FAQ

  • Will school open on August 31, 2020?

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    The ACSD Board and Administration are planning to reopen school for in-person learning on this date using a phased reopening plan. A full in-person reopening would occur on September 10, 2020.  However, this could change based on directives or mandates from the Governor, the PA Secretary of Health, or the PA Department of Education. This also could change if there are significant events or cases in the community that would necessitate the District closing schools and moving online.

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  • My children will be going back to school but I do not want them to wear a mask. Is this possible?

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    Unfortunately, with the Secretary of Health’s face covering order, we are requiring face coverings for all students unless they fall into an exemption category in which case we will be requesting families supply documentation in order to put a 504/IEP plan accommodation in place.

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  • When do we need to make a final decision as to what instructional choice we are making for our child

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    The Learning Options Survey is due by August 21 so the District can properly prepare for the students’ return.

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  • Can they do the synchronize learning and participate in extracurricular activities?

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    Yes, students can do CARES and participate in extracurricular activities.

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  • Can they do the synchronize learning and go to CTC?

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    Yes, students can do CARES and attend CTC.

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  • If some students have an exemption from wearing a face covering, will he/she be with the rest of the

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    Yes, there is no way to separate students who have exemptions from students who are wearing face coverings.

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  • What precautions will be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

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    As stated in guidance from the PA Department of Education: “There is no known way to stop the spread of a virus. The goal is to mitigate the spread.” Some of the District’s efforts directed at mitigation include education of COVID-19 symptoms and precautions for all students and staff; changes to transportation; changes in class size; potential hybrid learning opportunities; enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the District; minimizing student mobility in buildings; close monitoring of attendance across all areas; coordination with local and state health officials; and changes to cafeteria dining. These are just some of the District’s efforts and are not inclusive of every measure.

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  • What will happen if there is a positive case of COVID-19?

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    The District will coordinate this with the Department of Health and receive guidance on the next steps as per direction from PDE. This does not mean that school will be shut down or that this is a reason for closing school. There will be positive cases as there is community spread in our area of COVID-19. The goal of the District is to mitigate the spread in the school environment.

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  • Could school be shut down if there are positive cases?

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    Yes, depending upon the situation. If the County were to be moved to a RED status, we would be required to move all instruction to online – which we are prepared to do in a fully synchronous way (not like Continuity of Education).

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  • What is the plan if someone in a class contracts COVID-19? Will the class need to switch to virtual

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    It depends on the situation.  Current guidance is to determine if students were in close contact with the verified COVID-19 individual.  Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for 10 or more minutes.  In this scenario, students would be required to quarantine and could transition to the C.A.R.E.S. program to continue their schooling until they are cleared to return to school.

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  • Why can’t the school take temperatures for all students?

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    It is critical that parents do not send children to school with a temperature. Sometimes it takes multiple times to get an accurate temperature reading. This would take hours for the District to do this on a daily basis. This also would create congregate settings where students would gather while waiting to have their temperature checked. And, by the time the District would be checking temperatures, students would have already interacted with other students at the bus stop and on the bus. For these reasons, it is extremely important that we have everyone’s cooperation in not reporting to school if your son/daughter has a temperature.

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  • Why should I cooperate with these procedures?

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    The spread of COVID-19 is a community issue, not a school issue. The District is making every possible effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and must have cooperation from the community. If we do not have cooperation and we experience a spike in cases or an outbreak, we will be forced to shut down in-person learning and deliver all instruction online. Our goal is to continue to be able to deliver in-person instruction and that is why we need everyone’s cooperation.

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  • How will classrooms look?

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    Classrooms will be forward facing. This will allow for as much social distancing as possible and also make the rooms able to be disinfected more easily.

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  • Are the desks in the classroom 6 feet away from each other?

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    No.  The administrative team reviewed every classroom in the district and was able to space all desks out to at least 3 feet distancing on all sides of the classroom.

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  • What does cohorting at Kindergarten through Grade 8 look like?

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    The cohorting is for students in grades K-8.  Students will be grouped based on their math abilities (since that is the most varied) and students will stay with the same group of students throughout most of the day.  The teachers will then move to the students’ classroom to limit the movement of students in the halls.

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  • What does C.A.R.E.S. program look like?

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    C.A.R.E.S. is the Curriculum Aligned Remote Education Synchronously program.  This is taught by A-C teachers online at the same time as they are teaching the in-person students.

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  • How long do I have to remain in the C.A.R.E.S. or A-C~D.C. program?

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    The C.A.R.E.S. program is the most flexible option allowing families to transition from C.A.R.E.S. to in-person instruction instantaneously and vice versa.  The A-C~D.C. option, since it is not the same curriculum A-C uses, students are encouraged to switch from A-C~D.C. to either the in-person or C.A.R.E.S. option at the semester break (mid January).  Students who select the C.A.R.E.S. option are asked to stay in that option throughout a marking period (end of October).

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  • Do typical attendance expectations apply to C.A.R.E.S. and A-C~D.C. programs?

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    The C.A.R.E.S. program mirrors the same attendance expectations as in-person instruction since it occurs at the same time.  The A-C~D.C. program requires students to maintain pace and log in every day in order to determine attendance.

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  • Will all three options still be available to us, regardless of the survey results?

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    Yes.  The survey is to help guide the district’s decision making to begin the year.  Families will be sent a follow up closer to the start of school to solidify the learning option they want for their child(ren).

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  • Is eating in the classroom an option so students can avoid having to go to the cafeteria?

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    At this time, eating in the classroom is not an option.  We are required to provide teachers with a 30-minute duty-free lunch and since they eat lunch at the same time as the students, there is not enough staff to cover all of the classrooms.  Additionally, we would not be able to adequately sanitize every classroom after students eat before they resume instruction.

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  • Is any extra staff being hired to help with the increased needs that this situation presents?

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    We are considering repurposing open teaching positions if the need arises.  We are also looking into Long-Term Substitutes if the need arises.

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