Children's Health Insurance
Notice of the existence of and eligibility for the program know as "The Insurance Company Law of 1921," shall be prepared by, paid for, and provided to each school district in Pennsylvania by the Insurance Department annually, not later than the fifteenth day of August, in sufficient quantities to provide the parent or legal guardian of every school student enrolled in the district with such notice. The school district shall provide such notice to the parent or guardian of each student enrolled in the district during the school year.
24 Pa. C.S. 14-1406
Return to School Notice
As the beginning of the academic year approaches, the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit wishes to address the challenges associated with returning to in-person instruction for our Intermediate Unit staff, students, and parents. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is extremely contagious and continues to remain a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact and has had severe consequences for those that are especially vulnerable, such as senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies have made numerous recommendations over the past months to fight the spread of infection, including increased handwashing and social distancing measures to limit contact with others.
The Intermediate Unit has put in place preventative measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Wolf's Executive Orders, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other agencies, as more fully outlined in the Intermediate Unit's Health and Safety Plan, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to allow students and parents to feel comfortable about returning to in-person instruction within the school setting. Even with preventative measures in place, there are inherent risks as the risk of infection for COVID-19 exists and is difficult to control.
We need families, parents, and students to understand the contagious nature of COVID-19 and the risk of infection and injury associated with the use of Intermediate Unit transportation, in-person instruction, and participation in Intermediate Unit programs and activities. We cannot guarantee that you or your children will not become infected with COVID-19 as a result of the aggressive nature in which this virus may spread. Families, parents, and students must understand the potential for infection, injury, or even death as a result of COVID-19 that exists when using Intermediate Unit transportation or participating in Intermediate Unit instructional programs and activities. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present.
We understand your concerns, and the Intermediate Unit has taken enhanced health and safety measures to create the safest environment feasibly possible during this pandemic. We require that all students and their families follow all posted instructions as provided by the Intermediate Unit's Health and Safety Plan for the health and well-being of all.
Parents that are uncomfortable with in-person instruction should contact the Pandemic Coordinator to discuss available options for the academic year, such as virtual instruction through our Intermediate Unit's cyber instruction platform.
Let's keep each other healthy and safe.
Dr. Jason A. Conway, Executive Director