Radnor Township School District Health and Safety Plan

  • The Radnor Township School District Health and Safety Plan below was approved by the School Board at its monthly meeting on June 29, 2021. The plan addresses how the district will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff, and serve as local guidelines for all instructional and non-instructional school activities. Administration will monitor and make adjustments to internal protocols based on updated guidance, as well as community metrics. The plan was most recently amended on August 24, 2021.

    View the most recent RTSD Health and Safety Plan (PDF)

Background

  • Section 2001(i)(1) of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act requires each local education agency (LEA) that receives funding under the ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to develop and make publicly available on the LEA’s website a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan, hereinafter referred to as a Health and Safety Plan.

    Each LEA must create a Health and Safety Plan that addresses how it will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff, and which will serve as local guidelines for all instructional and non-instructional school activities during the period of the LEA’s ARP ESSER grant. The Health and Safety Plan should be tailored to the unique needs of each LEA and its schools and must take into account public comment related to the development of, and subsequent revisions to, the Health and Safety Plan.

    The ARP Act and U.S. Department of Education rules require Health and Safety plans include the following components:

    1. How the LEA will, to the greatest extent practicable, implement prevention and mitigation policies in line with the most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the reopening and operation of school facilities in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning;

    2. How the LEA will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address the students’ academic needs, and students’ and staff members’ social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services;

    3. How the LEA will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policy on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC:

      1. Universal and correct wearing of masks;

      2. Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding);

      3. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette;

      4. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation;

      5. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with State and local health departments;

      6. Diagnostic and screening testing;

      7. Efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to school communities;

      8. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies; and

      9. Coordination with state and local health officials.

    The ARP Act requires LEAs to review their Health and Safety Plans at least every six months during the period of the LEA’s ARP ESSER grant. LEAs also must review and update their plans whenever there are significant changes to the CDC recommendations for K-12 schools. Like the development of the plan, all revisions must be informed by community input and reviewed and approved by the governing body prior to posting on the LEA’s publicly available website.

RTSD Health and Safety Plan Summary

  • Initial Effective Date: June 30, 2021
    Date of Last Review: June 29, 2021
    Date of Last Revision: June 22, 2021

    1. How will the LEA, to the greatest extent practicable, support prevention and mitigation policies in line with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC for the reopening and operation of school facilities in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning?

      • RTSD will continue to follow the most current information provided by the CDC and the PA Department of Health. Administration will monitor and make adjustments to internal protocols based on updated guidance, as well as community metrics.

    2. How will the LEA ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address the students’ academic needs, and students’ and staff members’ social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services?

      • RTSD will provide (a) virtual option(s) for families to consider for the 21-22 school year. Programming for the summer of 2021 will focus on enrichment and remediation of skill deficits. The administration will continue to monitor and address academic, social, emotional, mental health and other needs of our students and employees as warranted.

    3. Expand the accordion menu below to learn how the LEA will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policy on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC.

ARP ESSER Requirements

  • a. Universal and Correct Wearing of Masks

  • b. Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding)

  • c. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

  • d. Cleaning and maintaining health facilities, including improving ventilation

  • e. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State and local health departments

  • f. Diagnostic and screening testing

  • g. Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities

  • h. Appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies

  • i. Coordination with state and local health officials