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Dear Berlin Brothersvalley Community,
Our school year has changed already after just 2 very successful days with students. The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an order for "masking" for all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania beginning on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. At our School Board meeting on Thursday, August 12, the Board approved our Health and Safety Plan which provided the option for students, staff and visitors the choice to wear a mask or face shield. We no longer have this choice and must adhere to the order issued by the Department of Health. We know that there are a variety of opinions and feelings regarding this order and also realize that our in-person learning situation is in jeopardy of being disrupted on a daily basis for a variety of reasons. Last year we were able to navigate the school year and provided our students with in-person learning approximately 92% of the year. We understand how to work through this situation and will fall back to the process we used last year to maintain our academic, athletic and arts programs. There has been some question regarding the consequences of ignoring this mandate and continuing the option for masks/face shields. Failure to comply with this directive could result in the following:
• Potential loss of approximately $8 million dollars in Federal/State funding.
• Loss of insurance coverage for the school district resulting in district and personal liability. This has the potential to bankrupt the school district if exposed to litigation which is currently covered by our insurance.
There are other potential "unintended" consequences for violating this order. This order also supersedes the District Health and Safety Plan. Guidance from legal counsel for the district is clear that violation of this mandate will expose the District to potential litigation.
On a positive note, the wearing of masks in school provides relief from quarantining according to the CDC: "In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3-6 feet of an infected student (laboratory confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time." This CDC provision will allow students to remain in the classroom as well as engage in extracurricular activities.
We need your cooperation to once again navigate these uncertain and turbulent times. It is in everyone's best interest to work together and protect our students, staff and community.
Please refer to the District website for the most up to date information.
Thank you for continuing to support our students and teachers by cooperating in our collective effort to keep our students engaged as much as possible in all of the "Three "A's"!
Dr. David F. Reeder
Face Coverings FAQ Sheet