2021-22 School Year Coronavirus Advisory Information

2021-22 School Year Coronavirus Advisory Information

CORONAVIRUS TESTING SITES

Beginning Monday, October 11th, we are going to reopen the Green Lane test site and increase the hours of operation at all locations. We are planning to reopen the Lansdale site in the near future. The new schedule is as follows:


Location

Days

Testing Hours

Ardmore

Monday-Friday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Norristown

Monday-Friday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Pottstown

Monday-Friday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Willow Grove

Monday-Friday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Green Lane

Monday-Friday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Lansdale

***COMING SOON***


Update August 31, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a result of contact tracing, and in order to slow any potential spread of COVID-19, the Office of Public Health for Montgomery County has recommended a virtual setting for one kindergarten classroom at Barth Elementary School for a period of two weeks starting Wednesday, September 1. More information about breakfast and lunch will be forthcoming to parents and students affected.

A letter was sent home to all affected students and contact was initiated to all parents as well. Anyone who has had potential close contact exposure has had communication from the school. If you have not received any direct communication from school personnel, then the only action you should take is to continue to watch for the symptoms I sent home in the email this past Friday.

Please rest assured that safety is our top priority and after that we will do all we can to safeguard in person instruction five days per week.

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools

7th Grade at Pottstown Middle School Closure

September 16, 2021  

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a result of contact tracing, and in order to slow any further spread of COVID-19, the 7th grade at Pottstown Middle School will be in a virtual instructional format for a period of two weeks starting Friday, September 17.  7th grade students may not participate in co-curricular activities, before or after school during this time. 

Anyone who has had potential close contact exposure will have communication from the school. If you do not receive any direct communication from school personnel, then the only action you should take is to continue to watch for the symptoms sent home previously. 

Anyone interested in breakfast or lunch while their student is in quarantine may click here to sign up:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8AVTaA3znFhkhEcsAoJ-Y00eBy9MwodolXKEqYXzXXWqesQ/viewform

See the attached brochure for more information.

Finally, if your child is being tested for Covid 19, exhibiting symptoms of Covid 19, or is positive for Covid 19 but not exhibiting symptoms, your child must stay home. Please rest assured that safety is our top priority but we will do all we can to safeguard in-person instruction five days per week.

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Rodriguez

Superintendent of Schools

2 virtual classrooms due to close contacts


August 30, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a result of contact tracing, and in order to slow any potential spread of COVID-19, the Office of Public Health for Montgomery County has recommended a virtual setting for two of our 5th grade classrooms at Pottstown Middle School for a period of two weeks starting tomorrow. Meals will be provided to students via delivery service starting Wednesday morning

A letter was sent home to all affected students and contact was initiated to all parents as well. Anyone who has had potential close contact exposure has had communication from the school. If you have not received any direct communication from school personnel, then the only action you should take is to continue to watch for the symptoms I sent home in the email this past Friday.

Please rest assured that safety is our top priority and after that, we will do all we can to safeguard in person instruction five days per week.

Stephen J Rodriguez

Superintendent of Schools,
Pottstown School District


IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE August 25, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,

The first week of full day in person school is over and we were filled with joy to see our students again! Even though masks can be uncomfortable, I was pleased to see a high level of cooperation by our students who were also excited to be back with their teachers learning again!

However, we have had multiple students and staff test positive or be “presumed positive”  with Covid-19 based on symptoms. We have also had close contact exposures because students have been sent to school symptomatic. If the situation does not improve, we could have serious operational issues that could affect our current program offering.

We need your help! In order to keep students and staff safe, and in order for our doors to remain open, everyone must do their part. I am asking all parents and guardians to utilize the following checklist and procedure every day before sending your child or children to school-  

Please do not send your child/children to school if your child/children:

  1.  Experiences (1) one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell

OR

  1. Experiences (2) two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, fatigue, myalgia (muscle pain), headaches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea 

AND/OR

  1. Lives in the same household with a sibling/family member that qualifies to stay home based on # 1 or 2 above 

**If your child/children are being tested and/or awaiting test results, they should stay home.  

No parent should be concerned with truancy if they are communicating with school officials and following the prescribed recommendations. 

We all share the common goal of providing in person quality educational opportunities for students.  Our combined efforts will help students remain safe and in school.  

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Rodriguez

Superintendent of Schools

August 5th 2021


PANDEMIC: Covid 19, The Delta Variant, and our Heath and Safety Plan 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) ,  Pennsylvania Dept. of Health (DOH), and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health(OPH) has released new guidelines as it relates to safety with COVID-19. In effect, they are all recommending Universal masking for the start of the school year in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. School districts are currently contemplating what this means and how it could impact the educational setting. You can view the most relevant guidelines from OPH here: https://www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/32152/MCOPH-2021-2021-School-Year-COVID-School-Guidance 
Our health and safety plan calls for the consideration of guidance from each agency listed above. The exact rules and impact for our students and staff are currently being considered. More detailed information will be available soon. We will continue to practice the safety measures used last year that proved to be successful in minimizing health issues by providing as much physical distance between students as possible, teaching and requiring regular hand washing and sanitation practices, cleaning desks and classrooms every night, and fully cooperating with any isolation or quarantine protocols called for by the office of public health. We will also be providing, on a volunteer basis, the assurance testing available to both students and staff equally.

Face masks


Please note that gaiters are not considered an appropriate face covering for students or staff.

Student Consent Form for Covid-19 Testing

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