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Health and Safety Plan Page

Hello, Dover Area School District families.

We are eager for our students and staff to return to our buildings for a rewarding 2021-2022 school year!

  • August 24th is the First Day of School for Students in Kindergarten, 6th, 9th & 12th grades.
  • August 25th being the First Day of School for all other students. 

I would like to remind families of some very important items as you look toward the upcoming school year. We continue to strive to infuse technology into instruction; however, it is not our intent to be on iPads all day long. 

  • It is vitally important that students charge their iPad each night and remember to bring their iPad to school each day. Students who do not have access to their iPad will be at a disadvantage during the school day. 
  • Please assess your child’s health each morning and do not send him/her to school if he/she is exhibiting any symptoms of illness. 

During the August 17, 2021, Dover Area School District Board of Directors meeting, a revised version of the Health and Safety Plan was approved and is attached in this e-mail. The district is hopeful that this plan is temporary, but until further notice, please know the following requirements are in place until further notice and are located in the Health and Safety Plan as well as FAQ. Read the Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn about the layered mitigation efforts the district is implementing. Below are a few of the highlights from the FAQs:

Will students be required to wear masks on the bus? In school? At recess?

  • Students will be required to wear masks on the school bus per the CDC order
  • Students in elementary and middle schools will be required to wear masks in school.
  • Students will not be required to wear masks outdoors.
  • Masks are recommended for unvaccinated students and staff at the high school.
  • If a student comes to school without a mask, a parent will be contacted to pick up his/her child.

Will vaccinations be required of students and/or staff?

  • COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for student or staff attendance.

How does the CDC define a close contact?

  • Close Contact: within 6 feet for 15 consecutive minutes
  • Exception to Close Contact in the K-12 indoor classroom setting: If both infected student and the exposed student (close contact) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time, the exposed student would not be considered a close contact and would not need to quarantine.

Will the district continue to contact trace for positive cases?

  • Yes. DASD will follow CDC recommendations, updated on August 13, 2021.
     
  • Fully Vaccinated: Close Contact (PAHAN-563 7/30/21)
    • Test 2-5 days after exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms.
    • DASD will accept tests conducted in medical facilities.
    • Wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
    • If you choose not to wear a mask, you will be excluded from school activities for 10 days after exposure.
    • Isolate for 10 days if they test positive or develop symptoms
    • Monitor for symptoms for 14 days following an exposure regardless of negative test results.
  • Unvaccinated: Close Contact
    • Quarantine for 14 days after the date of last exposure OR
    • Quarantine for 10 days if asymptomatic, wear a mask indoors for a total of 14 days and monitor symptoms until day 14 OR
    • Quarantine for 7 days if tested at Day 5, return on Day 8 with negative test results. DASD will accept tests conducted in medical facilities.
  • Positive Case
    • Quarantine for 10 days from onset of symptoms
    • Quarantine for 10 days from date of test if asymptomatic
    • Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • Close Contact: within 6 feet for 15 consecutive minutes
    • Exception to Close Contact in the K-12 indoor classroom setting: If both infected student and the exposed student (close contact) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time, the exposed student would not be considered a close contact and would not need to quarantine.

Additional communications will be forthcoming from your building principal.

Have a great year!

Kelly K. Cartwright, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools
Dover Area School District
101 Edgeway Road
Dover, PA 17315 
(717) 292-3671

Every Student, Every Day, Whatever it Takes!

 

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Current Health and Safety Plan