• Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Face Coverings

    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.


    Live-Streaming

    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


    Social Distancing

    Will social distancing mitigation measures be employed?

    Students will be distanced by three feet of distance or greater, wherever possible. This includes when students are eating and drinking.

    Physical distancing measures will continue to be maximized to the greatest extent possible, and where it is practical to do so. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

    • Maintaining a minimum of three feet of separation (wherever possible) in classrooms, cafeterias, and common spaces.
    • Maintaining distancing measures in hallways, including wherever possible one way halls, and maintaining spacing while moving throughout the building.
    • School cafeterias will return to normal operations.
    • Bus riders from the same household will be seated together when possible.

    Vaccinations/Testing

    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

    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 constitutes close personal contact?

    The Central Bucks School District will define close personal contact according to the criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    If my student wears a face covering while in school, will they be considered a close personal contact of someone who tests positive for COVID?

    In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

    How will families be informed of positive cases in their children's classes?

    Parents and guardians will be notified when someone in their child's class(es) tests positive for COVID-19. An email will be distributed to all those students who share a classroom and ride the bus (if applicable) with the positive individual. 

    How long will a student be excluded from school if they have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID?

    If a CBSD student, employee, or guest is exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, principals and nurses will work with Bucks County Health Department (BCHD) and parents/guardians to determine safety protocol needed:

    • If SYMPTOMATIC, regardless of level of exposure, the student, employee, or visiting guest is to remain home for a minimum of three days from onset. If symptoms resolve AND if fever-free for 24 hours, then they are able to return to school/work and must mask through the 7th day (no mask exemptions) UNLESS directed otherwise by the BCHD.
    • If ASYMPTOMATIC and the exposure was temporary (e.g., sitting near the person in class), the student, employee, or visiting guest is able to continue to come to school so long as they remain asymptomatic.
    • If ASYMPTOMATIC and the exposure is ONGOING (e.g., household exposure), the student, employee or visiting guest is able to return to school but must wear a mask for 7 days from symptom onset of the last household member to become positive or have symptoms. If any symptoms develop at any time, the student, employee, or visiting guest is to remain home for a minimum of three days from onset. If symptoms resolve AND if fever-free for 24 hours, then they are able to return to school/work 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.


    Contact Tracing

    Who will conduct contact tracing of positive student/employee cases in our schools?

    CBSD will report confirmed positive cases to BCHD for all COVID-19 related case investigations. In accordance with BCHD case reporting guidelines, CBSD strongly recommends that families report positive tests to the school. Parent reporting will expedite the ability of the school to respond as outlined in the CBSD Health and Safety Plan. When a school receives a confirmed positive case, an email will be sent to all members of the classroom(s) and buses/vans that student occupies (including employees). The FEMO department will conduct an AICD (All-Inclusive Cleaning & Disinfection) of that room, if applicable.

    How will families be notified if their child is exposed to a positive COVID case at school?

    CBSD will notify the parents/guardians of students who are in the same class(es)/bus as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. CBSD is required report confirmed student and employee cases to BCDH. In the event there is evidence of potential COVID-19 spread within school, BCDH will advise whether further mitigation strategies should be taken. “Targeted Temporary Mitigation” (TTM) strategies might include but are not limited to physical distancing, cleaning/disinfecting, masking, and virtual learning. These strategies will be targeted to just the concerned classrooms, groups, or schools/district buildings where potential spread of COVID-19 is of concern. These strategies will be temporary meaning they will be ended when the potential spread of virus in that case is expired.


    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.