Mifflin County School Fast Facts

Mifflin County School Fast Facts

Mifflin County School Fast Facts

MCSD Health and Safety Plan

Fast Facts for Parents

As of 07/27/2020

Mask Requirements for Students

The Governor’s Office and PA DOH have mandated that all students will be required to wear

masks/face protection in the classrooms if they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance.

All students will be required to wear masks/face protection when outside of their classrooms in all

communal areas such as hallways, cafeterias, office spaces, etc.

All students will be required to wear masks/face protection while riding MCSD Transportation.

Students are permitted to remove their masks/face protection at the following times:

1. When at a classroom work desk or work station and maintaining 6 feet of social distance

2. When eating or drinking

3. When outside of the school buildings and maintaining 6 feet of social distance

Elementaiy teachers will work with students to provide “mask breaks” during the day.

Students will be required to wear a mask/face protection unless they have a medical or mental

condition or disability, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of

IDEA, that precludes the wearing of a face covering in school. Section 504 and IDEA permit

school officials to ask for medical documentation to demonstrate a student’s need for an

exemption from any face covering. This means that if you choose to send your child to in-person

schooling this fall, your child will be required to wear a mask/face protection unless a medical

note is submitted from your health care provider and your child’s IEP/504 team has determined

the mask is not required.

Acceptable Masks/Face Protection

As per the order from PA DOH, face covering means a covering of the nose and mouth that is

secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face.

A face covering can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or

linen. For the purpose of this order, a face covering includes a plastic face shield that covers the

nose and mouth. Face coverings may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or be improvised from

household items, including but not limited to, scarfs, bandanas, buffs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or

towels.

Plastic Face Shields

For the elementary students, the school district has ordered each student a plastic face shield that

is sized to be age appropriate. The students will have the option to have their own individual

face shield to use while at school. The face shields will remain in the classroom each day.

For secondary students, the school district has ordered a smaller amount of plastic face shields

that are sized to be age appropriate for larger students. If your secondary child would like to

reserve a face shield while at school, please email the school principal at your secondary child’s

school. If needed, the school district is willing to order as many plastic face shields as needed to

meet the secondary students’ needs. The face shields will remain at the school each day.

Students wanting to use plastic face shields at school would need to wear a personal mask/face

protection to and from school, but then could remove their mask/face protection to wear the

plastic face shield while in school.

Face masks are recommended over face shields as masks provide the most protection from the

virus as per the CDC Guidelines.

Student Daily Screenings

Parents will be responsible for checking their child’s temperature and doing a health screening

before coming to the school.

All K-5 students will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer prior to being

allowed to enter the school buildings.

Bussing

All students will be required to wear mask/face protection while on the bus.

Siblings will sit together as much as possible.

Buses will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the morning and afternoon bus runs.

Windows/vents will be open weather permitting for ample ventilation.

Parents will be responsible for checking their child’s temperature and doing a health screening

before the students board the bus.

Classrooms

All students will be arranged to be 3-6 feet apart.

All student desks will be facing the same direction or have students only sit on one side of a table

spaced apart.

Cafeteria

Hand sanitizer will be available in the begiiming of the line for student use.

Disposable trays will be used, as well as sport packets that will include a napkin and straw.

A cashless system will be implemented.

An Equal Rights and Opportunity School District

Elementary students will go through the cafeteria with their own class or eat lunches in their

classrooms.

Secondary students will go through the cafeteria lines, as normal, while maintaining social

distancing. Serving lines will be set up differently to ensure a safe, one-way flow.

Recess for Elementary Students

Limit recreation areas to open spaces.

Eliminate use of playground structures.

Ensure adequate playground equipment (balls, jump ropes, etc.) to limit the sharing of items or

limit to one group of students at a time between uses.

Reminder of frequent student handwashing before and after recess.

Hallway Passage

Elementary students may remain in the same classroom throughout the day with the same cohort

of students while different subject teachers will move in and out of their classrooms, unless social

distancing can be maintained in the hallway during transition.

Secondary students may have altered class dismissal times to limit the number of students in the

hallways at one given time. Hallways may be designed to have the flow of students be in one

direction to help maintain social distancing.

Cleaning

The school district will follow the CDC’s Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting the Schools.

Each school will have additional custodian services while school is in session to increase daily

sanitation of all frequently touched areas. (Restrooms, door knobs, stairwell banisters, cafeteria

tables, sink handles, drinking fountains, office counters, nurse offices, etc.)

Custodians will sanitize classrooms after each day of classroom use.

Sanitation of instructional materials will be the shared responsibilities of student, staff and

custodians.

The air exchange systems at each school have been adjusted to increase the amount of outside air

exchanged throughout the day.

The Maintenance Department has developed a plan to increase each school’s replacement of air

filters within the HVAC systems.

Buses will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the morning and afternoon bus runs.

Reminder of frequent student handwashing throughout the day.

An Equal Rights and Opportunity School District

Usage Student Lockers

At the secondary level, students will have access to individual student lockers, but are encouraged

to limit the number of personal items that they bring to and from school each day.

Students are not permitted to share lockers.

Participation at The Academy (The Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology)

The Academy is preparing their own Health and Safety Plan and will be offering the full range of

educational programs as normal.

Students Returning from Out-of-State Vacations/Trips

Students that are returning from out-of-state vacations/trips to states listed on the Governor’s

travel advisory are recommended, not required, to quarantine for 14 days following the return

from states identified as COVlD-19 hotspots. A self-imposed 14-day quarantine would be

considered an excused absence as per PA Attendance Code. In the situation of self-imposed

14-day quarantine, the parent is responsible to provide the school principal of written

documentation of the quarantine.

Field Trips

All student field trips for the SY 20-21 have been cancelled.

Athletics

Currently, the PIAA and PA Governor’s Office are permitting school districts to run

interscholastic sports.

Mask Requirements for MCSD Staff

All MCSD Staff and bus drivers will be required to wear masks/face protection if they cannot

maintain 6 feet of social distance.

All MCSD Staff will be required to wear masks/face protection when outside of classrooms in all

communal areas such as hallways, cafeterias, office spaces, nurse offices, etc.

MCSD Staff Daily Screenings

All MCSD Staff and bus drivers will be responsible for checking their own temperature and doing

a health screening before coming to work or driving a bus.

Procedure for a Student or MCSD Staff Member that Tests Positive for COVlD-19

The MCSD will follow rules and recommendations set by the CDC, PA Department of Health and

the PA Governor’s Office. PA Department of Health will be responsible for “contract tracing” if

needed.

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