The Springfield School District was notified that one of its employees from Scenic Hills tested positive for COVID-19. The Springfield School District, upon learning this information today, contacted the Chester County Department of Health, who is now overseeing Delaware County.
The incubation period for those who may have come in contact with this employee will pass Saturday, March 28, 2020. We realize this is a difficult situation; however, by law, we are not permitted to share any other details.
If you have questions, please contact your health care provider or consult the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov.
The district continues to follow all guidance from state and local authorities regarding safe procedures at this time.
RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Posted: 03/24/20 4:30 PM
• School Closure Extended Through April 10
• Virtual School Experience for Students Starts March 30, 2020
Dear Parents & Guardians:
We hope you and your family are staying safe and adhering to the guidelines set forth by our medical and government officials. Nothing is more important than our adherence to these mandates, as these measures can truly assist in saving lives.
As per the Governor’s instructions and our communication on March 18 found here (link), we will be extending our school closure through April 10, 2020. As such, we will begin our Virtual School Experience for students starting on March 30th.
As stated in prior communication, we are a brick and mortar institution. The transition from face to face instruction to a completely online platform will not occur without some trial and error. During the first few weeks of our transition to Virtual Learning days, we will be easing into a daily work schedule. The table (found on pages 3, 4, and 5 of attachment linked below) highlights grade level expectations for student work and engagement during the early transition to technology-driven learning. We ask that during this time, we all do our best to stay calm, supportive and positive with one another.
We want you to know that we are purposely taking a slow and steady approach, as overwhelming the system will only cause more anxiety and stress for our children (and families) who may already be upset by this situation. We acknowledge folks may want us to move quicker because they feel as though their child’s academic skills will regress. We understand. Yet, our philosophy during this time will continue to be one of patience and prudence. We can always move ahead at a more brisk pace once we have mastered the initial phase of this transition.
In terms of educational experiences, we want our students to continue to explore higher order thinking and problem solving skills. Obviously, we realize that in higher level classes such as AP classes, curriculum content is critical to cover. However, what we do not want to create is a situation where students, during a time of social distancing, are socially isolated because they are planted in front of a computer screen for hours on end.
Our staff, including general education teachers, special education teachers, gifted teachers and 504 case managers, will work together to support and make connections with our students. This is what makes learning come to life – the people and the process!
We are a strong community. We are a caring community. And the health, welfare and safety of everyone is the most important piece to this ever-changing puzzle. But rest assured, nothing can break the human spirit so long as we stay positive, resilient, connected and united.
The SSD Team
Limited Technology and Internet Access
The district recognizes that some families may need a device to access online practice and reinforcement opportunities. We wanted to share that we have a limited number of Chromebooks for elementary students who do not have any access to devices while at home. Because we have a limited number of devices available for distribution, we are prioritizing the distribution of devices to students who have no devices in their homes.
To request a device, please fill out the SSD Chromebook Request Form.
In the interest of safety and health, to receive a device, you must fill out the SSD Chromebook Request Form ahead of time. This will allow us to prepare your device and charger and limit the interaction needed between you and our staff during the pick-up window.
Once we receive your request form, you will receive a phone call and/or email with instructions about where/how to pick up the Chromebook. We are coordinating the device pick-up with the distribution of the lunch grab bags at Springfield High School on Wednesday, March 25th from 9 am to 1 pm.
As a reminder, if you do not have internet access at home, please review the vendor programs below:
As a reminder, schools are closed by order of the Governor. This includes all school facilities (fields, playgrounds, etc.).Since schools are closed, these areas are not being maintained or cleaned at this time.
As you are well aware, Gov. Wolf has closed Pennsylvania schools. We are providing work to reinforce students' skills - the work is optional, ungraded, and will not be assigned any credit. You will see an attachment appropriate for each grade level, below. If you have difficulty with an online component, please select another activity. As the district is closed, staff and teachers are not available for individual support or questions at this time. Of course, reading is always a great option!
SCENIC Learning Options:
Good afternoon, Springfield and Morton families.
We hope you are staying safe and following the guidelines set forth by the Governor. We want to provide you with some additional information concerning our planning as we navigate together this global crisis.
