• This page contains strategies the district has put in place and continues to consider as part of Covid-19 mitigation in 2021-22 as of August 17, 2021. As of August 16, all students, staff, and visitors are required to mask when in district buildings. All information below is subject to change.

RTSD Covid-19 Mitigation in 2021-22

    • REMINDER (9/24/21): We appreciate everyone’s assistance with screening their child(ren) for Covid-19 symptoms before sending them to school each day. As a reminder, should your child(ren) have any of the following symptoms you should keep your child(ren) home and contact your school nurse for guidance.

    • UPDATE (9/13/21): Notification of Elementary Families in Instance of Positive Case in Classroom or Bus Per the district's Health and Safety Plan, should there be a positive Covid-19 case at an RTSD elementary school, children who were properly masked and distanced three feet or more from the positive case would not be considered close contacts and therefore would not need to quarantine. However, the elementary school will notify parents of students in the same class or bus as the positive case to ensure these parents are made aware so they can monitor their child closely for symptoms and get them tested if necessary.

    • UPDATE (9/9/21): Please note, with masking requirements back in place, gaiters are no longer permitted as a face covering option for students or staff. This adheres to CDC guidance first announced and followed by the district in February 2021. Thank you for your cooperation.

    • UPDATE (8/31/21): Gov. Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on August 31 that masks will be mandated in all K-12 schools in the state, public and private, effective September 7. The order shall remain in effect until otherwise terminated by the state health department. Click here to read the full order. Click here to read the full message from Superintendent Batchelor.

    • Radnor Township School District is committed to keeping schools open for safe in-person learning during the 2021-22 school year, while operating as close to normal as possible. To achieve this goal together, RTSD will begin the school year by requiring masks for all students, staff, and visitors indoors, effective August 16, 2021. This requirement does not extend to outdoors. Read more from Superintendent Batchelor

    • The below possible strategies and steps for mitigating Covid-19 in RTSD schools during the 2021-22 school year were first shared at the August 17, 2021 Curriculum Committee meeting. View presentation | Watch meeting

2021-22 Covid-19 Dashboards

  • As was the case during the 2020-21 school year, positive Covid-19 cases reported to the district during the 2021-22 school year will be tracked and provided to the community each week. Access these dashboards here.

Masking and Quarantining

  • We began to discuss our 2021-22 mitigation protocols, including masking and quarantining, at the Tuesday, August 17 Board Curriculum Committee meeting. We will continue these discussions as we closely monitor our experience now that school is open. We may or may not change our masking requirement based on the following criteria:

    • Transmission levels in our community
    • Vaccination status
    • Cases and spread within each building once we are open
    • Federal, State and Local guidance
    • Our ability to implement effective mitigation strategies

Masking Strategy

  • RTSD currently requires masks for all students, staff, and visitors indoors, effective August 16, 2021. A possible strategy as the 2021-22 school year progresses in regards to masking is requiring and/or recommending masks for students, staff, and visitors based on the Covid-19 transmission level in Delaware County as reported by the CDC (low, moderate, substantial, and high). Once the school year begins, the district will discuss possible adjusments to masking protocols. This possible strategy considers the possible use of Delaware County's transmission level as reported by the CDC to establish "guardrails" for masking.

    LOW TRANSMISSION 

    Grades K-6

    • Masks required for students, staff, and visitors except:
      • During meals
      • During outdoor P.E. classes (indoor classes will be masked)
      • When oudoors/at recess
      • Recommended for students seated at desks
    • Masks required when riding the bus

    Grades 7-12

    • Masks recommended for students, staff, and visitors when indoors
    • Masks required when on a school bus
    • Masks not required when outdoors

    MODERATE TRANSMISSION

    Grades K-6

    • Masks required for all students, staff, and visitors when indoors except:
      • During meals
      • During outdoor P.E. classes (indoor classes will be masked)
      • When outdoors/at recess
    • Masks required when riding the bus

    Grades 7-12

    • Masks recommended for students, staff, and visitors when indoors
    • Masks required when riding the bus
    • Masks not required outdoors

    SUBSTANTIAL TRANSMISSION

    Grades K-12

    • Masks required for all students, staff, and visitors when indoors except:
      • During meals
      • During outdoor P.E. classes (indoor classes will be masked)
      • When outdoors/at recess
    • Masks required when riding the bus


    HIGH TRANSMISSION

    Grades K-12

    • Masks required for all students, staff, and visitors when indoors except:
      • During meals
      • During outdoor P.E. classes (indoor classes will be masked)
      • When outdoors/at recess
    • Masks required when riding the bus

Quarantining Strategy

  • QUARANTINING PROCESS FOR STUDENTS
    (Click here for a printable infographic)
    NOTE: Currently all students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks indoors.

