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Continuity of Education Letter - 3/28/20

March 28, 2020

Dear Purchase Line School District Families: 

In order to support our students instructionally while they are at home during the COVID-19 crisis, beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Purchase Line School District will begin to implement its “Enrichment & Review” Continuity of Education plan. 

Question: What does this mean for me and my family?

This means that students will be invited to participate in informal activities that reinforce or extend the prior learning experiences they have gained while attending Purchase Line schools without the introduction of new standards or skills that they were not exposed to prior to the school closings.  These enrichment and review activities fall into three general categories based on each individual student’s grade level, previous academic schedule, and learning support or enrichment needs:

  1. Core Academic Subjects (PreK-12) 
  2. Itinerant Subjects: Music, Art, Physical Education, etc.
  3. Social-Emotional Learning

Question: How will my children get these materials?

Beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Purchase Line School District is offering bi-weekly paperwork packets to families for the students to complete while at home.  These packets will be accompanied by follow-up communication from teachers and learning support specialists – either to the students directly or to their parents/guardians – to offer support and guidance.

Packet distribution will be managed two ways:

  1. Pick-up – This will involve parents/guardians driving to the school(s) to get the packets.
    1. Distribution will be set up for vehicle “drive-by” pick-up lines.
    2. Pick-up locations will be marked outside of each school building. 
      1. At the junior/senior high school, parents/guardians are asked to drive up to the main entrance (where students usually enter and exit the building on a normal school day).  A PLSD staff member will approach the vehicle and ask which student or students you need packet(s) for. That staff member will then bring you the packet(s) you need.  There will be no need to leave your vehicle.
      2. At the elementary school, parents/guardians are asked to pick up their student’s packet(s) from the main entrance (where students usually enter and exit the building on a normal school day).  The packet(s) will be marked with the students name and arranged alphabetically by grade level. Please allow one parent/guardian at a time to come to the entrance to pick-up the packet to allow for safe social distancing.
    3. Pick-up times will be spread out to minimize the possibility that parents/guardians are in close proximity to other parents/guardians during the pick-up process.
      1. Students with a last name that begins with A-F from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
      2. Students with a last name that begins with G-L from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
      3. Students with a last name that begins with M-R from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
      4. Students with a last name that begins with S-Z from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    4. Pick-up areas will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each pick-up cycle.  All materials will be handled with gloves on the day of distribution.
    5. Parents/guardians who are in any way symptomatic are asked to send someone else to pick up these materials. 
  2. Direct Delivery – For those parents/guardians unable to get to the school on pick-up days, packets will be sent directly to your homes.
    1. Packets will be delivered via the US Postal Service. The postal service is already transmitting materials every day, and there have been no cases to date of infection caused by this process.
    2. On a case-by-case basis, other means of direct delivery may be considered with the goal of having the fewest number of persons come in contact with the material as possible. 

Question: What are the expectations for my student?

The expectations for students are that they make good faith efforts to engage with the materials they are provided and to complete them within the two-week timeframe. 

  • Students in PreK-6th grades have daily activities that they can perform.
  • Students in 7th-12th grades have both daily and multi-day activities and exercises that they can be working on.

Question: What about Special Education support?

Accommodation guidelines are included in the packets of students with special needs in accordance with their IEPs.  Teachers and support staff will follow-up with parents/guardians to ensure that their needs are being met. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Special Education Director (Phone: 724-254-4312 x. 4124; Email: ambriscod@plsd.k12.pa.us).

Question: What about Gifted Education support?

Enrichment guidelines are included in the packets of gifted students in accordance with their GIEPs.  Teachers and support staff will follow-up with parents/guardians to ensure that their needs are being met.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Special Education Director (Phone: 724-254-4312 x. 4124; Email: ambriscod@plsd.k12.pa.us).

Question: What if I have more questions?

The elementary school staff directory can be accessed on the PLSD website at: https://elementary.plsd.k12.pa.us/apps/staff/

The junior/senior high school staff directory can be accessed on the PLSD website at:  https://highschool.plsd.k12.pa.us/apps/staff/

For homes without Internet access, contact information for any and all staff can be made available by calling 724-254-4312.

Question: How will I know when/if something new happens regarding schooling for my child/children at Purchase Line?

Parents/guardians and students will be communicated with directly by staff on a regular basis and will be advised as the district expands its abilities to communicate through new mediums.  New information will be put out on the district website (https://www.plsd.k12.pa.us/) and Facebook page, and by robocall when needed/deemed appropriate.

Thank you for understanding that everything we have shared this afternoon will continue to be evaluated and revised or updated, as needed. We are all beginners with this. Therefore, this will not be perfect, but we will not give up. We will persevere through this. 

Finally, please take care of yourself and your family. We hope you will strongly consider limiting or eliminating your participation in group gatherings. Governor Wolf closed schools in an effort to try and reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), so let’s all do our part! 

Thank you.  Be safe. Stay well.

  • Shawn Ford, Superintendent
  • Eric Thomas, Junior/Senior High School Principal
  • Travis Monroe, Elementary Principal
  • Dawn Ambrisco, Director of Special Education
  • Thomas W. Grierson, Coordinator of Curriculum and Special Projects