Recent COVID-19 Communications
August 17, 2021 (Email)
On behalf of all our staff and schools, we are excited to welcome your children back to school! You should have received an assignment letter and handbook that included some of our planned health and safety procedures. As we welcome the 2021-22 School Year, there has been significant increase in both the COVID-19 case counts and the positivity rates in the region that we serve.
The health and safety of our students, families, and staff remain the top priority for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU). The CAIU continues to make decisions that protect the health and safety of our organization in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is of particular importance to consider the health and safety needs of the vulnerable populations of students we serve. Our goal is to keep our classrooms and programs open for the entirety of the school year. Please note the following change in our COVID-19 Safety Protocols:
Face Coverings/Masks: Starting August 23, 2021, face coverings/masks will be required indoors and when transporting students (cars, vans, and buses). Students, staff, and visitors are to wear masks in our facilities/classrooms when the CAIU service region (Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, and northern York counties) is identified as being in moderate, substantial, or high transmission by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CAIU will monitor the CDC’s transmission rates and will notify families if this face covering/masking protocol is changed.
Please visit the CAIU website www.caiu.org for COVID-19 communications, CAIU’s 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan (board review and approval August 26), and other useful resources.
Please be sure to provide or update your emergency contact information. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s program supervisor.
Circumstances related to the pandemic can change rapidly, and we will continue to review the guidance from the CDC and the PA Department of Education. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to greeting our students this year!
Andrew E. McCrea, Ph.D.
Director, Student Services