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Attestation Ensuring Implementation of Mitigation Efforts

December 1, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that everyone is doing well and enjoyed the Thanksgiving break!

I’m sure that you have heard through various sources that we continue to experience a very challenging and difficult time with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic not only in our region, but across our nation. Your efforts to mitigate the spread across our community are greatly appreciated, as we all struggle to regain the normalcy that we had known and enjoyed. As a District, we will continue to follow the trends in community spread, which are currently holding at a very high Substantial rate. We will be looking at the numbers next Monday, December 7 at our advertised Special Board meeting to determine if there is any change in the projection from after Thanksgiving. The District will hold its annual Re-Organization Meeting this evening at 6:30 via Zoom, but at this point it is too early to assess the expected impact the recent break will have on community spread.

We are currently continuing in our remote format and all students are learning virtually. This message is primarily being posted to eliminate any confusion that may occur if an individual views our District website and finds the Attestation of Mitigation Efforts form as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This form requires each district in the Commonwealth to declare as of November 30, 2020 whether they are fully in remote instruction or have any students at all participating in in-person instruction. Though the District is in remote instruction format for grades Pre-K to 12, we do have a small number of students in the building for a portion of the day each week to receive services for special needs that are not possible to complete at home. According to the Attestation Form, if even one student comes into the building for any service, we cannot say we are fully remote. We apologize for any unintentional confusion the form may cause, and assure you if we make any revisions to our current course of action you will be notified.

I once again want to thank you for all of your efforts and support. We all would prefer to have the school experiences that we have traditionally known, and are hopeful that conditions will improve to where we can return. We are working to strategically use all staff to support remote instruction as best we can, including paraprofessionals and faculty who may have more flexibility to support multiple content areas. Remote instruction provides challenges for all – students, staff, and families – and I applaud the efforts of everyone working so hard to make the most of these challenging circumstances!

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue our efforts to keep everyone safe.

Sincerely,
Dr. Matt Curci

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