• Health & Safety Plan

    Universal Masking Order for Pa. Schools, effective Sept. 7, 2021

    On August 31, Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health signed an Order requiring face coverings to be worn in all school entities, including school districts, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers, intermediate units, and early learning and other child care settings, effective Tuesday, September 7, 2021.


    Health & Safety Plan approved Aug. 18

    An updated Health & Safety Plan was approved by the Upper St. Clair School Board on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. The updated plan includes a temporary masking requirement for all students, staff and visitors while inside K-12 schools and on school buses. The masking requirement does not apply to outdoor areas. 

    The temporary universal masking requirement will be in effect as long as conditions necessitate. Our Health & Safety Team will continue to monitor and review our district data and local conditions, while consulting with regional experts. A formal review will be presented at the Sept. 28, 2021 School Board meeting.

    The Health & Safety Plan indicates that classrooms will be arranged for maximum distance between students and at least three feet to the greatest extent feasible.

    Primary Goal

    Return to, and maintain, 5 days of in-person learning

    Key Components

    • Promote safe and healthy school environments for students and staff
    • Minimize disruptions in the form of quarantines and required school closures
    • Resume traditional school-based activities and events when feasible
    • Reduce remaining mitigation efforts as conditions permit
    • Remain cognizant of student social-emotional well-being
    • Provide asynchronous cyber option that aligns to the USC curriculum


    Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • NEW: My child is ill, what should I do next?

  • NEW: What tests are accepted at USC?

  • What is the number of cases that will trigger a building closure?

  • Why are face masks required in schools?

  • What impact does quarantining have on students/families?

  • Who is considered a close contact relative to schools?

  • What are ACHD’s quarantine requirements?

  • What are the guidelines for fully-vaccinated individuals and those with recent COVID infection?

  • What is the authority of the ACHD as it applies to schools?

  • When is quarantining necessary for unvaccinated students?

  • When is quarantining necessary for vaccinated students?

  • What impact do masks have on quarantining?

  • What constitutes an acceptable mask?

  • Are there exemptions to the indoor mask requirement?

  • When does the temporary indoor mask requirement begin and end?

  • When is masking NOT required?

  • What other mitigation strategies are being used to protect against COVID-19?

  • Can my student switch learning models (in-person/cyber)?

  • What does the Asynchronous Cyber Program include?

  • How will students receive instruction when isolated and/or quarantined?

  • Are there capacity limits at events?

  • When will USCSD communicate a positive COVID-19 case?