In an effort to keep the community informed, I am calling to update parents on the number of positive/probable cases we are tracking across the district. Last week we identified 30 cases at the High School, 14 cases at the Intermediate Center and 14 cases at the Primary Center. This week, we identified an additional 34 cases at the High School, 21 cases at the Intermediate Center and 15 cases at the Primary Center.
Due to the rising numbers of positive Covid19 cases, the PADOH has advised the district to pivot to virtual instruction beginning tomorrow, January 13, through next Wednesday, January 19, 2022. We will return to in-person instruction on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Because this closure includes a 4-day weekend, virtual instruction will take place on tomorrow (1/13), next Tuesday (1/18) and next Wednesday(1/19). This Friday (1/14) is a Teacher Inservice Day, and Monday (1/17) is MLK Day.
Beginning this afternoon, all after school activities are postponed and will be rescheduled. Grab and go meals will be available on virtual days. Please register on our website. All scheduled IEP meetings will take place as planned. Technology problems can be addressed by calling 836-3111, x. 1137. SCCTC students will attend programs virtually.
Teachers and paras may work from their classrooms with the approval of their building principals, but they are otherwise expected to work from home. Paras in need of a chromebook should stop in the technology office this afternoon before leaving campus.
Friday's Inservice activities will be virtual for teachers. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Finally, please report any positive cases to our Health line number 570-219-4031. If you leave a message, we will return your call. This message will be posted, in its entirety, to our website.
We look forward to welcoming students back to campus on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
At last night's meeting, the TASD Board voted to modify the district's Health and Safety Plan. The vote changes the mask requirement and our quarantine guidelines. Beginning Monday, January 10, 2022, all staff and students will be required to wear masks in the buildings. This decision will be revisited on January 20, 2022.
Furthermore, all students identified as close contacts of positive cases will be allowed to remain in school as long as they present and remain asymptomatic. Kids currently identified as close contacts may return to school on Monday, if they have no symptoms. Positive cases should complete their assigned quarantine.
Just a reminder to report weekend cases to our Healthline at 570-219-4031. Please leave a message.
This morning at 6:55am, we received some very non-specific information from a parent that we felt required follow-up. I instructed our administrative team to hold students on buses until we could vet that information. Once completed, students disembarked from buses and they are currently in their first period class. We did this out of an abundance of caution. We will continue to be vigilant and investigate any information we receive.
On Friday, December 10, 2021, the PA Supreme Court vacated the DOH Masking Order requiring students and staff to wear masks in school. Please note that this decision does NOT change the requirement for students to wear masks on school buses. TASD will return to following its adopted Health and Safety Plan which highly recommends, but does not require, masks in school.
The Court's decision did not vacate the DOH's expectation for contact tracing, however. Parents should anticipate that, in the absence of masks, large numbers of students may be identified as close contacts and excluded from school. Parents should also expect that high volumes of contact tracing may necessitate building closures and prepare for the need to pivot to our virtual platform.
In the week ending December 10, the district identified 28 positive cases, resulting in the exclusion of an additional 70 close contacts. The Administration and the Board will continue to monitor numbers of positive cases and the number of students identified as close contacts.
Any changes deemed appropriate to the Health and Safety Plan will be discussed and voted on publicly.
Statement provided by the Governor's Office and PA DOH
The Secretary of Health's authority is clearly outlined in existing law. The Department of Health has directed counsel to file an appeal today. Filing of the appeal will immediately stay the Commonwealth Court’s decision. School masking is a necessary public health measure to keep children safe and provide them with as much in-person learning in school as possible. Medical experts agree – hospitals and healthcare professionals across the state support the masking requirement. Requiring masks in schools is helping to keep students in classrooms and the virus out and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The agenda for tomorrow night's Board Meeting has been posted at www.tasd.net.
The Board Meeting will be virtual and will begin at 7:30PM. The link will be posted on the website at 7:10PM. There will also be a brief Extracurricular Meeting at 6:45PM. That link will be posted at 6:30PM.
TASD has scheduled a special Board Meeting tomorrow night, October 6, 2021, at 7PM. The meeting will be virtual, and we will post a link on our website prior to the meeting. The agenda for this meeting can also be found on our website, www.tasd.net. As an update, we are tracking 23 positive cases in the district over the last 14 day period. There are 8 cases at the HS, 10 at the IC, 4 at the PC and one in the Administration building.
Change of Board Venue
Protocol to Receive Public Comment
TASD will hold its regularly scheduled Board Meetings via a Zoom link that will be available on our website, www.tasd.net beginning with the September 23, 2021 Board Meeting. The link will go up twenty minutes prior to the 7:30 pm start. Students, parents and community members who wish to make comments to the Board regarding Agenda Items Only must type their name in the chat box prior to 7:40pm. Those wishing to speak will be unmuted and have the opportunity to address the Board. Citizens wishing to speak will be called upon in the order that their name appears in the chat box. There will be a 30 minute time limit on this agenda item. A citizen will be recognized once during this period of the meeting, and each citizen’s comments will be limited to a total of two minutes. Time may not be yielded or otherwise transferred by one speaker to another for purposes of extending a given speaker’s time allotment. The meeting will be recorded.
