21-22 COVID Updates

COVID UPDATES
Posted on 10/20/2021
 

September 10, 2021

The MASD COVID Mitigation & Instruction Plan posted at the top of this column, has been revised to reflect updates in face covering exceptions.


FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED
BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

September 3, 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian:

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Alison Beam, issued an Order directing face coverings in school entities. The Order will go into effect on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 requiring all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when entering any school building throughout the District.

As the Superintendent of the District and a commissioned officer, I am required to comply with all federal and state laws including state orders. In addition, there are a few things at work here. One, because of this Order, the School District no longer has the ability to make decisions locally with regard to face coverings. Secondly, this is a legal Order under the Disease Prevention and Control Law and because of that we are required to follow the face covering mandate.

The School District understands that this has happened very quickly and we will do what we can to help transition our students back into the school setting while wearing masks starting on Tuesday, September 7th. To help ease the transition, the building administration has been advised to figure out ways to allow students to take additional mask breaks throughout the day that will occur in larger, open spaces within each school building. We are confident that we will make the new face covering mandate work for our students just as was accomplished during the 2020-21 school year. In the meantime, as we navigate through these uncertain times, we ask for your patience, support and cooperation while keeping in mind that our number one goal is to create a high performing School District. We can’t do that without you!

Please check out our District website for additional information regarding the new Order on face coverings. That information will be included within our COVID Mitigation & Instruction Plan document.

Thanks,

Dr. Chelton L. Hunter
Superintendent of Schools


August 27, 2021

Hello, Middletown Parents/Guardians,

As we navigate toward the opening day of school, I wanted to provide everyone with some clarification on how Middletown will be implementing a few additional COVID mitigating strategies. I know these are uncertain times and there are a lot of questions that many of you may have about what metrics the District will be utilizing to temporarily close one of our school buildings. In addition, there are some questions about whether face coverings will ever be required in the school setting. As the Superintendent of the District, I am committed to following the path of COVID as it directly affects the students, staff and community of our specific geographic boundaries.

On Monday, August 23, 2021, Pennsylvania Department Health (DOH) released its “Outbreak Containment” recommendations for school districts. They are recommending a 5% case count threshold by building or 3 simultaneous classroom group outbreaks as the basis to suspend in-person learning for up to a maximum 14-day period. All case counts that occur in the District will be evaluated by the DOH along with specific recommendations for the District.

Now that we are equipped with these recommendations, we can provide everyone with the fine details to some of your questions. As was spelled out in the Health and Safety Plan, we will be moving into the start of the school year with the wearing of face coverings inside District buildings as a recommendation, not a requirement, for all students and staff. At the September 7th Board meeting, the District will be evaluating the case counts during the time period from when fall sports started, which was August 16th, up to the fifth day of school. Specifically, the District will evaluate the case counts to make further recommendations to the Health and Safety Plan, looking specifically at face coverings. For example, the District may consider the following: If case counts are trending upwards toward the 10-15 count by building, a face covering provision would then be considered. If the case count numbers are generally staying toward the lower end of a 5-10 count by building, then masks will continue to be optional until the case counts dictate otherwise. The District’s current case count is as follows: HS – 3, MS – 2, Fink – 0, Kunkel – 0, and Reid – 0.

We will continue to provide everyone with updated information regarding our COVID mitigating strategies as we progress through the school year. All of the changes to the plan will be placed into our COVID Mitigation & Instruction Plan pamphlet that is posted on the District website. If you have any questions related to COVID, please reference this document.

Chelton L. Hunter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Confirmed active cases during the 14-day window
from October 25-November 7, 2021:

FINK KUNKEL REID MAMS MAHS DISTRICT
OFFICE
OPERATIONS
 





Confirmed active cases during the 14-day window
from October 11-24, 2021:

FINK KUNKEL REID MAMS MAHS DISTRICT
OFFICE
OPERATIONS
 0 0 1 3 4 1 0


Confirmed active cases during the 14-day window
from September 27-October 10, 2021:

FINK KUNKEL REID MAMS MAHS DISTRICT
OFFICE
OPERATIONS
 1 9 0 3 2 0 0


Confirmed active cases during the 14-day window
from September 13-26, 2021:

FINK KUNKEL REID MAMS MAHS DISTRICT
OFFICE
OPERATIONS
 2 6 1 2 2 0 0


Confirmed active cases during the 14-day window
from August 30-September 12, 2021:

FINK KUNKEL REID MAMS MAHS DISTRICT
OFFICE
OPERATIONS
 2 3 2 3 2 0 0


Confirmed active cases during the 14-day window
from August 16-29, 2021:

FINK KUNKEL REID MAMS MAHS DISTRICT
OFFICE
OPERATIONS
 0 1 2 6 6 0 0
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