A Message from Dr. Wheeler

  • December 14, 2020

    At the end of this message, please find a link to our December 14, 2020 Community Update. In this document, we address three essential items as we work through our Health and Safety Plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.  The three essential items include: 

    1. Instructional Model Status: Why we are remaining open
    2. Resetting Building Case Counts: Virtual Friday Schedule
    3. Introduction of COVID-19 Daily Dashboard: Updated daily to allow for broad community tracking

    The document will be sent home today in hard copy with all of our students in grades K-5. We will send the document home with all 6-12 students tomorrow, when they return from closure.

    Our framework for keeping schools open reflects our current understanding of community sentiment regarding our instructional model. As our context and situation evolves and changes, it will be important for our processes and frameworks to evolve and change as well.

    We have been very fortunate to avoid a significant volume of positive cases or presumed positive cases in any of our buildings thus far this year. The willingness of our entire community to self-isolate, quarantine and follow our health and safety plan has provided our kids with a great opportunity to learn in-person.  We are truly grateful and beyond appreciative of our community’s diligence over the last for months of school.

     

    December 14 Community Update

  • 11.29.20 Update

    Posted by Donald Wheeler on 11/29/2020 6:00:00 PM

    November 29, 2020

    Good evening,

    Below please find an updated overview of our plans for the coming school week.  Our outline below contains the most up-to-date information available to us as of the writing of this message on November 29, 2020.  Should information from our local health experts, the DOH and/or PDE, or events within our community necessitate we modify our plans, we will send a one-call message referring community members to our community connection page at www.bloomsd.org.

    December 1- December 4

    We are planning for school to be in session.   As of this writing on Sunday, November 29, 2020 the Bloomsburg Area School District has no confirmed cases reported to us by the Department of Health or relayed to us through our school nurses, building administration or school doctor.  We believe that in-person learning is essential for our community of diverse learners.  With the most recent national research extolling the health and safety benefits for kids being in school, we believe that practicing an abundance of caution is remaining open. Our plan is to return to school on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

    How we will make our decision to move to fully remote instruction. Last week, the Department of Health and PDE announced new, non-negotiable guidelines for changes to the instructional models/school closures.  By signing to the Attestation document provided by DOH/PDE we will have agreed to comply with these requirements or move to fully remote learning.  Please follow the link below the chart for additional information.

    • For each of our three elementary buildings, 2 confirmed cases, within a 14-day period while in substantial risk, will require a 3-5 day move to remote learning and 5 or more cases will require 14 days of remote learning.
    • For our secondary complex, 4 confirmed cases, within a 14-day period while in substantial risk, will require a 3-5 day move to remote learning and 7 or more cases will require 14 days of remote learning.

    Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Department of Health (DOH) Guidelines to Recommend Closure of Schools in Counties within Substantial Risk

    Building

    On-Campus Enrollment

    COVID-19 Cases to Close School for 3-5 days

    COVID-19 Cases to Close School for 14 days

    Beaver-Main Elementary

    90

    2-4

    5 or more

    Memorial Elementary

    338

    2-4

    5 or more

    W.W. Evans Elementary

    176

    2-4

    5 or more

    Secondary  Complex

    583

    4-6

    7 or more

    https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/SchoolReopeningGuidance/ReopeningPreKto12/PublicHealthGuidance/Pages/SchoolClosureRecommentations.aspx

    If we get several cases this week. Believing in-person learning is essential for our kids and our community, should we see a number of cases that reach the new state benchmarks for schools our size, we will close schools for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week.   We do not believe that our first attempt at fully virtual learning should be the week following a holiday.

    • Friday December 4, 2020 would remain a virtual Friday Whether we are in-person or fully remote, virtual Friday schedules will remain the same.
    • End of School Year:  The vacation day from last Wednesday (November 25) moves our last day of school to May 28.  Should we need to close this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we would need to add Tuesday June 1, Wednesday, June 2, and Thursday, June 3 as school days. (Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day).
    • We will begin assigning devices to K-5 students this week.  In preparation for a potential extended closure, we will begin assigning individual devices to students K-5 this week.  Students will only take the assigned device home in the event of an extended closure. 

    We hope all of our faculty, staff, students and community had a restful and restorative Thanksgiving holiday.   We are grateful for the opportunity to work with our students both in-person and in our Blended program.

    Thank you.

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Secondary Complex, Fall 2020

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