Citizens will also have an opportunity to speak during the Additional Public Comment section, at the end of the agenda. This item will be limited to 20-minutes. The chat box will be reopened during Old Business. Students, parents and community members who wish to make comments to the Board regarding non-agenda items must type their name in the chat box at this time. Citizens will be called upon in the order that they placed their name in the chat box. A citizen will be recognized once during this period of the meeting, and each citizen’s comments will be limited to three minutes, except at the discretion of the President. Time may not be yielded or otherwise transferred by one speaker to another for purposes of extending a given speaker’s time allotment.
TASD will resume in person instruction tomorrow, September 8, 2021. Parents: please do not send students to school if they are experiencing symptoms.
The Tunkhannock Area School District, grades K to 12, will work remotely on Tuesday, September 7, in order to allow us time to complete contact tracing. All after school activities, practices and events are postponed. Faculty and staff are expected to report. We are currently tracking 21 confirmed cases and 27 probable cases.
With regard to the mask mandate that goes into effect tomorrow, TASD does not currently have a Board approved mechanism to grant exceptions. Students and parents seeking a waiver to the order should work remotely-- without penalty--until the Board establishes a policy. All students and staff in our buildings will be expected to wear a mask. Exceptions will not be considered at this time unless your child has a 504 Plan or IEP that exempted them from wearing a mask in the past.
This message is to update the public on the positive COVID 19 cases we are tracking. We have been notified of ten additional cases this week. We are currently tracking six cases at the high school, six at the Intermediate Center, one at the STEM Academy and two at the Primary Center.
Parents and students are reminded the PA DOH mask mandate for students, faculty and staff goes into effect on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Students may wear their own masks or school provided masks that were sent home this afternoon. Have an enjoyable holiday weekend. Thank you.
As of Friday, August 27, 2021, TASD is tracking 5 positive cases of Covid 19.
Two cases at the High School, one case at the Intermediate Center and two cases at the Primary Center.
Please continue to monitor your children for symptoms and keep them home if symptoms are present.
TASD will host a voluntary vaccination clinic with Pediatric Associates of Kingston on August 19, 2021, at the Tunkhannock Area High School between the hours of 11AM and 1PM. The Pfizer vaccine will be available free of charge to students over the age of twelve. More information, registration, screening, and consent forms are located at www.tasd.net.
On July 22, the TASD School Board approved a Health and Safety Plan for the upcoming school year. The plan is available at www.tasd.net under District News.
Also, a reminder for families interested in TASD's cyber option: Fusion C3 registrations are open for grades K-12. We request that families who have already made the decision to learn virtually next year register by Saturday, July 31. This helps us in staffing decisions. A registration link is also available on our website.
Good Afternoon. I am calling to draw your attention to three important links that have been added to our website under District News and Facebook today. The first is a draft of the Health and Safety Plan regarding our return in August. This will go before the Board on July 22, 2021. We expect it to be revised multiple times throughout the year, but we are required to have it approved by July 31 in order to apply for grant funding.
The second link takes you to a registration link for Fusion C3 next year. Please complete the registration by July 31, 2021 to assist us in our scheduling process. The remote program will be offered K-12 again next year featuring TASD teachers and curriculum.
Lastly, there is information regarding the newly enacted Act 66, a law that permits students enrolled last year to repeat their grade level. Requests must be made by July 15, 2021.
Updated guidance received yesterday from the PA Department of Education requires students utilizing our district transportation for summer programming to wear masks while on school buses and vans.
Mask use will remain voluntary in classrooms, but will be required on buses and vans beginning tomorrow morning. Students in grades K to 8 were sent home with a supply of masks this afternoon.
In observance of the July 4th holiday, the K-8 Summer Program will not be in session July 5th. Attendance in the summer program for grades K-8 will only be required Tuesday and Wednesday of that week to be eligible for the July 8th field trip to SkyZone in Pittston.
An online waiver must be submitted on or before July 5th at skyzone.com/pittston in order to attend this trip. An informational flyer with directions was sent home with students on Tuesday, June 29.
If you have not yet submitted your child's permission slip for all field trips related to this program, please do so as soon as possible.
Parents of Summer School students in grades K-8:
If you plan to pick up your child at the 2PM dismissal, you will need to provide a note in the morning, park in the Administration Building parking lot, and sign your child out in the front office AFTER buses depart.
Students participating in after-care services may be picked up at 4PM in the front office.
Parents who pre-registered their children to receive the COVID 19 vaccinations at the HS and the IC are reminded that the clinics will take place tomorrow. Students receiving their second dose must bring their vaccination card with them. Students receiving their first dose must have a completed screening form and parental consent with them.
