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COVID-19 Notification, School Closure 05/27/2021

May 27, 2021 Dear PLSD Families: I am writing to inform you that there is one positive COVID-19 case at the junior/senior high school. Through the PA Department of Health contact tracing protocol, those exposed have been notified and quarantined. Please understand that we must wait for positive confirmation from the PA Department of Health and work with them on contact tracing before issuing any communication. The district will follow PA Department of Health protocols and have a short term closure at the junior/senior high school from Sunday, May 30, 2021, through Monday, May 31, 2021. There will be no tutoring, extra-curricular activities, or athletics during the closure. The junior/senior high school will reopen on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remain our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our students and staff. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, staying six feet apart from others, regularly washing your hands, and staying home when sick. All members of our school community are encouraged to continue monitoring for the symptoms of COVID-19 and communicate any concerns with your health care professional and school nurse. We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates if any further steps are necessary. In the meantime, I want to thank everyone for following the protocols we have established to minimize risks this school year. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Shawn L. Ford Superintendent

COVID-19 Positive Case Notification 05-21-21

Dear PLSD Families: I am writing to inform you that there are two positive COVID-19 cases at the elementary school and one positive COVID-19 case at the junior/senior high school. Through the PA Department of Health contact tracing protocol, those exposed have been notified and quarantined. Please understand that we must wait for positive confirmation from the PA Department of Health and work with them on contact tracing before issuing any communication. The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remain our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our students and staff. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, staying three to six feet apart from others, regularly washing your hands, and staying home when sick. All members of our school community are encouraged to continue monitoring for the symptoms of COVID-19 and communicate any concerns with your health care professional and school nurse. We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates if any further steps are necessary. In the meantime, I want to thank everyone for following the protocols we have established to minimize risks this school year. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Shawn L. Ford Superintendent

COVID-19 Positive Case Notification 05-18-21

Dear PLSD Families: I am writing to inform you that one staff member at the high school has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Through the PA Department of Health contact tracing protocol, it was determined there was no exposure to students or staff. Please understand that we must wait for positive confirmation from the PA Department of Health and work with them on contact tracing before issuing any communication. Classes for students will continue as usual. The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remain our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our students and staff. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, staying three to six feet apart from others, regularly washing your hands, and staying home when sick. All members of our school community are encouraged to continue monitoring for the symptoms of COVID-19 and communicate any concerns with your health care professional and school nurse. We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates if any further steps are necessary. In the meantime, I want to thank everyone for following the protocols we have established to minimize risks this school year. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Shawn L. Ford Superintendent

COVID-19 Positive Case Notification 05-10-2021

May 10, 2021 Dear PLSD Families: I am writing to inform you that one staff member at the elementary school has been confirmed positive for COVID-19, and two students at the elementary school are probable positive for COVID-19. Through the PA Department of Health contact tracing protocol, it was determined there was no exposure to students or staff. Please understand that we must wait for positive confirmation from the PA Department of Health and work with them on contact tracing before issuing any communication. Classes for students will continue as usual. The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remain our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our students and staff. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, staying six feet apart from others, regularly washing your hands, and staying home when sick. All members of our school community are encouraged to continue monitoring for the symptoms of COVID-19 and communicate any concerns with your health care professional and school nurse. We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates if any further steps are necessary. In the meantime, I want to thank everyone for following the protocols we have established to minimize risks this school year. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 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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