5/18 Message from Dr. Gerhard regarding year-end activities

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton May 18, 2020 17:55

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

I wanted to share with you some planning and clarification of activities as we move toward the end of our academic year on May 29. Governor Wolf has extended the stay-at-home order for Berks County until June 4. While there has been much debate locally about that topic, I want to share with you the unified response of all 18 superintendents within our county. We have been working together since before the closure of our schools and have committed to following the state guidelines in place for maintaining the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and families. 

You can click here to view the decision making process being followed by our fellow districts throughout Berks County. I share this for the purpose of transparency and so that you know that we are not alone in our planning.

Below, I am providing some guidance as we move forward with our year-end activities. This is intended to be an overview of key dates for your planning purposes. More detailed information will be provided as we continue to finalize these events and get closer to these timeframes.

Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony

The High School administration and staff are finalizing plans for the 2020 Commencement Ceremony. Their planning is being done under the following guidance issued by the Governor’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Education: 

Schools may hold virtual high school graduation and other end of school year ceremonies during the COVID-19 closure. The safety and security of all students and school communities are a priority for the commonwealth and all chief school administrators. Currently, restrictions on gatherings larger than ten people and aggressive social distancing recommendations are in place in counties that remain under the red/stay-at-home orders as outlined in the Governor’s COVID-19 Reopening Phases.

Graduation plans will be communicated directly to seniors and their families.

Pick up of student personal belongings

Beginning this week, our teachers will be returning to our buildings on a staggered schedule to clean out their classrooms. During this time, any personal items belonging to students will be bagged and labeled. Your child’s teacher will also not be expected to post any new online assignments on the day that he/she will be cleaning out their classroom.

During the week of May 26, our staff will work to bag additional personal items in student lockers (grades 5-12). These items will be combined with any classroom items and prepared for a curbside pickup by parents/guardians. Additionally during the pickup window, there will be the opportunity for any drop-off of items that may include musical instruments, athletic equipment, instructional materials, etc… (Note: we will not be collecting Chromebooks from students, other than members of the senior class). 

We will follow an alphabetical schedule for curbside pick up/drop off of items:

Monday, June 1: students with last names A – D

Tuesday, June 2: students with last names E – J

Wednesday, June 3: students with last names K – P

Thursday, June 4: students with last names Q – Z

Friday, June 5: Athletic Equipment drop off and any students who were not able to attend their earlier scheduled day

Again, as we get closer to this week, we will provide additional information.

Summer activities

We will wait until after the June 4 date passes to make a final decision on the Extended School Year Program (ESY) and the Mifflin Summer Zone. Additional information will be provided when we finalize plans for those activities. Lastly, the PIAA has issued guidance that no athletic team training activities may begin until July 1.

Finally, I hope you will consider joining us virtually for this year’s Budget Town Hall Meeting, this Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. Information about viewing this event and the impact of COVID-19 on our district budget is available on our website at https://www.governormifflinsd.org/budget/. This event is an opportunity to hear first-hand about our district’s financial present and anticipated future during this critical time and so I hope you will attend. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Steve Gerhard
Superintendent
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton May 18, 2020 17:55