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Brockway clarifies covid rules for school year, no masks for vaccinated

Brockway, PA – The Brockway School District says, although some COVID-19 guidelines will remain for the upcoming school year, there’s a big change for mask requirements! If a Brockway student or staff member is fully vaccinated, they will be exempted from wearing a mask.

The Brockway School Board met Tuesday and implemented its health and safety plan for the upcoming school year.

The district is retaining some of the policy changes used during the 2020-2021 school year, which allowed the schools to remain open for in-person instruction for most of the school year. Hallways will remain marked to help flow of traffic, staggered dismissal times are being considered to ease hallway congestion, and teachers will first call the nurse’s office or the main office to see how many students are already in those spaces before sending students down. Playground recess times will be set for each grade level, keeping one grade at a time in the playgrounds.

The new guidelines relate to the use of masks. If a student or staff member is fully vaccinated, they will be exempted from the mask requirements. The district will continue to work with Penn Highlands to offer vaccines to eligible community members. The district will continue to use electrostatic sprayers to clean the building.

Superintendent Jeff Vizza said that the health and safety plan is a living document, meaning it can be revised at any time to meet federal and state guidelines. If parents have questions, they are encouraged to contact the district office at 814-265-8411.

In other business, the district is purchasing a 40-gallon tilting kettle for the high school cafeteria. This will help with hosting banquets. They also continued their support relationship with Pyramid Healthcare for children with special educational needs.

Roberta Baxter, a math teacher in the district, will retire on October 28. Justin Salada, the district’s band director and music teacher, resigned his position as of July 13.

The Brockway School Board will meet again August 10. The new school year begins August 25.

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Brockway Superintendent Jeff Vizza talks about the COVID-19 safety plan for the 2021-2022 school year.