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Coronavirus Resource Page

Last Updated: 10/22/2021 2:13 PM

Governor Wolf’s administration instituted a facemask requirement for all Pennsylvania schools that began on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The order requires scholars, educators, and staff members to wear masks when inside school buildings. Read more about the Pennsylvania health mandate HERE

Vaccinations are safe, effective, and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses. All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. On May 12, the Pennsylvania Health Department encouraged all COVID-19 vaccine providers to vaccinate anyone age 12 and over with the Pfizer vaccine as recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more about Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. 

Superintendent/CEO Dr. Tina Chekan has issued a video message to families with additional information about how families can help keep our schools healthy and safe.

 


 


 


PROPEL WIDE COVID-19 DASHBOARD
Click HERE for updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

COVID-19 Dashboard

This dashboard provides a snapshot of all active and inactive cases throughout our network of 13 schools and our administrative office; both are comprised of approximately 660 staff members and 4,000 scholars. We will update this information daily.


UPDATES

These family newsletters are packed with information about school and our safety plan. 

 


STAYING HEALTHY
 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

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If your child is sick with a cough, fever, cold symptoms, vomiting, or diarrhea, PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME. If your child comes to school and is feeling ill, the School Nurse will call you to pick them up. Please arrange to do so promptly. Schools are not expected or equipped to assess or test for COVID-19 and children with COVID-19 may only have mild symptoms. Therefore, nurses will err on the side of caution and send home scholars who appear ill. If your child is immunocompromised or has other significant health issues, please contact their health care provider for recommendations regarding school attendance in the event of confirmed cases in our area.

If your child is experiencing anxiety related to COVID-19, it is important to remind them that the adults in their lives are taking steps to protect them from illness. They can help by covering coughs and sneezes with an elbow or a tissue and washing their hands.


STOP THE SPREAD

graphic image of the coronavirusWearing masks, washing hands, using hand sanitizer when soap is not available are a few proven mitigation steps that you can do to help stop the spread of the virus. Here is more information from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health.


The United Way’s resource navigators can help connect families with food pantries, health care services, utility and eviction prevention assistance, and more. Dial 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit PA211uw.org.Graphic image of Allegheny County 211 logo

 

Important Information

 

Propel will continue to closely align whenever possible with PDE's School Guidance and Resources and CDC guidance during the 2021-22 school year. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies will be made. Please review our Health and Safety Plan

To streamline communication regarding our COVID-19 procedures and protocols, we have created a FAQ Guide For Families. We’ve answered the questions that we hear the most so that you can have access to answers 24/7.

 

Since 2003, Propel Schools' mission has been to bring equity and excellence in education and to support communities and families in creative and inspiring ways. During this health pandemic, we are working hard to deliver on that promise. Please review our Continuity of Education Plan. 

Propel Schools is excited about supporting families with a time-saving digital solution to physically completing paperwork through Script. Families used it during technology pick up and more forms will be shared with you through Script during the 20-21 school year. Learn more about Script HERE. 


Important Information 
from Health Officials 


American Academy of Pediatrics


Information about COVID-19 Vaccines


This is a useful tool families and staff can use daily to help prevent the spread of the virus: At Home Symptom Checker. 

This is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a medical professional for serious symptoms or emergencies.


Child Care Assistance
Trying Together has partnered with the Department of Human Services to provide information on finding child care at Tryingtogether.org. Help is also available by calling Early Learning Resource Center Region 5 at 412-350-3577.


Interactive map of Mental Health Services providers in and near Allegheny County


Greater Pittsburgh
Community Food Bank


LOOKING FOR CHILDCARE OPTIONS? Call the Early Learning Resource Center at 412-350-3577


Additional Support Services


Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. 


Click HERE for information about how to obtain AFFORDABLE  HOME INTERNET ACCESS
 

Here is a list from a variety of internet providers if you need to sign up at a free or reduced-cost:

Comcast Internet Essentials
AT&T (855-220-5211)
Sprint
Spectrum
Verizon
USAC
How to turn your phone into a hotspot

(be sure to check with your cell phone provider regarding possible charges. 


FREE TUTORING SESSIONS for any scholar in grades K-12 attending school in Allegheny County is being offered through Gwen’s Girls. Space is limited! To learn more and to register visit Gwen’s Girls.