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The superintendents for Lebanon County’s six school districts said in a letter Monday that they are all working to train staff to provide “extended learning opportunities” as schools have been closed into April.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced earlier Monday that schools would remain closed through April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Previously, schools were only closed through the end of this week.
In the letter, the superintendents wrote that teachers in each district are receiving “virtual professional development” this week to prepare them to provide “extended learning opportunities” should schools be closed longer than the original two weeks.
“As the six Superintendents representing all public school districts in Lebanon County, we recognize that this is an extraordinary time posing a variety of challenges for our students and their families in our communities,”‘ the message reads. “No doubt this is a time of uncertainty for all of us as we have become part of an every-changing global health situation leaving us with many unanswered questions.”
“As we continue to navigate the days ahead, we are committeed to keeping the lines of communication open with our families.”
According to the letter, the Pennsylvania Department of Education told superintendents Monday that, under the current timeline, school buildings would open on Tuesday, April 7 for staff to prepare the building for students, who would return Thursday, April 9.
Provided the school closure is not extended again, the superintendents said it is not clear yet how spring break will be affected in each district.
The districts will continue to communicate with students and parents via their websites, social media pages and communication networks, according to the letter.
Here is information on each Lebanon County district:
Annville-Cleona School District
Annville-Cleona students will still have access to lunches at the Secondary School every Monday and Thursday, according to information on the district’s website.
Teachers will be reaching out to students beginning Monday, March 30, with “optional educational resources,” according to the website.
Palmyra Area School District
There are meal distributions scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays, according to the district.
Northern Lebanon School District
Teachers will be contacting students early next week to determine who needs access to technology or internet, according to a message on the district’s website.
Staff are preparing to provide online activities to students “through the end of the school year, if needed.”
“Our intention is to start slowly and increase activities as students become comfortable with online learning,” the message reads.
Lebanon School District
The district has a Coronavirus resource page with updates about meal distributions and other information, such as learning-at-home resources.
The district has a Facebook page as well.
Cornwall-Lebanon School District
Cornwall-Lebanon has information about their coronavirus response and meal distributions on their website.
Superintendent Philip L. Domencic said in a message that staff will be sharing “Continuity of Learning Plans” with students next week.
ELCO School District
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