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UCFSD COVID-19 Metrics Update #18

Dear UCF Community, 

Last night the School Board discussed and voted on important topics regarding our instructional models.  Below are the agenda items including key details - I encourage you to view the recording of the meeting for additional information:

  • The Board approved a new A/B hybrid instructional schedule for the middle and high schools (see schedule details); 
  • Grades 6-12 will return to a hybrid learning model and follow the new A/B instructional schedule beginning January 19;
  • Two new kindergarten teachers were approved to allow for kindergarten students to now attend school every day; 
  • The existing hybrid instructional model for grades K-5 (with everyday kindergarten) will continue;
  • High school sports have resumed under strict safety protocols and mitigation measures. 

Dr. Dissinger and Mr. Conley will be sending out detailed information regarding the new secondary schedule shortly.  

Additionally, Dr. Sulieman presented her weekly analysis of the COVID-19 metrics at the School Board Work Session. Click here to see the report. Important key takeaways include:

  • Chester County positivity rates are relatively stable with a slight increase from 11.1% to 11.4%;
  • Chester County has seen a weekly decrease in incidence rate per 100,000 from 283.3 to 239.6;
  • Projected incidence rates per 100,000 - in the next month -  show Chester County cases to remain below 300 (previous models showed numbers heading over 400);
  • UCF has seen 43 cases (students and staff) this year with 10 over the past four weeks (view UCF Dashboard);
  • Vaccine administration has begun in Chester County and included our school nurses (see article).   

We have seen our communities’ COVID-19 numbers level off with a slight decrease over the past three weeks - and projections for our area indicate that this trend will continue. We remain cautiously optimistic. We have yet to see how travel and gatherings from over the holiday may impact these models - we continue to monitor the data daily and will keep you informed of any alarming trends. 

We understand that the changes to our instructional schedule requires an adjustment - but will result in a model that is better for our students, families, and staff. The numbers and our experts are telling us that our schools are safe. It is clear that our layered mitigation measures are strong and are working.  I urge you to continue to use good judgment and follow health and safety protocols so that we can remain in in-person instruction for as long as possible. 

We are constantly learning, we are following the data and science, and we are adapting. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we enter this next phase of the school year.  

Kind regards,

John Sanville