The Fulton County Center for Career & Technology Joint Operating Committee regular meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 19, 2021 has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Central Fulton School District Conference Room.
Dani Brady, Board Secretary
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,
On August 31, 2021 Governor Wolf announced that all schools K-12 would be mandated to wear a face covering. This order goes into effect on September 7, 2021. This order comes through the authority issued under the Department of Health and specifically through the Secretary of Health. The Department of Health has the authority to take any disease control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease.
Definitions For purposes of this Order, have the following meanings:
“Face covering” means covering of the nose and mouth with material that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A “face covering” can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. A “face covering” may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or be improvised from household items, including, but not limited to, scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. While procedural and surgical masks intended for health care providers and first responders, such as N95 respirators, meet those requirements, these specialized masks should be reserved for appropriate occupational and health care personnel.
“Alternative to a face covering” may include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth, extends below the chin and to the ears, and leaves no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised there is currently not enough evidence to determine how much protection a face shield provides to individuals around the person wearing the face shield because of gaps where respiratory droplets may escape. The CDC does state, however, that face shields may still be an option in situations where wearing a cloth face covering is not otherwise feasible.
Starting September 7, 2021, each teacher, student, staff member, or visitor working, attending, or visiting our programs, or a school sponsored activity shall be required to wear a face covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except for the following exceptions:
- If wearing a face covering while working would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
- If wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition or a disability.
- When necessary to confirm the individual’s identity.
- When working alone and isolated from interaction with other people with little or no expectation of in-person interaction.
- If an individual is communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- When the individual is under two (2) years of age.
- When an individual is:
- Engaged in an activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask, such as eating and drinking, or playing an instrument that would be obstructed by the face covering.
- Participating in high intensity aerobic or aerobic activities, including during a physical education class in a well-ventilated location and able to maintain a physical distance of six feet from all other individuals.
- When a student is participating in a sports practice activity or event, whether indoors or outdoors.
All alternatives to a face covering, including the use of a face shield, should be exhausted before an individual is exempted from this Order for the above reasons.
Please find below the link to the FAQs which were put out by the DOH on August 31, 2021. https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID19/SchoolReopeningGuidance/ReopeningPreKto12/MaskingOrder/Pages/FAQs.aspx
You will be updated on information as it is communicated to us. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s teacher or myself if you have any questions or concerns.
Erik H. Damgaard, Executive Director
Early Childhood Education
Computer Networking and Repair Technology
Allied Health Professions
Drafting & Design Technology
Fulton County Center for Career and Technology will not discriminate in its employment practices or its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, domicile, veterans status, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, handicap/disability or genetic information or any other legally protected characteristics in its admission procedures, educational programs and activities or employment practices, as required by the Pennsylvania School Code and related regulations, ADA, Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 and will provide equal access to the Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Students are encouraged to consider enrolling in career programs non-traditional to their gender. Fulton County Center for Career and Technology will take steps to assure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs and will make reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities. Furthermore, harassment in any form, including bullying, by any individual will not be tolerated. All policies, regulations and practices of FCCCT shall be guided by this statement.
Inquiries regarding compliance with Titles VI, IX and Section 504, should be forwarded to the Director of the Fulton County CCT at:
145 East Cherry Street, McConnellsburg, PA 17233 (717) 485-5813