Attached you will find an update regarding our school district schedule for the next couple of weeks. Obviously, please note that this plan is fluid and may change depending on guidance provided by the Governor’s office, the CDC, PDE, and/or the PA Department of Health.
Please look for further information in the coming days, as more specifics are being worked out. The safety and health of our students, families, and staff is our greatest priority.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
Springfield School District
In light of the Governor’s orders today to close all non-essential businesses, and his statement that he would like “people to stay home twenty-four hours a day,” in an abundance of caution, we will not be permitted to open our buildings to the public tomorrow, as referenced in your principal’s email earlier today.
We are sorry for the inconvenience, but as you are aware, this is a fluid situation, and we must consider safety first.
Schools will be closed through March 27. We will offer more information as it becomes available, but for now, we are closed to all.
Please stay home. Stay safe, and follow the guidelines to limit the spread.
Springfield School District
Springfield School District will continue to provide assistance to our families on the free and reduced-priced lunch program during Governor Wolf’s mandated shutdown of schools.
We have contacted those families directly.
Springfield School District is also making donations to the local food bank of pantry and dairy items.
We hope everyone stays well during this time of uncertainty.
If you have a question, please submit your question via our website.
Good afternoon, Springfield and Morton families.
This afternoon, the Governor announced that he will be closing all non-essential travel, services and activities within Delaware County, which includes all schools.
As you know, schools will be closed Monday, March 16th, and, at this point, we will re-open Monday, March 30th.
This means that all spring sports and any school related activities are cancelled until such time as we re-open on Monday, March 30th. This decision means that all school facilities and grounds will be closed to the public during this time.
Additionally, through April 12th, we are canceling all field trips, student travel, large group gatherings, Home and School events, Gold Pass Academy classes, and any activities, ceremonies, or visitations to our buildings that include outside groups or presenters or audiences and spectators.
As it turns out, when the government shuts down a school district in this manner, there is no expectation that instruction continue. Next week, we will be providing information regarding educational skill reinforcement and enrichment opportunities as they become available.
Please note, this closure will not impact graduation.
Please remember that this shutdown is to encourage social distancing, and we ask students and their families to curtail their social activities while our region attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
This situation is evolving, and we remain committed to working with you to support the students of Springfield School District. We will continue to update our school community via email, our website, and our official social media platforms.
Springfield School District
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Posted: 03/12/20 7:00 PM
Dear Parents & Guardians:
Governor Wolf’s announced today that all Montgomery County schools are closed for two weeks, because half of the COVID-19 cases have originated in that county. We are providing more specific guidelines to maintain the safety and health of our students and our core academic mission. Our guidelines are structured by the Delaware County Pandemic Action Plan, which can be found on this page.
Starting Friday, March 13, 2020, we will be adhering to the following guidelines:
- All schools remain open for classroom instruction
- Through March 22nd, we are:
- Canceling all extra-curricular competitions inclusive of athletic games and scrimmages with outside districts.
- Through April 12th, we are:
- Canceling all field trips, student travel, large group gatherings, and Home and School events.
- Postponing student activities and ceremonies that include audiences and spectators.
- Closing all district buildings to outside groups and presenters.
- Canceling all Gold Pass Academy classes.
- Canceling any visitations to our buildings from outside groups or presenters.
The schedules for the following activities will be conducted as usual:
- Outdoor sports practices
- After school clubs and activities
- All YMCA programming
(If you have questions about specific activities, please call your child’s building administration.)
I know that many students and families will be disappointed by missing much anticipated activities. We, however, are following the Governor’s direction and practicing social distancing in conjunction with other school districts in our county. This situation is extremely fluid, so please check your email regularly.
The Springfield School District
Posted: 03/10/20 4:00 PM
RE: Monday March 16, 2020
- Converting Regular School Day To A Professional Development Day For Staff
- Schools Will Be Closed For Students
- The YMCA Care Program Will Be Open
- Busing Will Be Provided For All Non-SSD Schools
- All After-School Sports And Activities Will Continue In Grades 9-12
Dear, Morton and Springfield Families.
