Health and Safety Plan

West Perry Health and Safety Plan
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Dear WPSD Parents/Guardians:

I hope this communication finds you healthy and enjoying the summer despite the continued COVID-19 pandemic.  Over the past five weeks I have been working with the administrators to develop plans that will bring students back to school safely.  The District formed a Pandemic Team to specifically develop a Health and Safety plan that will allow us to safely open schools in August.  We have reviewed data obtained from surveys of parents and information provided from the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to develop multiple plans that will bring students back to face to face instruction on August 24th.

Last evening, the WPSD School Board approved the Health and Safety PlanThis plan includes details regarding the following: cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing, face coverings, communications, monitoring student health, and other considerations for keeping students and staff safe and healthy.  We will continue to monitor the ever changing landscape of health and education and make any necessary changes.

As the summer progresses and the district prepares for August 24th, I would like to update you on a few additional items that we are working on:

  • As of this time, the PA General Assembly does not intend to waive the 180 day or 900/990 required hours for the 2020-2021 school year.This means that whatever educational option the WPSD is offering or that parents choose, attendance will be taken daily and students will be expected to participate either in-person or online daily to meet the requirements for compulsory attendance.
  • The WPSD feels that all students need to return to rigorous instruction starting August 24th.Students will be held accountable for work completed, assessments, and amount of engagement in class lessons in order for teachers to determine mastery and provide grades to students.
  • Our ultimate goal for the 2020-2021 school year is to offer all students a face to face educational experience. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing so much uncertainty, we are fearful that we may have a bus driver shortage during the year that prevents us from getting the students to and from school.We have to be prepared for this possibility and have solutions ready to get students to and from school. The first key to accomplishing this is to adjust the start and end times for the elementary and secondary buildings.By staggering the start and end times, this will allow drivers to possibly do an elementary and a secondary bus run.Another way to accomplish this is to encourage parents to transport their child to and from school.This will alleviate some stops and allow routes to be completed faster, which would then permit drivers to do additional routes.
  • To provide maximum flexibility when facing possible shortages with teachers, bus drivers, etc. the district will implement the following start and end times for the 2020-2021 school year: Elementary – 9:30AM – 3:35PM, MS – 7:40AM – 2:30PM, HS – 7:35AM – 2:20PM

I would like to thank all of you in advance for your cooperation as we work collaboratively to reopen our schools in the safest manner possible for both employees and students.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at dzula@westperry.org.

Sincerely,

David M. Zula
Superintendent of Schools