Reopening Plan F.A.Q.s

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

This page will be updated to include general questions we receive with answers that provide information for community members.  

Answers will be revised when additional information becomes available.

March 23, 2021

What has been decided regarding the school model for the remainder of 2020-21?

On March 8, 2021 the WASD Board of School Directors approved modifications to the District’s Health and Safety Plan and school model.  Grades K-6 will receive four days in-person each week, beginning on March 22, 2021.  These in-person days will occur on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Wednesdays will remain virtual with asynchronous delivery as currently scheduled. 

Grades 7-12 will move to the four day in-person schedule described above on March 29, 2021.  BCTC students will move to four days in-person at that time as well.

WASD will continue to provide the WAVE virtual program for grades K-12 through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

This plan suspends the “Hybrid A” and “Hybrid B” groups as all in-person education will be four days per week.

Where can I find information on the WASD school model?

Click here for the WASD website at and you can access the revised WASD Health and Safety Plan, the March 8, 2021 PowerPoint presentation and District communications.

Can I change my child’s school model?

A communication was sent to all WASD parents/guardians on March 9, 2021.  All parents/guardians were provided  an opportunity to revise their child’s education model.  Based on these requests, we accommodated the changes for grades K-6 on March 22nd, and for grades 7-12 on March 29th.  Requests made beyond the initial opportunity will be considered by guidance and administration, knowing that any approved changes would need to be in compliance with our Health and Safety Plan.

What information was considered to make this change?

Please see the March 8, 2021 PowerPoint presentation on our District website.  Many factors were considered including agency guidance, local data, stakeholder input and administrative recommendations. 

Will additional changes be made to the school model in 2020-21?

Possibly.  Administration will continue to closely monitor data to determine if in-person instruction can increase to five days per week, or revert to our previous model.  Any model changes would be communicated with all parents/guardians

Who do I contact with questions or concerns?

 WASD COVID-19/Reopening Website: https://www.wyoarea.org/our_district/WASDREOPENINGPLANCOVIDUPDATES

School Offices:
- JSHS - 610-374-4031
- WREC - 610-378-9441
- WHEC - 610-378-9431

District Food Services
Dariely Marrero - 610-374-0739 x1118

Transportation
Craig Scheetz - 610-374-0739 x1110

Technology Support
Email:  
one2one@wyoarea.org

Where can I find information on interscholastic sports:

The PIAA approved sports to begin, and the BCIAA established starting dates for specific sports.  Our WASD Re-entry Plan for Athletics and Extra Curricular Activities can be found at:  WASD Re-Entry Plan forAthletics and Extra-Curricular Activities.  Administration continues to work with coaches and activity instructors to implement safety measures for student activities.

Where can I find information about Wyomissing Area Virtual Education (WAVE)?

Please click here for the WAVE information page

How is the District monitoring air quality and implementing our Health and Safety Plan?

WASD completed testing of the HVAC system prior to the start of school and will bring additional outdoor air in to spaces, controlled by the building automation system which collects data on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis.  Our Facilities Department Staff will continue to monitor our system, with support from our contracted specialists.

Where can I find information on cleaning and cleaning products?

The District's Health and Safety Plan details steps taken by WASD to clean our buildings and equipment.  Additional cleaning information and MSDS Sheets for cleaning products can be found on the Facilities Department webpage at:  WASD Health & Safety Plan Cleaning

Does the WASD Health and Safety Plan require face coverings?

Yes.  All students, employees and visitors are required to wear face coverings at all times on District property except when eating/drinking with six feet of social distance or when outside with six feet of social distance.  Students and drivers are also required to wear face coverings while riding to/from school or school activities on District transportation vehicles.

What types of face coverings are permitted?

As defined by the PA Department of Health, "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. WASD is not permitting the use of gators, t-shirts, or bandanas as approved face coverings.  If Administration identifies a concern with a specific face covering, they will attempt to work with the individual to resolve the issue and contact the parents/guardian if the individual is a student.

WASD Contact Tracing Protocol

 Per the WASD Health and Safety Plan, school nurses and Administration will identify and assign quarantine dates for students, employees or visitors based on available information and guidance provided by the PA Department of Health.  WASD Administration will review medical information submitted by parents/guardians or employees while these decisions are being made and to support the individual's return to campus when medically cleared.  While information received from outside medical providers will be reviewed and considered, the District reserves the right to assign quarantine dates determined to protect the health and safety of all students, employees and visitors.  Based on guidance from DOH and the CDC, WASD has developed a chart that outlines common scenarios and the steps typically assigned to address these sets of information.  This chart can be found on the District website at the following link:  Student & FamilyCOVID-19 Toolkit.  Parents/Guardians or employees must contact our school nurse to discuss any specific questions or concerns related to an exposure, symptoms, decision to test or test result.

What is considered an exposure?

An exposure, according to the DOH, is defined as contact within 6 feet for greater than 15 consecutive minutes. 

Who handles the contact tracing?

      The DOH oversees all contact tracing and quarantine procedures for WASD.  DOH personnel may directly contact COVID-positive individuals and/or individuals in direct contact with COVID-positive individuals.

 

      WASD staff members have received contact tracing training through Johns Hopkins University.  WASD can complete contact tracing to assist WASD school nurses and administration with quarantine decisions and assignments.

      Contact tracing may include interviews with staff and parents, seating charts, bus seating charts, practice schedules and other pertinent information to determine if an exposure has taken place.

      The WASD Director of Pupil Services oversees the work of our school nurses and staff regarding contact tracing and is in direct contact with DOH to review quarantine decisions

What should I do if I begin to exhibit symptoms?

If a parent or sibling begins to exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19, they should contact their healthcare provider

What are the symptoms associated with COVID-19?

Symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be, but are not limited to: cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new taste or smell disorder, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, headache, runny nose/congestion, diarrhea, nausea and fatigue

What is the plan for the 2021-22 school year?

WASD is planning to provide five days of in-persons instruction to start the 2021-22 school year.  Additional details and plans will be communicated to stakeholders.