In conjunction with other Delaware County School Districts, the PA Department of Health, and Delaware County authorities, we have decided to convert Monday, March 16, 2020 from a student day to a professional development day. This day will be used for our staff to plan academic programming for students in the event of a possible, extended closure due to a community outbreak of the Coronavirus. As of this date, we have not received any notification that there has been exposure to confirmed cases in our attendance boundaries.
Schools will be closed for students on Monday, March 16, 2020. Please note the YMCA will be open, and we will hold all after-school activities and sports for Grades 9-12. At this time, there is no other change to the school calendar.
We will continue to review information from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Please view our Pandemic Action Plan below.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause our families. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your child's principal or send questions via Contact Us.
Dr. Anthony Barber, Superintendent
Posted: 03/06/20 1:00 PM
Dear Parents & Guardians:
Over the last several days, you and your family have likely heard reports from the news media and others about the necessity for state and local officials, including school districts, to prepare for the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to ensure that our school district is prepared for any such event and to understand the impact on our students, staff, and local community, the school district has been communicating with local health officials while also reviewing all of the documentation provided by local, state, and federal agencies.
The CDC has explained that coronavirus is transmitted like the common flu virus and can be eliminated with good cleaning and personal hygiene practices. As we are currently in our high-flu season, our schools are cleaned each day according to this guidance. But beyond our current practices, we have now increased and intensified our cleaning procedures. The cleaning procedures we utilize are based on the most current and available information, and should successfully kill the virus, if present, on contact surfaces. In addition, our school district has measures in place to respond to reports of communicable illnesses such as the coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Department of Health issues guidance and direction to health care providers and schools when necessary during a potential outbreak situation, and our district works directly with state and local health agencies to keep our students, staff, and greater community safe. The PA Department of Health will notify us of any confirmed cases of the coronavirus in our region and will provide guidance and information for distribution to families.
You can find more information about the coronavirus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Website) which is updated frequently with information about the coronavirus. The CDC also offers helpful FAQs about the coronavirus. In addition, the PA Department of Health Coronavirus Website is a good source of information.
Some tips from the website to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as coronavirus, include:
· Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
· Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
· If soap and water are not available, use a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
· Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, electronic devices, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
· Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick to help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Our school district will continue to work closely with county leaders and state officials to keep you informed about developments in this region and any resulting actions that may be necessary. I want to assure you that our school district is fully cooperating with federal, state, and county recommendations regarding the flu, coronavirus, and other communicable illnesses. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.
As always, the safety of our students and staff remains a top priority. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's principal.
The Springfield School District
SSD will be sharing positive messages via our social media platforms. We will do this to keep spirits up and folks connected during this time. The intent is not to minimize the seriousness of the situation, but to hopefully provide our community with joy.
Click #4HOPE below to be inspired.
For medical information concerning COID 19
- Chester County and Delaware County Coronavirus Information Center:
- Website: Chester County Department of Health Coronavirus Resources
- Main number: 610-344-6225 (this number routes callers based upon a menu of options)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Home
PA Dept of Health Coronavirus Website
Johns Hopkins Medicine: Infographics and up to date information
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
- What is Coronavirus?
- What are common symptoms of coronavirus?
- How Does the Coronavirus Spread?
- How Can I Protect Myself?
- What is Currently Being Done to Prevent Further Outbreak?
You generally need to be in close contact with someone with COVID-19 to get infected. Close contact includes scenarios like living with or caring for a person with confirmed COVID-19, being within six feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for about 10 minutes, or if someone with COVID-19 coughed on you, kissed you, shared utensils with you or you had direct contact with their body secretions.
Guidelines from Public Health.
Protection measures for everyone
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Rubbing alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. Although soap and water are ideal and preferable to alcohol-based hand sanitizers, use sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands.
- Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Protective measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
- Follow the guidance outlined above. (Protection measures for everyone)
- Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.
Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
The Center for Disease Control is taking this epidemic very seriously and working very hard to mitigate it by taking actions such as issuing travel advisories for many areas, developing tests for pathogens in state, and providing resources for citizens to protect themselves.
Learn more here.