COVID-19 Updates

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

As always, the well-being of our community is of utmost importance.  We look forward to a full 5-day in-person return in August and intended to follow the safety protocols in the Health and Safety Plan.  Details from this plan are outlined below. As we navigate the 2021-22 school year, we will continue to monitor developments and guidance from local authorities and adjust as needed.

Click here to view answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the PA Department of Education website.
 

Returning to School
Please note that this information may change based on updates, guidance, and mandates from, including but not limited to, the CDC, PDE, and Allegheny County Health Department. 

The District is dedicated to offering a fully in-person academic and student experience this fall. As always, the safety of students, faculty, and staff will continue to be an important guiding factor.

The District recognizes that while a fully in-person option is beneficial for most of our students, it will not meet the needs of all families. Therefore, to accommodate these families, the District offers students remote learning options. If your family is interested in remote learning options, contact Mr. Marc Hubert (mhubert@cvsd.net). 

Masks
On August 31, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an order requiring face coverings inside all school entities. Chartiers Valley Schools will abide by this state mandate for all staff, K-12 students, and visitors beginning Tuesday, September 7. This is a legal Order under the Disease Prevention and Control Law.  Schools are expected to enforce the Order as they do other state laws.  

The Order provides that an individual may be exempted from the face covering requirements if wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, and that schools should provide reasonable accommodations for individuals who have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the person to maintain a face covering. The Order further provides that all alternatives to a face covering, including the use of a face shield, should be exhausted before an individual is exempted from the Order.

To request an exemption from the Order and accommodation, this form must be fully completed, signed by a licensed physician, and submitted to your child's principal, along with any required documentation, if applicable.

Per a federal mandate, masks are required on all public transportation, including school buses and vans.  All students and staff are required to wear a mask while traveling in school transportation vehicles. 

Masks are not required to be worn outdoors. 

Contact Tracing & Quarantine 
The District will work in collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department and follow their direct guidance when a COVID-19 related case occurs in one of our buildings.  Staff members and families of students identified as having close contact in accordance with local, state, and/or federal guidelines will be notified by phone and/or email and may be directed by the ACHD to quarantine or isolate.  Currently, as of August 16, the Health Department has shared this flow chart as a guide for K-12 schools to conduct contact tracing and determine whether or not a person should quarantine.  

Those traveling outside of the country should follow the guidance detailed in this chart

Seating charts and seat assignments will be required on buses and in classrooms to assist in contact tracing when necessary.

Adjustments will be made as necessary with changing guidelines, mandates, and requirements.

Cleaning and Mitigation Procedures 
The District will continue to clean and disinfect using products on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s list, which reduces germs on surfaces and objects by removing contaminants and may also weaken or damage some of the virus particles, which decreases the risk of infection from surfaces, according to the CDC. 

An important preventive action you can take is to regularly clean your hands. Students and staff are encouraged to clean hands at key times with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available. 

Personal hygiene practices, including handwashing and sanitizing, will be reinforced with signage posted in various places around the school buildings.  Sanitizing stations remain available in classrooms, hallways, stairwells, cafeterias, and other common areas.

Plexiglass barricades will be available for faculty who wish to use them. 

Remote and In-Person Learning 
The District will follow a regular academic calendar, grading scale, and attendance policies.  Students in quarantine or out of school should log into Infinite Campus daily to mark their attendance, unless too ill to participate in coursework. Visit the Technology page on the District website for more information. 

Students in grades Kindergarten through 8 will utilize Google Classroom as their learning platform, and students in grades 9-12 will utilize Schoology.  Classroom teachers will review this information with students and parents during the first days of school in case a student needs to utilize the platform during periods of quarantine or absence. 

All students will be issued a technology device and are expected to bring the device, charged, with them daily for instructional purposes.

Student Life
Student organizations can gather but should consider meeting virtually when possible. 

