January 12, 2021
Dear Charleroi Area School District Stakeholders,
I am sure that you are aware of the increased spread of COVID-19 in Washington County and the surrounding areas. Our county has entered the 9th consecutive week of substantial Covid-19 transmission rates. Increases in positive cases and/or required quarantines have adversely affected the teaching and learning process and created additional health and safety concerns within our school district.
Recently, the PA Department of Education Secretary, Noe Ortega, and PA Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Rachael Levine, recommended that public schools in counties with substantial transmission rates, consider returning elementary school students to the hybrid learning model at the beginning of the second semester.
After careful consideration, the guidance above has compelled the Charleroi Area District to return to the Monday-Thursday hybrid instruction model for grades K-12 (all students) beginning Monday, February 1, 2021. By mandate, we are required to submit an attestation form stating that we are complying with the updated orders for conducting in-person instruction while in the substantial range of community transmission. The orders are identified below:
- PDE’s updated (1/7/21) Recommendations for Pre-K to 12 Schools following Identification of a COVID Case(s).
- Implementation of more stringent mitigation measures identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Face Covering Order, and guidelines on responding to active COVID cases on its school campuses.
Key points to remember:
- Masks will be required for our students. Shields may continue to be worn with masks if so desired. Mask breaks must occur outside instead of inside the building.
- Teachers will have the option to wear a mask or shields (while teaching) based on their ability to teach their classes and maintain physical distance. At all other times, teachers will be required to wear a mask.
- Families must know that staffing could be a challenge and will play a role in our ability to continue to offer the current instructional model in each building.
If you want your student to continue in the virtual learning model, we understand. Please contact your school counselor to notify her of your decision.
If your child is currently in quarantine, please contact the school nurse to notify her of the dates.
Throughout the pandemic I have felt confident in the paths we have chosen as a school district because they are backed by science and supported by a school community dedicated to creating an extraordinary – and safe - learning environment. The well-being (physically, mentally, and educationally) of our students and staff remains our highest priority. We look forward to welcoming students back into our buildings on February 1, 2021.
Edward J. Zelich, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools