Dear Merion Families,
On Monday, October 26, 2020, Lower Merion School District conferred with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) regarding the staff member who reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 Sunday evening.
As a result of this collaboration and as a precautionary measure against the transmission of the virus, Merion Elementary School will be closed for in-person instruction through Friday Nov. 6, 2020. The first day students will be able to return to school will be Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. This closure affects all programming at the school, including any before- and after-school activities. For now, Merion students will NOT be able to attend Right At School at the District Administration Building. If they are able to attend later on in the closure, RAS staff will contact families.
Students will engage in remote instruction with their teachers and the building will be sanitized during the closure. We will continue to operate under the current Hybrid schedule, with distinct A and B Cohorts. The A Cohort will log on and be ready for synchronous activity with teachers and staff at 9:00am, and the B Cohort will do the same at 1:00pm. We've decided to continue with the current schedule given this shut-down is designed to be temporary, and services and specials can continue as they have. Teachers will return to reliance on familiar electronic platforms such as Google (Classroom), SeeSaw, and BlackBoard. More specific information can be expected from your child's homeroom teacher. We are sending our youngest learners home today with some physical materials to compliment these electronic resources.
We will be working toward a small-scale distribution in the next couple of days for students in the A Cohort who left here not realizing they wouldn't be returning for a period of time. Particularly, A Cohort Kindergarten students will need their devices and some other materials to work remotely. All other children are already expected to transport devices to and from school each day. We will communicate a distribution plan within correspondence to follow.
LMSD will assist MCOPH with contact tracing and notification of any members of the school community for whom testing may be recommended and/or quarantine may be required. To be considered a close contact by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, you must have been within 6 feet of an affected individual for 15 minutes or more. Anyone who lives in Montgomery County who will need to quarantine will hear directly from MCOPH or Student Health Services within the next 48 hours and will receive additional information regarding testing and quarantine.
If you do not hear directly from the nurse or MCOPH in the next two days, you should continue to take precautions, such as masking, hand-washing and maintaining physical distance, but you will not be under quarantine.
If you would like information about testing locations, please visit the Montgomery County COVID-19 Testing page or contact the school nurse. For additional information on quarantine and isolation, please see the At A Glance resource on our District website.
Toby J. Albanese