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ESSER Funds Feedback Survey

Parents and Guardians: The United States Department of Education (USDE) awarded the PA Department of Education (PDE) over $500 million in emergency, one-time funds to assist districts with their response to COVID-19 impact in their schools under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. This is one-time funding that districts will receive in addition to annual federal funds secured under Title I, Title II, and Title IV. The primary purpose of the ARP ESSER funds is to address learning loss, offer after-school programming, and offer summer programming. Funds can also be used to address students' academic, social, emotional and/or behavioral needs with a specific emphasis on historically underserved student groups. The remainder of funding may be used for a wide variety of programs and items. There is an intensive focus on developing literacy in primary and elementary grades, and to ensure proper social and emotional support exists for students and staff. This may include providing professional development and training opportunities, extending the school day and/or year, technology purchases, mental health supports and services. The Purchase Line School District is requesting your input regarding the use of these funds. Pleas Click "Read Full Story" to access the Link!

Community Letter -Mask Mandate 11-11-21

November 11, 2021 Dear PLSD Families, Lee Greenwood says in his song, God Bless the USA, “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” I want to thank every veteran as we honor them on this special day! Yesterday, November 10, 2021, in a 4-1 decision, the Commonwealth Court found that the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health’s August 31, 2021 masking mandate is void. The Court stated that: “For the foregoing reasons, we find the Masking Order to be void ab initio.” Accordingly, the Court granted the Petitioners’ Application and denied Respondent’s (Secretary of Health’s) Application for Enforcement. Consequently, the Court declared the Masking Order "unenforceable." Within hours, a Notice of Appeal was filed with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. At approximately 3:32 p.m. yesterday, the Secretary of Education released a statement outlining “Schools should continue to observe the school masking order throughout the duration of the Court’s proceedings.” PDE also stated the appeal will trigger a Stay of the Commonwealth Court’s ruling and keep the Masking Order in effect. Counsel for Senator Jake Corman’s group (Corman v. Beam, No. 294 MD 2021 (Pa. Cmmw. Ct. filed Sept. 3, 2021)) stated they will ask the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to lift the Stay. Once again, schools, parents, students, will be left in limbo while this legal battle plays out. It is anticipated that a more definitive answer will be forthcoming from the Court. As soon as we receive that clarification, I will be sure to reach out and provide you with the most up-to-date information. In the meantime, the expectation remains the same that everyone is masked up when school reopens tomorrow, Friday, November 12, 2021. Please understand that our district believes that these decisions should be made at the local level, but we also must adhere to the rule of law, and let the judicial process play out. Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and support. I am blessed to be part of a community that in spite of frustrating circumstances, remains respectful and unified. I ask once again that we as a community cooperatively stay focused on our core mission of preparing our students for their futures. Respectfully, Shawn Ford, Superintendent

Community Letter - Inclement Weather 10-26-2021

October 26, 2021 Dear Purchase Line School District Families: The purpose of this letter is to communicate the district’s plan for inclement weather. Purchase Line School District will use both remote learning days and traditional snow days/school cancellations during the 2021-22 school year. Since Purchase Line School District has the ability to conduct remote learning, we can now implement a remote learning day in lieu of canceling school for weather related emergencies. Students will remain at home on remote learning days and engage in remote instruction. Remote learning days will count as a regular day of school and students are expected to complete the educational requirements, including attendance and completion of assignments. Traditional snow days/school cancellations can also be used, and those days will be made up later in the school year. In addition, two-hour delays and early dismissals will be used by the district depending on the circumstances. Information on remote learning days, snow days/school cancellations, two-hour delays, and early dismissals will be communicated through SchoolMessenger, our primary means of notification. Information will also be relayed through ARIN Intermediate Unit’s SchoolCast, EZ Text, and local television stations. Sincerely, Shawn L. Ford Superintendent
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Home of the Red Dragons

Western PA, a densely forested, unsettled wilderness was untouched by the hand of the settler, at least until after 1768. In that year on November 5, the Treaty of Fort Stanwix was signed. This treaty established boundary lines between lands belonging to the proprietors of PA, that being William Penn heirs and those lands occupied by the Indians of the Six Nations. The land in question was given to William Penn in the 1700's by King Charles II of England as payment for a debt to Penn's father. After the death of William Penn his son, John Penn, then Lieutenant Governor of PA, decided to have his share of the inheritance surveyed. In pursuit of the matter, John Penn communicated by letter in the fall of 1769 through Sir William Johnson, a British Indian Agent, with the Cayuga Indians, a Northeast tribe dwelling in the land to be surveyed. Due to disputes over surveying procedures, it wasn't until the fall of 1773 that the issues were settled and two representatives for the Penn estate traveled in a birch bark canoe up the West Branch of the Susquehanna River to meet with the Indians at a place known as "Canoe Place," where negotiations were begun for surveying the purchase. Following streams, ridges, and the land-marks familiar to the Indians, the party paced out a boundary, later known as the "Purchase Line," stretching from Cherry Tree to Kittanning and the Allegheny River. During the walking purchase, the party came to a location approximately seven miles from "Canoe Place" where the little settlement of Purchase Line began. Thus, the high school was erected by this village near Penn's boundary line, giving the school and newly formed district its name .

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