Good morning, Cornwall-Lebanon Families.

It has been a joy to witness the energy and excitement as your students returned to our schools to begin the 2021-2022 school year this week! I want to thank you for your cooperation and patience. Our goal for the 2021-2022 school year is to keep students in school, keep our schools open, and continue to offer great instruction, programs, and opportunities for students to succeed. Last school year, we accomplished this more than many districts, and our goal has not changed.  

On August, 16, 2021, the CLSD Health and Safety Plan, approved by the CLSD Board of School Directors, permitted the optional wearing of face coverings. Our plan states that we will update it whenever needed to allow schools to remain open for in-person instruction, or to adhere to any Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) or Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) orders. 

On August 31, I shared with you the new indoor mask mandate for schools issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DoH). This Order, that applies to all schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including the Cornwall-Lebanon School District, will go into effect Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. All staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings in our buildings.  

As we are a public school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we are required to comply with governmental Orders. 

We were informed yesterday, September 2, 2021, that we would be receiving additional clarification from PDE regarding any exceptions to this order. At the time of this message, no new information has yet been provided by PDE or DoH. We will provide all updated information as soon as it is available and update our FAQs on our website accordingly.  

In order to meet the needs of our students and families, the district will continue to provide in-person and virtual learning options for students. Information on our virtual learning options is available on the CLSD website. 

We know that there are diverse opinions in our District about this issue. But I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to our students that they see our school community continue to cooperate, to work together, as we have over this past year, and to refuse to allow this to be a divisive issue within our school community. We will stay focused on our mission of educating students.  

And, we thank you for your trust and cooperation with this worthwhile effort. 

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. 

Phil