Last Updated: October 17, 2022
From the District:
The District will continue to provide information on Covid protocols, procedures, and changes for staff and students. It is our intent to provide as much information as possible, as quickly as possible, to help parents and families plan for disruptions in the daily routine of the schools. The District believes that this virus will continue to change quickly. Allegheny Valley’s plan is also subject to change with little notice, based on the guidance from the Center for Disease Control and other local or state agencies. We strongly recommend that families continue to have a plan in place for students in the event that schools may have to close within a short time frame.
At this time, Allegheny Valley School District will not be conducting close contact tracing. Students will not be sent home to quarantine by AVSD staff. If a student or staff member notifies the school that he/she has tested positive for COVID that individual will be told/asked to stay home for five days and mask for five days upon return to school. This information is subject to change as per CDC Guidelines.
The Allegheny Valley School Board approved the attached Health & Safety Plan at their August 17, 2021 meeting.
Listed below are some important items to note from the plan:
- Contact tracing will continue to identify and quarantine close contacts when positive COVID cases are identified. The District will continue to consult the Allegheny County Health Department about contact tracing.
- Wearing correctly fitted mask can limit the likelihood of quarantine because of a Covid-19 exposure at school.
- Masks will be mandatory for PK-12 students and staff to begin the school year.
- Masks will be mandatory on school busses.
- Students will be socially distanced by 6 feet during lunch and activities that require masks to be removed, such as playing an instrument.
- Masks will not be required for K-6 students when outside for recess.
The Allegheny Valley Board of Directors reserves the right to make changes to the plan based on local conditions/metrics, guidance from local and national agencies, and recommendations from health organizations. It cannot be stressed enough that as we continue to move through this phase of the pandemic, things will continue to change quickly. Allegheny Valley’s plan is also subject to change with little notice, based on the guidance from the Center of Disease Control and other local or state agencies. We strongly recommend that families consider to put their own student plan in place in the event that schools may have to close within a short time frame. Planning ahead can prove to reduce stress during these times. Please continue to check emails and the School District homepage for important updates.
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As many news agencies have reported, the CDC is closely monitoring the Coronavirus. Naturally, it is normal to be concerned when news agencies report on trending health-related events. Please use information from official public health agencies as trusted sources of information, including the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Department of Public Safety. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has shared the following tips on their website to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as novel Coronavirus:
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
- Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.