BLOSSBURG — Southern Tioga School District will continue with its hybrid learning model, as Tioga County approaches its third week listed as “substantial” COVID-19 community transmission.
The level of community transmission — low, moderate or substantial — identifies the current level of community transmission of COVID-19 in each of Pennsylvania’s counties. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Department of Health recommend a remote learning model when the county’s transmission rate is substantial.
This is Tioga County’s second week listed as substantial, but is expected to remain on the list for another week, as the county has already seen more than 60 new COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday this week.
“I’m going to recommend that we continue in the instructional model that we’re at. I think we’re holding our own in the region with what we’re doing. I don’t really see a rationale right now for us to go full remote,” Superintendent Sam Rotella. “It certainly is balancing learning and risk. I think we have a responsibility for our learning community but also to this region, so I continue to keep an eye on it.”
Southern Tioga is moving forward with bocce and basketball practice opportunities. More information will be available later, once the district reviews the health and safety plan.
Junior varsity and varsity basketball practices will need to be more spread out, Rotella said, as those practices are usually back-to-back.
Coaches have been given to go-ahead to schedule scrimmages and games, but those might not come to fruition, depending on where those games are played, Rotella said.
Wrestling and cheerleading will have a delayed start. Rotella said he has “some concerns” about wrestling and will need to go through the guidance from local healthcare providers. Plus, head coaches are still needed for those sports.
“Right now, the way that the county is and the transmission rate around here, I don’t see me giving blanket starts to anything until things start calming down in our region,” Rotella said.
The board approved the use of capital project funds to pay McClure Company for the replacement of one boiler at North Penn-Liberty High School and one boiler at Blossburg Elementary School, not to exceed $110,000.
The board also approved an agreement with Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit for purchase of CSIU Financial Information System software in the annual amount of $22,250 and the CSIU SCView in the amount of $10,299.
The next board work session/reorganization meeting is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 and the next business meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. A negotiations committee meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.