A post from our superintendent

Dear Penn Manor Families,

Since the 2019-2020 school year ended, Penn Manor School District has been spending this time preparing for the start of the 2020-2021 year. Many thanks to the parents who responded to the survey regarding the reopening of school that was sent out earlier this month. We received nearly 2,900 responses, which has provided the district with valuable feedback.

The survey responses are helping guide our work with a committee of administrators, teachers, the school physician, school nurses, and parent/community representatives that has been developing a reopening plan required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The “Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan” will have three required components relating to the green, yellow and red phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. Currently, Lancaster County is in the green phase, but that may change before or during the school year, and we must be prepared should that happen. The plan will be presented to the Penn Manor School Board on July 13 for approval before it can be implemented. The school board has already approved a health and safety plan for athletics, which can be found here.

It is our full intention to physically return students to school buildings in the fall in a safe manner. While the school board has not yet approved the plan, it includes social distancing practices, health screenings, reduced student movement through buildings, enhanced cleaning protocols with green products, and other measures recommended by health professionals for safely resuming in-person teaching. As part of the plan, teachers and staff would be required to wear face masks and/or shields, and students would be strongly encouraged to wear masks when social distancing is not possible, including on buses, in hallways, and in common areas.

The full details of the “Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan” will be shared with the community following the July 13 school board meeting.

For parents who may not be comfortable with sending their child(ren) to school, the Penn Manor Virtual School program will be available for grades K through 12. The program, which has been successfully operating since 2011 for grades 7 through 12, is being expanded to a full-time elementary program for 2020-2021, pending approval from the school board.

I’d also like to update you on the status of the Penn Manor High School construction project, which is progressing as planned. The first phase is on schedule for completion by the start of school on August 31, when the new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) wing will be ready for students and teachers. More information on the high school project, including access to the live construction camera, is available at https://construction.pennmanor.net/.

To keep you informed, we will continue to provide periodic updates about the 2020-2021 school year throughout the summer. You can expect to receive an update via email (also posted on the district website) on July 20 and August 3. If additional information comes to light that should be shared with families, we will provide more updates through the same methods.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns regarding this letter.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools 

Yearbook pick up TONIGHT

Tonight, our PTO will sponsor the final opportunity to drive through and pick up your yearbook. (Please remember your mask.) The pick up is tonight, Wednesday, June 24th from 4-6 PM. This will be the final opportunity to pick up yearbooks for this school year. If you are unable to attend, please arrange for a friend to pick yours up. Any unclaimed yearbooks will be distributed to the child when they return to school in August. Hope to see you later tonight.

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Important – Input sought from parents on school reopening for 2020-2021

Penn Manor School District plans to reopen our schools for the 2020-2021 school year, and it’s important that families feel comfortable about sending their children back to school.

Current guidance from the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health indicates that we will have to implement social distancing, which will impact the number of students on buses, maximum class sizes, and movement throughout our school buildings.

We would like your input as we develop our programs and the district’s health and safety plan, which is required before we can reopen. Please fill out this survey by June 26, 2020. Thank you for your input!

Summer Garden Camp Opportunity

The Edible Classroom is pleased to invite Penn Manor students to register for one of our two Garden Camps being held at Conestoga Elementary. 
This link will direct families to the camp page, which provides information and on-line registration. Families can also request hard copies of registration forms by calling or texting Beth Horst at (717) 201-2517.

Yearbook Final Pick Up

After last evening, we still had 50 unclaimed yearbooks. The PTO will sponsor another drive through pick up on Wednesday, June 24th from 4-6 PM. This will be the final opportunity to pick up yearbooks for this school year. If you are unable to attend, please arrange for a friend to pick yours up. Any unclaimed yearbooks will be distributed to the child when they return to school in August.

Thank you.

Reminder… yearbook pick up, library book drop off and spiritwear pick up

Just as a reminder, tomorrow (Thursday) from 6-8 PM is allocated as yearbook pick up from Martic Elementary. Please wear a mask and drive through if you ordered a yearbook. As a reminder, ALL sixth graders receive a FREE yearbook.

If you have any library books left in your house, please drop them off tonight.

Also, if you had a pink slip in your spiritwear order that you had a backorder… it will be available tonight.

Can’t wait to see you.

Summer Reading Incentive

Again this summer we will host our reading incentive for all students over the summer. We included a copy of this plan in all of the report card mailers. We also recognize that as summer moves on there is the possibility that these might be misplaced. You can always log onto the blog and find a copy here. Enjoy a summer of reading.

Yearbook Pick Up from our PTO

Yearbooks will be available for pick up on Thursday, June 11th from 6 PM – 8 PM. Our PTO volunteers will be distributing these in the front of the building. Please make plans to drive through and pick up your order. Remember, every 6th grader got a FREE yearbook, so please make sure all of our 6th graders take time to come pick up this precious keepsake.

The yearbooks being distributed are for ALL of our 6th graders and those who ordered yearbooks online or by check/cash. At this time, there are no additional yearbooks for sale.

When you come to pick up, you must remain in your vehicle and please have the passenger side person wearing a mask. Thank you.

Important reminder regarding summer computer usage

Tech Alert!  Students, it is summertime, which means no more school assignments!  Please remember to read, stay safe, and have lots of fun relaxing this summer!  Also, please remember to use your school computer in expected ways.  This includes being cautious about chatting or video-chatting with your friends and typing or saying something that you would not normally say to them in person.  If at any time you feel like your online communications with your friends are unhealthy for you, please remember that YOU have the power to leave the chat group, to turn off your computer, and to NOT respond.  If you are concerned about what was typed or said to you online, please involve a parent immediately!  Technology can be a great tool, but let’s all remember to use it to HELP, not hurt.  Have a great summer everyone! 

Yearbooks….

Our PTO has not forgotten about yearbooks… they were delayed during production and are being shipped this week. As soon as they are in, we will be in touch about yearbook distribution. We did not order any extra yearbooks. If for some odd reason there are extras, we will advertise online as soon as we know if there are some available.

Thank you for your patience.