UPDATED SEPTEMBER 3, 2021
The following are answers to frequently asked questions regarding District procedures and policies surrounding COVID-19.
- Does Chartiers Valley School District have a board and PDE-approved Health and Safety Plan which details how they will manage the COVID-19 pandemic within its schools?
Yes. At a special meeting held on June 15, 2021, the School Board approved the 2021-22 Health & Safety Plan as required by the PA Department of Education under the American Rescue Act. Details of the 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan are outlined below.
Throughout the pandemic, the District has followed the direction of the governor's office, PA Department of Health, Allegheny County Health Department, and PA Department of Education (PDE). We have been successful in our mitigation efforts, thanks to the diligence and cooperation of our students, staff, and families.
- Does my child have to wear a mask at school?
Yes. On August 31, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an order requiring face coverings inside all school entities. Chartiers Valley Schools is expected to uphold this order and will do so for all staff, K-12 students, and visitors beginning Tuesday, September 7. Masks are also required on all district transportation, per federal mandate. Masks are not required to be worn outdoors.
- What if my child is vaccinated? Do they still have to wear a mask?
Yes. 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.
- What type of masks are permitted in compliance with this Order?
Appropriate masks will cover the mouth and nose with material that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. Masks can be made of synthetic or natural fabrics including cotton, silk, or linen. If you are unable to provide a mask for your child, please speak to your school nurse or principal. A disposable face shield is considered an alternative to a face covering and may be worn when wearing a face covering, as defined above, is otherwise not possible.
- Can I have my child exempted from the mask requirement?
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.
Under what circumstances are students permitted to remove their face coverings during the school day?
Aside from a medical exemption, students may remove their masks while eating or drinking and while playing an instrument. We will also provide time for "mask breaks" during outside recess or physical education activities.
- If my child is identified as having been in close contact with a positive case at school, will they need to quarantine?
Head Nurse Michele Opferman will be in direct contact with you if your child is considered a close contact and needs to quarantine. The District is following these quarantine guidelines, per the Allegheny County Health Department.
- What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19 or comes in close contact with a positive case outside of school?
Please keep your child home and contact your child's school nurse and principal. If your child was in school during their period of contagion, the nurse may ask several questions in order to conduct contact tracing
- What should I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?
Please have your child tested for COVID-19. Stay home until test results come back and 24 hours have passed since symptoms have resolved. Be sure to alert the school nurse and attendance secretary of your child's absence.
- Is my child required to quarantine after traveling and before returning to school?
Please exercise caution when planning to travel outside of the area. Avoid areas with high numbers of positive COVID-19 cases. Prior to and after traveling internationally, you may have to be tested and/or quarantine. Use this chart for guidance.
- Will schools need to close if there are too many positive cases?
The District works closely with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) with each positive case. Unless evidence of substantial transmission within specific grades or buildings occurs, we will not need to close schools.
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.