Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released an update to their guidance strongly recommending children age two and older should wear face coverings at all times to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Prior guidance we released in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) stated students in schools could remove their face coverings as long as six feet of social distancing could be maintained. Given this recent change from the AAP, and consistent with the Secretary of Health’s Face Covering Order issued on July 1, 2020, DOH is requiring students wear face coverings at all times while in school, even when six feet of social distancing can be achieved. There are limited exceptions.
The student group assignments for each household have been posted under the “Student Information” section of the Sapphire Parent/Community Portal. In addition, a calendar has been posted to the district website for parents to more easily see which days each group will attend. Please note that the hybrid schedule is currently in effect for Pre K students and 5th grade through 12th grade students. Some students attending the GACTC may experience additional changes once the GACTC releases its schedule. Those students will be notified if any changes occur. Elementary students have also been assigned to a student group with their households in the event that this type of schedule must be implemented at that level but will operate normally unless otherwise notified.If you are unable to access your household’s group assignment via Sapphire, please contact your child’s school.