In-person Reopening Conditions & Factors

  • On September 15, 2020 at the School Board Committee of the Whole meeting we will be discussing conditions and factors impacting the decision to reopen schools in-person. On September 22, 2020 at the School Board Regular meeting (and each monthly Regular Board meeting) we will be reviewing the data.

    According to the CASD Health and Safety Plan, conditions and factors that will play into the decision to re-open for in-person learning, be it under a blended or full in-person model, will be assessed every month at a public Board meeting, and will include, but not be limited to:  

    1. Per the advice of medical consultants, the existence of a 14-day rolling case count of less than 50 per 100,000 people testing positive for COVID-19 in Franklin County.
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      *This graph represented a sum of the previous 14 days new COVID cases in Franklin County, normalized to cases/100,000 population (to obtain a per capita rate).  It is not an average.  This aligns with the rates that Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine have put forth as metrics to use when determining when to go from red to yellow to green phases.  Here is a quick explanation of the metric:

    2. The District’s capacity to reopen based on the number of staff in quarantine for any reason or taking leave because of COVID-19 related reasons, including, but not limited to, the leave afforded employees under the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act  (FFCRA).
    3. The existence of updated information relative to COVID-19 incidence changes in school  districts that are fully or partially open.
    4. Availability and distribution of a vaccine along with a reduction in local cases.
    5. Removal of masking and social distancing orders from the Governor., which will be critical in a total reopening as opposed to opening under a blended model.