1/8 Message from Mr. McKay regarding return to in-person learning

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton January 8, 2021 17:00

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

As we begin a new calendar year, I want to thank you for your continued commitment to the education of your children and the health and safety of our entire community during this school year. We will return to in-person learning, as planned, on Monday, January 11. We appreciate your flexibility during this past week of online learning, which was a proactive measure taken to provide additional time between the holiday break and our return to in-person instruction on Monday. This measure helped to provide additional time for quarantine periods to end and ensure adequate staffing to reopen our buildings.

On Thursday, the PA Department of Education and the PA Department of Health announced updated instructional guidelines for elementary schools. In short, these new guidelines encourage districts to provide full-day or hybrid in-person instruction for elementary students, even as our county continues to be classified as “substantial” transmission for COVID-19. Governor Mifflin has offered full day in-person instruction for our Pre-K-6 students since August, so this new guidance does not change our model. However, we are encouraged by this news from our state leaders as it offers hope and reinforces the work that our elementary staff, students, and families have been doing since the beginning of the school year. We have and will continue to offer full day in-person instruction for our students in Pre-K through grade 6 along with an online option for any family who chooses remote instruction. We will also look forward to the day when we can resume full-day instruction for our secondary students. For now, we will continue our daily hybrid schedule for grades 7-12.

It is important that we all look to this new year with optimism and I believe that we have reason to do so. But it is equally important that we are not premature in our sense of hopefulness and become lax in our daily practices that have gotten us to this point. Our district Health and Safety Plan is still our highest priority for this year and we all need to follow the protocols within that plan, including completing daily health screenings, staying home when ill, and reporting any potential COVID exposure to our district hotline 610-775-1461 x. 1113.

On a personal note, I am honored and excited to serve as your superintendent. I look forward to working alongside you for the second half of this school year and in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Bill McKay
Superintendent
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton January 8, 2021 17:00