7-14-2021 MASD Health & Safety Plan
5/19/21 COVID Update
Today we were made aware of a positive COVID case involving an
individual in our Middle School. The positive individual was last
present on our school campus Friday, May 14th. Contact tracing has
been completed. At this time, all schools in the District will be in
session for students tomorrow.
In an effort to maintain a safe learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, please contact our school nurse if your child has been in contact with or has had COVID-19 during the time we have been on remote learning or during the holiday break. We would appreciate full transparency of recent illness to maintain a safe environment. We also request honesty in regard to out of state travel. Upon return to school, only approved cloth face masks and approved plastic face shields that cover the nose and mouth, extends below the chin and to the ears, and leaves no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece are acceptable. The nurse can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-634-8311 ext 308. Thank you.
SHOULD I SEND MY CHILD TO SCHOOL?Student tests Positive for COVID 19 - 10 day isolation and must be 24 hrs symptom freeStudent General Exposure - 14 day quarantine and 24 hour symptom free (meaning exposed at school, work, church etc)Household Exposure - 10 day for the positive COVID 19 case in the house + 10 days for the student(s) quarantine and symptom free.If a COVID test is not done, and your student has symptoms of COVID 19 (or anyone else in the home), the ill child will not be permitted to school for 10 days and be 24 hours symptom free. Other students in the house will not be permitted back for 20days (see household exposure above).If your child has COVID like symptoms it is recommended you contact your health provider. A positive test on record shortens a household exposure and general exposure quarantine. A positive test on record also prevents your child from needing to be quarantined for future exposures for 90 days. Positive COVID patients are felt to have immunity for 90 days.As per Updated Order of the Secretary of the PA DOH, face shields are only permitted if they meet the specification listed within the following link.https://www.health.pa.gov/
topics/Documents/Diseases% 20and%20Conditions/Updated% 20Order%20of%20the% 20Secretary%20Requiring% 20Universal%20Face% 20Coverings.pdfor“Alternative to a face covering” may include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth,extends below the chin and to the ears, and leaves no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece.(CDC)This link contains travel Information regarding out of state travel.The Flow sheet that was distributed at the beginning of the year to help you determine if your student should come to school has been updated - please review on the district website and on the school facebook page.
1-22-21 COVID-19 Update
Today we were made aware of positive COVID cases involving students in our Middle School. The positive individuals have not been on our school campus since Wednesday, January 13th. All close contacts have been identified and were asked to quarantine. At this time, all schools in the District will be in session on Monday, January 25th. Thank you.
1-8-21 COVID-19 Update
Meyersdale Area School Community,
This week, the Meyersdale Area School Board voted to return to a regular face-to-face schedule beginning Monday, January 11th. However, due to current COVID cases in the district, we will only be returning in a HYBRID SCHEDULE. Next week, High School and Middle School will be in school Monday and Wednesday and Elementary will be in school Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students will be working virtually when they are not in school.
SCTC students will begin regular face-to-face instruction at the technology center beginning Monday, January 11th. The SCTC schedule, including transportation, will remain the same Monday through Friday.
All extra-curricular activities will resume on Monday.
As of today, all students will resume full-time face-to-face instruction on Monday, January 18th. Although this had previously been scheduled as an Act 80 day, students will be in session on this date. Please look for additional information as we get closer to that date.
12-3-20 COVID-19 Update
Based on the rising concerns with COVID-19 in our area, the Meyersdale Area School District will remain in a virtual learning environment for the remainder of the month and into January with a tentative return date of January 11th. This decision will be reviewed at the January 6th board meeting.
During this time frame, there will be no extra-curricular activities and SCTC students will be participating in a virtual format.
Free breakfasts and lunches will be delivered at 6 locations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while virtual. Please visit the District website’s Virtual Meal Order Form, the District Facebook Page, or contact the Cafeteria for more information.
Nurse-Although students will not be in the school building, we would appreciate knowing if your child is required to be isolating or quarantining. This information will help our nurse understand our level of community spread as well as help our teachers to know who is too ill to be completing assignments. Please call the school nurse to keep us updated.
