• FAQ's Today


    Everyday brings new questions around pandemic planning for our schools.  In an effort to address the most common and pressing questions I will periodically issue a Frequently Asked Question list.  Please remember that information changes frequently and quickly as the Governor, the Secretary of Health, PDE, etc. issue new guidance and directives and as conditions on the ground change so please keep tuned into all our channels including our District website, District Facebook, District App and my Twitter:  @ETSDSuper for more information.

    Wishing you the best,

    Kim Minor

  • March 15 full in-person instruction FAQ's

    Posted by Exeter Township School District on 3/3/2021

    The District will follow the Health and Safety Plan approved in July of 2020 (revised 3/2/2021) and continuously revised throughout the year along with all directives from the Governor and/or the Department of Health. Please visit the COVID-19 section of our website to review our plans and our data which is updated daily.

    Our hope is that the Frequently Asked Questions outlined below will help answer questions you may have as we return to full in-person learning.


    1. What hours will students be in school each day? The District will revert to the arrival and dismissal times for all buildings that were in place prior to the pandemic. Bus route times will be generated through the transportation department in Skyward and sent to the parents prior to March 15th.  They should approximate the pre-pandemic drop-off and pick-up times.

    2. How many teachers/students will be allowed per classroom?  There will be no specific number.  Rather, the number of staff and students in a given room will be dependent on the ability to maintain 3 feet of distance between students at all times with masks on.

    3. Will students be required to wear masks?  Will students be able to take mask breaks during the day?  As long as the Governor’s order stands, all students and staff will be required to wear face masks at all times.  The only exceptions will be when eating or taking a mask-break and this will only be permitted when the individual is at least 6 feet away from others.

    4. How will bussing be handled?  There will be two students to a seat with everyone wearing a mask. The seat behind the driver will be empty and windows will be open when possible.  Siblings will be seated together and the bus will be loaded from the back and dismissed from the front.

    5. How will lunches be handled?  Students will be seated six feet apart from each other while eating.  Additional space, such as gymnasiums, or additional lunch periods may be utilized. 

    6. Will students in grades 7-12 be able to attend virtually due to illness or some other reason?  Yes, if students have a proper excuse note.
    7. Will the buildings still shut down for positive cases?  As long as Berks County is labeled as Substantial (based on numbers in the County) the Attestation Order is in effect.  This is the order that requires us to close based on case counts.  Once we move out of Substantial for two consecutive weeks the order no longer applies.  However, the Superintendent will close buildings in consultation with the Department of Health if there is a reason to believe that there is viral spread in the building that endangers the school community.

    8. What will the day look like for fully virtual students at the elementary level?  Fully virtual students will have a schedule that mirrors the in-person schedule.  Teachers will be encouraged to provide activities like independent reading or classwork that can be done away from the screen throughout the day.

    9. What will the day look like for fully virtual students at the secondary level?  It will look the same as it does now except the daily schedule times will revert back to the times prior to the pandemic for arrival and dismissal which will impact the bell schedule.

    10. Will k-6 students switch teachers?  It is possible.  If so, it will be on a case to case basis and principals will reach out to families directly if a teacher switch is required. 
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  • July 28 Top 10 FAQ's

    Posted by Joseph Calamita on 7/29/2020

    1. How will busses be handled? (This information can also be found in our Health and Safety Plan)  school bus

    • All vehicles used to transport students will be sanitized with an approved disinfectant prior to resuming transportation services.
    • All school transportation vehicles will be disinfected/cleaned as per CDC and/or state health guidelines after the morning and afternoon bus runs.
    • To maximize ventilation within a school vehicle, windows and roof hatches will remain open, weather permitting.
    • Students will be limited to 2 children per seat preferably with siblings
    • Additional bus runs will be added to allow for a 2 person per seat maximum
    • Masks must be work at all times on the bus as required by the Department of Health


    2. What is the plan for students with IEPs and GIEPs?

    • An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan and a GIEP is a Gifted Individualized Education Plan.  The key word in both is INDIVIDUALIZED so IEP and GIEP teams will be creating plans unique to student needs in a virtual or in-person setting.  If you have specific questions regarding your own child’s needs please reach out to our Pupil Services Department.


    3. How will food allergies be managed if students are eating in classrooms?  

    • If students need to eat in classrooms we will work with the school nurse to ensure that students with food allergies are kept safe.  That may mean that a class eats in another location like a gym or cafeteria but regardless of the space student safety and well-being will be our number one priority.

    4. If my student is participating in in-person learning but has to quarantine can they access the Exeter Virtual Academy during that time.?

    • Yes.


    5. Can my student still access free breakfast and lunch if we are learning virtually?

    • Yes.  If you are already qualified for Free or Reduced lunch we will make arrangements for breakfast/lunch pick-ups.  If you have not been qualified in the past but need access to free breakfast/lunch this year, please contact our food services department for assistance.


    6. I see that many school districts have decided to close for the first marking period over the last 24-48 hours (Downingtown, Antietam, Allentown, Upper Dublin, Pottstown, Cheltenham, etc.) what does that mean for Exeter?

    • At the moment we have a plan for a full-reopening with a virtual option.  However, we need to all be prepared that the Governor may close schools at any time.  In addition, if as Superintendent, I become convinced that I cannot open schools safely due to conditions in our community and county, I will make the recommendation to the Board that we close our buildings temporarily but continue school through full-time virtual learning.  If this should happen please know that we are well prepared to deliver excellent instruction in a virtual environment.  We have well articulated plans and have used grant funding to purchase hardware and software to facilitate distance learning.  (detailed plans for virtual learning will be provided at the Curriculum Committee Meeting on August 4th)


    7. Will we be notified of positive cases?

    • We will follow the Department of Health notification procedures at all times.


    8. How will you support those students who are transitioning between buildings?

    • Principals are working now to come up with transition activities that will support students and will provide building specific information in August.


    9. Will we be able to see a classroom layout?

    • Yes.  Before we ask parents to make an official choice about the virtual or in-person option (sometime in mid-August) we will provide pictures or videos of what the classrooms spaces at each building will look like.


    10.  When will we  learn more about virtual learning?

    • We will be presenting our virtual frameworks at the August 4th, Curriculum Committee Meeting of the Board which you can watch live or recorded on YouTube.  We will provide examples of the teacher and student day, share feedback from parent surveys, talk about new software and hardware, and preview our plans for professional development.
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