Dear Vanguard Families,

The PA Department of Health (DOH) announced on Nov. 18, 2020 two updated Orders. The Face Covering order (click here to view) was effective as of November 18, 2020. The Travel Mitigation order (click here to view) will go into effect at 12:01 am on Friday, November 20, 2020.  In an effort to ensure you are aware of these Orders, we are providing you with some general content and the attached documents for your convenience.

The Face Covering Order reiterates the importance of wearing a mask that covers one’s nose and mouth. As per the Order, “Face covering” means covering of the nose and mouth with material that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A “face covering” can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. The Order goes on to identify definitions and other relevant information.  As per our Health and Safety Plan, all employees, students and adult participants are required to wear a mask when indoors. This order extends mask-wearing while outdoors in certain situations. I encourage you to review the Order. See attached.

The Travel Mitigation Order, effective November 20, 2020, says the following:  Individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other State or Commonwealth or an international location, must produce evidence of a negative SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) test from a specimen collected within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth, or quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state. This means that if you cannot provide evidence that your student was tested and tested negative within 72 hours prior to returning to PA, your student must quarantine for 14 days at home. Your student will be eligible for virtual instruction during his/her 14-day quarantine. It is very important to contact your school and inform them of your student’s need to quarantine for 14 days. It would be ideal if you communicate any travel plans PRIOR to travel so the school is able to plan for your student’s virtual instruction upon his/her return to PA. See attached Order.

I remind you that it is the family’s responsibility to inform the School of your student’s travel plans. I am sure you can appreciate the importance of your student quarantining following an out-of-state trip. It helps us protect the school population and staff.

Be Safe,

Grace Fornicola, PhD
Executive Director

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