Frequently Asked Questions
What happens now that the acting secretary’s order has been ordered to be lifted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court?
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on December 10, 2021 that Acting Secretary Beam's masking order be lifted immediately. In accordance with the district's health and safety plan, approved by the CBSD Board of School Directors on December 6, 2021, masking is optional in CBSD schools beginning on Monday, December 13, 2021.
Are face coverings necessary when on district buses?
Regardless of district masking expectations, due to federal requirements, masks are required while on district transportation.
Under what circumstances will students be approved to learn from home through live-stream without being marked absent?
Students will be approved to live-stream for COVID-related issues. This would include students who have tested positive for COVID-19, those who have been asked to isolate or quarantine by their medical doctor or the Bucks County Health Department, or those who are exhibiting COVID-19 related symptoms as confirmed by their physician. If they live-stream, they will not be considered absent. Children are expected to rest and recover, and are not obligated to live-stream if they are too ill to participate. They should work with their classroom teachers to arrange to make up work just as they would with any other absence.
Will teachers teach from home?
Teachers who themselves are COVID-positive may teach from home for a period of time.
Students with Disabilities
CBSD is a high-quality provider of services for individuals with disabilities. The district will continue to meet those needs through the IEP/504 process and the multi-tiered, multi-domain system of support model. The district will continue to design and follow any individualized health and safety plan for the students we serve. CBSD will continue to train employees and contractors on Universal Precautions. CBSD will communicate best practices for health and personal hygiene to all stakeholders to reinforce healthy instructional and work environments.
Will teachers or nurses ask students about or discuss their own vaccination status?
The vaccination status of a person is private; therefore, employees will not ask, solicit, or engage in discussion around the vaccination status of another adult or student.
Will students be tested in school, or will the district help families and/or employees access COVID testing?
COVID testing will not be administered in schools. The district will provide access to testing through their partnership with Doylestown Hospital for CBSD employees and students. CBSD strongly encourages all individuals to be vaccinated. CBSD will continue to partner with federal, state, local, and health care agencies regarding opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. CBSD will collaborate with local pharmacies and share vaccination opportunities with eligible students and employees.
Positive Case Management
My child tested positive for COVID; how should the case be reported to school?
Confirmed COVID-19 cases (a test administered by the BCIU, a family physician, or other medical provider) should be reported to the school nurse. The nurse will take the necessary information and forward the request to the building principal for live streaming if necessary.
What will happen if a student goes to the nurse during the school day, exhibiting symptoms that may be associated with COVID?
An isolation area will be available in each school for students exhibiting symptoms while in school. In CBSD, when students, employees, or visiting guests, regardless of vaccination status, exhibit symptoms of illness during instructional hours, they will report to the health office to be assessed by the school nurse. The school nurse will do some or all of the following:
- Provide a new mask and a concealed bag for the old mask (if not disposable).
- Isolate the student
- Call their parent or guardian
- Return student to class (e.g., if known allergy is causing COVID-19-like symptoms) with mask and reminder of proper masking, hand cleaning/sanitizing, and respiratory etiquette practices.
- Send student home with directions and return to school directions from Bucks County Health Department.
How long will a student be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID?
If a person has tested positive, they must remain home for a minimum of three days from the date of the positive test. If symptoms resolve AND if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, then they are able to return to school and must mask through the 7th day (no mask exemptions) UNLESS directed otherwise by the BCHD.
What if my child begins exhibiting COVID symptoms at home?
If your child is sick, they should remain at home. If a person is exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID, they must remain home for a minimum of three days from the onset of symptoms. If symptoms resolve AND they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, then they are able to return to school and must mask through the seventh day (no mask exemptions) UNLESS otherwise directed otherwise by the Bucks County Health Department.
What data will inform the district’s decision making?
The COVID transmission rate for Bucks County, as reported on the Pennsylvania’s Department of Health’s website here will be utilized by the district in order to determine whether or not face coverings will be required for students, staff, and visitors when the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s face covering order expires.
Data, including but not limited to the following, are also considered by district administration: vaccine administration, COVID transmission, and hospitalization rates for Bucks County, as reported by the Bucks County Health Department here; as well as data reported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Doylestown Hospital.
CBSD will rely on best practices, informed by federal, state, and local guidance, to design and implement high-quality, student- centered instructional environments. Specifically, CBSD will rely on local health authority guidance to design safe instructional and workspaces for all individuals. CBSD will continue to participate in discussion forums and planning with federal, state, and local health authorities, and among local school entities.
Who will conduct contact tracing of positive student/employee cases in our schools?
CBSD will follow a chronic communicable disease model. Individuals should not attend school/work if they are experiencing symptoms of illness, such as fever, body aches, etc.
When sick, individuals can return to school/work once their symptoms are resolving and they are fever free (without fever reducing medication) for a minimum of 24 hours.
Individuals should consult with their medical provider, or the school nurse, with any medical questions. CBSD will consult with the BCHD on decisions impacting the closure of classrooms, schools, or the district.
The district encourages individuals to consult with their healthcare provider in the event of a positive COVID test.
In the event there is evidence of potential COVID-19 spread within school, BCDH will advise whether further mitigation strategies should be taken.
Cleaning/Disinfecting/HVAC Mitigation Measures
Established cleaning and ventilation protocols will continue to be implemented during the 2021-2022 school year. All cleaning products are approved by the EPA for COVID-19 mitigation. CBSD will continue to follow proper cleaning and disinfection protocols following CDC, EPA, and manufacturer guidelines. Sanitizing spray will continue to be provided in classrooms and high traffic areas.
Daily cleaning and sanitization of high touch surfaces, classrooms and desktops will continue during the 2021-2022 school year.
Hand sanitizing stations will continue to be maintained throughout all buildings.