Dear DASD Families:
Spring has sprung and the weather has permitted opportunities to get outside! With this provides more opportunities to gather together. DASD reminds you to please continue with your efforts to promote healthy hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Recently, Westmoreland County has seen an upward trend in COVID-19 cases reported. Even with this slight increase, Westmoreland County still remains in the “moderate” designation, which is less than “substantial”. For additional information and resources available to you, please visit the school district website at dasd.us --> COVID-19 --> COVID-19 Resources --> Parent Information.
As a reminder, DASD will continue to strictly enforce social distancing and observe the face covering order. Please review the DASD Symptom Screening Tool (on the next page) each morning. Practice good hygiene by washing your hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently. If you or a member of your household has been tested for COVID-19, all DASD students residing in your home are not permitted to return to school until a negative test result is received or the appropriate quarantine period is completed as per PA DOH guidelines. You should also contact your child’s school nurse who will provide appropriate guidance.
Please be assured that we will monitor local and county-wide data regarding COVID-19. Understand that a temporary school closure may happen with minimal notice. We will continue to provide updated COVID-19 information through our DASD Dashboard located on the DASD website for the 14-day rolling period provided by PDE and DOH. We cannot stress the importance of having a plan in place for students if a parent/guardian is unable to be at home and a school is only able to provide full remote instruction. We understand the frustration families have experienced this school year but, as you know, the health, safety and welfare of all students and staff is our top priority. I appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to navigate this crisis together.
Eric P. Curry