12/11 Details on the new state mitigation orders

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton December 11, 2020 11:50

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

Yesterday (12/10), Governor Tom Wolf announced new limited-time mitigation orders that go into effect tonight at midnight until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4. These new orders do not change our ability to offer in-person instruction and we will be continuing with our regular in-person class schedule, in accordance with the requirements from the PA Department of Health that we detailed in prior messages.

The new mitigation order impacts our district activities in the following ways:

Extracurricular activities

Per the new order, all sports, clubs, and performances will be suspended beginning December 12 and are scheduled to resume on Monday, January 4.

  • Students and staff will not be able to hold or participate in athletic practices, competitions, training, or tournaments. This includes all youth sports.
  • Club activities can continue virtually, but may not be held in person.
  • Our music department had been planning for virtual winter concerts prior to the release of this new order and so performances will be virtual with no after-school rehearsals or recording sessions.

Gym/Pool use

Gyms and fitness facilities are prohibited to operate for the duration of this order.

  • The pool at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School will be closed for athletic activities and community activities during this time.
  • The weight room at Governor Mifflin High School will be closed for before- and after-school workouts.

We understand that this information is disappointing to our students and staff who have been working hard to comply with previous mitigation efforts. However, given the spike in COVID-19 cases in our community, we must continue to work together in the hopes that these intermittent interruptions can contribute to a more sustained return to the normalcy we all crave.

Locally, our district saw an increase in positive COVID-19 cases and required quarantines following the November break. We know that the cases we have seen in the days following that break have been the result of social and out-of-school gatherings. As we near our December break, it is imperative that we consider the larger impact of ignoring mitigation efforts and requirements. Please wear a mask, maintain distance, and wash your hands often. We also urge all of our families to limit gatherings per the recommendations from our state leaders, Centers for Disease Control, and other expert sources. As a community, we cannot lose sight of our shared goal to safely keep our schools open and offer our students as much of the school year experience as possible.

Dr. Steve Gerhard
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton December 11, 2020 11:50