On Monday, June 28, the Pennsylvania Department of Health lifted the Universal Masking Order that was put into place in April 2020 and most recently updated on March 17, 2021.
In alignment with this update, beginning on Monday, June 28, 2021, Propel Schools no longer require scholars or staff to wear masks in school buildings, during Summer Experience camps, or at athletic events.
Of course, scholars are welcome to continue to wear masks if that is your family’s decision. Please note that Propel will be unable to require your scholar to wear a mask, even if that is the decision that you have communicated to the school or camp coordinator.
Please talk with your scholar about continuing to follow common sense health practices such as:
Washing/Sanitizing hands on a regular basis
Utilizing best practices in respiratory hygiene (coughing/sneezing into your elbow.)
Being aware of personal space and allowing other scholars to have personal space as well.
We respectfully request that you continue to monitor your scholar’s health and be alert to signs of illness, including cough and fever. Please do not send scholars to camp or to school if they are exhibiting signs of illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has additional information for families here.
Propel Schools continues to work with the Allegheny County Health Department, the PA Department of Education, and other public health experts to ensure that our protocols are what is needed for the health and safety of staff and scholars. Please continue to use the At Home Symptom Checker daily. If you are a Propel Family and your child is staying with someone else, feel free to forward the link to the symptom checker to them.
Click HERE for updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
PROPEL WIDE 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 twice a week, Tuesday and Friday.
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What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
If your child is sick with cough, fever, cold symptoms, vomiting and/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
Wearing 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.