FRIDAY WILDCAT NEWS
November 20, 2020
NEWS & UPDATES
This week was American Education Week, celebrating public education and honoring individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education.

No matter their position, every member of Dallastown Area School District is important in the lives of our students. Their work is valued, their dedication commendable and worthy of celebration this week and all year round.
UPDATED 2020-21 CALENDAR FOR GRADES K-6
As the Dallastown Area School District approaches the end of the first trimester, we can proudly say that, together, we have met the challenges one by one and have persevered. We remain committed to providing an excellent learning environment for all of our students through interactive and engaging practices within the three DASD learning options.

In an effort to address identified needs for sustainability, a revised calendar for grades K-6 was presented and approved at this week’s School Board Meeting. This revised calendar includes the addition of four early dismissals in Trimester II and four additional early dismissals in Trimester III.

Trimester II
December 9, January 6, January 27, February 24

Trimester III
March 24, April 14, May 12, May 26

The revised calendar will follow our current early dismissal schedule for the 2020-21 school year - Intermediate dismissed at 11:30 a.m.; Elementary dismissed at 11:40 a.m. Breakfast will be served as usual and grab-and-go lunches will be distributed to each student to take home at dismissal.
AROUND DASD
A York Township Wildcat Remote Learning student participates in Mickey Spirit Day!
Team Optimism at DAIS raised $300 for Olivia's House. They wore their team t-shirts to show unity for World Kindness Day.
DHS students attended OSHA training at The Manufacturers' Association.
This Spring, the musicals will be Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Frozen Jr.
Officer Dalkiewicz and Mr. Blevins helped serve the Holiday meal at DAIS.
Mrs. Lieu's class at Loganville-Springfield played Thanksgiving BINGO with Mrs. McMaster's remote class through Zoom.
NEW PA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TRAVEL AND FACE COVERING ORDERS
This week, the District received an updated order regarding face coverings and travel restrictions from the PA Department of Health that take effect on Friday, November 20.

While these new orders, issued by the PA Department of Health, may be inconvenient, we must come together as a community to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season.

Below are the updated guidelines regarding the use of face coverings:
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. This includes all school buildings. 
  • Exceptions to this order include: 
  • During a face covering break, where all individuals are socially distanced.
  • While eating lunch, where individuals are socially distanced.
  • Alternative face coverings, including shields, must meet the following criteria:
  • Must cover the nose and mouth, extend below the chin and to the ears, and leave no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece.
  • If you have questions or are in need of a face covering, please contact your child’s school.

Additionally, the order states that any Pennsylvanians who are returning from visiting another state must either provide a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours or must quarantine for 14 days. We understand that many families may have previously scheduled trips or outings, however, the District must comply with this order from the PA Department of Health. Any previously approved educational trip(s), will remain approved, however the aforementioned negative COVID-19 test or a 14-day travel quarantine will be required to return to school.

We encourage everyone to be extra cautious during the holiday season. If you do host or attend a holiday gathering, please wear a mask when indoors and keep a distance from people not in your household. In the event that your child or a member of your household develops symptoms found on the DASD Daily Symptom Screening Tool, please contact your child’s building nurse(s).
WEEKLY COVID-19 UPDATE
Currently Dallastown Area School District has thirteen active cases within the District. This does not include the previous cases of which the individuals have recovered from COVID-19 and have returned to our buildings.

The District continues to work in collaboration with the PA Department of Health to conduct contact tracing investigations. As a result of these investigations, the District will notify those individuals who are considered close contacts and advise them to self-quarantine, accordingly.
BUILDING BREAKDOWN
Dallastown Area High School
Positive Cases: 0
Dallastown Area Middle School
Positive Cases: 8
Dallastown Area Intermediate School
Positive Cases: 3
Dallastown Elementary
Positive Cases: 1
Leaders Heights Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
Loganville-Springfield Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
Ore Valley Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
York Township Elementary
Positive Cases: 1
Wildcat Compass Academy
Positive Cases: 0
Multiple Buildings
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.

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
  • November 25: EARLY DISMISSAL - Half Day In-Service
  • November 26 - 30: NO SCHOOL - Holiday
  • December 1: NO SCHOOL - Full Day In-Service