4/3: Update from Dr. Gerhard

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton April 3, 2020 14:47

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

I continue to send along my hope that you and your family are doing well and finding some moments of solace. As we end this week and prepare to start our online planned learning on Monday, I wanted to provide you with an update on some details regarding this next phase of remote learning.

Planned Online Learning Grading and Attendance
As a reminder, the recommendation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education is that schools do their best to meet the 180 day requirement and meet the learning needs of their students (although there will be no penalties for those who do not meet the required 180 days). By providing daily online planned instruction beginning Monday, April 6, we are resuming our school year in a way that will be “counted” toward our total number of school days for the year. To that end, we have established grading and attendance procedures moving forward.

Please review the grading and attendance practices that have been established for each grade level. That information can be found by clicking here and is also available for regular reference on our At Home Learning website. Select your child’s grade level from the top menu to view the grading and attendance practices that are applicable to your child.

This learning should be considered asynchronous, meaning there is no established daily time period that students must be in front of a device, unless a teacher has scheduled a live Google Meet ahead of time. We understand that families are facing a variety of new schedules that include working from home and sharing devices, so please take advantage of the flexibility of these online opportunities.

It is important to note that for high school students, GPA for the purpose of class rank will be calculated using only Quarters 1 and 2 and mid-term grades. GPA will not be impacted by planned online instruction.

If you have a question regarding online learning, please contact your child’s principal. Principals will be actively monitoring student progress.

No instruction April 9 and April 10
We still plan to observe Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10 as holidays. There will be no new online instruction these days. We recognize that even though we are home, our staff and families have been working hard to maintain learning. We hope that you will take this time to rest and enjoy some time off.

We will not be providing breakfast/lunch on April 9 or 10 to allow our food service staff a well-deserved break. Please click here for a list of alternative food resources in our community. Please note, the majority of school districts will not be providing lunches on these days.

GMSD Help Desk Services
Our Technology Team is providing support services
to try to help with any technical issues you may experience with a district Chromebook or online programs. Visit the Tech Support section of our Learning at Home website for on-demand information regarding support, online privacy requirements, and free or discounted internet services.

I want to close by thanking our Governor Mifflin staff who have been working non-stop to create these opportunities and support for this new learning. I also thank each of you for your commitment to continuing your child’s education. Please enjoy the weekend ahead. Stay home and stay healthy.

In gratitude,

Dr. Steve Gerhard
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton April 3, 2020 14:47