4/29 Message from Dr. Gerhard regarding May activities

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton April 29, 2020 14:44

Dear Governor Mifflin Families,

I write to you at a unique time as our stay at home order and practices continue to be extended. I have talked with a number of families to learn of the struggle that this isolation is having on your students socially, emotionally, and academically. As our conversations are starting to evolve into plans for reopening our state and nation, I would like to ensure that we are all reminded of the strategies we should be using now to mitigate this pandemic. According to John Hopkins University, Berks County ranked in the top ten of all counties in the United States for growth of Coronavirus cases for the month of April, ranking #4 overall. 

This surge has prompted Berks County Commissioners to launch the Do Your Part campaign, and I urge you to please do your part to help keep our community safe and healthy.

Although we must continue to practice social distancing and other precautionary measures, it is not lost on me that May is a key month that is filled with both celebratory and logistical events to bring closure to our school year. To that end, please see below for a few briefing items:

End of the 2019-2020 Student Academic Calendar Year

We are planning to stay with our normal end of the school year calendar date of Friday, May 29. Planned online instruction will continue until this date. 

Student personal belongings

We are currently under a stay-at-home order until Friday, May 8. Should this order be lifted, we will begin securing students’ personal items from their classrooms and lockers and packaging them for parent pick up during the week of May 18. This distribution will be a scheduled, curbside pickup throughout the entire week and the schedule will be communicated with you once we have direction from Governor Wolf on the stay-at-home order. Please know for now that we are planning for the collection and distribution of student’s personal items and more information will be shared with you in the coming days.

Summer Programming

With the various phases of reopening announced by the Governor, we are still moving forward with plans for summer programming that includes both the Mifflin Summer Zone and Extended School Year. Naturally, if conditions do not improve and the restrictions are not lifted, we will make alternative plans. An online learning plan could be developed for ESY, if necessary. However, if restrictions are not lifted, the Mifflin Summer Zone would have to be cancelled and any pre-paid registration fees will be refunded in full.

Scheduled Activities for May

All activities scheduled for the month of May will be canceled in line with the school building closures for the remainder of the year. There are plans being made for virtual options to replace some of our activities, namely end-of-the-year awards presentations. Once we have alternative plans for those events, I will share that with you in another communication.

Graduation and Prom

The Prom scheduled for May 23 is cancelled with no definitive plans for an alternate activity. Our graduation ceremony, scheduled for May 29 at the Santander Center, will not be held as normally scheduled. However, we are working with the students of the senior class to get their input and feedback on various options. Over the next two weeks, this input will be used to devise our alternative plan for graduation and will be communicated when appropriate.

 In closing, I want to offer my continued gratitude to our Governor Mifflin staff and families. We are living through a historic event for our world. As a former social studies teacher, I can tell you that history shows us that perseverance and our ability to come together for a cause greater than our own will be what gets us through. So I want to say a sincere thank you for all you’re doing at home and within our community during this time.

Dr. Steve Gerhard
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton April 29, 2020 14:44