2500 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102 Phone: 412-854-4040

2021-2022 COVID Plan

What is HCA doing this year concerning COVID  protocols?

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic across our country has been devastating and far-reaching, having an impact on just about every aspect of our lives. That’s why it has been such a blessing to see the reopening of America again as the pandemic began to wane. But as we head into a new school year, we are faced with the Delta variant, which threatens to take us back a few steps as it spreads like wildfire throughout the country.

Since the pandemic began in March of 2020, HCA has followed the guidelines of the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As the new school year approaches, the school board and myself have given much thought and prayer to how we should approach our COVID-19 plan going forward. Our conclusion about masks is that in the absence of a state-wide mask mandate at this time, please know that masks will not be required for students at HCA; that particular option will be left to parents.

However, in the interest of caution, we will continue to scan students’ temperatures on arrival at the school. If a student has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, the student will be re-scanned after 10 minutes to rule out the possibility of a false reading. If the temperature is still 100.4 or greater, the student will report immediately to the designated isolation area and the parents will be called, or if being dropped off by the parent, the student will be sent back home with that parent.

By reporting to school, the parent/guardian of the student is acknowledging that the student is not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, has not been potentially exposed to COVID-19 or has not travel to high risk areas (as designated by the CDC or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) within the previous 14 days.

We strongly suggest that all students take their temperature at home prior to reporting to school, if possible. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.