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UCFSD COVID-19 Metrics Update #23

Dear UCF Community, 

I hope you are having a good week. In addition to our normal COVID-19 update - I will also include up to date and accurate information regarding vaccines and CDC and CCHD guidance.

On Monday evening, Dr. Sulieman presented her weekly analysis of the COVID-19 metrics to the School Board. Click here to watch the report. Also, here is a link to Dr. Sulieman’s slides. Important key takeaways include: 

  • Chester County positivity rates have seen a negligible increase from 7.0% to 7.5%;
  • Chester County has seen a weekly decrease in incidence rate per 100,000 from 161.3 to 133.1;
  • Projected incidence rates per 100,000 - in the next month - show a steady decline in Chester County cases with the potential of moving from substantial to moderate in the next week or two;
  • The UCF community had a negligible increase from 26 to 33;
  • UCF has seen 68 cases (students and staff) this year with 20 over the past four weeks;
  • Schools should consider resuming in-person instruction for targeted student populations (i.e., students with disabilities, English Learners, etc.);
  • Nationally, variant strand cases have increased - the variant strands are more transmissible but not more deadly; 
  • We are still awaiting direction from the CCHD regarding vaccines for our staff - right now they remain in priority group 1B.  

Vaccine Update

  • As of February 5, 918,210 individuals in Pennsylvania have received at least one dose of the vaccine - that is 7.2% of our population; 
  • Pennsylvania is expected to receive 175,000 doses this week; 
  • As of February 9, Chester County has administered 36,909 vaccinations - that is 7% of the County’s population; 
  • PA is now providing a weekly update on vaccines - click here to see the most recent update

We have been meeting with local legislators regarding the need to prioritize the vaccine for Chester County and our educators. I can tell you that based on these conversations - those of you who have reached out - you are being heard. Your action has in part led to our administration meeting with representatives from the Governor’s office, Department of Health and PDE. Additionally, the Governor announced the formation of a Vaccine Task Force. Thank you for your continued effort with this. 

CDC and CCHD Guidance

  • There is an abundance of information circulating - much of it linked directly to CDC and CCHD guidance regarding social distancing;
  • While there have been discussions with the CCHD regarding the 6 ft. of social distancing recommendation - we have not been informed of any change at this time; 
  • There are reports that the CDC and/or the CCHD may recommend a change in social distancing requirements - we do not have any direct information as to whether these reports are accurate or to what any potential change in the guidance may be; 
  • We have followed and will continue to follow CDC and CCHD guidance and adjust if and when that guidance changes;
  • Be that as it may - we are bringing as many students as possible back for in-person instruction under the current guidance;
  • We have opened our doors to 150 additional students based on student need and we continue to look at places where we can bring additional students in and maintain 6 ft. of social distancing; 
  • On February 22 the Board will take action to bring back Pre-1st, 1st and 2nd grade for full-day in-person instruction starting in early March - we can accommodate this while maintaining 6 ft. of social distance based on our current in-person attendance numbers; 
  • We are also actively engaged in planning for an adjustment to our instructional model - our goal being to bring all students back for in-person instruction as soon as the guidance allows us to do so. 

I appreciate your patience with the length of this message - as you can see there is a lot of information to share. We will inform you of any changes or updates as soon as we learn more. 

This is a short week for our students and staff. We have a nice long weekend ahead of us - potentially a snowy one!  I hope you all find some time to relax and recharge a bit. 

Kind Regards, 
John Sanville