Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am sorry to have to announce that we are going to remain in our virtual learning mode for the remainder of 2020. As you are aware, the pandemic has made its way to our corner of Pennsylvania, and our local infection numbers are rising rapidly. As more people become ill, their family members who are in close contact are being asked to quarantine to keep from spreading the virus. At this point, we find that we have too many of our employees in quarantine to be able to open our buildings and provide meaningful instruction to all our students. While school Christmas activities are usually a big part of our week before break, We felt that by taking steps now to mitigate the virus, we will provide ourselves with a better chance of getting back to a face to face mode sooner. That is our desire. At this time, we are tentatively planning on returning to in-person instruction on Monday, January 11th. That is the second-to-last day of the first semester, but more importantly, it is 10 days after the end of the holiday. We hope by holding off long enough for any symptoms bought on by holiday travel to become apparent, we can open up and stay open.
As I stated earlier, we want to be open. Our teachers would much rather have students in front of them than mediate a Zoom meeting. We believe that kids do better in school. Please understand that we are working towards getting our students back in our buildings as soon as it is safe to do so. Your cooperation is critical. Please call your child’s school to alert us of any developments in your house due to COVID. We are tracking all of our cases and need good data to make informed decisions. In the meantime, on behalf of the Board of Education, the administration and our teachers, I would like to wish you a happy and especially a healthy holiday season.
Dr. Jerry Shoemake