.
Recursos relacionados en Espanol (Spanish-Translated Resources)
Montgomery County Crisis Response Team: Flier
Creating Increased Connections Mutual Aid Groups
- To register, click here to join
Youth Move PA: Virtual Drop-ins
Hands Holding Hearts (Newtown)
- Site: www.handsholdinghearts.org
- Number: 267.992.6672
- Bereavement counseling
Recovery Learning Community
- Site: http://www.westernmassrlc.org/hidden-community-happenings-fix/888-on-line-and-phone-supports-march-2020
- Virtual Alt2Su Groups - please click here
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Montco Site: https://namimontcopa.org/virtual-nami-connection-recovery-support-groups/
- Offering virtual Recovery Support Groups, Family Support Groups, and Wellness Chats
Hearing Voices USA: https://www.hearingvoicesusa.org/latest-news/154-new-hvn-usa-online-group
- Offering online groups here
Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)
- Site: www.carie.org -
- Number: 215.545.5728
- Reach out to CARIE with any concerns about those impacted by the pandemic and its many health, social, and economic consequences.
- Transportation and Community HealthChoices specialists are available to assist with navigating: transportation for medical care, interruptions in in-home services, continued supplies of needed medications, etc. CARIE staff are working to keep our website up to date with current general info.
Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services
- Site: www.ghnpss.org
- No longer providing take-out meals.
- If you need social services or other help, call PEAK Center, 215.362.7432, or Encore Experiences, 215.256.6900. Will return calls asap.
North Penn YMCA
VNA-Community Services (Abington)
- Site: www.vnacs.org
- Referral line: 800.591.8234
- Operational via telework model.
- Connecting individuals to benefits such as SNAP, health care, utility programs, unemployment benefits, etc.
- Expecting an increase in newly eligible individuals given the economic conditions
MontCo Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN)
MontCo Hunger Solutions Emergency Food Map
Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC)
- Number: 610.292.9244
- Site: https://www.rhd.org/program/coordinated-homeless-outreach-center-choc/
Coalition Against Hunger
- Has published an open google doc listing school district food distribution points for all of SE PA.
Hope and Help Network
- Site: www.thehopeandhelpnetwork.org
- Willing to pick up food donations and drop off at food pantries in Willow Grove, Abington, and Roslyn.
- Not able to offer or seek financial assistance for individuals currently.
Hospitality Center (Norristown)
- Site: www.hospitalitycenter.org
- Number: 610.277.1321
- Hours: Open daily 7 am to 2 pm.
- Serving hot breakfast daily.
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance
- Site: www.i-fha.org
- People who wish to utilize the Roslyn pantry or donate, please call 267.318.0607 around 10 am to check the day's schedule.
Keystone Opportunity Center
- Site: www.keystoneopportunity.org
- Check website for pantry plans as they are available.
- Currently accepting cash donations only.
Hospitality Center (Norristown)
- Site: www.hospitalitycenter.org
- Number: 610.277.1321
- Hours: Open daily 7 am to 2 pm.
- Showers available 8 am to noon daily
- Mail distributions 8 am to noon
Integrated Medical Transport Service (Serving Bucks-Mont area, et al)
- Temporarily providing public transportation during the COVID-19 crisis for a fee
Partnership TMA-Montgomery County
- Site: www.ptma-mc.org
- Offers daily telecommuting tips as well as SEPTA updates.
- Visit their FB page or sign up for updates via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Also have a bike share at their Colmar office. Contact email above if a bike is needed to get to work. Proper ID, a helmet, and a signed waiver are necessary. If needed, PTMA can provide the helmet free.
Kids Peace 24
Community Advocates of Montgomery County
- Peer Resources to Manage Social Distancing
COVID-19 Updates from SFASD
- February 5, 2020 - Weekly Update
- February 28, 2020 - Ram Review Update
- March 4, 2020 - Weekly Update
- March 6, 2020 - Update from Dr. Goodin
- March 9, 2020 - Update from Dr. Goodin
- March 10, 2020 - Update from Dr. Goodin
- March 11, 2020 - Important Update from Dr. Goodin
- Update from Montgomery County Office of Public Health
- March 12, 2020 - School Closure
- School Closure Update
- March 13, 2020 - Update from Dr. Goodin
- Frequently Asked Questions - focus on the future
- March 15. 2020 - Update from Dr. Goodin
- RAMful Learning, Enrichment Activities, and more
- March 16, 2020 - Update from Dr. Murray
- Curriculum Update, About Enrichment Activities
- March 17, 2020 - Update from Dr. Murray
- Steps for Enrichment Activities
- March 18, 2020 - Update from Dr. Goodin
- Technology Updates and Home Device Survey
- March 19, 2020 - Update from Dr. Goodin
- Food Service Updates
- March 20, 2020 - Update from Dr. Goodin
- School Board Meeting Information
- March 23, 2020 - Update from Dr. Goodin
- SFASD Moving Forward, Online Learning
- March 24, 2020 - Curriculum Update
- Curriculum Presentation Invite
- March 25, 2020 - Curriculum and Medication Reminder
- Medication Pick Up Information
- March 26, 2020 - Daily Update
- Parent Presentation Reminder
- March 27, 2020 - Daily Update
- Instructional Continuation Plan, Online Learning
- March 29 - Curriculum Update
- Launching Online Learning
- March 30 - Daily Update
- Important Dates and Parent Resource
- March 31 - Daily Update
- FERPA, Attendance, Technology Support
COVID-19 Updates from SFASDApril 1 - Daily Update: Food Service Dates, Expanded COVID Resources
April 2 - Daily Update: rAM Show, Final Laptop Distribution
April 3 - Daily Update: FERPA Reminder, Attendance information, School Board Committee Meetings
April 6 - Daily Update: Senior Yard Signs, School Board Committee Meetings, Mental Health Resource
April 13 - Food Service Reminder, Share a Good News Story
April 15 - School Board Meeting Dates, 5K Update
April 17 - Virtual Video Update, School Board Reminder
April 22 - Special Board Meeting, Commencement
April 27 - Teams Update & School Board Meeting
April 29 - Calendar Update & Spring-Ford Proud Yard Signs