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Last Updated: 7/20/2021 7:32 PM

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.


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 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

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

P-EBT CARDS

Click the above link to learn more about the Pennsylvania Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer. According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all P-EBT cards have been mailed by the Department of Human Services. If you have not received a card or have questions, please visit the Department of Human Services website by clicking here.


The path to reopening Propel school buildings is based on public health frameworks, guidance from experts such as the Governor’s team, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The following plan outlines the necessary steps for a safe and healthy return to school for us all—staff, scholars and families. It is vital to understand that this plan is flexible, agile and will evolve as we receive updated, science-based information. To view the plan CLICK HERE. If you have comments related to the plan, please send them to info@propelschools.org by noon on Friday, July 23.

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 

 

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.


Some families may not be familiar with the Google Classroom platform. Our friends at Common Sense Media have put together the Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Google Classroom.


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. 


Propel Schools Grab-n-Go-Meals locations and times


Greater Pittsburgh
Community Food Bank


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


Additional Support Services


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


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.


During the pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh IT Help Desk is providing FREE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT to regional residents Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 412-383-0805 or visit Pittsburgh IT Help Desk.


Allegheny County Community Learning Hubs: Safe places for kids to go to do schoolwork and participate in enrichment activities during the pandemic.