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Superintendent's Updates Regarding Coronavirus

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