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Superintendent's Updates Regarding Coronavirus

Friday, April 24,2020, 4PM: Calendar Information

Good day, Cornwall-Lebanon Families. I hope this message finds you and your families well.

Throughout our District, we’re very pleased to see so many of our students engaging with teachers in the Planned Instruction phase of the CLSD Continuity of Education Plan. Counselors and other staff members are reaching out to those students who have been less active.

We have made the following decisions regarding the last days of the Continuity of Education Plan. Please note these changes to the 2019-2020 Calendar of Events: Wednesday, June 3rd, will be the last day of CoE for seniors. Friday, June 5th, will be the last day of operating our Continuity of Education plan for all students in K through 11th grade.

Due to the changes in the calendar, Commencement will not take place on June 2nd, but be assured that we will have more information on this in early May. We are waiting to make a decision on this to see what might be possible for our seniors. It is our goal to provide the most meaningful graduation experience possible.

Finally, I want to remind all families that the CLSD Grab ‘n Go Meals distribution service for all children continues each weekday at the three locations noted on the website. Please take advantage of this opportunity for free breakfast and lunch for all children and monitor the website for updates.

Thank you,

- Philip Domencic, Superintendent


Friday, April 17,2020, 2PM: Planned Instruction & General Concerns FAQ

Good day, Cornwall-Lebanon, I hope this message finds you and your families well.

This week, our teachers and students began to move in to the Planned Instruction phase of the Cornwall-Lebanon School District Continuity of Education Plan. Building principals and teachers will be sharing specific schedules and details with you and your students. Once again, I urge you to contact us if your student still needs a device or has Internet connectivity concerns. Please call us at (717) 389-1900.

Click on this link for a Frequently Asked Questions document that we will update as more information becomes available. We hope you find it helpful in answering some of your questions. The District website has a wealth of information about technology support and resources; free weekday meals for students and children; community health and well being resources; details about virtual School Board meetings, as well as these “Superintendent’s Updates.”

Thank you for your continued patience as we move forward working together to provide the best possible educational continuity in this time for our students and for their future.

Please be well and use good judgement in your activities.

-Philip Domencic, Superintendent


Thursday, April 9,2020, Noon: Planned Instruction Phase of Continuity of Education Plan

Good day, Cornwall-Lebanon Families, I hope this message finds you and your families well.

As you may be aware, this morning, Governor Wolf directed all Pennsylvania school buildings to remain closed for the rest of the academic year. We did anticipate this possibility when we developed proposed phases in our Cornwall-Lebanon Continuity of Education Plan.

Monday, April 13th, we will move into the Planned Instruction Phase of the Continuity of Education Plan. Building principals and teachers will share specific schedules and details with you and your students. Again, I urge you to contact us if your student still needs a device or has Internet connectivity concerns. Call (717) 389-1900.

Please visit the District website for information about technology support and resources; free weekday meals for children; community health and wellbeing resources; and details about virtual School Board meetings. Each Thursday, or as needed, I will share updates with you via Skylert. All “Superintendent’s Updates” are posted on the District Home page: www.clsd.k12.pa.us.

I thank each of you for your cooperation, your resiliency and your patience as we move forward together to provide the best possible educational continuity in this time for our students and for their future.

Stay well, use good judgement and enjoy the holiday weekend.”­­­

-Philip Domencic, Superintendent
 

Friday, April 3, 2020, 11 AM: Continuity of Education
 

Good morning, Cornwall-Lebanon Families,

I hope this message finds you and your families well. As you are aware, this week, we launched our the CLSD Continuity of Education Plan. Many of your students logged on to Schoology and MS Teams daily to meet with teachers and counselors and engage in meaningful enrichment and review opportunities.

This was a new experience for everyone involved and I applaud the CLSD staff for rising to the challenge of educating our students in a very different setting. I also commend our students for choosing to log on and take an active role in the continuation of their education. And, I applaud parents and guardians who encouraged and supported their children to participate in this endeavor.

Our Technology Services team will continue to work with you to resolve technical issues and provide devices, where necessary. Please contact us if you have Internet connectivity concerns and we will help you find solutions.

Governor Wolf has now extended the closure of our school buildings indefinitely. This means that it is even more important for our students to participate in our Continuity of Education Plan and avoid gaps in their education.

Because the 2019-2020 academic calendar was disrupted, we will be operating our Continuity of Education Plan next Thursday, April 9 and Monday, April 13, days that originally were scheduled for no school. The next phase of the Continuity of Education Plan will include planned instruction, beginning April 13. Next week, we will share with you how that phase will look.

