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Return to School Task Force Goal

To plan and implement a safe, effective, and equitable return to school for our students, our staff, and our community.

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Health and Safety Plan

Following the guidelines developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the MTSD Return to School (RTS) Task Force developed a Health and Safety Plan. This plan was approved on 6/29/20 and is the driving force behind the answers found on the page below.

The RTS Task Force feels it is critical that we continue to communicate with our families, students, staff, and community members as we prepare for the upcoming school year. Please understand that as new information is released and guidelines change, our plan may change as well.

The FAQs listed on this page will continue to be updated as this happens.


Frequent Asked Questions: updated 8/18/2020

The Enhanced A/B Hybrid Learning Option approved on 8/3/2020 allows for students to return to the school buildings 2 days per week with Virtual Learning at-home 3 days per week. While this will look different than previous years, we are excited to have students returning to our schools. We will have assigned seating and are working to rearrange classrooms to maximize distances between desks and students. Students will be assigned to color groupings by households. Student schedules, groupings, and calendars will be posted to Infinite Campus Friday, August 14, 2020.

1. Are we going back into the school in the Fall for traditional on-campus learning?

The Enhanced A/B Hybrid Learning Option approved on 8/3/2020 allows for students to return to the school buildings 2 days per week with Virtual Learning at-home 3 days per week. While this will look different than previous years, we are excited to have students returning to our schools. We will have assigned seating and are working to rearrange classrooms to maximize distances between desks and students. Students will be assigned to color groupings by households. Student schedules, groupings, and calendars will be posted to Infinite Campus Friday, August 14, 2020.

2. Is there an option for Cyber School through Millcreek Township School District?

All MTSD students, Grades K-12 will have the option of attending school via an MTSD support Cyber School option for the 2020-2021 school year. Visit the Millcreek Cyber Academy page to learn more about enrollment. Have questions on Cyber School? Contact Mr. Orlando or Dr. Stoops!

3. Am I able to transition from Millcreek Cyber Academy to MTSD Enhanced A/B Hybrid?

Yes. Transitioning will be encouraged at the natural breaks in the school year. Parents and students should contact their homeschool Guidance Counselor to assist with this transition.

4. Will there be buses for transportation?

Bussing will be provided to all students when traditional face to face instruction is taking place. Masking will be required of all students when on the bus. In the green phase, students will sit two to a seat. In the yellow phase, students will sit one to a seat. Parents are encouraged to provide their own transportation when possible.

5. Where will my student eat lunch?

In green, students in grades k-5 will eat in their classrooms whenever possible. While grades 6-12, will be assigned seats and socially distanced to eat in the cafeteria or altered larger group areas of the buildings. A 4th lunch period is added to allow for further social distancing for grades 9-12.

In red, buildings are closed. In yellow, k-5 will eat breakfast and lunch in their classrooms with no transitions. Grades 6-8 will eat on a staggered breakfast & lunch schedule in their classrooms when possible, and in alternate locations to the cafeteria. A shortened day may be required under yellow and no lunches may be served under an altered schedule. Grades 9-12 are virtual and students will not be provided meals.

6. What will happen if a student or staff member at my child’s school presents with symptoms?

All staff members and students (with parent help) need to self-screen before coming to school every day. Please do not come to school if you do not feel well or are experiencing any symptoms. Isolation areas will be established in every building when there are staff or students present. Anyone who is symptomatic will use this area until they are able to return home for a 14-day isolation/quarantine period. All required parties will be notified by the district.

7. What is the process for returning isolated or quarantine staff or students?

In green, we will log students and staff who are confirmed positive or who are contact traced to a positive case. We will follow the DOH guidelines for the 24-hour closure of the area where the case was in the building, Staff and students will follow all isolation/quarantine requirements and the DOH return to work/school expectations. Students and staff will be asked to present their DOH Release to Work or School when returning from a quarantine or isolation period.

In yellow, we will shift to remote learning if a staff member is positive. They may return after the 14-day isolation or quarantine. Students and staff will be required to quarantine per the DOH guidelines. Contact tracing will be used to make determinations with regard to the classroom or school closures. In red, we are closed.

8. How will staff, parents, and students be notified of a required school closing?

In green, we will notify all required parties via a letter, mass notification, or web page posting. MTSD social media outlets will be utilized to share any necessary closure information with parents, staff, and community.

In yellow, we will notify the individuals who have been contract-traced by phone and share 14-day expectations. We will share via letter the notification to the employees as required, and notify parents/students/community as required.

In red, we are closed.

9. Will masks be required for students?

From the Pennsylvania Department of Education:

All students must wear a face covering (cloth mask or face shield) that covers their nose and mouth inside the school and while outside when physical distancing is not feasible.

Millcreek Township School District:

STUDENTS K-5: Required, traveling in and out of the building, in the classroom when 6’ social distancing isn’t possible and, while in common areas

•Students should continue to wear a mask when 6’ social distancing is possible, even in the classroom if preferred •Mask breaks will be made available when able to do so safely•Students may store extra masks with their teachers•Students with a medical or mental health condition or disability, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA, that precludes the wearing of a face covering in school. Accommodations for such students should be made in partnership with the student’s health care provider, school nurse, and IEP/504 team.

