This page was last updated on Monday, March 28, 2022
In summary, the new guidance states:
- Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days.
- Individuals may return to school after 5 days of isolation if they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication and have improvement in symptoms. Asymptomatic individuals may return after 5 days of isolation from the date of their test. A face covering should be worn around others for an additional 5 days after the 5-day isolation period ends.
- Individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and who have received a booster vaccine or are within 6 months of receiving their primary vaccine series should wear a mask around others for 10 days, but do not need to quarantine.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Andrea L. Angstadt, RN BSN CSN
This chart reflects students and staff who have physically been present in the building and will continue to accrue during the 14-day time period listed at the top of the chart.
The AACMS dashboard will be updated biweekly. Data included on the dashboard is not indicative of a COVID-19 case being contracted in our building. The Health Room works in collaboration with the PA Department of Health to arrange contact tracing, quarantine instruction, and nursing support to affected individuals. If you are not considered a close contact, you will not hear directly from our Health Room or the PA Department of Health. To ensure student and staff privacy, AACMS will not provide any further information regarding affected individuals.
Dashboard Date: 3/6/22- 3/19/22
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Current Tier: Level 1
Updated Friday, March 28, 2022
The Arts Academy Charter Middle School has developed an evidence based decision-making tool to assist when a change may be needed to our face covering policy. Our goal is to have AACMS remain open for five days a week of in-person instruction.
Indoor face covering requirements are a priority mitigation strategy across the tiers. The school may transition between tiers depending on the metrics set forth. Movement among tier levels will be considered after two consecutive weeks from the indicted change of the criteria. Immediate changes may be necessary as a result of outbreaks within the building.
The CDC announced Friday that it is no longer requiring people to wear masks on buses or vans operated by public school systems. Therefore, districts providing transportation to AACMS no longer require K-12 school bus passengers and their operators to wear face coverings on school transportation vehicles, including school buses and vans. Please follow your home district’s masking requirements while riding school transportation vehicles.
The full CDC announcement can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html
Thank you for your continued patience as we make steps toward moving to a more normal environment in school while keeping the health and safety of our entire community at the forefront of our decision-making efforts.
Andrea L. Angstadt, RN BSN CSN, School Nurse
AACMS holds the right to mandate universal masking which may be considered at any time for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, based on CDC guidance and the level of community and/or building transmission of COVID-19.
Transportation Request Forms are due immediately. AACMS cannot guarantee transportation for your child without the necessary paperwork. You can download the Transportation Request Form for your local school district from our Transportation & Busing page.