As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year, we know families have a lot of questions about what next year will look like. We addressed several frequently asked questions below.
Q. Will the District return to 5 days of in-person instruction during the 2021-2022 school year?
A. Yes. It is the District’s intention to operate in-person instruction Monday through Friday.
Q. Will the Virtual Instruction Program (VIP) be available during the 2021-2022 school year?
A. The District will not offer VIP in 2021-2022. However, if families are still reluctant to send their students to the physical buildings, they do have an online option:
- Online Option: The Karns City Area School District has partnered with the Seneca Valley School District to provide a video-based, online instructional program, called “KC Cyber.” Students who enroll in this program will take classes similar to those available at each of the District’s schools.
- KC Cyber’s video-based program is monitored and delivered by PA certified teachers, who monitor students’ progress, offer tutoring services, and communicate with families regarding their students’ progress.
- If a student chooses to enroll in KC Cyber, they must commit to either an entire semester (18 weeks) or a full year (36 weeks).
- KC Cyber is free to Karns City students.
- Students who are currently enrolled in the current KC Cyber program through the Founder’s Academy (Educere), can either return to their respective school or remain learning online through this updated KC Cyber Program in 2021-2022.
- Students who are currently enrolled in an external cyber school, like PA Cyber, Agora, or Reach Cyber, are highly encouraged to contact one of the KCASD schools to discuss transitioning from an external cyber to the District’s KC Cyber Program, to learn about the benefits of this new online option.
If your child is currently enrolled in an external cyber, like those mentioned above, and you would like to discuss the benefits of transitioning to the KC Cyber Program, you can contact one of the District’s principals at the following numbers:
Chicora Elementary: 724-445-3680
Sugarcreek Elementary: 725-545-2407
Karns City Jr./Sr. High: 724-756-2030
Q. Will students, faculty, staff, and visitors be required to wear masks during the 2021-2022 school year?
A. As of June 28, 2021, by order of the state of PA, masks are no longer required. During the school year, masks will be optional. If, at any time during the school year, the state requires masks, the District will be obligated to abide by this requirement. Although masks will not be mandated in the school building, they are still required on school-related transportation, per state order.
Q. What if my child chooses to wear a mask and, as a result, is bullied for doing so?
A. Any student who is the victim of bullying is highly encouraged to speak to their building principal, teacher, or staff member immediately, so that the issue can be handled appropriately.
Q. What will happen if COVID worsens during the 2021-2022 school year, and the District has to close its building(s) for a period of time?
A. If COVID causes the District to close one or more of its schools, the District will operate remotely until the building(s) can be reopened. During a closure, remote instruction will be offered synchronously, according to students’ daily schedules. Synchronous instruction means that students will log into their classes via Google Meets, according to the times listed on their schedules. Each of the District’s 3 buildings will release specific remote learning schedules and attendance instructions at the beginning of the school year.
Q. If I am in close contact with a COVID-positive individual, do I have to quarantine if I am vaccinated?
A. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do NOT need to quarantine after an exposure to another person with COVID-19 if they meet ALL of the following criteria:
They are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine); AND,
They have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
Q. If I am in close contact with a COVID-positive individual, do I have to quarantine if I am NOT vaccinated?
A. Close contacts who have not been vaccinated must follow the state’s existing quarantine guidance, which is subject to change.
Q. If a student has to quarantine as a result of close contact, how will they access their classes and class content?
A. Students who are absent as a result of quarantine will access class materials asynchronously via their teachers’ Google Classrooms. This means that students will log into their Google Classrooms to retrieve content. Students, particularly high school students, should communicate with their teachers via school email during quarantine, if they have questions regarding class content, assignments, etc. Furthermore, students will be given sufficient time to make up any assignments they may have missed during quarantine (1 day for each absence). Students will arrange make-up work with their teachers, and teachers will be notified if a student will be absent due to quarantine, so that they can prepare class content for the absent student. Students who are absent for any reason should follow the above-referenced guidance.
Q. If a student has an approved vacation, are they able to work remotely and maintain their attendance?
A. No. Although students are encouraged to keep up-to-date with their work during an approved vacation, there is not a remote option for them. If a vacation request is approved by the building principal, students’ attendance will be recorded as an “excused absence.” Students can choose to access content via their teachers’ Google Classrooms during an approved absence, but they must communicate with their teachers before and after their approved absence regarding make-up work.
Q. Will the District still maintain certain COVID-related protocols in 2021-2022?
A. Although masks will be optional, the District will still follow PA Department of Health guidance when feasible. For example, the District will continue to clean and disinfect classrooms and other high-population areas, and it will continue to encourage regular hand washing and other recommended hygiene practices. Furthermore, it is highly likely that the PA Department of Education will require school districts to write and publish COVID safety plans. These up-to-date plans will be available on the District’s website, and they will detail all COVID-related safety protocols.
Q. Will spectators be permitted to attend extracurricular events, like sporting events, musicals, and concerts during the 2021-2022 school year?
A. Yes. As long as the Departments of Health and Education do not enact capacity limitations, extracurricular events will be open to spectators. As of right now, all spectators are welcome to attend extracurricular events. Spectators are not required to wear masks.
Q. Will there be “snow days” in 2021-2022?
A. If school is closed as a result of inclement weather, the District will operate remotely, if remote instruction is approved by the PA Department of Education,* unless otherwise stated. During these remote learning days, students will join their classes live, via Google Meets, according to their daily schedules. Each of the District’s schools will release remote learning schedules at the beginning of the school year in preparation for the potential of having to operate remotely.
*If remote instruction is not approved by the PA Department of Education, the District will use 12/23 and 2/21 as snow make-up days for in-person instruction.
The District understands that students may not have access to their devices or the Internet while operating remotely due to inclement weather. Therefore, any student unable to access their work online, will be expected to complete missed assignments within three days of the student’s return to school unless otherwise arranged by the classroom teacher. A note from the student’s legal guardian should be provided explaining that online access was not available.