STUDENTS 6-12: Required, traveling in and out of the building, in the classroom when 6’ social distancing isn’t possible, while in common areas, during hallway/class transitions■Students should continue to wear a mask when social distancing is possible, even in the classroom, if preferred•Mask breaks will be made available when able to do so safely. Students with a medical or mental health condition or disability, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA, which precludes the wearing of a face covering in school. Accommodations for such students should be made in partnership with the student’s health care provider, school nurse, and IEP/504 team.

Pennsylvania Department of Health FAQs on Face-Coverings

10. When will the playgrounds be open? Fields? Tennis Courts?

Playgrounds will not be open to start the school year. Recess at the elementary level may involve some outside walking activity, but no equipment or playgrounds will be utilized.

After the School Board meeting on June 29, 2020 our outdoor facilities will be open to MTSD teams and others that follow the posted facility use policies

11. What devices are available for my student for virtual learning?

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New for the 2020-2021 School Year ALL students will be provided with a device for learning on-campus and at-home.

  • NEW! K-8 Students will be provided with devices for use in the classroom.
    1. K-2 will be issued ipads
    2. Grades 3-8 will receive Chromebooks.
  • NEW! Grades 9-12 are able to B.Y.O.D - Bring Your Own Device!
  • Grades 9-12 students who are in need of a device for at-home or on-campus learning will be issued a chromebook upon request.
    1. McDowell Chromebook Request Form complete this form to submit your device request for the 2020 School Year. This is only required for grades 9-12 students who will NOT BYOD.
  • K-12 Devices and accompanying chargers should be brought home for Virtual Learning Days.
  • 100% Virtual Learning students and Millcreek Cyber Academy students in need of a device for at-home learning will be issued devices by their homeschool building prior to the first day of school.
    1. The online device request form for these students is coming soon! An update on this form will be provided in the next Back 2 School Tuesday Notifications.
  • All K-12 Parents and students should plan to bring devices to and from school charged based on their assigned A/B schedule.
  • K-8 parents who would prefer not to transport their issued devices to and from school but rather use their family's personal device at home on Virtual Learning days may do so. Please communicate with your child's classroom teacher on this preference following the first day of school. Your child will still be issued a device for in-class use as BYOD is not offered at the K-8 level.**
  • Please see the Drop Off & Pick Up Schedule below for details on when devices will be available for pick-up.

Device plan
Drop Offpickup device schedule

Students who are attending in-person on-campus on the First Day of School, Tuesday, September 8 or Wednesday, September 9 should wait to be issued their device in the classroom.

Students K-12 Device Pick Up & Drop Off is scheduled for 4-6 pm at the School Offices beginning Monday, August 31 and ending Thursday, September 3, 2020. Schools have been assigned designated dates as follows:

  • Monday, August 31: Chestnut Hill & Belle Valley
  • Tuesday, September 1 : Tracy, Grandview, Asbury
  • Wednesday, September 2 : JS Wilson, Walnut Creek, Westlake
  • Thursday, September 3: McDowell Intermediate & McDowell Senior High School

If you student is still in possession of a device which was issued this past spring, please bring that with you to exchange for a new device for the 2020 School Year.

Please remember to wear a mask when visiting the school buildings for device drop off or pick-up.

12. Is Before and After Care Offered?

Before and After Care programs will continue to be offered to students on their designated on-campus days.

For example, students attending on-campus on Wed/Fri may register for before/aftercare for those days of the week only.

To learn more about the before/aftercare program visit: https://www.mtsd.org/district/activities-programs/child-development

13. How to I access my child's schedule through Infinite Campus?

Open the Instructions below for the 3 steps to accessing your child's schedule in Infinite Campus.


    Instructions How to Check Child Groupings

    14. Regarding 2020-2021 Student Schedules in Infinite Campus, please contact your child’s school building Principal in each of the scenarios listed below.

    • My family requested 100% Virtual Learning or 4 Days On-Campus, but my child’s schedule shows Blended
      Learning.
    • All the children in my household are not listed on the same scheduled days for Blended Learning.
    • My child’s schedule doesn’t have a schedule assignment listed - it’s blank.
    • My family requested Blue (Tues/Thurs) but my child’s schedule shows White (Wed/Fri).

    15. I can't access Infinite Campus to view my child's schedule.

    Email parentportalhelp@mtsd.org for help. A MTSD Infinite Campus specialist will review the request and assist with accessing your account.

    16. I am a new family to MTSD and did not receive my activation letter in the mail. How do I access Infinite Campus to check my child’s schedule?

    Activation letters are being sent out each week now through September 8, 2020. Parents/Guardians may contact school principal’s if you have not received your activation letter yet.

    17. My child is enrolled in Millcreek Cyber Academy, but their schedule shows MTSD Teachers and Classes.

    Please contact your homeschool guidance counselor for any questions regarding your child’s schedule posted in Infinite Campus.
    Any inaccurate information shown on your Millcreek Cyber Academy student’s schedule, may simply be an error. We have made every effort to ensure all students have the accurate information available in Infinite Campus with the color-grouping requests and apologize for any inconvenience.