8/18 Update from Dr. Gerhard

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton August 18, 2020 13:57

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

Last evening, our school board voted 8-1 in favor of implementing a hybrid schedule at our secondary schools (grades 7-12). This decision was made after the majority of secondary families who responded to our hybrid survey question indicated their support for a hybrid schedule. This schedule will be in place while Berks County is in the “Moderate” COVID-19 transmission category based upon the guidelines released by the state last week.

This hybrid schedule will be implemented at Governor Mifflin High School and Middle School beginning on the first day of school on August 31. Our elementary schools (K-6) will remain on a full, five day, in person schedule beginning August 31. We will continue using this secondary hybrid schedule as long as Berks County remains in the “Moderate” category. Should conditions change and Berks County move into the “Low” category, we will announce a transition back to a full, five day, in person schedule and allow for ample time to make this change. In the event that conditions worsen into the “Substantial” transmission category, we will rapidly move to full online learning for all students.

Here are some updated key dates between now and the first day of school:

August 21: Device and materials pick-up begins for students opting for the Enhanced Online Option
Families who have chosen to continue online learning for the fall should use this link to sign up for a time slot to pick up Chromebooks and other materials. Please plan to pick up materials at your child’s school following the schedule below:

  • Friday, August 21 (Governor Mifflin Middle School)
  • Monday, August 24 (Governor Mifflin Intermediate School)
  • Tuesday, August 25 (Brecknock Elementary)
  • Wednesday, August 26 (Cumru Elementary)
  • Thursday, August 27 (Mifflin Park)
  • Friday, August 28 (Anyone who still needs a device/materials, pick-up will be at the back of Governor Mifflin High School at the Library Entrance)

August 24: The Skyward Back-to-School Online Update opens
This date had previously been set as August 21. We are pushing this back to allow time to update transportation schedules. Beginning August 24, parents should log in to Skyward using your login credentials provided upon registration or during the school year. You will be prompted to review and complete the back-to-school information. Also during this time, all students will be able to view transportation information. Homeroom/classroom assignments will be provided for students in grades K-6.

August 28: Secondary schedules will be available in Skyward
Secondary students (7-12) can log into Skyward and view their schedules beginning August 28. Students will also be made aware of whether they are in the morning or afternoon session of the hybrid schedule by this date. 

August 31: First day of school for all students
Classes will begin online and in-person for Governor Mifflin students.

Please look for more communications from me and your building principals in the days ahead as we work through the final details of this hybrid schedule and the reopening of our buildings. Also, please know that we understand that the most ideal scenario would be to start school under the “normal” circumstances of years past. Unfortunately, given the current conditions locally, nationally, and globally, that is simply not possible. We are grateful for your ongoing feedback throughout this summer to help us develop what we believe are the best possible options we can provide at this time.

As we near the return to school, we must choose to focus and work toward the excitement of a new school year, while taking precautions to keep our community safe. We cannot allow this moment to overshadow the successes, celebrations, and milestones our children will experience. Whether your children are returning to our buildings or joining us virtually, I hope you are finding reasons to look forward to the first day of school and all of the potential of the fresh new school year ahead.

Sincerely,

Steve Gerhard
Superintendent
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton August 18, 2020 13:57