Date Last Updated: March 31, 2021
The purpose of this page is to provide our school community a Daily Dashboard regarding COVID-19 cases per building.
The district has provided different instructional models so that each family can choose the one they are most comfortable with during the health crisis. The instructional models are as follows:
- K-5: In-person (traditional model) or Virtual Academy (cyber option)
- 6-12: In-person (traditional model), Remote Learning (asynchronous learning with classroom meeting), and Virtual Academy (cyber option)
Our basis for keeping schools open reflects our current understanding of the community’s desire for an in-person instructional model while providing alternative options for families who would rather have their children learning at home during the health crisis. Our processes and frameworks may evolve and change as we move through this health crisis.
We have been able to manage our buildings’ ability to stay open for in-person instruction very successfully. The willingness of our entire community to self-isolate, quarantine, and follow our health and safety plan has provided our kids with a great opportunity to learn in-person. We are truly grateful and beyond appreciative of our community’s diligence over the last several months of school.
The chart below outlines the new guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Department of Health (DOH) regarding the Closure of Schools based on the number of COVID-19 cases.
The above chart reflect updates from the Department of Education and are effective Monday, April 5, 2021. The original Closure of Schools Guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Department of Health (DOH) required schools to close 3-5 days when cases were 2-4 at the elementary level and 4-6 at the secondary level. Schools were required to close for 14 days when elementary cases reached 5 or more and reached 7 or more at the secondary level.
Below is our new rolling COVID-19 Dashboard. The Dashboard will be updated regularly and will list the number of positive COVID-19 cases per building, including both students and staff members. These numbers will only reflect cases that have an impact on our buildings. Cases where symptom onset occurs more than 48 hours from the last time an individual was in one of our buildings does not contribute to our COVID numbers, according to the Department of Health.
Cases only count in a building’s total if the positive is in a building during an infectious period. An infectious period is 48 hours prior to symptoms. If a positive is symptomatic and has not been in a building for more than 48 hours, such a case would not impact the building’s count. Also, if the building is deep cleaned and a positive becomes known after the building is deep cleaned and the positive was not in the building since the deep clean, the positive has no impact on a building’s count. This is all in accordance with the Department of Health’s guidance.
One other clarification- buildings with fewer than 500 kids have the option to close for 3 to 7 days with 2 or 3 cases but must close at 4 cases. It is possible to open a building earlier if the deep clean is done. According to the DOH, the purpose of the closure is to deep clean. Buildings with 500-900 students close between 4, 5, and 6 cases. The Fourteen day closures would occur at the elementary at 5 cases and MS and HS at 7 cases. Staff are allowed in a building after a deep clean prior to a building reopening.
Additionally, one calls, press releases, and emails are only sent when a positive case impacts the building. If a positive does not impact the building, there will be no communication with such information because it has no bearing on the building.
We continue to appreciate the support we have received from the school community as we work towards successful completion of the second half of the school year.
Jason S Bendle, Ed.D.
Shikellamy School District