Dear UCF Community,
Updated COVID-19 transmission numbers come out weekly (provided by the PA Department of Health and the Chester County Health Department). For the second week in a row - we see decreasing numbers (mostly) - this is a promising trend. I appreciate that in our community and beyond there is competing anxiety - for those who fear we are opening too slowly and for those who fear that we are opening too quickly. I have found that both sides of the argument feel passionate about their positions. I appreciate the feedback and data that I have received supporting these positions.
Knowing that we all want the same thing - to bring students back safely - I have one request: while it is okay to disagree - it is not okay to be disagreeable. We are one community - with the same goal. Our words and actions now, as well as how we treat one another, will move forward with us. Let’s remember our connections and our common objective. Enmity and discord do not help us – we are all best served by working together - not attacking one another.
Our weekly review, in consultation with Dr. Sulieman, of COVID-19 transmission rates took place Saturday. See the most recent report here. These are the important takeaways:
- Chester County has seen a weekly decrease in positivity rates from 5.5% to 3.6%;
- Chester County has seen a weekly decrease in incidence rate per 100,000 from 64.6 to 50.2;
- UCF municipalities have seen a slight increase in incidents from 12 to 13 over the past week;
- Projected cases - in the coming weeks - have flattened out for Chester County.
Based on the current trend in the COVID-19 transmission rates:
- We are on target to begin K-5 - in a hybrid model - on October 12;
- We will continue with UHS interscholastic athletic competition and PMS intrasquad workouts;
- We plan to vote on October 12 to transition grades 6-12 to a hybrid model - if the vote passes - the change would take place on October 26.
We have a plan and a path forward. I thank you all for your continued support and trust.