Coronavirus Updates and Information

Coronavirus Updates and Information
Posted on 08/23/2021








MASKING UPDATE
December 10, 2021

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Commonwealth Court’s November 2021 decision invalidating the August 31, 2021 PA Department of Health Masking Order for K-12 public schools.

This decision immediately voids the Department of Health (DOH) issued mask mandate, which has required masking in school buildings since September 7, 2021. Decisions regarding masking in schools are now returned to local school boards.

Our current Health and Safety Plan states that face coverings will be optional unless the wearing of face coverings is specifically required by law or Order of local, state, or Federal authorities.

Therefore, since the DOH Order has been invalidated, effective, today, December 10, 2021 face coverings will be optional for students, staff, and visitors in all South Eastern School District buildings as per our Health and Safety Plan.

Please note the following:

  •  Our current School Board approved Health and Safety Plan may be viewed by clicking here.
  •  Faculty, staff or students who wish to wear face coverings may continue to do so.
  •  Future board meetings will allow for both in-person and virtual public participation. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place at 6:30 PM on January 6, 2022.

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate the changing mandates and guidance for Pennsylvania’s public schools.


COVID-19 CASE DATA

In order to maintain the health and safety of our schools and community, the South Eastern School District monitors and keeps track of all Covid-19 cases present in the buildings during the infectious period.  You can check out the total cases of Covid-19 as well as the current 14 day count on our SESD Covid-19 Positive Case Dashboard.  The dashboard is updated daily during the school week.

SESD Covid-19 Positive Case Dashboard 


Other sites that provide information on Covid-19 related data are linked below.

PA-DOH Covid-19 Early Warning Monitoring System

CDC Covid-19 Data Tracker



QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION

Updated January 6, 2022

As a result of the most recent guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education and the CDC, the South Eastern School District will implement the following in regard to CDC guidance related to the isolation of a student positive case:

• Persons who test positive for COVID-19, must isolate for 5 days. If after 5 days, the patient is asymptomatic or has resolving symptoms, their isolation period is over; however, they are encouraged to wear a mask around others until day 10.
• If your child is currently isolating for the 10-day period prior to this update, please contact your child’s school for an updated date for return to school.
• Please be aware that the reduced days of isolation are due to research that indicates that transmission occurs early in a person’s illness. This is typically in one to two days before the onset of symptoms and then for two to three days after the onset of symptoms.

The CDC has indicated that there will be additional guidance for more specific settings, including schools, released in the near future. Please note that this is a very fluid situation and we will communicate any changes with our families and staff as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes together.

Information about diagnostic screening and testing can be found here.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO REPORT SUSPECTED COVID-19 RELATED ILLNESS TO THE SCHOOL NURSE

Please be sure the district has your correct email on file to ensure you receive any important covid-related email notifications.  





SESD ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE QUARANTINED/ISOLATED DUE TO COVID-19

Should families find that their students need to be isolated or quarantined due to Covid-19 illness or exposure, we will use the following attendance procedures:

  • School nurses will provide information/excuse cards to the building attendance secretary for students who will be working at home due to quarantine or isolation
  • During quarantine or isolation, students will work from home asynchronously through Google Classroom.  Teachers may individually check in with students and parents via e-mail, Zoom, or phone call
  • In Sapphire, students will be marked “TRL” (Temporary Remote Learning) for the purpose of daily attendance.  These are NOT counted as days of absence.
  • If a child becomes too ill to work during the quarantine or isolation period, the parent should call the building nurse.  The building nurse will provide an excuse card to the building attendance secretary to have the time marked as an excused absence.  The nurse will also provide the parent with any necessary updates regarding the return to school plan.
  • If students are not completing assigned work during TRL, teachers should reach out to be sure to provide necessary support to the student and family.  Teachers should also coordinate with building counselors and building administrators for assistance.


COVID-19 VACCINATION

Students and staff are NOT required to be vaccinated.  If you want to find information on Covid-19 vaccinations, please check out the information at the link on our website.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS

A full copy of the SESD Health and Safety Plan can be accessed at this link

A full copy of the SESD Emergency Instructional Time Template can be accessed at this link.