March 16, 2020
Dear Parent, Guardian, or Community Member,
Following up on my communication from yesterday, the District’s Administrative Team met this morning to finalize plans for employees and students during this current school closure.
School buildings will be open tomorrow and Wednesday from 8:00 am – to normal dismissal time for that building. The purpose of having the buildings open is two-fold. First, if your student has medication at school that they would normally take during the school day and you need that medication to provide him/her at home, a school nurse or building principal will be able to provide it to you. Second, if your student has personal belongings that they did not take home with them and you believe it is essential that s/he has them, then you are welcome to come and get them. The important word here is essential. We want to be mindful of recommendations to maintain social distance so as to not unintentionally come into contact or spread the virus. We appreciate your cooperation with this request. School buildings will be closed to the general public entirely beginning Thursday, March 19th.
Next, the District will be providing meals/food on a daily basis beginning Wednesday, March 18th. It is our intent to provide food consistent with a school lunch and item(s) that can be saved for breakfast the following morning. Distribution of meals/food will take place daily Monday – Friday between 11:30 – 1:00 at:
- Kelly Elementary School – Parent drop off/pick up loop outside in the large parking lot
- Eichhorn Middle School – Bus loop in front of the school
- Downtown at the Former Lewisburg Area High School – School Bus stop under the side awning
Meals/food will be distributed to any school age child, regardless of paid, free, or reduced-price lunch status, provided they are present with their parent, guardian, or are able to show school identification if they come alone.
Finally, you may have heard when Bucknell made the announcement to close it also made the announcement that instruction would continue remotely. After much discussion, we are concerned with equity issues such as the availability of internet in all of our students’ homes and the time and ability for parents to assist students with assignments that are best taught and supported by our teachers. Therefore, we will not be providing remote instruction for the purpose of assignments that are assessed and will become part of students’ course grade or report card. We do want to provide students opportunities to stay connected to their school, their teacher(s), and learning. I will contact you when these extension and enrichment activities become available on the District website. But, in the meantime, an activity your student can start immediately is a regularly scheduled time for daily reading.
Personally, I would like to thank all of you have reached out with words of encouragement for me, my family, and our staff. This truly is a caring and blessed community.