A few final calendar notes: April 9th will be the end of the 3rd Marking Period. Report cards will be posted in Skyward beginning April 20th. As soon as we know what the end of the school year will look like, we will share that information.

Thank you and stay well.

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7 PM: Continuity of Learning Plan

Dear Cornwall-Lebanon Families,

With the Governor’s latest directive for schools is to remain closed for at least two more weeks, we are looking out for the welfare of our students with implementation of the CLSD Continuity of Learning Plan.

Our faculty has been participating in virtual professional development all this week, creating meaningful remote learning experiences and opportunities to reconnect students with their teachers, counselors, and classmates. While school is not in session, our goal is to provide our learners with enrichment and review information to assist them in completing this year and preparing for next year. Our Continuity of Learning Plan will be released Monday, March 30, 2020.

Educational resources for students and families are posted on the District website. Your student’s teachers may introduce other sites next week. Most of the optional continuous learning opportunities are located online in our learning management platform, called Schoology.  Students can access this content by logging on to the District’s Schoology website with any computer, tablet, or even a phone. Students and parents/guardians will receive an email and Skyward Family Access notification from their teachers to begin. Students with disabilities will be provided adapted materials and resources based upon their needs. Tech Services is gradually deploying devices to those elementary students who lack any type of device but want to participate in our Continuity of Learning Plan.

If you experience a technical issue during the continuous learning opportunities, please check our website for hints and instructions for home connectivity first. If you still need assistance, call (717) 389-1900. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we begin implementation of our Continuity of Learning Plan.

I encourage you to review this Tip Sheet with your children before they log in Monday morning at 8 AM.

Thank you and stay well.

 

Monday, March 23, 2020, 5:30 PM: Gov. Wolf. Extends School Closure

Good afternoon, CLSD Families,

In the event that you have not heard, Governor Wolf announced today that all PA schools are to remain closed until April 7, 2020, for staff and April 9, 2020, for students. 

Due to the timing of this permitted return date near our scheduled break, no decisions have been made yet as to when CLSD would be in session.

Additionally, seven counties in Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia are currently under a stay at home order. This is necessary as we all must share the responsibility of mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We know that this is a challenging time for everyone - especially our students and families. We also know that there are many unanswered questions. We will provide answers as soon as possible. Our website has many resources that I encourage you to review.

As I shared with you in my Superintendent’s update last Friday, our faculty and administrators are collaborating every day this week via virtual professional learning groups to be prepared to implement a Continuity of Learning Plan with students next week. Details about that will be shared later this week. In the meantime, please follow the state Health Department directives regarding frequent hand washing, keeping surfaces clean, maintaining social distancing and staying home if you are ill.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Be well and be safe.


Friday, March 20, 2020, 4 PM

Superintendent's Update:

We hope you are doing well and staying healthy. These continue to be unprecedented times and we know you have many questions. Please know that our goal is to have our students back in our schools at the end of this two-week period. But, in the event that the Governor prolongs this closure, I want to share with you that our faculty and administrators will be collaborating every day next week via virtual professional learning groups to be prepared to implement our Continuity of Education Plan with students on March 30, either in school or via remote learning opportunities. I am very proud of their dedication and passion for our students and their educational needs. 

We will update you as soon as we know the facts. Be assured that throughout Lebanon County, faculty and administrators in all six school districts and the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center are working together to create meaningful remote learning experiences for all students, if that becomes necessary. 

In the meantime, there are many resources for parents/guardians and students on our website. We added informational and educational resources, including learning sites to visit and counseling and mental health supports. Click on the embedded links in the photo captions at the top of the page. This site is updated frequently, so check back for new resources.

Our free Grab ‘ Go Meals for all CLSD Children will continue to be available each weekday next week between 11 AM and 1 PM. The same meals are offered at our two locations: Union Canal Elementary School, 400 Narrows Dr., and Church of the Good Shepherd, 1500 Quentin Rd.

We continue to encourage you to follow the recommendations for prevention of the COVID-19 virus, including hand washing, keeping surfaces clean, and staying home if you are ill.  Click on this link for an informative new resource on the differences between COVID-19 symptoms and seasonal allergies and influenza.



Sunday, March 15, 2020, 2 PM Superintendent's Update: Food Service to be available Tuesday

At Cornwall-Lebanon School District, we recognize that this is a difficult time for our families and for our community.

We realize that students and families have many questions. We are working on providing answers and we will share updates and continue to provide any information that is available regarding the Statewide closure of schools in response to mitigating the spread of the Coronavirus.

