Changes to 21-22 Health and Safety Plan

Good morning South Middleton Community, 

On January 24, 2021, the SMSD Board of Directors revised the 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan.  The following changes go into effect on January 31, 2022. 

  • Masks
    • Masks are optional for all students and staff on school grounds.
    • Masks are REQUIRED on school-provided transportation, such as buses and vans.  This is a federal mandate outside the limits of local school health and safety plans.  More information about this mandate can be found here.  
      • This requirement has been extended through March 18, 2022. 
  • Isolation and Quarantine
    • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 must stay home for 5 days from onset of symptoms, or positive test (whichever came first) AND must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication prior to returning to school grounds. 
    • The quarantining of close contacts is at the discretion of parents/guardians.  The school will notify parents/guardians via email in the event their student is a close contact of a confirmed, positive case at school or on the bus. They may elect to have their child quarantine for up to five days.  These absences will be categorized as medically excused absences. 
  • Contact Tracing
    • SMSD will continue to contact trace. 
    • Since masks will be optional, close contacts will be defined as individuals found to be within 6ft for 15 consecutive minutes of a person confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Symptomatic Individuals
    • Students and staff who are symptomatic but have not tested positive for COVID-19 will be asked to isolate. 
    • They may return to school by meeting one of the following conditions:

1) A negative COVID-19 test.

2) A note from a physician that permits a return to school.

3.) A 5-day isolation window starting from symptom onset.

  • Communication
    • Principals will continue to report confirmed COVID-19 cases to staff and parents/guardians of their respective school buildings.
    • District administration will also report case numbers every week to PA Department of Health.
    • District administration will also continue to track the number of COVID-19 cases per building on the online dashboard.  

-Alex C. Smith, Director of Student Services