Additionally, extracurricular activities and athletics can resume practice and competition without restrictions. It is recommended that general meetings be held virtually when possible. Any practice or conditioning should be held outdoors whenever possible. If a team or group member is diagnosed with COVID-19, unmasked teammates may be required to quarantine upon completion of contact tracing.  

Coaches are encouraged to keep players in small groups or pods to reduce exposure and simplify contact tracing. 

In-person events have resumed. The District recommends organizers use best practices. It is also recommended events take place outdoors if possible, and plated or pre-packaged meals are preferred if food is served. Hand sanitizer should be made readily available at the event.  Audience members are expected to wear masks while attending indoor events. 

Transportation
Per federal mandate, all students and staff are required to wear masks while traveling on public transportation, which includes school district vehicles.

Students will sit in assigned seats on buses in order to simplify contact tracing procedures. 

Field Trips and Extracurricular Travel
At this time it is strongly encouraged to participate in virtual field trips whenever possible.  If travel must occur, the District expects those groups to fully follow mandates, guidelines, and the current District Health and Safety Plan.  If restrictions are put into place by the county, state, or other entity, the District may cancel travel for that group. A justification for travel may be required if a virtual attendance option exists.

Per federal mandate, all individuals are required to wear masks while traveling on public transportation, which includes school district vehicles.

Guests, Visitors, and Volunteers
In-person events have resumed. The District recommends organizers use best practices. It is also recommended events take place outdoors if possible, and plated or pre-packaged meals are preferred if food is served. Hand sanitizer should be made readily available at the event. Masks are expected.

All visitors, including vendors and contractors, will need to follow District safety guidelines; visitors are expected to wear a mask while on campus.

Guests and volunteers will be limited for the time being in an attempt to mitigate and limit the number of people in the buildings.  When guests/visitors are present, they should follow CDC recommendations. Audience members are expected to wear masks while attending indoor events. 

LMS: Google Classroom and Schoology 
It is recommended that teachers “rollover” their 2021-2022 Google Classrooms and Schoology classes to serve as a framework for the upcoming school year.  Teachers will have time during opening week to complete this task. 

Teachers should utilize their appropriate learning management system (LMS) and District email to correspond with students and parents.  

There may be times when the District/building is closed for various occurrences.  During this time teachers are expected to report to their assigned building when permitted and able to do so. During the times of District/building closure teachers and students should follow their schedule throughout the day and have pre-established virtual meeting times.

Teachers will maintain their LMS for the instances when students are working from home for extended periods of time (quarantine) or when the District may be closed. 

Staff and Student Masking and Classrooms
Staff members may request that students wear masks while in their classes and or activities by outlining that expectation in their classroom procedures and or syllabus; however, per the Health and Safety Plan, masks are not required.

Seating charts are required in classes in order to assist with contact tracing when needed.

School Closures
In the event of school closure due to inclement weather, COVID-19, or other unforeseen circumstances, the District will shift to remote learning via Google Classroom (K-8) and Schoology (9-12), following these guidelines:  

  • On remote learning days, students must submit their attendance in Infinite Campus between 7:00 and 11:00 am or they will be marked absent. 
  • If it is appropriate and safe for teachers to come to school, it is preferred that they do so.  If it is unsafe, they may teach from home. 
  • Students, teachers, and paraprofessionals should follow their schedules synchronously, checking in to each class at the appropriate times, and then working independently on school work as assigned by each teacher.  
  • If there is a 2-hour delay, schools will operate on a typical in-person 2-hour delay schedule. 
  • If a 2-hour delay is called and later becomes a full-day closure, students should complete assignments asynchronously to allow teachers ample time to safely travel to school.

 

District Communication Regarding COVID-19 (2021-2022)
District communication regarding the 2021-2022 school year is listed below.  These messages are sent to parents via email.    If you are not receiving messages, please login to your Infinite Campus parent portal and verify your contact information, or contact publicrelations@cvsd.net