- Steelton-Highspire School District
Vaccine Clinic on Dec 14, 2021
Good Afternoon Roller Families.
We are aware that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has entered an order vacating the Secretary of Health’s mandatory masking rule which was applied to all Pennsylvania schools by the Department of Education. The Supreme Court’s Order does not change a school district’s ability to require masks based its own determination.
In order to keep our schools open, the Steelton-Highspire School Board voted on August 11, 2021, to require masking in schools and that requirement was incorporated into the District’s Health and Safety Plan.
Here is what families need to know for Monday: The Steelton-Highspire School District has reviewed our Health and Safety plan and will continue to require masks for all students, staff, and visitors in SHSD buildings. We want to continue to ensure we are doing everything we can in relation to the health and safety of everyone that enters our facilities. The Health and Safety Plan will continue to be reviewed in accordance with CDC guidelines and recommendations. Please review our plan on the district website at: https://tinyurl.com/3uw7z3n7
Here is what the Supreme Court’s order also does not affect: 1) the wearing of face masks on transportation, that continue to be required by a federal order from the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC); and 2) the PDE quarantine requirements, which continue in place for now.
There has been no determination by the PIAA as to how it will address masking during interscholastic competition.
COVID and keeping schools open remain critical issues to families. We expect that there will be additional changes to PDE’s guidance, which may change how the District will be required to respond.
Please note that in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19, SHSD will be holding a vaccination clinic on December 14, 2021, from 10am-1pm. Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity and check out our website for further information. https://tinyurl.com/yf7tsz4r Please see attached consent forms that can be completed.
Please remember that when coming to school, all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask when indoors and social distance (3 feet) to the best extent possible. If your student is deemed to habitually come to school without a mask, they may be required to shift to remote learning which is the Roller Cyber Academy offered through Caola. Another reminder is to please self-screen at home, checking temperatures daily and review our Covid-19 self-checker widget on the school district website at https://www.shsd.k12.pa.us/Page/1592 . Doing these two simple things will help to ensure we are limiting the spread of Covid-19 and allowing us to operate as close to normal as possible. We will also continue to offer testing for symptomatic students and staff. Please communicate with the school nurse 717-704-3800 x3814 if you need to take advantage of this opportunity.
Please contact the school with any questions and concerns. The District remains committed to exploring all options to order keep students in school and learning in person. We appreciate your support as we continue to work to collaboratively keep students in schools. We are here to help you as needed.