3/16: Update from Dr. Gerhard

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton March 18, 2020 16:02

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

I want to start by sharing my gratitude for your patience, understanding, and messages of encouragement during this unprecedented time in our community. Thank you for sharing our updates on social media and helping to make your neighbors aware of the services we are offering at this time.

I have been on daily briefings with the BCIU Executive Director and the other county superintendents and have more scheduled in the coming days. Unfortunately, I do not have any new significant updates other than recognizing that as conditions change, so do the answers. Therefore there are certainly more questions than answers at this point and we have to hold tight. We appreciate your ongoing patience as we all navigate this together.

Free lunch service

Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17) our Governor Mifflin Food Service staff will be providing free lunches to any child age 18 and younger. Bagged lunches may be picked up via a walk-up/drive-up service at Cumru Elementary School. Lunches will be available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunches must be picked up and taken off campus. 

At home learning resources

Our staff has provided a list of free online learning opportunities that you can use to continue learning during the school shutdown. As a reminder, we will not be grading assignments or requiring assignments during this shutdown, but we do encourage students to continue their learning. You can find the list of learning resources on our district website or via this link: http://bit.ly/GMathome

Mental health resources

We understand that this can be an especially stressful time and we must not neglect our mental health. We have added a list of local mental health and human services resources to our district’s COVID-19 web page. You can view that list by clicking here.

Social distancing

Earlier this afternoon, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf extended his shutdown order, which now includes all non-essential businesses across the state of Pennsylvania. This does not include grocery stores and gas stations and you can read more details here. For these drastic measures to be effective and efficient, we must all heed this call to action and stay home. This means no play dates for young children or social get-togethers for older children. Please avoid playgrounds, sports fields, and other congregational areas during this time. We must take this seriously so that the efforts, adjustments, and sacrifices that we all are making are not wasted. This is not a snow day. This is a national call-to-action and I hope that each of us do our part to ensure our community stays healthy.

Buildings and Grounds update

Throughout this week, our Governor Mifflin Buildings and Grounds staff is completing a deep cleaning of all of our facilities. As each classroom or area is cleaned, that area will no longer be accessible to any personnel in the district. By next week, we expect our buildings to be locked down completely with minimal access for facilities staff.

I want to again thank you for your ongoing patience. I will continue to update you later this week as I receive new information or as this situation develops. In the meantime, you will find this information and other resources on our website: www.governormifflinsd.org/covid-19 

Stay well,

Dr. Steve Gerhard

Superintendent, Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton March 18, 2020 16:02