3/16/20 12:00 PM
We have been working to respond to a wide variety of questions regarding this sudden and extended school closure. One of the most frequently asked questions is whether these days will need to be made up through additional days added to our school year.
We are receiving additional information and guidance from the PA Department of Education related to this ever-changing situation on a daily basis. The guidance provided from PDE on March 15, 2020 indicates that schools that fail to meet the minimum 180 day/hour (990/900/450) requirements as a result of COVID-19 response efforts will not be penalized. However, the guidance does not currently clarify whether an attempt to use all possible instructional days must be made before a waiver will be granted. PA schools may operate until June 30th of each year in an attempt to meet the 180 day/hour (990/900/450) requirements in normal circumstances. Please know that we are seeking more specific clarification from the Department of Education regarding this issue at this time.
If the PA Department of Education declares that these days are not required, then Penn Cambria School District will not add days to the calendar.
- If you child has prescription medication in our nursing office and you would like to make arrangements for pick up, please call the building.
- Pre-K Counts Open House is cancelled for March 24th . Applications are still being accepted until the April 15th deadline and may be dropped off or mailed to our administrative offices at 201 6th Street Cresson, PA 16630.
- Kindergarten Registration is cancelled for March 25th and March 26th. We will provide information about rescheduling as soon as possible.
- The PCHS Prom Committee hoagie delivery scheduled for 3/17/20 has been postponed and rescheduled for 4/6/20.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Penn Cambria School District will not be participating in athletic contests through March 31, 2020.
The following are cancelled or postponed as of 3/13/20 at 11:30 am. This list will be updated as needed.
- PCHS Student Council Blood Drive on March 27th – Cancelled
- Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the PCHS Musical on March 29th– Cancelled
- Pink Panthers Against Breast Cancer Basket Raffle- Cancelled for March 22, 2020. Rescheduled for May 17, 2020.
- National Honor Society field trip to Washington D.C on March 28th – Postponed
Over the last year, Penn Cambria School District has focused much attention on updating our emergency operations plans to increase school safety and security. In addition to the widespread media coverage focused on the potential spread of the coronavirus within Pennsylvania, we also know that colds and the flu are currently impacting our communities. As a result, we are reviewing and updating our plans and procedures related to health and contagious illness. In addition, our staff are intensifying their efforts to frequently disinfect high traffic surface areas and promoting the importance of hand-washing.
We are closely monitoring communications and recommendations from the following organizations that are experts in emergency preparedness and crisis management:
Please use the links to the CDC and PA Department of Health above for additional information and any important updates related to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
The intense media coverage may cause some heighted concerns in children. Psychology Today has published some tips for how to talk with your child about COVID-19.
Right now, for preventative care, the CDC is recommending the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
We will continue to communicate information as it pertains to our Penn Cambria community using our district website, our Twitter account (@PennCambria) and through letters or calls to families as needed.