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Penn Hills School District

Superintendent Update- May 15, 2020

Good afternoon, Everyone.  It's hard to believe it's been almost two months now since traditional school operations changed drastically.  While there have been admitted bumps (and bruises too) along the way, we appear to be holding our own as a district.  I am confident we're equipped to sustain learning and maintenance of essential operations, and we expect to spend the next 30 days or so closing out the current school year.  We will also be shifting full focus to planning for various options to start the next school year.
 
As a reminder, PHSD will be closed on the following days and will include no district operations:  Friday, May 22, 2020 and Monday, May 25, 2020.  We will resume our modified operations on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and opportunities for student learning will continue to be supported by our instructional staff through Friday, June 12, 2020.  Students who qualify for Extended School Year programming will be updated via their Case Managers regarding remote learning opportunities available to them on designated days throughout the summer break.
 
For those staff and/or students who inadvertently left behind personal belongings in any of our schools, Building Principals are in the process of organizing dates/times for pick-up and will be sharing more specific information in the near future.  Families are reminded that technology devices on loan from Penn Hills School District must be returned as part of close-out activities for the current school year.  Again, Building Principals will provide more specific updates about device return options prior to the official end to our current school year on June 12, 2020.
 
While we do not know exactly how things will "look" as of August 25, 2020 (the designated first day of school for the 20/21 school year), I want to assure Everyone that we are developing various contingency plans.  While most prefer a return to "complete normalcy," we know the final decision is beyond our local control.  Accordingly, alternate plans in development include expanding K-12 CHIEFS Academy enrollment for all students and/or for those students who prefer to study from home a little longer, even if we're given the "green light" to invite students back to school in August.  Another scenario involves a hybrid model whereby students may be split into smaller grade-level groups, and only certain groups would report on site certain days, with the other group(s) reporting on site on opposite days.
 
We ask for your ongoing patience as we continue to prepare for various scenarios for the start of 20/21, and we promise to share additional detail as we get closer to August and as more concrete information and guidelines are released from government entities that provide oversight of public health matters and school operations.
 
Please continue to take care, and you should feel free to reach out as needed.  You are also reminded that various individual and family support information continues to be updated on our PHSD website, under the Continuity of Education During the Mandated School Closure section.
Sincerely,
Nancy
 
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