COVID Dashboard: updated 11/23/21
As of 9/23/21: Health and Safety Tier 2
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the criteria for quarantining a classroom?
- The school nurse works with the Department of Health (DOH) to look at each positive case. Each case requires an individual investigation to name all that are deemed a close contact. From this individual investigation the DOH gives guidance on who should or should not quarantine.
At which point would the school transition to a virtual platform schoolwide?
- The Pennsylvania Department of Education has made it clear that face to face instruction is a priority for the 21-22 school year. At this time the Department of Health recommends only a limited closure (no more than 14 days) when there are 25 positive cases in a 14 day period.
What are the criteria for close contact? Are these criteria based on situations where students were masked, unmasked or both?
- Close contact is defined as a student, 3 feet in classroom while wearing masks or 6 feet while eating lunch unmasked for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period.
- As we work to determine “close contact” we need to take in account if masks are worn “correctly and consistently” while in the classroom, we also need to take into account mask breaks, human error, snacks, and lunch.
If students are awaiting a COVID test result should they remain at home during this time?
- Yes, if your child is awaiting a COVID test result they will need to remain at home until you receive a result. If negative, your child can return to school and provide medical documentation. If positive, please contact Elisabeth Hardy for further assistance. It is recommended that you wait at least 5 days from time of exposure to get the most valid test results.
UPDATES and RESOURCES: More information will be added when it becomes available.
- SGCS Health and Safety Plan – Plan Approved August 12, 2021
- SGCS Health and Safety Plan BOT Presentation– Plan Approved August 12, 2021
- SGCS Health and Safety Plan– Plan Approved July 20, 2021
- 3/16/2020: Governor Wolf declares that all public schools are closed from 3/16/2020 through 3/27/2020
- 3/19/2020: PDE declares that all state testing (PSSA, PASA, Keystone) has been canceled.
- 3/23/2020: Governor Wolf extends school closure to April 6th, students would return to school on April 9, unless extending the closure is needed in response to the situation with the virus at that time.
- 3/24/2020: Seven Generations Charter School Administration notifies the community that the school will remain closed April 6th through April 14th with the students returning to school on April 15h. The school closure may be extended in response to the situation with the virus at that time.
- 3/27/2020: Governor Wolf signs Act 13 of 2020 “which waives the requirement for schools to be in session at least 180 days, provides for continuity of education plans, ensures school employees are paid during the closure and provides the Secretary of Education with authority to waive student-teacher and standardized assessments.” See the full Act 13 of 2020 document here.
- 3/30/2020: Governor Wolf issues the indefinite closure of all schools.
- Talking About COVID with your children:
- Home Learning:
- Family Resources: Collection of general information about resources in the Lehigh Valley.
- Pennsylvania Department of Education Guidance
Level of Community Transmission Table
- Pennsylvania Department of Health Guidance
- Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Covering
- Updated Order Department of Health Face Coverings 11/17/2020
- Travel Restrictions as of 11/20/2020
- Department of Health COVID-19 information
- PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELF-ISOLATION WHILE AWAITING LABORATORY RESULTS
- Additional Guidance:
- CDC: Considerations for Schools
- CDC: Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020
- American Academy of Pediatrics – COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-Entry
- Close Contact with someone who has COVID
- Signs and Symptoms of COVID -19
- My child becomes sick at school
- Student has Positive COVID-19 diagnosis, school Flowchart
Supporting our Students:
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Talking to Children about COVID-19: A Parent Resource
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Talking with Children about COVID-19
- Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times
- Brain Pop – Video about Coronavirus.
- Turnaround for Children
- Valley Youth House
- Supporting our Families:
- Lehigh County resources
- United Way-Lehigh Valley
- NAMI-Lehigh Valley
- Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley
- SGCS Continuity Of Education Plan 7/8/2020
SGCS Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan
Equitable School Systems Roadmap
- SGCS Sign Attestation Ensuring Implementation of Mitigation Efforts