2021-22 Reopening Plan

  • For the 2021-22 school year, DASD currently plans to offer full-time, in-person instruction, as well as online instruction via the Downingtown Cyber Academy

    The DASD Board of Directors approved the Health and Safety Plan during the August 11, 2021 board meeting. DASD will follow the guidance of its governing bodies, the PA Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

    As updated guidelines are released, DASD will update the Health and Safety Plan, which may result in future Board action.

COVID-19 Dashboard

  • COVID-19 Dashboard
  • 2021-22 COVID-19 Notification Library

Highlights

  • Highlights of the plan include:

    1. DASD will follow the CDC recommendation to have all K-12 staff, students and visitors wear masks while indoors. Wearing masks indoors will be required until students in grades K-6 have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine AND COVID-19 cases decrease.

    2. Once all students have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, masking will be based upon the Chester County community transmission level reported by the Chester County Health Department using the following CDC chart:

      Chart

    3. The TSA mandates that masks will be worn at all times on school buses.

    4. If a positive case is discovered in a school building and the close contacts as well as the infected individual were all wearing a mask, the close contacts do NOT need to quarantine. Fully vaccinated individuals are also NOT required to quarantine if they are a close contact and asymptomatic.

    5. Three (3) feet of social distancing will be maintained to the extent possible in classrooms and in lunchrooms.

    6. We expect on-site COVID testing will be available for symptomatic students and teachers early in the school year. (Students will not be tested without parent permission.)

    7. Students will have an assigned seat in classrooms and on the bus.

    8. Any student who does not have a mask will be provided a mask. A student who refuses to wear a mask will be sent to the building administrator. Continuous refusal will result in the child being sent home and potential disciplinary action in accordance with our district code of conduct.

    Last school year, 1,705 DASD students and staff were required to quarantine due to in-school cases of COVID-19. Due to the exception that allows masked students to avoid quarantine, we believe that mandating masks until all students have the opportunity to vaccinate will ensure that students can continue to learn in school to the greatest extent possible.

     

Archived Reopening Information

  • 2020-21 Reopening Information
  • 2020-21 COVID-19 Dashboard