Nov. 20, 2020
Dear LMSD Families,
As you are likely aware, earlier this week, the Pa. Department of Health (PADOH) issued orders that go into effect today to help control the spread of COVID-19. These include travel restrictions and stronger rules about wearing face coverings. Though our schools are fully virtual for the next two weeks, as mandated by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH), I wanted to ensure you were aware of these orders. The orders are detailed below.
- Travel Restrictions – If you enter Pennsylvania from another state or country, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth. If you cannot or choose not to get a test, you must quarantine for 14 days. This order does not apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment. We are asking that all families fully comply with these travel restrictions for the safety of our students, staff, and community.
- Strengthened Masking Order - The PADOH also issued an order that significantly reinforces and expands on the requirement for universal face coverings (masks) including:
- Masks are required indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home.
- When outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain physically distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors.
- When indoors while at work, masks are required even if you are physically distant from other individuals. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside unless you work alone.
- When indoors at home with individuals not in your household, masks will now be required even if you are physically distant from the individuals not in your household. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household.
- This order applies to every indoor facility, including homes, retail establishments, gyms, doctors' offices, public transportation, and anywhere food is prepared, packaged, or served.
Our Health and Safety Team is reviewing the impact these orders will have on students and staff moving forward. We will provide any necessary updated guidance to you before we return to our buildings. Our goal throughout this pandemic has been a safe and equitable return to in-person instruction. If everyone in our school community follows these rules, we have a better chance of reaching that goal.
Robert L. Copeland