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3/25/2020 Letter to the Charleroi Learning Community

Dear Charleroi Learning Community,

As anticipated, PA Governor Tom Wolf extended mandatory school closures in the Commonwealth for an additional week, through at least April 6, 2020.  Our plan is to work with recently-refined guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, therefore we are poised to move to distance learning based on our district’s curriculum. 

As a result of our districtwide technology survey, we have identified families in need of technology support. Our central office staff will be calling families that replied to the survey to inform them of our plans to distribute Chromebooks on Friday March 27, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Deliveries of Chromebooks will take place during lunch/food distributions at your nearest firehall.  If you have any additional questions regarding Chromebook deliveries, please contact your child’s school office via telephone and leave a message. Someone from the school will get back to you in a timely manner. 

Beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020 our teachers will start to deliver distance learning for all students. In accordance with the governor’s message, we are planning for the next two weeks and we will adjust as we receive additional directives. We ask for and need your patience as we are attempting to implement this approach to schooling, without sacrificing the quality education that our students deserve.  This will not be without challenges – both for the district as a whole, our teaching staff, and for our families. But we assure you, despite the difficulties, we will not waiver in our ongoing dedication to doing the very best we can for students.

Be on the lookout for more detailed information regarding assignments and learning opportunities from your children’s building principal and/or classroom teachers.

Here are some other things you need to know:

  • On March 19, the Department of Education cancelled all standardized testing originally scheduled for this spring. This cancellation includes the PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams. With testing originally scheduled to begin shortly, this provides much-needed relief for families concerned their students would return to school only to face days of testing.

  • Third marking period for secondary students is now completed. Students will have the opportunity to complete and submit outstanding third nine-week assignments that would have been due after March 12, 2020. 

  • In keeping with the Board-approved CASD academic calendar, although the Governor advised that students may return to school on April 9, the District recognizes that Spring Break is scheduled during the annual observance of religious holidays such as Passover and Easter, and we want to respect the fact that school has historically not been in session on Good Friday. Therefore, the earliest that CASD students would return to school is Tuesday, April 14

  • The District plans to have the Operations Department thoroughly clean and sanitize all District schools on April 7, 8 and 9, and 13 in preparation for teachers’ and students’ return the following week.

  • Special education teachers have the most challenging role in providing services to their students in an online capacity, but CASD is committed to doing whatever it can to provide continuity of education to its special needs’ students during this extraordinary time. Your child’s special education teacher will reach out to all parents or guardians. Teachers and other related service providers will be reaching out to parents and students to talk about how continuity of education can be facilitated using available technology. Teachers will also be in touch with parents regarding upcoming IEP meetings that may be conducted virtually.

  • The focus for the next two weeks of the school closure is on educational continuity. Our goal is to not add to the stress levels of our students, parents or teachers during this unusual situation. We simply want our students to keep learning and stay engaged in meaningful ways.

In closing, we are grateful for all of your support and patience as we continue to work through these issues together. We know there will be more questions that arise, and we will do our best to provide you answers in a timely manner.



Be well, we are in this together,


Ed


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