COVID-19 and Reopening Information

Update – November 30, 2020

On November 30, 2020, Adams County Technical Institute submitted the Attestation Ensuring Implementation of Mitigation Efforts to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Adams County Technical Institute is committed to doing our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, closely monitor local cases, take appropriate actions to stop the spread of local cases, and remain open and available for all students, every day, to the maximum extent possible.

Adams County Technical Institute will comply with and enforce the Updated Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings and agree to follow the Recommendations for Pre-K to 12 Schools Following Identification of a Case(s) of COVID-19.

The Attestation may be downloaded and read in it’s entirety below:

ACTI Reopening Plan

It is the intent of ACTI to reopen on Monday, August 24 and be available to all students from all districts every day regardless of their district’s schedule.

We feel that we can do this safely because:

  • Our class sizes are generally smaller than academic classes.
  • In addition to classroom spaces, we can use laboratory space to physically distance.
  • Students generally remain in their classroom/lab for the duration of the time spent here.
  • Students spend approximately half of their time in the labs at workstations rather than sitting at a desk in a small classroom.
  • Students are only here for a small portion of their day (2 – 2.5 hours).

Key features of our plan include:

  • Face masks/coverings will be required at all times in accordance with the PA Department of Health order.
  • Students will enter/exit by their individual classroom (or at the nearest entrance/exit) and remain in their class or lab while in the building
  • Locker room and restroom usage staggered
  • Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer readily available
  • Tools and equipment thoroughly cleaned after use
  • Increased building cleaning schedule including deep clean between AM and PM students

In-person instruction is strongly encouraged however, ACTI intends to provide live-streaming of theory lessons and laboratory demonstrations with the goal of serving students who may be at home for a variety of reasons.

With the hands-on nature of our programs, students must be physically present to complete our curriculum. Although some instruction can be accomplished remotely, completion of the hands-on skills can only be accomplished with access to our labs and equipment.

Click the links below to access our Reopening Plan documents:

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions from our surveys and emails. This will be continuously updated as more questions arise. If you have questions, please use our Contact Us link.

What is your first day of school?

Monday, August 24, 2020

Do I come to Tech if my school isn’t open?

ACTI is a separate school entity and we expect our students to be in attendance according to our schedule. We understand that you somewhat depend on your participating district for transportation however, if we are open, we expect you to make every effort to be in attendance.

Do I come to Tech if it is my off/remote learning day at my high school?

ACTI is a separate school entity and we expect our students to be in attendance according to our schedule. We understand that you somewhat depend on your participating district for transportation however, if we are open, we expect you to make every effort to be in attendance.

What if my district does not provide transportation?

Check with your high school office. All districts will be providing regular daily transportation to and from ACTI. On your remote learning day, some have committed to getting you back home after your ACTI session, some have arranged for you to have a study hall session on your remote learning day.

Can juniors drive?

Typically, juniors are required to ride the bus to and from ACTI however, we are allowing juniors to drive this year. Check with your ACTI teacher for appropriate parking passes and permission forms. Passengers must have appropriate permission forms also.

Will I be required to wear a face mask?

ACTI will comply with the PA Department of Health order regarding face coverings. All staff and students will wear masks at all times – see the link above for very limited exceptions.

Why do I have to wear a mask?

ACTI is an incredible resource for students in Adams County. We can prepare you for entry-level employment right out of high school or help you get a head start on college in your chosen career field.

We are fortunate in Adams County that this pandemic has not affected us in the ways it has in other communities.

We are fortunate that we can attempt to reopen our school. Whether the school stays open will depend on the conditions of COVID in our programs. Wearing a mask will help us keep our school open. If we all do our part to mitigate the spread, we can stay open…if we don’t we may have to close again and no one wants that!

What if I’m concerned about getting infected and bringing COVID home to a family member who may have serious complications?

It’s our intention to provide live-streaming of our classroom theory lessons and lab demonstrations. We will be using Google Classroom to provide other content. You may be able to keep up with theoretical content from a distance but you will not be able to complete the program without spending at least some time in the labs practicing the skills. Talk to your instructor for specifics in your program.

Will seniors be able to do their job shadowing?

This remains to be seen. Instructors will continue to work with their job shadowing partners and provide more information as the school year progresses.