Frequently Asked Questions: Return to School 2020-2021

Avella Area School District

Frequently Asked Questions: Return to School 2020-2021 SY

 

The answers below are based upon current local and state mandates and guidelines. Answers are subject to change. Any changes will be shared as the district is made aware.

 

Return to School:

 

What will the start of school look like?

Green:

  • Students will return to school five (5) days per week for face to face instruction.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Masks are recommended to be worn throughout the school day. Masks will be required while riding district transportation, in hallways and where social distancing is not feasible.

 Yellow:

  • Students will return to school in a hybrid learning model.
  • Students in Group A and Group B will be assigned prior to the start of the school year.

Hybrid Learning Model

(School capacity will be limited to 50% of student population)

Monday/Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday/Friday

Group A

Group B

Group A

Group B

Group A

Group B

At School

Online Distance Learning

Online Distance Learning

Online Distance Learning

Online Distance Learning

At School

 

 Red:

  • All students will participate in online distance learning.
  • All students will access online distance learning through Compass (K-4) and Edgenuity (5-12).
  • All district facilities will be closed.

 

What should I do if I am not comfortable with in-person instruction at this time?

  • Parents and guardians who are not comfortable with in-person instruction may choose Avella’s online distance learning program.
  • If you would like additional information or to place your child in Avella’s online distance learning program please contact:

 

Will students' temperatures be taken at the beginning of the school day?

  • All student temperatures will be taken at the entrance of their respective school buildings.
  • Any student with a recorded temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be placed in a designated isolation room. The student’s temperature will then be taken again after fifteen (15) minutes.  If at this time the student’s temperature is still 100 degrees or higher the student will be taken to the nurse’s office and the family will be notified to pick up their child.

 

What should I do if my child is sick?

  • Parents are asked to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms each morning.
  • Children should be kept home if they are sick, have a fever or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If your child has a fever please keep them home three (3) days fever free.
  • Timely communication between home and school is essential to ensure the safety of all.
  • We encourage parents and guardians to notify your child’s school if they will be absent two (2) or more days or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

 

What procedures will be in place for lunches in both the elementary and secondary this school year?

  • There will be three (3) lunch periods in both the elementary and secondary buildings. Students will be required to social distance while eating their lunch.

 

When will the children be required to wear masks?

  • Masks are recommended to be worn throughout the school day. Masks will be required while riding district transportation, in hallways and where social distancing is not feasible.

 

What if we need to reach out to school services, such as the nurse or counselor?

  • For medical questions and concerns, please contact the School Nurse, Erica Bakaitis @ bakaitie@avellasd.org or 724-356-2294 X 5504
  • For counseling questions and concerns at the Jr./Sr. High School, please contact the High School Guidance Counselor, Alex Nikolopolos @ nikoa@avellasd.org or 724-356-2218 X 3305
  • For counseling questions and concerns at the Elementary Center, please contact Elementary Guidance Counselor, Yvonne Federouch @ federouchy@avellasd.org or 724-356-2294 X 5211

 

What will district-provided transportation look like for the 2020-2021 School Year?

  • Parents and guardians are encouraged to drop off and pick up students to decrease the number of students on the school busses.
  • Students who have a driver’s license are encouraged to drive to school to decrease the number of students on the school busses.
  • Students who do not drive to school or who are not transported by a parent/guardian will ride district transportation to and from school. Students will be required to wear a mask while on district transportation.

 

Family Vacation Information:

 

What should we do if our family goes on vacation during the school year or visits relatives out of state?

  • At this point and time, anyone who travels outside of the United States, and/or to, any of the states listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s: COVID-19 Information for Traveler’s webpage must quarantine for 14 calendar days before returning to school. Students who travel to other areas not yet on the list, where COVID-19 case numbers are increasing may be required to self quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school OR provide two COVID-19 tests with negative readings at least 48 hours apart, before returning to school.

 

How do I notify the school district if our family goes on vacation during the school year?

  • Avella Area School District has a Special/Absence Vacation Request form that can be found on the district webpage under District Forms.
  • Special/Absence Vacation Request forms must be submitted to the elementary and/or secondary offices prior to the family vacation.

 

Miscellaneous School Information:

 

Will the district be taking students on in-person field trips for the 2020-2021 School Year?

  • No. In-person field trips will not be part of the learning experience for the foreseeable future. As soon as we are able to safely send students off campus, we will resume in-person field trips.

 

Where will the district post information and resources related to COVID-19 and school closures?

  • The district has created a Coronavirus Update Center. It is located on the district menu bar.

 

What if I don’t have in-home internet service?

  • If you are experiencing connectivity issues at home, the district will provide internet services at a number of locations:
    • District parking lot
    • Avella Firehall
    • New West Middletown Firehall
    • Cedar Grove Park
    • Breezy Heights Restaurant
  • If you continue to have internet access issues, please contact your building administrator for additional options and information.
  • The district is currently working to improve connectivity in our rural area.

 

 

What should we do if my child experiences any technical issues with their iPad or Chromebook?

  • If your child has a district-issued device, all questions need to be directed toward the Technology Administrator, Greg Wargo at wargog@avellasd.org or 724-356-2218 X 3999.

 

Will sporting events take place this fall?

  • The PIAA has not made any changes as of July 15, 2020. Sports are currently “on as scheduled” until further notice.

 

 

Any additional questions can be directed to faq@avellasd.org.





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