Good afternoon. As we close out the first week of the mandated school closure, I would like our Penn Hills families and staff to know that representatives from our clerical staff will be attempting to reach out to individual homes, beginning next week, to see how everyone in the Penn Hills extended school family is navigating this very difficult time. In most cases, email will be used to make contact with individual homes; however, some may receive phone calls. Should anyone express a need for additional support, our PHSD representative will do his/her best to provide appropriate contact information for individuals or agencies who may be able to help. We thank our team of school counselors and social workers who have agreed to help support this effort. Locally, we applaud Reverend Linda Theophilus from Emmanuel Lutheran, along with Jace Ransom from Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Both have been wearing hats as both Penn Hills residents and community advocates to help coordinate services.
While last night's update from Governor Wolf has led to yet another shift in our business operations, I am happy to report that there is no interruption to food distribution at Linton MS. No child will be turned away who reports to Linton between the hours of 12:00-2:00 pm, Monday through at least Friday, March 27, 2020. Please be assured that, beyond the necessary number of food service workers needed to prepare and distribute meals, we are also retaining a sufficient number of Plant Services Department workers to ensure the cafeteria and food preparation areas at Linton MS are cleaned and sanitized daily.
Unfortunately, we have no additional details, in this moment, regarding a possible extension of the mandated two-week school closure, but we will continue to share updates as they become available. In the event the mandated school closure is extended beyond March 27, 2020, we are exploring what it would "look like" to convert our K-12 programming model to a virtual learning experience, similar to what had been available to our CHIEFS Academy students prior to the mandated school closure. Again, we will continue to keep you posted, and no final decisions have been made.
I must thank our Board of School Directors for their ongoing support and the flexibility they have given our Administrative Team to pursue any/all available options that may help reinstate educational operations once the mandated closure is lifted, even if operations follow a different format than what we are all accustomed to. Our Chief Recovery Officer has remained supportive as well and has placed no restrictions on us in terms of what it may cost to reinstate formal instruction, if the school closure mandate is lifted, but the social distancing guidelines remain in effect.
We appreciate Everyone's patience as we continue to work through this very difficult time. District administrators will remain accessible via email, phone, and website link (www.phsd.k12.pa.us) to address questions and concerns as they arise from our students, families, staff, and residents.