Bensalem School District students will be returning to normal classrooms later this month with an optional masking policy.
The district’s board approved the proposed Health & Safety Plan at Wednesday night’s meeting. It calls for five day in-person instruction and masks are required only on buses.
Superintendent Dr. Samuel Lee said the district developed its plan in collaboration with the Bucks County Department of Health, all 13 Bucks County school districts, and three career technical education institutions.
“We are planning for a traditional school year this year, as much as COVID will let us” said Lee.
The first day of school will be August 30th or 31st depending on grade level. The text of the approved Health and Safety Plan and other details for the school year are available on the district’s website here.
“We missed having everyone here in person all day, every day,” said Lee. “We know that there may be some things to recover – some academics, some friendships, and some relationships.”
School Board President Kim Rivera voted for the plan. She noted before COVID, parents have sent their children to school with fevers and the flu.
“I believe in choice,” said Rivera. “You can’t dictate to parents what to do with their children.
However, several members including Rivera and Heather Snyder noted the situation may change over time. Snyder in particular noted she would prefer to have all students masked, but voted for the plan anyway.
Vanessa Woods voted against the plan. Woods said she was voting on behalf of families whose children cannot get vaccinated and feel they do not have a choice.