Dear UCF Community,
This week I’ll be sharing the latest metrics released by Chester County as well as some upcoming changes in COVID-19 mitigation orders from the State. On Monday night, Dr. Sulieman will be presenting the latest metrics and guidance to the School Board - see her latest weekly report here. Key takeaways from this week’s metrics include:
- Chester County positivity rates decreased from 7.2% to 6.2%;
- Chester County has seen a decrease in incidence rate per 100,000 from 150.7 to 114.7;
- UCF has seen 142 cases (students and staff) this year with 21 over the past four weeks;
- We have partnered with Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital to provide access to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to our students 16 years of age and older;
- Additionally, our students 16 years of age and older have been invited to participate in a vaccination clinic at AGHS on May 8 (first dose) and June 5 (second dose);
- The Pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15 years of age, is under FDA review and may become available as soon as next week.
We are finally seeing a steady decrease in the metrics and we are hopeful that we will be back in the moderate transmission rate category in the next few weeks. At the same time - we are still seeing cases among our students and staff - leading to several quarantines last week and this week. We understand that these quarantines are an inconvenience for our families - but we follow CCHD guidance in order to keep everyone safe. The CDC updated their guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. See the new guidance here. This will be particularly helpful for our high school students who become fully vaccinated since those who have been fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine after an exposure.
Yesterday, Governor Wolf shared a press release outlining Pennsylvania’s plan to lift COVID-19 mitigation orders - except mask-wearing - effective May 31, 2021. The current order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. What does this mean for our mitigation measures and our operations? We will have to wait and see what the specific recommendations are for schools. We anticipate receiving more information from the CCHD later this week. We will continue to follow CCHD guidance and the PA Department of Health orders until new guidance is provided.
As I mentioned above - Avon Grove High School is hosting a vaccine clinic for Southern Chester County students this Saturday, May 8 (first dose) and June 5 (second dose). If your child is 16 years or older and you would like them to receive the Pfizer vaccine, please consider registering for this clinic. Please refer to Dr. Conley’s email for more information.
At the School Board Work Session on Monday evening, we will be discussing what school will look like for the remainder of the school year. We are also looking ahead at what next year will look like. A lot will depend on guidance from the CDC and CCHD - I think we can expect some changes next year. We will continue to be open and transparent as we finish this school year and plan for the fall. Thank you for your continued support.