Reopening Plan F.A.Q.s


This page will be updated to include general questions we receive with answers that provide information for community members.  

Answers will be revised when additional information becomes available.

July 27, 2021

What plan is currently in place at WASD regarding COVID-19?

On June 8, 2021 the Board approved the Transition Plan which provides guidance for the period of June 7, 2021 through July 30, 2021.

On July 9, 2021 the proposed 2021-2022 WASD Health and Safety Plan was shared with stakeholders for review and feedback.  On July 27, 2021 revisions to the 2021-2022 WASD Health and Safety Plan were shared with stakeholders.  This plan provides guidance for the 2021-22 school year and will appear on the August 9, 2021 Board agenda.

Are face coverings required?

As the Universal Masking Order was lifted by Governor Wolf on June 28, 2021, face coverings are optional for students, staff and visitors in WASD buildings and at WASD events.  Due to a federal order regarding transportation, face coverings are required for students and drivers while on school buses or vans.

Will WASD provide a full schedule of in-person instruction in 2021-22?

Yes.  WASD will provide five (5) days per week of in-person instruction at all WASD buildings in 2021-22.

Will WASD provide extra-curricular programs for students?

Yes.  WASD will provide these programs.  Program moderators will review the WASD Health and Safety Plan and modify program plans in conjunction with the supervising administrator.

Are vaccinations required?

No.  WASD is not requiring vaccinations for students or employees.  WASD will continue to share information on vaccine opportunities with stakeholders.

Who needs to follow the Transition Plan or WASD Health and Safety Plan?

All students, employees and visitors who access WASD buildings, programs or events will need to follow the District plans.

How were stakeholders notified?

The Transition Plan was presented at a public meeting on June 7, 2021 and posted on the District website on June 8, 2021.  An email was sent to all employees and parents/guardians on June 8, 2021 which included a link to the plan.

The proposed 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan was posted on the District website on July 9, 2021.  An email with the link, and opportunity to ask questions or provide feedback, was sent to all employees and parents/guardians on July 9, 2021.  Revisions to the 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan were posted on the District website on July 27, 2021 and shared with parents /guardians and employees via email.  This plan will be reviewed at the August 9, 2021 Board meeting, which is open to the public.

Do I need to report exposures, being tested or positive results?

Yes.  Employees must share this information immediately with their immediate supervisor.  Parents/Guardians of students must contact the school nurse to share this information.  During the summer, parents/guardians of students who attend District programs should contact the school’s main office and the program teacher or moderator.

Will these plans be modified?

Maybe. WASD will continue to monitor direction from the Governor’s Office, PDE and DOH as well as our local conditions.  Plan changes will be communicated to stakeholders and posted on our District website.

Who do I contact to discuss virtual instruction?

Based on results from surveying parents of students enrolled in WAVE during the 2020-21 school year, we understand that a small number of families may be interested in continuing a full virtual program for their student. Individuals interested in information should contact Dr. Melissa Woodard, Assistant Superintendent, by email at or by phone, 610-374-0739 ext. 1279.


Will parents be notified regarding positive cases?


Yes.  Similar to the 2020-21 school year, WASD will notify parents (and employees) when a student or employee in their child’s school is confirmed as positive.  Information for the entire District will continue to be provided on our Dashboard.  If students or employees are considered to be a direct contact, the parent or employee will receive an individualized communication from a school employee.


Did PDE/DOH establish case numbers that would require a school closure?


No.  We will monitor any changes from PDE/DOH, work directly with DOH if we experience any positive cases, and Administration has the authority to temporarily close a school for health reasons if directed by the DOH.


The CDC provides a COVID -19 Data Tracker which assigns a rating per county. 

How is the District monitoring outside air entry and implementing our Health and Safety Plan?

Our HVAC system allows us to maximize the entry of outside air into our buildings.  Staff monitor our systems on a daily basis and utilize outside consultants as needed.

Staff are permitted to open windows where applicable and encouraged to take students outside when appropriate.