On Tuesday August 31, 2021, Governor Wolf announced that masks will be required in all Pennsylvania schools. Since masks were already required for our students, staff and school visitors, this mandate changes very little for our district. The purpose of this message is to make you aware that masking in schools is now mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
We will continue to follow the COVID mitigation guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Allegheny County Health Department, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
District staff will continue to assist the Allegheny County Health Department in contact tracing. If your child is considered a close contact or is displaying symptoms of COVID, the school nurses will contact caregivers via a phone call.
Please note that students will not be identified as a close contact if everyone involved was (A) wearing a mask and (B) maintaining a social distance of at least 3 feet. Despite the masking mandate and our efforts to social distance to the fullest extent possible, there may still be instances where a student is identified as a close contact and may, therefore, need to quarantine. If this occurs, we will work together to ensure your child has access to remote learning opportunities, which may include either asynchronous or synchronous learning while they are quarantining.
Our goal is to keep our students learning in person this year, so if your child is experiencing COVID symptoms, please keep them home from school and consult their health care provider to determine if there is a need for COVID testing.
Thank you for your continued cooperation!
Barry J. Balaski
Moon Area School District