The MTSD Pandemic Team will continue to notify the staff and families at the impacted building ONLY when a confirmed COVID-19 District Positive case is reported.
Active cases are defined as:
- Active on-district cases, the individual was on district during the time they were infectious. This includes being in a district facility for school, work, or sport starting two days prior to illness onset through the last day of isolation. For asymptomatic (no symptoms) individuals, this would include two days prior to the positive test collection date.
- Active non-district cases, the individual was not on district during the infectious period, therefore no known district impact. This includes people who are working or studying remotely and are not contact traced to have been on any district site while infectious. Non-district cases do not impact the MTSD community therefore are not reported via cascade or on the dashboard.
Please note, this is not a change or modification to how we have been communicating and sharing information with our staff and families.
Important information & Resources for the 2020-2021 School Year:
- Infinite Campus Parent Portal Login
- 2020-2021 Meal Order Form
- Most Asked Questions about Masks
- 2020-2021 A/B Color Coded School Calendar
- Transportation Opt-Out Form
About the Pandemic Team
The Pandemic team is a dynamic interdisciplinary team comprised of academic, healthcare, and administrative members. This team meets weekly to review current COVID-19 data, evidence-based research, and best practices to provide a comprehensive and consistent approach to COVID-19.
Pandemic Team Goals
- Developing clear, fact-based understanding of pandemic influenza and its potential consequences to the impact of school and return to play from all key stakeholders.
- Plan and prepare for issues and risks of pandemic related situations.
- Establish identifiable benchmarks related to district size following guidance from PDE, CDC, and DOH for COVID-19 active cases and remote learning.
- Continue to monitor and respond to updated guidance by PDE, DOH, and CDC to maintain the districts the needs for the Health & Safety Plan as well as the Return to Play Plan.
- Provide community base education for best efforts on mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in school, on the field, and in the community to remain in face to face education.
- Continued monitoring of Erie County and MTSD COVID-19 IR and PCR data to assess implications for current school learning mode and considerations for temporary virtual learning to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
- Monitoring students and staff for exposures, quarantines, and isolation in collaboration with Erie County DOH. Notifying MTSD of any MTSD positive cases and additionally individually notifying any close contacts.
- Reassessing the phase of learning and the potential for additional in-person learning based off of COVID-19 evidence based research and following state guidance
Throughout the Pandemic planning, all superintendents from Intermediate Unit 5 (IU5) have been working with the executive directors to remain as consistent as possible for our students, families, and community.
Superintendents throughout the IU5 recognize return to school plans may need to be distinct and customized based on unique factors within each District, such as size for example. However, by planning collaboratively the Districts will have the ability to implement best practices learned and develop an approved Health & Safety Plan for Reopening that meets the guidelines from the PA Department of Education (released June 15, 2020).
The IU5 contains 17 area School Districts including those closest to Millcreek; Erie City, Fort LeBoeuf, General McLane, Girard, Harborcreek, Iqoquis, North East, and Wattsburg. For a full list of IU5 Districts visit:http://www.iu5.org/about-us/districts