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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 below.

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:

o   Outdoor sports practices

o   After school clubs and activities

o   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.

Sincerely,

 

The Springfield School District

 

Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Posted: 03/12/20 6:00 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 here

 

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:

o   Outdoor sports practices

o   After school clubs and activities

o   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.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

The Springfield School District

 

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 to https://www.ssdcougars.org/district/contact-us.

Sincerely,

Dr. Anthony Barber, Superintendent

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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.

Sincerely,
The Springfield School District 

CDC Website
Coronavirus FAQ
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