ACV Update 9-2-2021
Good afternoon, September 2, 2021
If you have not seen the new masking mandate on the news, I am calling to inform the A-C Valley community that the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) has issued an updated masking mandate starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The mandate is posted to the acvsd.org website and can be accessed and read at any time.
The mandate will go into effect for A-C Valley on Tuesday morning. I am sure this mandate will be met with some resistance and some support. Like most of you, I have read various reports that support masking and others that do not, but at A-C Valley, I feel we need to make an adjustment at this time not only because it is mandated, but the mask will provide one more layer of protection. The good news is that this mandate will be revisited by the PADOH in October.
As it stands, we have had a total of 7 positive COVID cases, six who are waiting test results, and roughly 66 people who have been in quarantine since the start of school. If we have additional positive cases from the current group who are quarantined, we may be forced into a short-term closure.
As a district, our goal it to be face-to-face and I ask that you help us with this goal and support the masking at this time. We will use good judgement, offer our students and staff plenty of mask breaks throughout the day, no masks for athletics for indoor or outside activities, and plan to get the kids outside as much as we can so the masks can be removed.
In closing, I would like to finish by letting our community know that if we are forced into a district-wide closure, we will be providing a lunch/breakfast meal to our students. The plan to deliver lunch is in the developmental phase, but we will use our transportation fleet to deliver meals to our families.
Thank you for your ongoing support and stay home when you are sick or have had contact with a COVID positive person.
Dr. David McDeavitt