Masks now Required on LMSD Buses
On July 6, 2021, the Pa. Department of Education provided clarification on the issue of face coverings on school buses, which was confirmed today by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH). That information notes, "Under a Federal order issued in January 2021, the CDC requires face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, when on public transportation - this includes on school buses operated by public and private school systems. However, a driver does not need to wear a face covering if they are the only person on the bus."
To align our practices with this newly clarified guidance, LMSD is once again requiring everyone to wear a face mask on our buses, beginning July 8, 2021. Under the LMSD Health and Safety Plan, a face mask means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps or loops over the ears. A face mask can be made with a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk or linen. Face masks may be factory made, sewn by hand, or improvised by household items including but not limited to; scarves, bandanas, tee shirts, sweat shirts or towels. Valved face masks are not permitted.
Please remember that our COVID-19 Healthline remains open over the summer. Please call 610-645-1973 to report any positive cases of or exposures to COVID-19 for LMSD students or staff. Members of the LMSD Health Services COVID Nurses Team will respond to all calls and can offer information about quarantine, testing and isolation.
Finally, LMSD Health Services needs your help. To simplify the contact-tracing and notification process, we are asking parents/guardians of students who have been vaccinated outside of an LMSD clinic to send proof of vaccination (a photo of the vaccine card is fine) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, parents/guardians are not required to share this information; however, it is helpful for the COVID Nurses Team to know how many of our students have been immunized overall AND to avoid unnecessary contact tracing and quarantine calls. The vaccination information will be kept confidential by the nursing staff and will only be used for contact-tracing.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the health and safety of our students and staff.