COVID-19 Reopening Health and Safety Plan

All decision-makers should be mindful that as long as there are cases of COVID-19 in the community, there are no strategies that can completely eliminate transmission risk within a school population. The goal is to reduce the risks of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible and safely continue school activities.  as low as possible to safely continue school activities. All school activities must be informed by Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. The administration has categorized reopening into three broad phases: red, yellow, or green. These designations signal how counties and/or regions may begin easing some restrictions on school, work, congregate settings, and social interactions:

Red Phase: Schools remain closed for in-person instruction and all instruction must be provided via remote learning, whether using digital or non-digital platforms.

The Yellow Phase and Green Phase: Schools may provide in-person instruction after developing a written Health and Safety Plan, to be approved by the local governing body (e.g. board of directors/trustees) and posted on the school entity’s publicly available website.

Based on our county’s current designation (i.e., red, yellow, green), the resources of our school, and the best interest of our community, our Health and Safety plan details how we would like to bring back students and staff for Fall 2020. Conditions for Resuming In-Person Instruction

Depending upon the public health conditions in any county within the Commonwealth, there could be additional actions, orders, or guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) designating the county as being in the red, yellow, or green phase. Some counties may not experience a straight path from a red designation, to a yellow, and then a green designation. Instead, cycling back and forth between less restrictive to more restrictive designations may occur as public health indicators improve or worsen. We will account for changing conditions in our local Health and Safety Plan to ensure fluid transition from more to less restrictive conditions in each of the phase requirements as needed. The Hillside School will take the necessary precautions and recommendations from the state, and local governments, CDC, and the PA DOH. The Hillside School realizes the knowledge regarding COVID-19 is constantly changing as new information and treatments become available. These recommendations will be adjusted as needed in order to decrease the risk of exposure for our staff, students, and community. The Hillside Board of Trustees recognize that minor changes to this plan may need to be made by the Head of School or designee.  ​In addition, the Head of School or designee may need to transition the school to distance learning in the yellow or green phase based on the following criteria: (1) inability to adequately and safely staff the building, (2) high risk to the health of the school community, (3) significantly increased number of  confirmed/probable cases, (4) updated recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, or (5) the benefits of in-person learning are outweighed by the impact of future state-mandated regulations.