CPAVTS Staff Increase Safety & Sanitation Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Cumberland Perry AVTS is working their best to ensure the health and safety for their students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. With all the health and safety guidelines and requirements in Pennsylvania, it is truly a team effort to make sure CPAVTS is as proactive as possible during this uncertain time.
Each department at CPAVTS has encountered extra safety precautions associated with their position and responsibility. CPAVTS administration has implemented numerous safety and security measures including maintaining social distance, one way directional hallways, parking lot safety and security, and necessary face coverings for all students and staff. The Maintenance and Custodian, staff spent the summer months ordering PPE supplies for students and staff. There is extra time spent daily, on cleaning and sanitizing areas of the building and tending to the endless custodial needs to instructors. The Health Room Assistant has been trained on spraying the sanitizing solution if needed for a positive COVID case. There is an increase in the daily student symptom screening upon entering the Health Rooms Assistant’s office and working diligently with sending districts regarding contract tracing.
The Principal’s office has spent time answering parent and student questions all summer regarding scheduling with the hybrid AB calendar. Finalizing all the student transportation needs from each of the consortium 13 districts was a hurdle for the first day of school, but all has seemed to correspond with little discrepancy. The Student Services staff has been seen escorting new students to their program areas, following the one way hallway markings. They have also ensured students have a face covering when exiting their transportation and retrieving one for them promptly if they arrive without it. Student and district schedules are ever changing, and they are working to resolve any updates for staff and students as it comes their way.
The Information Technology department has been inundated with the challenge of ensuring students have accessible devices and keeping students connected to online learning platforms while also assisting staff with online student platform assignments. CPAVTS Business Office staff has updated and mandated the visitor policy for staff and student safety. Opening doors upon student arrival, to decrease surface contact has been a daily aid. All deliveries have been implemented for warehouse retrieval to provide less public interaction.
The CPAVTS Teaching Staff have spent countless hours lesson planning for both in-person and online learning. Flexibility has been crucial to instructors as daily changes are issued regarding districts and COVID-19 precautions and expectations. With the one way hallways, class arrival may be prolonged and hinder exact start times. Instructional Assistant staff are seen daily corralling early arrival students at CPAVTS into a large instruction room to ensure instructors are in their rooms ready for students. They have also been seen accompanying lost students to their program classes and assisting with student departure ensuring transportation safety.
Cumberland Perry staff has made the COVID transition to learning into a team effort by the entire building! It is amazing to see a united front, in the pursuit of offering a safe educational space for students and staff.