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Update from Our Superintendent-11-6-2020

Update from Our Superintendent-11-6-2020
Posted on 11/06/2020
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Dear School Community,


There have been rumors regarding health authorities forcing Delaware County schools to switch from hybrid to virtual learning due to the increased incidence rates in the region. As of today, no mandates have been issued, and we plan to maintain our current hybrid delivery model, continue the implementation of our health and safety plans, monitor our cases, and quarantine or isolate individuals as recommended previously by the Chester County Department of Health. For an update on student and staff positive cases, the community can access our District COVID Dashboard by
clicking here.

 

We will continue to monitor cases in accordance with the emerging guidance and report it to the community. However, we all know that change emerges quickly during the pandemic, and we need to be prepared in the event the district should need to switch back to virtual learning. The factors that would be considered in the decision to return to an all virtual format are listed below. 

 

  • Mandated recommendation from DOH, PDE, and CCHD to return to an all virtual environment.
  • If a substantial, confirmed and established linked-transmission(s) within or among schools occurred.
  • If there was a far-reaching spread of the disease throughout the community, which could no longer be effectively contact-traced by the CCHD.
  • If there was a staffing shortage, which would prevent us from following our Health & Safety Plan.

*It is also important to note that if a change in delivery model is required, we would start at the high school level and work backward. 

I realize that we all have families, childcare needs, health concerns, perspectives, and beliefs on the many areas of our lives that are affected by COVID, and the district will continue to take into account as many of these perspectives as possible while keeping everyone’s health and safety first.  Just as important for the district are the needs of our students, who desperately desire to learn, long for stable routines, and crave opportunities to engage socially and emotionally. Please understand that there is no one perfect solution to accommodate the multitude of needs, but we continue to do what we believe is best for all.

The district community can provide our schools with the greatest support by practicing the health precautions routinely. Continue to mask, social distance, symptom screen, and practice good hygiene by washing your hands often. And, as always, please remain home if you do not feel well. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

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