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UCFSD COVID-19 Metrics Update #27

Dear UCF Community, 

This week’s weather certainly has us thinking that spring may be right around the corner - similarly, this week’s COVID-19 metrics give us hope that brighter days are ahead. I’ll be sharing our weekly COVID-19 metrics, a reminder about this week’s schedule, an update on vaccines for our staff, and our plan for a full K-12 return to in-person learning on March 15 - which the Board approved last night. 

Last night Dr. Sulieman presented her weekly analysis of COVID-19 metrics to the School Board.  See the latest report here  (View a recording of her presentation here). Key takeaways include: 

  • Chester County positivity rates decreased from 5.53% to 4.73%;
  • Chester County has seen a weekly decrease in incidence rate per 100,000 from 95.00 to 84.57;
  • Projections indicate that Chester County will remain in the high transmission rate category for the next few weeks with the possibility of a shift to moderate over the next month;
  • The UCF community had a decrease from 22 to 20;
  • UCF has seen 84 cases (students and staff) this year with 11 over the past four weeks;
  • The PA DOH has earmarked 271 Johnson and Johnson vaccines for UCF employees - vaccinations will begin this week. 


Last night the School Board approved our plan for full, in-person instruction beginning March 15, 2021.  We look forward to inviting all students back on Monday, March 15. As a reminder, the option for remote instruction will continue for students who still wish to remain home. This is an outline of the plan:


Elementary

  • Phase 1 - Elementary schools will return to our regular full-day school schedule (except Wednesdays) beginning March 15, 2021.  Wednesday half-days continue - all students attend in the AM. 
  • Phase 2 - Elementary schools will return to the regular full-day schedule on Wednesdays on a date to be determined.

Secondary

  • Phase 1 - Secondary schools will return for in-person instruction on March 15, 2021. They will keep the current school schedule including virtual Wednesdays for Patton Middle School.  
  • Phase 2 -  Secondary schools will change to our regular full-day school schedule on a date to be determined.

In preparation for inviting all students back for in-person instruction on March 15, the District is making a change to the calendar. Friday, March 12, 2021 will now be an in-service day for staff with no instructional programs for students. This will allow our staff the time to properly prepare for a full student return. In order to add this staff in-service day, we made the following changes to our schedule tomorrow, March 10, 2021:

  • Kindergarten and second through fifth grade will have a regular half-day (AM/PM);
  • Pre-first and first grade will have a regular full day;
  • Middle School will operate on a Friday schedule with hybrid group #2 in person;
  • High school will operate on a Gold Day schedule.


On March 3, Governor Wolf announced that the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine will be allocated to PreK-12 teachers and other school staff. Beginning March 12, 2021, a group of 271 UCFSD staff will receive the vaccine as part of Phase 1 distribution. The remaining staff will receive the vaccine as part of Phase 2 distribution which will begin April 5, 2021.  Based on communication from Harrisburg - I am hopeful that all of our staff who want to be vaccinated will be by mid-April.  This is a tremendous added mitigation measure as we move through the remainder of the school year. 

 

I hope you all have the opportunity to spend some time outside, get some fresh air and enjoy this nice weather we are having! Thank you again for your continued support. 

 

Kind Regards, 

 

John Sanville