COVID-19 Updates

UPDATED FEBRUARY 27, 2022

As always, the well-being of our community is of utmost importance.  The District intendeds to follow the safety protocols in the board and commonwealth-approved 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 Friday, February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued updated guidance regarding COVID-19 Community Prevention. The guidance is now based on a three-tier system (high, medium, and low) that takes into account the strain on local health care systems. 

Using this new model, the CDC is dropping its recommendation for universal masking in schools and school buses/vans for communities in the medium or low tiers. Based on this metric, the Community Level for Allegheny County is currently considered low.  

Masks will continue to be optional for anyone at Chartiers Valley School District. Furthermore, according to this latest update, masks are no longer required on CVSD buses and vans.

At this time, other forms of mitigation will remain in place, and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) guidelines regarding COVID-19 remain in effect. The District will communicate if ACHD modifies its measures based on new guidance from the CDC. 

Contact Tracing & Quarantine 
The ACHD has worked to develop this very useful app that assists in determining whether or not one should quarantine and for how long.

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 January 1, 2022, the Health Department has modified its quarantine and isolation guidelines to reflect the following:   

  • Persons who test positive for COVID-19 must be isolated for 5 days. If after 5 days, the patient is asymptomatic or has resolving symptoms, their isolation period is over; however, they should still wear a mask around others until day 10.
  • Persons who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have received a booster vaccine or are within 6 months of receiving their primary vaccine series should wear a mask around others for 10 days, but do not need to be quarantined.
  • Persons who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are unvaccinated or who are eligible (i.e. more than 6 months after primary vaccine series) but have not yet received a booster vaccine must quarantine at home for 5 days, and then wear a mask around others until day 10.
  • All exposed persons, regardless of vaccination status, should test on day 5 if possible.

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 hand-washing 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 covid-19-related 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, 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. 

Field Trips and Extracurricular Travel
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.

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. 

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. 

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