    Start by asking: Were you wearing a mask?

    • No
      • All unmasked and unvaccinated students who were less than 6 feet from a confirmed positive case for 15 minutes or more ARE considered “Close Contacts." Asymptomatic vaccinated students who were 3 or more feet from a confirmed positive case and are willing to mask and submit to Covid-19 testing do not need to quarantine as a “Close Contact."

    • Yes, but for 15 minutes or more I was less than 6 feet from a student who tested positive who was not wearing a mask.
      • All masked and unvaccinated students who were less than 6 feet from a confirmed positive case for 15 minutes or more ARE considered “Close Contacts” if the student with Covid-19 was NOT wearing a mask. Asymptomatic vaccinated students who were 3 or more feet from a confirmed positive case and are willing to mask and submit to Covid-19 testing do not need to quarantine as a “Close Contact."

    • Yes, and so was the student who tested positive to whom I was exposed.
      • All masked students who were less than 6 feet, but at least 3 feet, from a masked student who tested positive ARE NOT considered “Close Contacts” regardless of vaccination status and do not need to quarantine.


    INSTRUCTIONS FOR QUARANTINING STUDENTS

    • Students who are required to quarantine will have the opportunity to view class via a fixed camera.
    • Teachers will not share screens and chat will be disabled.
    • Students may ask questions orally and should plan to follow along using the materials posted on Schoology.
    • Only students required to quarantine will be permitted to view class via this mode

Other Covid-19 Mitigation Strategies

  • In addition to our ongoing development of strategies concerning masking and quarantining, we have developed and put into place other mitigation strategies and safety measures, as outlined below.

Self-Screening Strategy

    • Should your child have any of the following symptoms you should keep your child home and contact your school nurse for guidance.

    • Parents/guardians asked to independently screen their children for symptoms prior to school each day and contact their school nurse if their child does not pass this check.

    • Staff asked to independentally screen themselves for symptoms prior to leaving for work each day and stay home if experiencing symptoms

    • Currently, RTSD does not plan to request that families and staff complete the daily screening survey that was in place during the 2020-21 school year

Distancing Strategy

  • Classrooms

    • Students afforded a minimum of 3 feet in the classrooms for grades K-12.
    • Distancing made to the greatest extent feasible.

    Lunches

    • Students permitted 6 feet spacing while eating.
    • RTSD continues use of cards for lunch scanning, and multiple eating locations will be used at RMS and RHS.

    Buses

    • RTSD again follows protocols for reduced bus capacity and sits a maximum of 46 riders per bus.

Hygiene and Cleaning Strategy

    • RTSD uses established cold and flu season cleaning protocols to begin the year, and monitors and adjusts staffing as necessary.
    • RTSD begins the year with additional nursing support to ensure that every building has two nurses on site.

Visitors and Facilities Rentals Strategy

    • Radnor schools limit visitors into the buildings during the school day under low and moderate transmission levels.
    • Daytime visitors restricted should Delaware County be in the substantial and high transmission levels.
    • Visitors expected to follow all masking, distancing, screening, and hygiene expectations.
    • RTSD reopens facilities for community use after school or on the weekends.
    • After-school groups expected to follow masking and distancing, and should anticipate an increased cleaning fee.

Athletics, Activities and Assemblies Strategy

  • Athletics and Activities

    • RTSD plans to run clubs, sports, activities and PE classes.
    • PE students wear masks during PE classes held indoors but masks not required outdoors
    • Student-athletes required to wear masks when indoors on the sideline or bench during inside activities, but not when engaging in physical activity.
    • Due to the Accessibility and Wellness Project at RHS, fields, gyms and the pool may be unavailable due to construction.

    Assemblies

    • RTSD runs assemblies and in-school events in-person when possible during low and moderate transmission levels.
    • RTSD utilizes virtual assemblies during substantial and high transmission levels or when distancing cannot be accommodated.

Emergency Drills and Foot Traffic Strategy

    • Fire and other emergency drills conducted as they were pre-Covid.
    • Hallways not divided using arrows and lines on the floor.
    • Stairwells not up or down only.
    • Students permitted to use lockers.

Books, Materials and Supplies Strategy

    • Books and materials will no longer require a quarantining between use
    • Supplies can be shared among students provided hygiene practices are in place, such as hand-washing

Online Instructional Program: Radnor Cyber Academy

    • Families who registered for online instruction have been enrolled in our stand-alone cyber program, Radnor Cyber Academy, which is partnered with the CCIU/BVA.
    • This program is aligned to PA Common Core Standards and will have a Radnor point of contact to support students and families.