- New Hope-Solebury School District
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Why did the Health and Safety Committee recommend these revisions?
The most recent revisions were developed by our Health and Safety Planning Committee considering increasing rates of vaccination, rapidly declining case rates, the removal of mask mandates by other essential organizations, including hospitals, and anecdotal evidence suggesting masking can pose detriments to students’ social-emotional well-being, among other factors.
Is my child required to wear a mask at school?
Effective March 2, 2022, our District will adopt a mask-optional policy. Students and staff are no longer required to wear masks indoors, however, they may elect to wear one if they prefer an additional layer of protection.
Will all COVID-19 mitigation measures be removed?
The District will continue to facilitate physical distancing of students to the extent possible (routinely 3 feet). One notable exception adopted in the Health and Safety Plan revised on March 1, 2022 is to reduce physical distancing of students in our elementary school cafeterias to encourage socialization. The District will uphold sanitation procedures, such as deep cleaning of our classrooms and encouraging handwashing. Our strategy represents a tiered approach to removing mitigation efforts in the interests of health and safety.
What if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for a period of 5 days from the onset of symptoms or from the date of their positive test if asymptomatic. If, after 5 days, the individual is no longer symptomatic and fever free, they can return to school/work but must continue to wear a mask for 5 additional days.
Note: If your child has a fever, they must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to school. Families will need to provide the school nurse with a copy of test results that indicate the student’s name, date of birth, and test date.
What if my child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?
If your child is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID, such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, we recommend consulting with your healthcare provider and seeking a COVID-19 test. At-home tests are acceptable to confirm results with the school nurse.
Will the school inform me if my child is in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual?
The District will no longer facilitate case investigation, however, you will be informed about positive cases at the classroom level (LES/UES) and at the building level (MS/HS).
What if my child is in direct contact with an individual who tests positive?
While the District will not be investigating specific cases, we continue to recommend that anyone in known, direct contact with a positive individual seek a COVID test.
Will the District remain mask-optional?
Yes, as the situation permits. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and any newly released guidance from qualified health and education agencies. Should the circumstances change, the District may recommend reinstating a masking policy to protect the health and safety of our school community.
Questions? Please contact our school nurses:
Elizabeth A. Simon, R.N., M.Ed.
Certified School Nurse, N.C.S.N.
Alane Hemberger, R.N., M.Ed.
Certified School Nurse, N.C.S.N.