March 24, 2020 Update

March 24, 2020 Update

Dear DASD Families,

 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be most critical to everything that we do.  Yesterday, Governor Wolf ordered all schools in the Commonwealth to remain closed for an additional two weeks, through at least Monday, April 6, 2020.  Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education communicated that the closure order could be extended beyond April 6, 2020, if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of the virus. 

 

In response to this new measure, Dallastown Area School District will remain closed through Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Governor Wolf has stated that days missed during this closure will not count against the state-required 180 days, therefore the end of the school year date is not affected. 

I know this is a challenging time for families, and that this extended closure adds to the disruption to our students, staff, and families; however, this response is necessary in an effort to keep our students and staff safe and healthy as the pandemic continues to grow each day in our region and throughout the country. 

 

Since schools were originally closed on March 16, 2020, the DASD Leadership Team and teachers have been preparing academic activities and opportunities for your child(ren) as we strive to continue to provide the best possible education for our students given the circumstances. Information related to these learning opportunities will be communicated later this week by Dr. Erin Heffler, Assistant Superintendent, and will be available to all students and families beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020.  While we know this is not an ideal situation for families, it is our hope that these educational resources and opportunities will keep students engaged during their time away from school. 

 

Please know that this plan laid out today may need to be altered over the next several weeks.  We will continue to update you during this very fluid situation.

 

PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said, "Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home, and stay safe." May we all continue to work together to heed that advice. 

 

With sincere appreciation of your continued support and understanding,

 

Joshua A. Doll, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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