COVID-19 Resources for the 2021-2022 School Year
May 20, 2022 Update on COVID-19 Transmission Levels
Dear TESD Community,
I am writing today to share an update regarding current COVID-19 community transmission levels and the impact on the District’s Health & Safety Plan. As you may recall, in February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated community transmission metrics to include low, medium and high levels. As of Thursday, May 19, 2022, Chester County is now in the high level of community transmission. More information on community levels is on the CDC site.
Our current Health & Safety Plan indicates that if the county is in the high level, the District will consult with the Chester County Health Department (CCHD) to determine when a return to universal masking in schools is recommended. At this time, county health officials recommend holding the current course. As a result, masking will continue to be optional in all TESD buildings.
The CCHD has recommended reminding staff, students and families of best health practices. Please continue adhering to protocols outlined in our Health & Safety Plan:
- Remain at home or do not send your child to school if symptoms of COVID-19
- If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please keep your child home for the identified number of days and inform your school’s attendance office and school nurse. Staff members should inform your supervisor and Human Resources.
- Masking continues to be welcomed but optional for anyone in our buildings. We have a supply of masks available in each building if necessary. Please respect the masking decisions made by others.
- Free COVID tests are available at https://www.covid.gov/tests.
- Vaccinations and boosters are widely available for anyone aged 5 and up. Information about vaccine availability is on the CCHD website.
- The District will continue to report known COVID-19 cases on our dashboard through the end of this school year.
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider for guidance. Any questions or comments regarding the District’s Health & Safety Plan or TESD COVID-19 protocols may be shared with the TESD Pandemic Team through the District’s COVID-19 inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Safety & Student Services
T/E School Board Approves Updated Health & Safety Plan at February 28, 2022 Regular Meeting
At its regular meeting on February 28, the T/E School Board approved updates to the District’s Health & Safety Plan that include the District’s transition to mask choice on Monday, February 28, 2022:
- In accordance with the new CDC guidelines, masks will be optional in TESD while inside T/E schools effective Monday, February 28, 2022.
- The CDC no longer mandates masks on school district buses and vehicles.
- When community levels are low or medium, TESD fully supports any student or staff member who chooses to wear a mask or not to wear a mask. We expect all individuals to respect the choices made by others.
- If you believe your child may have a condition that requires a specific medical accommodation, please contact your school nurse.
- Other adjustments related to the updated Health & Safety Plan will be phased in and communicated to you by your child’s principal.
Ongoing COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols Remain in Effect
- Families should continue to conduct symptom screening at home. Click here for the family symptom screening checklist. If your child has a symptom of COVID-19, keep your child home from school and contact your healthcare provider. Contact the student attendance office.
- Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 are still required to isolate for 5 days and wear a mask for 10 days. If your child is symptom-free they may return to school on Day 6 and must wear a mask through Day 10 per the Chester County Health Department.
On Friday, February 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updated information on how COVID-19 community levels will be measured and what school and community mitigation strategies are recommended. Below is a summary of the new CDC guidelines:
- The CDC has identified three new COVID-19 community levels: low, medium and high.
- Masking indoors in public spaces, including schools, is impacted by these levels.
- Individuals should mask indoors when the community level is high.
- As of Friday, February 25, Chester County is in the medium community level. In the medium community level, the CDC indicates that individuals who are at high risk for severe illness should talk to their healthcare provider about the need to wear a mask and take other precautions.
- The CDC states that individuals may choose to wear a mask at any time regardless of community level.