Dear UCF Community,
I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday!
Yesterday we welcomed back our K-5 students and staff to their hybrid instructional program. As I’ve mentioned before, this program is working well and I am pleased with the cooperation from our students, staff and families to maintain a safe learning environment for all. Our goal is to continue with this plan for as long as it is safe to do so. We also welcomed back our 6-12 students virtually and remain hopeful that the remote learning model will continue to serve our students well while keeping staff and students safe.
Over the weekend we received the most recent COVID-19 metrics for Chester County and met with Dr. Sulieman who provided her analysis of the data and specific metrics for the UCF community. See the most recent report here. Important key takeaways include:
- Chester County positivity rates decreased from 8.6% to 7.8%;
- Chester County has seen a weekly increase in incidence rate per 100,000 from 199 to 219.5;
- UCF municipalities have seen a decrease in incidents from 35 to 29;
- Projected incidence rates per 100,000 - in the next month - show Chester County cases to rise above 400;
- UCF has seen 24 cases (students and staff) this year with 15 since November 1.
We will keep a keen eye on the metrics over the next couple of weeks as predictions anticipate a spike associated with the Thanksgiving holiday. I urge our families who have traveled out of state to follow Secretary Levine’s travel Order - including quarantining as directed in the Order. Our Health and Safety Plan requires we follow PA Department of Health Orders - it is an important responsibility to help protect our students, staff and community.
Last week, I shared with you that the District would be signing an attestation with the PA Department of Health which allows us to continue with in-person instruction. The attestation outlines several regulations and protocols that we must follow in order to remain open. By signing the attestation - these Pennsylvania Department of Health regulations and guidelines are now mandates that the District must adhere to. Moving forward we will assess our status of in-person instruction based on our ability to meet the mandates of the attestation and on the COVID-19 metrics over the next couple of weeks (see chart below). The Board will discuss this along with our current elementary and secondary instructional models during the December 7 School Board meeting.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.