FAQs (updated Feb. 7, 2022)
Below are updated FAQs about the COVID-19 virus and Conestoga Valley’s preparations for and approach to the 2021-22 academic year as it pertains to the virus. Please be advised this is not a comprehensive list and will be updated as needed.
Where can I find information regarding the COVID vaccine for children? **(ADDED NOV. 9, 2021)**
Click here for information and resources from the PDE.
What do I do if my child tests positive for COVID?
If your child is tested and has a positive COVID-19 result, please contact the school nurse immediately.
Is CV accepting home COVID tests for positive/negative COVID results?
Yes, for positive results only. We will not accept home tests for early return for household contacts.
How long do I have to isolate and/or quarantine?
Please see the below graphic:
Who is being quarantined?
At this time, we are only quarantining household contacts. If the household contact is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they do not need to quarantine.
Will the identity of the positively infected individual be made public?
No. The identity of the individual who tests positive will not be revealed to the school community at large and schools must take every measure to maintain the confidentiality of the affected individual.
What happens if a student or staff member is notified while in a school building that he or she has tested positive?
If a student is in a CV building when he or she learns of their positive test, the student must go to the COVID-19 isolation space in the building and wait for a parent/guardian to pick them up.
If a staff member is in a CV building and learns he or she has tested positive, the staff member must immediately leave the building and return home.
The entire building does not need to be evacuated.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Quarantine keeps someone who is not yet sick but has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.
Isolation keeps someone who is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19 away from others, even in their own home.
If an individual in a school has been exposed to COVID-19 as a close contact, he or she must follow quarantine protocol.
What if I only want to send my child/children on the bus occasionally?
While students are encouraged to be “regular bus riders” as often as possible, we understand that there are “occasional” riders. If possible, advance written notice to the building principal would be appreciated so that he/she can monitor ridership.
Can my child use a face shield instead of a mask?
Yes. Face shields are acceptable substitutes for face masks.
What is the exemption process for not having to wear a mask?
In order to qualify for a mask exemption, please contact your building principal to begin the 504 Plan process.
Is the 504 Plan a permanent plan on my child’s record?
In some cases, a 504 Plan is in place throughout the child’s K-12 career; however, with regard to mask exemptions, it only lasts as long as the masking Order is in effect. *Once the 504 Plan process is initiated, the child is identified as “thought to be” so the exemption is in place pending completion of the 504 Plan process.
If my child has an approved exemption, do they have to wear their mask on the bus?
An approved exemption applies to both the bus and school environment. Students who are exempt from wearing a mask in school are also exempt from wearing a mask on the bus.
What happens if my child does not wear a mask and does not have an exemption?
All students, excluding those with an exemption, are required to wear a face covering on the bus to and from school. If a student does not have one, one will be provided. Similarly, if a child arrives at school without a mask, one will be provided. If the student refuses to wear the face covering, parents/guardians will be called to pick up the child.
Is before and after-school care available?
Yes, Steps to Success, Inc. in Leola will be accepting enrollment for before and after school child care with a start date to follow upon licensing. Parents interested in this option can contact Adriana Witman at Steps to Success to enroll:
Are parents allowed to provide hand sanitizers for their children?
There is no need for students to bring hand sanitizers to school. Each building (and classroom) provides an ample amount. If a student requires an additional personal hand sanitizer, we are asking for parents to obtain a doctor’s note.