Good afternoon, Cornwall-Lebanon Families, and Happy New Year 2021
This is Philip Domencic, Superintendent.
I have a few updates to share this week as we return. Once again, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation in supporting the multiple learning options this school year. This week, Lebanon County EMA informed us that our District nursing staff is included in the first group of direct service workers who are now eligible to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. When EMA notifies us of opportunities for others to register, we will share that information.
At this time, our plan is to continue with the current instructional models, which allow choices for our students and families. At the same time, we are prepared in case we need to shift for a short period of time to fully online instruction. Our District is fortunate to have retained our older laptops, so that we can accommodate this potential need for our students to learn from home. Any elementary parent who did not complete the elementary laptop request survey and their student does not have access to a device at home, can contact their school’s office to borrow a laptop for the remainder of the school year.
Since our elementary students now also have District laptops or other home access, we have the opportunity to schedule a planned shift to a fully virtual learning day on January 18, 2021, which is the weather make-up day for the snow closure day on December 17, 2020. This January 18th make-up day will be an Asynchronous Learning Day and all students in the District, from Kindergarten through grade 12, will learn from home that day. Class assignments will be posted for students prior to the start of the school day. All professional staff will be reporting that day for work. This is a trial run, a test, to see how well this works. We definitely value the in-person instruction, so this does not mean that we would always have virtual learning days as make-up days or as inclement weather days. However, if we had a really bad winter in future years, this could be another learning option for some of our make-up days.
A final item to share: This week, the Governor lifted the restrictions on high school athletics and our winter sports season is underway following all health and safety guidelines. While spectators are still limited primarily to the athlete’s parents/guardians, many events will be available for viewing via livestream or Hudl cam. Information and links are posted on our website at cchstoday.com. Also on our website, you’ll find links to view livestreamed sessions of our CLSD School Board meetings and updated calendar information regarding cancellations or links to virtual events.
Thank you and have a good weekend,