November 19, 2020: Parent Communication - Information on Updated PADoH Orders
Dear Rocket Families,
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an updated order regarding face coverings and travel restrictions. Please read below for more information regarding these updates that directly impact our families and the District.
Strengthened Face Covering Order:
- The Order requires individuals to wear a face covering when indoors, even if you are able to be six feet apart.
- When outdoors, one must wear a face covering when with others who are not members of the person's household and unable to maintain sustained physical distance of at least six feet.
- Exceptions to this order remain the same: face coverings can be removed when eating or drinking when spaced at least six feet apart; or when wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task; or at least six feet apart during "face-covering breaks" to last no longer than 10 minutes.
- We are waiting on further clarification on whether face shields will still be allowed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as an approved face covering.
- The Secretary of Health issued an order requiring Pennsylvanians visiting other states to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth, or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. (This does NOT apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.)
- In order for a student to return to in-person Traditional Learning after traveling out of state, proof of a negative COVID-19 test must be provided to your child's school building prior to his/her return to school. If a negative COVID-19 test cannot be provided, the student must follow the travel quarantine guideline stated above. During the travel quarantine time, your child will be able to participate in Virtual Learning at Home.
We must all do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and we encourage everyone to be extra cautious during the holiday season. The majority of the positive cases reported within the District by staff and students is coming as a result of interactions outside of our buildings. The health and safety of our students and staff are of utmost importance to us. Abiding by the updated orders, both in school and outside of school, will help everyone remain healthy and our school doors to be open to our students and staff.
Please continue to closely monitor your child’s health and seek medical attention if any symptoms arise that are new and/or not explained by another reason. If your child is exhibiting symptoms or is in the process of being tested for COVID-19, please keep him/her home and inform us immediately by contacting the building principal or the school nurse.
As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to your child’s building principal.
Dr. George W. Ioannidis