• Coronavirus

    The Fox Chapel Area School District is constantly monitoring the latest news about the spread of COVID-19 in Western Pennsylvania and working diligently to ensure a safe start to the 2020-2021 school year for our entire community.

Weekly Updates

  • Sept. 23, 2020

    Dear Fox Chapel Area Family,

    It’s a bit hard to believe it, but it’s true: Today, we reached the halfway point of the first nine weeks. While there have been and still are some inevitable challenges, I remain so very proud of the way our school community has come together to make sure our students and staff safely returned to school – and stayed there.

    I have several updates for you today.

    • The latest round of water testing in our school buildings, conducted on September 10, continues to show elevated levels of legionella in the water systems at Fox Chapel Area High School, and Kerr and O’Hara elementary schools. We are in the process of scheduling a meeting with an epidemiologist and a plumber from Allegheny County to assist in our remediation efforts. While this certainly has been a frustrating situation, I want to reiterate that no students and staff are in danger. Though it is unlikely that our cold drinking water is affected, students and staff members in these three buildings have not been drinking the water. We ask that students in these three schools continue to bring water from home, and each building will continue to have an ample supply of bottled water. We will continue to update you in the future.

    • The district’s administrative team continues to evaluate all instructional models, as well as guidance from the Allegheny County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in preparation for any shifts with in-person instruction or virtual learning. Of course, our eventual goal is a return to five days of in-person instruction each week in a way that is as safe as possible.

    • Districtwide, attendance is hovering at about 95%, which is excellent. I’d like to encourage you to continue checking on your children’s participation and engagement in their classes when possible, especially on online days. Even after school hours, parent and guardian involvement truly makes a difference! 

    • I’d like to also remind you, in the event of a positive COVID case at one of our buildings, we will continue to follow our district’s Health and Safety Plan, as well as guidance from the Allegheny County Health Department, and inform those who were in close contact with that individual. If there is a reason to suspect that your child was exposed to COVID-19 in one of our school buildings, we will certainly inform you. 

    Again, thank you for all the proactive measures that you take at home to minimize your family’s exposure to COVID-19. Using face coverings, physical distancing, and regular handwashing/hand sanitizing, as well as limiting gatherings outside of our schools, will help our students remain in the classroom. Stay safe and well!

    Mary Catherine Reljac, Ed.D.

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Key Resources for FCASD Students & Families

Daily Health Screening for Students

  • The health and safety of our students and staff are our highest priority. In addition to the protective measures we will be taking when students return to school, we will use a health screening tool for daily verification of student health. Please familiarize yourself with the expectations, protocols, and procedures for the required daily COVID-19 health screening. You must do this for both in-person and online days. Please click on the images below for more information.

    FCASD Required Health Screening for Students

    Ruvna User Guide for Parents