Good evening, Cornwall-Lebanon Families,
This is Philip Domencic, Superintendent. This July 20, 2020, update is to provide you the information we have as of today pertaining to what school will look like beginning August 31. While we are planning for multiple contingencies, direction from the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education changes and evolves daily.
Last week, I conducted focus groups with parents representing various areas of the District and different perspectives. An additional focus group session with parents will be conducted tomorrow.
One of the items that became evident during our discussions was that the mitigation of COVID 19 is a community issue. It is an issue where we will need everyone’s cooperation. It is imperative that we have the cooperation of parents or guardians checking their children’s temperatures and not sending them to school with a fever or other symptoms. By the time students arrive at school, they have already been at the bus stop, on the bus, and in the hallways of our schools.
We also need everyone’s cooperation with frequent hand washing and wearing face coverings. While we recognize that there may be differing opinions on these issues, our goal is to be able to have students in school for in-person learning. Please also know that the District is making an effort to procure as many face shields as possible for students and staff who prefer those to cloth coverings. Since the spread of COVID 19 is a community health issue, re-opening our schools is only possible with cooperation from our community.
If we are unable to that community cooperation, it is likely that we will not be able to keep schools open for in-person learning due to potential or existing outbreaks of COVID 19. It is very possible that we may need to shut down and move to fully online learning. This is not what we want to do. We very much believe that it is critical for our students to get back to school and have a regular routine. We know that learning virtually is not the most effective for every student or family. That is why we need everyone’s cooperation to mitigate the significant spread of COVID 19 within our school and community.
You will be receiving a survey today on several items that include transportation, food service preferences, and whether or not you wish to enroll you child in one of our cyber school/online learning options. Please check out the links on our website to videos and explanations for what transportation will look like in August and also the video links where Mr. Burton, Dr. Murray, and I explain our online learning options. In order to aid in your decision making, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers also has been added to our CLSD website. More detailed answers can be found there than I can include here.
We are asking that all parents complete one survey for each of their children by Sunday, July 26. The deadline to enroll for either of our cyber options in order to receive your preference is August 3.
It is very important that we have as much information from parents as possible so that we can make any necessary adjustments to our transportation, food service, and personnel assignments.
Our pandemic planning team continues to work on our plan to safely return to school in each of the different Red, Yellow, and Green phases of operation. While this plan is in its final draft form and will be formally adopted next week, the plan is an overarching document that will not include answers to all of to the items we are sharing today. We are providing this information at this time so that we can allow parents to make decisions about their preferred options for their children. This will allow us to plan accordingly.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to return to school.
Dr. Philip L. Domencic
Cornwall-Lebanon School District