Updated Health and Safety Guidance
Good Afternoon Norristown Area School District Families Staff Members
On Friday, the CDC announced a new model to determine community level risk related to COVID-19. As part of this new data model, they also release updated guidance and recommendations related to masks and other mitigation strategies. On Tuesday, county superintendents met with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health to get needed additional information and clarification on the impacts of the new risk model to social distancing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine requirements, and Mask To Stay protocols. The district administrative team spent today planning for the implementation of the updated guidance and recommendations based on the medium risk designation currently assigned to Montgomery County.
We have been consistent throughout the pandemic that we have followed the guidance, recommendations, and mandates of the CDC, PA Department of Health, and MCOPH with fidelity. Therefore, I am pleased to announce this afternoon that Norristown Area School District will recommend but not require masks for all students, staff, and visitors in all schools, offices, and district buildings effective Thursday, March 3, 2022. Masks will also be recommended, but not required on all district provided transportation. NASD will respect everyone’s personal decision, and will ensure those who choose or whose health care providers recommend the continued wearing of masks are supported in our schools, on our buses, and in our community. Though we are shifting our mitigation efforts, we will not offer an option for synchronous virtual instruction nor are we able to open enrollment in the Norristown Online Academy at this time. We are confident that we will continue to successfully offer rich and rigorous in-person learning in a way that supports health and safety.
We will be adding information to the district website for those who wish to read in more detail about the new CDC model and recommendations as well as the weekly Montgomery County community level of risk each week.
Direct supervisors will communicate with staff regarding building and department specific information related to updates to our mitigation strategies.
We thank everyone for your patience to allow us to thoughtfully and intentionally plan for our continued commitment to health and safety.