11-12-20 COVID-19 Update
This evening, we received two notifications of positive cases of COVID-19 within our student body. The cases are in the high school. To allow for a deep cleaning of the school facility and ample time for the contact tracing process, high school students should not report to school tomorrow, Friday, November 13th. In addition, to adhere to the guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Meyersdale Area High School students should not report to in-person classes until next Wednesday, November 18th. Tomorrow, all Meyersdale High School students should login to Canvas to access their instruction. Both Meyersdale Elementary School and Meyersdale Middle School will be open for a regular school day with in-person instruction tomorrow. Thank you and have a good evening.
11-5-20 COVID-19 Update
Today, we became aware of an additional positive case of COVID-19 within our student body and started the contact tracing procedures. Both cases this week involved students in our middle school. Based on our findings and in accordance with the guidance provided by the Department of Health, Meyersdale Area Middle School will be closed to students until Wednesday, November 11th. In addition, both the elementary and high school will be closed tomorrow to allow for thorough contact tracing and continued deep cleaning. SCTC students should not report to the technology center tomorrow. As we face virtual days due to safety concerns, all students and families are reminded that students must login to Canvas to access their instruction throughout the specified time period. While instruction is not necessarily held to a specific timeline, students must login to be counted as present and determine teacher instructions. Students with internet issues should contact their respective school to make them aware of the difficulties.
To provide clarity, students can complete online work through Canvas, during a school closure at any point throughout the day- morning, afternoon or evening. Our goal is to educate our students while providing flexibility to our families.
11-3-20 COVID-19 Update
Meyersdale Area Families, Students, Faculty & Staff,
The district has been notified of a positive case of COVID-19 within our student body. The case is in the middle school and we have completed the contact tracing that goes along with the case. At this point in time, individuals who were within 6 feet of the student for greater than 15 minutes have been contacted to quarantine for the required 14 days. In addition, the school undergoes a deep cleaning process regularly. School will be in session tomorrow, Wednesday, November 4th. Thank you and have a good evening.
10-19-20 COVID-19 Update
Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 20th, Meyersdale Elementary and Middle School students will attend school in person and participate in a regular school day. Meyersdale Area High School students should not report to school and should continue to complete course work virtually. Somerset County Technology Center students should not report to the technology center in person and should also complete their course work online. Again, tomorrow, the Meyersdale Elementary and Middle school students will report to school in person unless they are ill or have an elevated temperature and Meyersdale High School students will complete work virtually and not attend school in person.
10-18-20 COVID-19 AnnouncementMeyersdale Area Families, Students, Faculty & Staff,This weekend, we received notification of our first positive case of COVID-19 within our student body. The case is in the high school and we have been working on the contact tracing that goes along with the case. At this point in time, individuals who were within 6 feet of the student for greater than 15 minutes have been contacted to quarantine for the required 14 days.Based on our findings, we feel it is in the best interests of our student body, faculty & staff to have a virtual instruction day tomorrow. Students will not report to school and should login to Canvas to access their instruction for the day. Faculty & Staff will report as normal. Buses will not run and there will be no extracurricular activities tomorrow.Note that our practice of wearing masks reduced the need for additional quarantining. Thank you for your support in this area.
In Meyersdale Area School District, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications. Read more Click Here
MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL
Grab & Go Breakfasts
Grab and Go breakfasts are available to all Middle School and High school students who choose to eat breakfast at school. Breakfast carts are stationed in both the middle school and high school lobbies. Students will have access to the breakfast as soon as they enter the building in the morning. Each student will give their name to the food service staff member and their cafeteria account will be charged accordingly: free students will have no charge, reduced students are charged .30 and full price students are charged .90.
Breakfast available in the cafeteria
Breakfast will once again be offered to all elementary students in the morning, prior to the start of class. Free studnets will hane no charge, reduced students .30 and full price students are charged .90.
We hope this easy access allows your student to enjoy a nutritious breakfast before the start of school each day.