ELCO COVID-19 Resources

  • ELCO COVID Dashboard--This dashboard provides up-to-date information for our community regarding current active cases of COVID-19 as well as a cumulative count of cases since the start of school. Information is provided for each building.

    2021-22 Symptom Screening Tool--Students, staff and visitors are encouraged to self-screen for symptoms prior to entrance into buildings each day according to the Symptom Screening Tool.

    ELCO Mask Exemption Form--Form to be completed by parents requesting an exemption for their child.

    School Attendance Flow Chart--Flow chart which outlines attendance procedures for individuals who have tested positive, have been exposed to, or are demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19.

Health & Safety Plan FAQs

  • *REVISED* Are students, staff, and visitors required to wear face coverings?

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    Revised 11/16/2021

    Face coverings are optional for all ELCO SD activities and may be voluntarily worn by students, staff, and visitors in all ELCO buildings.

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  • * REVISED If my child is a close contact do they have to stay home from school?

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    Revised 11/16/2021

    The parents of students determined to be close contacts will be notified as soon as the District learns of the positive case and contact tracing is complete.

    Based on ELCO School District procedure, if a student is a close contact but is NOT exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms as outlined on the Symptom Screening Tool they may attend school and participate in school related activities. The student should self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if symptoms develop. It is highly recommended that close contacts wear face coverings while in school for 10 days following their exposure to the positive case.

    Information about school attendance can be found HERE.

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  • Is quarantining and isolating a mandate?

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    Quarantine and isolation directed by public health officials is still required. Schools do not issue quarantine or isolation directives but rather assist DOH with identifying close contacts.  The CDC guidance adopted by DOH and PDE will serve as a public health best practice recommendation for schools.  There is no requirement to adhere to these recommendations although DOH strongly encourages schools to follow these recommendations.  Requirements of schools to report positive cases of COVID-19 to DOH, similar to other reportable diseases, remain in place.

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  • How will instruction be delivered if in-person learning is suspended in a classroom or building?

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    If in-person learning for a classroom or building must be suspended as per direction from the Department of Health, your child's teacher will provide instruction via Zoom daily for the duration of the shift to remote learning.

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  • What academic supports are available to students at home due to having or being exposed to COVID-19?

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    Parents/guardians may request an Online Support Teacher for their child/ren who are home due to COVID or have been quarantined or isolated by the Department of Health and will be home for five or more days.  Please contact your child's principal to indicate your interest in having your child work with an Online Support Teacher.  Your child's Online Support Teacher will contact you directly to schedule virtual sessions with your child/ren after school.

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  • *NEW* Does my child need a 504 plan for a mask exemption?

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    Please complete the face covering exemption form found HERE and provide the required documentation.  The principal of your child's school will review the information with the following outcomes based on the documentation submitted:
     
    (A) If you provide documentation of a specific diagnosis from a physician that includes the need for a mask exemption due to that diagnosis, your child will be considered exempt from wearing a mask. The principal will approve the exemption, make you aware of that approval, and no further action is necessary.
     
    (B) If you provide documentation of a diagnosis but the physician does not specify the need for a mask exemption, a 504 plan evaluation will be initiated. You will receive written permission from the District prior to the initiation of the evaluation. The 504 evaluation team will be responsible for collecting information and making a determination of eligibility as well as necessary accommodations (including a mask exemption). During the evaluation process your child is considered to be exempt from wearing a mask.
     
    (C) If we receive no documentation of a specific diagnosis, a 504 plan evaluation can be requested however documentation of the diagnosis will need to be provided during the evaluation process.  Without a documented diagnosis, your child would be expected to wear a mask during the 504 evaluation process.
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  • *NEW*What should I do if my child is unable to wear a mask due to a disability or medical diagnosis?

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    Please complete the face covering exemption form found HERE and provide the required documentation.  The principal of your child's school will review the information and provide you with their decision.
     
    Please see the 504 question above for more information.
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  • *NEW* Has the definition of a close contact changed from last year?

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    Yes, the definition of a close contact for students in K-12 schools has been modified for the 2021-22 school year.  Similar to last school year, a student is considered a close contact if they were in close proximity (within 6 feet for 15 consecutive minutes) to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.  However, if BOTH the student who tested positive AND the student who was in close proximity were wearing a face covering during exposure, the exposed student is not considered a close contact.  While the District will still make parents aware of the potential exposure, those students will not be reported to the PA Department of Health as a close contact.

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  • Will face coverings be required on school busses and vans?

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    Yes, in accordance with Federal order issued in January 2021, face coverings are required to be worn by all passengers and drivers on school busses and vans.

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  • Should my child stay home if they aren't feeling well?

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    If students are not feeling well they are encouraged to stay home. If a student becomes ill at school a parent/guardian will be called and the child will be sent home. Guidelines for families can be found HERE.

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  • If my child tests positive for COVID-19 will they have to stay home?

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    Indiviudals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to adhere to the existing provisions for isolation present at the time.

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  • Will community organizations be able to utilize District facilities?

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    Community organizations may request to utilize District facilites via the facilities usage procedure.

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  • Will the District conduct contact tracing?

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    The District will cooperate with the PA Department of Health (DoH) when informed of a positive case.

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  • Is the vaccine mandatory for students and/or staff?

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    The vaccine is not mandatory for students or staff.

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  • Will the District be offering vaccines to students?

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    The District will not be vaccinating students. We will continue to make families aware of any opportunities to have their children vaccinated should they choose to do so.

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  • Will there be a meeting in each building to discuss the plan?

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    There will not be a meeting in each building to discuss the health and safety plan. Principals will be providing information to families on a regular basis about procedures and expectations.

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  • Will the District be asking for proof of immunization or ask students if they are vaccinated?

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    Individuals may choose to provide proof of vaccination but it is not required. The District will not be asking students about their vaccination status.

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  • Will the District be reporting the percentage of staff who are vaccinated?

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    The District will not be reporting this information. Staff are not required to report their vaccination status.

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  • Will students be able to attend classes synchronously via Zoom?

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    Online synchronous learning is not an option during the 2021-22 school year. If students are home for an extended period, they will be able to access classroom materials on Schoology, complete work when returning to school, and reach out to teachers to request assistance via Schoology.

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  • Will there be plexiglass on tables and assigned seating at lunch?

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    Cafeteria tables will not have plexiglass shields and students will not be required to sit six feet apart. Each cafeteria will provide space for students who do wish to socially distance while eating lunch.

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  • Will students have the opportunity to participate in sports?

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    The Fall sports season is scheduled to begin with no restrictions for athletes or spectators. Families are encouraged to check the website of the hosting school prior to away competitions to make themselves aware of any social distancing or masking requirements at those facilities.

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  • Will student activities such as dances and after school events be occuring this year?

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    Based on the health and safey plan, dances and other in-person events will be scheduled throughout the school year while adapting and adjusting in accordance with current protocols and guidance as necessary.

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  • What mitigation protocols will be in place during the 2021-22 school year?

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    The District will utilize a layering of mitigation protocols to include increased ventilation and airflow, continued cleaning and disinfection procedures, as well as hand washing and respiratory etiquette.

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  • Will parents/guardians be informed of any changes to the Health and Safety Plan?

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    Yes, parents/guardians will be informed about any changes to the health and safety plan via an email. In addition, the plan and all revisions will be made available on the District website.

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