8/17/21 Message from Mr. McKay regarding update to face covering protocols

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton August 17, 2021 11:00

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

Last evening, our school board voted to update our Transition Forward Health and Safety Plan. This update included a change to our face coverings protocol for the start of the school year.

You can download a copy of the amended plan by clicking here or view the most up-to-date version on our website at any time at www.governormifflinsd.org/covid-19

The change approved last night follows the most recent CDC and American Academy of Pediatric guidelines regarding face coverings and provides updated protocols based on the transmission levels within Berks County. Last night, the board also received a letter signed by 53 physicians in Berks County, which echoed these recommendations. Currently, Berks County’s transmission level is categorized as “High” and so the following face covering protocols are in place for all students, staff, and visitors at all Governor Mifflin schools and district buildings:

  • Universal indoor masking required in all district buildings regardless of vaccination status
  • Universal masking required on all district buses and conveyances regardless of vaccination status

This protocol is in effect as of today, Tuesday, August 17, and will remain in effect for the first day of school on Monday, August 23. As transmission rates and conditions change in Berks County, our administrators and school board will reevaluate and adjust our health and safety plan, as necessary, within a two-week period. This ensures that movement between transmission categories is stable and updated protocols are consistent and communicated clearly.

This change to our health and safety plan was made after hearing from several members of our Governor Mifflin community at last night’s school board meeting. While there were varying opinions, I want to thank and commend our community members for the civil discourse within the room. Last year, our school district logged more in-person school days for students in grades PreK-12 than the majority of districts in our county. That was a direct result of the work of our staff, the dedication of our students, and the ongoing support of our community. This year, as we prepare to open fully for five-day-per-week, in-person instruction for all students grades PreK-12, we must continue to focus on our shared goal to keep our schools open and our students and staff safe and healthy. We will continue to adjust our mitigation efforts as needed and maintain an open line of communication. We are relying on the continued partnership and dialogue with our parents, staff, students, and community to ensure that this upcoming school year provides all of our students an opportunity for success.

I look forward to seeing you on the first day of school on Monday!

Sincerely,

Bill McKay
Superintendent
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton August 17, 2021 11:00