Dear Parents/ Guardians:
In an effort to update you on the school’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, I would like to share with you our most recent actions. Please know that our first priority is to follow all recommendations of the CDC and Allegheny County Health Department to act in the best interest of students, staff and families.
The week prior to school being closed teachers began to start preparing instructional packets and online lessons for our students. Students in grade 6-12 were instructed to take home their chrome books. Central office surveyed families to determine the availability of internet and technology devices at home. Governor Wolf closed school for ten days from March 16 through March 27 pending advice from the health and educational communities. On Monday, March 16 we began serving a hot lunch and bagged breakfast to go daily. After receiving guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) pertaining to school closure expectations we sent home “enrichment” packets and lessons for our students to work on during the 10 days we are closed. This work was not mandatory. On Thursday, March 19, PDE suspended all mandatory school exams (Keystone, PSSA, PASA) for this school year.
We are now at the conclusion of 5 days of school closure and must prepare for the strong possibility that school closures may exceed the two-week mandate. If in fact our students do not return on March 30th and are required to stay home we are preparing a plan for continuity of educational services. This plan is being developed and will include Remote (at home) learning with online digital and non-digital opportunities. This plan is a work in progress and may vary from district to district depending on available resources. If and when we get word from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) that we will not be returning to school, Clairton City School District will be ready to roll out an alternative plan on March 30th. Our goal is to further the education of our students and prevent cognitive regression while attempting to end the school year as close to our initial calendar date as possible. We want our seniors to graduate and our students to thrive.
These are uncertain times and I am well aware that media coverage is non-stop and things change constantly. I will continue to communicate and keep you updated through our website and social media sites. I appreciate your support and understanding. Please keep your family safe.
Take good care,
Ginny L. Hunt, Ed.D.