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Continuity of Education Letter 4-11-20

April 11, 2020

Dear Purchase Line School District Families:

Two things to note as we continue to support our students instructionally while they are at home during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis:

  • New Learning Packets will be distributed Tuesday, April 14, 2020. We will distribute the packets like our first distribution (see details below).
  • We have received many questions about Report Cards and are in the process of finalizing what those will look like for the third and fourth quarters of the 2019-2020 school year. Please key an eye out for that announcement in the next few days.

New Learning Packets Distribution Information

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the Purchase Line School District will distribute the 2nd learning 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.

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