FRIDAY WILDCAT NEWS
December 11, 2020
NEWS & UPDATES
NEW PA TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS
Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced temporary restrictions that will take effect on Saturday, December 12, 2020, through Monday, January 4, 2021, at 8:00 AM.

The following events/activities will be paused during this period of time:
  • In-Person Extracurricular Activities - all school sponsored activities that occur outside of the instructional day
  • K-12 School Sports - all sports at K-12 public schools, including off-season workouts
  • District Driver’s Education behind the wheel driving lessons 
  • Activity buses for secondary students 

Health and Safety Reminders:
  • Continue to conduct Daily Symptom Screenings
  • Contact your primary health care provider if symptoms develop. 
  • Contact your school nurse if a positive test result is received. 
  • Travel Restrictions: At this time, travel restrictions are in place for anyone planning to travel outside of the state of Pennsylvania for more than 24 hours.  
  • If travel does occur for individuals age 12 or older, individuals must provide a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours, or quarantine for 14 days. 
  • DASD Quarantine Protocols: 
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19, will isolate for a period of 10 days from the first date of symptoms. 
  • An individual who is identified as a close contact through a contact tracing investigation should quarantine for 14 days based on the last date of exposure to the positive case. Please note: Household quarantines may last for a period of up to 24 days. 
OPERATION WARM SUPPORTS DALLASTOWN STUDENTS
Each year, the Dallastown Area Educational Foundation raises money to support "Operation Warm."

This year, they continued that tradition by donating hundreds of coats to ensure that all of our students are warm this winter.

Thank you, DAEF!
INCLEMENT WEATHER DAYS
It is likely over the next several months that we will see forecasts of inclement weather. In preparation, we encourage students and families to be prepared by reviewing the 2020-2021 Inclement Weather / Short Term School Closure Learning Options.

  • New for 2020-21: Wildcat Remote Learning Day: A remote learning day will be called when adverse weather conditions exist that make travel to and from school unsafe. Students will not physically report to school. Instead, all students will participate in a remote learning day. The learning day will include a check-in with teachers and an offering of work for students. Specific details about schedules for the day will be communicated by your child’s principal and/or teacher. 

  • Delayed Openings: Delayed starts will be called when temporary adverse weather conditions exist. In-person students will still physically report to school, based on the announced delayed schedule. Wildcat Remote Learning students will also observe the delayed start. Specific details about schedules for the day will be communicated by your child’s principal and/or teacher.

  • Traditional “Inclement Weather Day”: In extreme weather conditions, the District may still call an inclement weather day in which no in-person or remote instruction will occur.  

To prepare for the 2020-2021 Inclement Weather/Short Term School Closure Learning Options, we encourage students to bring home district-provided devices daily and recommend guardians ensure appropriate home internet connectivity and establishment of student learning spaces.
  • NOTE: Students in Grades K-6 will begin taking home an assigned Chromebook in preparation for inclement weather days.

Should a delayed start, early dismissal or inclement closure of any kind be necessary, families will continue to receive an email and phone call when the school day is modified.
WEEKLY COVID-19 UPDATE
This weekly summary reflects the total number of active cases within the District including in-person, Wildcat Remote Learning and DASD Cyber Academy students. For many of these cases, there was no potential for school community transmission of COVID-19 within our school buildings.

View the COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard which reflects the number of rolling 14-day cases per building, which informs the District's need for a temporary school building closure as defined by the new recommendations from the PA Department of Education and PA Department of Health.
BUILDING BREAKDOWN
Dallastown Area High School
Positive Cases: 7
Dallastown Area Middle School
Positive Cases: 1
Dallastown Area Intermediate School
Positive Cases: 3
Dallastown Elementary
Positive Cases: 1
Leaders Heights Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
Loganville-Springfield Elementary
Positive Cases: 1
Ore Valley Elementary
Positive Cases: 9
York Township Elementary
Positive Cases: 1
Wildcat Compass Academy
Positive Cases: 0
DASD DAILY SCREENING TOOL
To allow guardians to quickly conduct daily health screenings, Health Services has developed a Daily Student Screening Tool to assist with symptom screenings and recommendations surrounding students returning to school.

In the event that your child is being tested for COVID-19, they must self-quarantine until the test results are received.

If your student display's symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary health care provider and your student's school nurse.
DATES TO REMEMBER
  • December 23: Early Dismissal for Students and Teachers
  • December 24 - January 3: NO SCHOOL - Holiday Break