This specific message is to inform you that beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, we will be providing breakfast and lunch at no cost for all students in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District.

Please note: The only pick-up location for Tuesday will be at Union Canal Elementary School, 400 Narrows Drive. If possible, we will add other locations at a later time.

In order for us to prepare for Tuesday, CLSD families will be asked to complete an online interest survey and menu order form tomorrow to help us determine the serving time that best suits your family’s needs and the number of meals to prepare. Please look for more details in your email about this food service program, as well as, the survey and daily menu order form, on Monday, March 16.

In the meantime, continue to stay healthy by following the guidance of healthcare officials diligently: thoroughly wash hands frequently; keep surfaces clean; and stay home if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through these challenging circumstances together.

 


Friday, March 13, 2020, 6:15 PM Superintendent's Update: Governor Orders All PA Schools to Close for Two Weeks

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all schools in Pennsylvania to be closed for the next two weeks, from March 16 through March 27, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. This includes all schools in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District. The Wolf administration will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the Commonwealth and, at the end of 10 days, will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

This is an unprecedented situation and our CLSD Administration is exploring any options available that would allow us to meet the needs of all students during this mandated closure period. We are continuing to await some guidance from the Department of Education on these matters.

Please note that all school district activities are cancelled, including the middle school musical. A rescheduled date will be announced when available.

For Monday, March 16, 2020, CLSD employees are not to report to work unless otherwise contacted by their supervisor.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will continue to provide you with updates. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.

 


Thursday, March 12, 2020, 4PM: CLSD Response to Coronavirus - Nonessential large group events under review

As news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, please be assured that Cornwall-Lebanon School District continues to take a proactive and measured approach to maintaining safe and healthy learning environments for our students, staff and community. All CLSD schools remain in session. We will continue to implement multiple enhanced precautionary measures regarding cleaning our buildings and monitoring our staff and student attendance.

We are in close communication with local and state health officials and the Pennsylvania Department of Education for guidance on school preparedness and procedures for mitigating health and safety concerns. We will continue to communicate the latest information as the situation may change rapidly in the coming days and weeks.

At this time, our county has no recorded cases of COVID-19; however, out of an abundance of caution for our community, we are reviewing all nonessential large group events for the immediate future. Other school events, on and off campus will be reviewed to reduce any perceived risks to students and staff.

Everyone should continue to follow wise health practices, including encouraging thorough hand washing, keeping surfaces clean, and staying home if you are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms. We encourage you to review the updated information on these websites:

Center for Disease Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Center for Disease Control Resource for Keeping Environments Safe:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

Pennsylvania Department of Health (updated daily):  https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
National Association of School Psychologists (Talking to Children about COVID-19): https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource?fbclid=IwAR0I30rS27K-SzYftLgsVOUTJwSZEVOZPL6m2mmSbrMQB1EFathHMCK8OW8

We continue to focus on prevention in our schools to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff.

 


Wednesday, March 4, 2020:    Message to Parents/Guardians About COVID-19:

Dear Parent or Guardian,

As you may know, the U.S. is in the midst of flu season and news outlets also are reporting cases of coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) in the U.S. and abroad. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, but we want you to be aware that we are closely monitoring the situation.

The safety and security of our students is always our top priority and we continue to take measures to maintain a healthy environment for all students and staff. We are providing you with this information to help you and your family remain healthy.

What is Coronavirus disease?  

Coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It is a new virus first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.  

Cornwall-Lebanon School District administrators are regularly reviewing recommendations and the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in conjunction with communications among leading national school organizations, including the American Association for School Administrators (AASA) and the National School Board Association (NSBA). These efforts help District leaders monitor the spread of the disease and utilize resources to assist with prevention.  

According to the CDC, symptoms of the Coronavirus are respiratory related and may include symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Please contact your health care provider if you have recently traveled to a country where the virus is prevalent, or if you are concerned about specific symptoms you or your child are experiencing.  

We encourage everyone to practice good hygiene: wash hands frequently; keep surfaces clean; cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoid contact with sick people; and stay at home if you are sick. These common practices are effective ways to help prevent the spread of the flu and coronavirus.

For the most accurate and timely information, and fact sheets regarding COVID-19, visit these websites and their social media channels. We encourage you to review this information with your family:

Please know that Cornwall-Lebanon School District is prepared with all types of contingencies to ensure that students continue to receive their education. We will continue to focus on prevention in our schools to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff.

Thank you, 

Philip L. Domencic, Ed.D., Superintendent

Cornwall-Lebanon School District