District information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
In August 2020, the state changed COVID-19 levels per county to "low," "moderate" and "substantial" risk of community transmission, which replaces phases green, yellow and red. The CDC calls it "low," "medium" and "high." Learn more about levels of community transmission, here: COVID levels
June 9, 2022: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates its COVID-19 tracking system regarding county-by-county transmission. Learn more, here: Data tracker
Jan. 6 - June 2, 2022: According to the CDC, community transmission levels of novel coronavirus in Centre County have remained "low," with the exception of the week ending May 27. The COVID-19 "community level" is determined by the higher of the new admissions and inpatient beds metrics, based on the current level of new cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days. The Pennsylvania Department of Health data tracker for Centre County is updated weekly on Wednesdays and may be found, here: PA data tracker
Feb. 25, 2022: The CDC lifts mask requirements on school buses. Guidance was made to align with its new community COVID-level metrics system. Learn more, here: Updated guidance
Dec. 11, 2021: The universal masking order for Pennsylvania schools has been lifted by action of the state Supreme Court. Based on the district's Health and Safety Plan, a mask-optional protocol will be implemented in its schools, effective immediately. Please note that masking on school buses is issued by a federal regulation and is still required.
Nov 30, 2021: Pennsylvania schools must maintain masking orders until the state Supreme Court receives oral arguments on Dec. 8. This latest ruling overturns a Commonwealth Court decision that lifted masking guidelines on Dec. 4. For more information, see this link: Reinstatement of schoolwide mask mandate
Nov. 16, 2021: The Commonwealth Court issued a ruling that the state Department of Health face-covering order must end on Dec. 4, reversing the automatic stay issued when Gov. Tom Wolf appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Nov. 10. This means that unless there is further legal action from the governor or courts, the DOH face-covering order for K-12 schools will end Dec. 4. Learn more, here: Court ruling
Nov. 8, 2021: Gov. Tom Wolf announced that likely after the new year, the state will allow local control of COVID-19 mitigation efforts at public school districts in the commonwealth. Learn more, here: Announcement
Oct. 21, 2021: Masking clarification has been made in regard to a face cover and a face shield. Please see more information in the 2021-22 Q&A.
Sept. 7, 2021: State-imposed masking requirements begin. Learn more, here: Mask mandate
Aug. 31, 2021: Gov. Tom Wolf, acting Health Secretary Alison Beam and Secretary of Education Noe Ortega announced a new order that outlines a required masking mandate in place for all school districts in the commonwealth, starting Sept. 7. Learn more, here: Mask mandate
July 27, 2021: The Bellefonte Area school board approved the return-to-school health and safety plan for the 2021-22 school year. Please note information is subject to change as the state continuously alters guidelines. If anything changes, it must be board approved and the district will be in contact with the community. See the plan, here: Health and safety plan
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