The Tunkhannock Area School District and the Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency will coordinate a FREE Pfizer vaccine clinic for students, 12 to 18 years of age. The first dose will be scheduled on May 18, 2021. The second dose will be available on June 8, 2021. The clinic will be administered by Pediatric Associates of Kingston and will be held at the Tunkhannock Area High School and the Tunkhannock Area Intermediate Center.
Written parental consent is required. Participation is completely voluntary. The hours of operation and the logistics of the clinic will be determined by the number of parents who have an interest in vaccination. Please complete the attached survey by noon on Thursday, May 13, 2021.
Please call 836-3111, x. 1000, if you have questions.
In an effort to eliminate the need to close buildings due to positive cases of Covid-19, all district buildings and grounds will be closed on Sundays. No activities or events should be scheduled on Sundays between now and the end of the year. Typically, this will allow us to reset our building counts to zero each Monday morning. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
In consultation with the PA Department of Health, the Tunkhannock Area High School will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Students will work remotely. Teachers will report. There will be no SCCTC transportation provided. All extracurricular activities, sports games and practices are postponed for the remainder of the week and the weekend. We are currently tracking four positive and three probable cases in the high school.
Two additional probable cases are being tracked in seventh grade, so all seventh grade students will work remotely tomorrow only. Seventh Grade teachers will report.
The Intermediate Center, the Primary Center and the Mehoopany Primary Center building remain open for in- person learning tomorrow.
Please be advised that we are tracking 2 confirmed cases of COVID 19 at the HS, and one confirmed case in 7th grade. All contact tracing has been completed.
I will continue to keep you informed as the week goes on.
The number of positive COVID 19 cases in our TASD community has increased over the last twenty-four hours. We are currently tracking four cases at the High School.
The number of cases at the High School necessitate a building closure.
Therefore all extra-curricular activities, athletic games and practices for grades 7-12 are cancelled for today Wednesday March 31 and tomorrow Thursday April 1st.
Transportation to the SCCTC is cancelled for tomorrow morning.
As previously scheduled all students K-12 will work remotely tomorrow and Monday, April 5.
TASD will hold in person instruction tomorrow for all students except 7th graders. All TASD students will be virtual on Thursday, April 1 and Monday April 5, 2021. Seventh grade teachers should report to their classroom tomorrow. Seventh grade students will work remotely.
K-6 teachers and students and 8-12 teachers and students will return to campus tomorrow.
We are currently tracking three positive cases in the high school, four at the 7th grade STEM Academy, zero at the Intermediate Center and zero in the primary buildings.
Our ability to successfully provide in-person instruction depends largely on our efforts to control community transmission. Please be vigilant and exercise good judgement as we enjoy this holiday weekend.
Good Evening. Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, all students and teachers K-12 will work remotely tomorrow, March 30, 2021. TASD High Students should check your email for an important message from Mr. Bosscher. We will provide an update on the number of cases we are tracking tomorrow.
Good Afternoon. Due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours in the 7th grade, ALL 7th grade students will work virtually until after the break. Students will return to the buildings on April 6th. All 7th grade students are required to attend the zoom sessions daily beginning at 9:30.
The Tunkhannock Intermediate Center will be closed on Monday 3/29. Students and teachers will work remotely. We are tracking four positive cases at the IC. The Primary Center will be open for in person instruction.
In consultation with the PA Department of Health, the Primary Center will remain closed tomorrow and Friday. Students will work remotely on our virtual platform. Faculty and staff should report.
Two cases were identified today at TASD. We are tracking one additional case at the high school, bringing that building count to two. One additional case has been identified at the Primary Center, as well, bringing that building count to four.
Please continue to monitor your children for symptoms and keep them out of school of symptoms are present.
The number of positive COVID 19 cases in our TASD community has increased over the last twenty-four hours. We are currently tracking one case at the High School, two cases at the Intermediate Center, one case at Mehoopany, and three cases at the Primary Center.
The cases at the Primary Center exceed the threshold that necessitates a building closure tomorrow. Primary Center students and teachers will work remotely on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. We will provide updates tomorrow per Department of Health recommendations.
In consultation with the Pa Department of Health, TASD will close the high school tomorrow. Students and teachers will work remotely. There will be no SCCTC transportation. This decision is the result of growing numbers of COVID 19 cases over the last 10 days. We are currently tracking 6 cases in the high school.
Primary and Intermediate Center students and teachers should report to in person learning, as planned. We are currently tracking one positive case of COVID19 in each of these buildings.
We regret this change in plans at the high school but hope that our proactive efforts will allow us to successfully return Cohorts A and B next week.
As a clarification to my previous message, the 7th grade STEM Academy Cohort A students and teachers should report tomorrow for in-person instruction. High school students, grade 8 to 12, should check their email for an important message from Mr. Bosscher.
I am providing an update on the positive COVID 19 cases we are aware of in our school community.
Today we were notified of two additional COVID 19 cases at the High School. Because the building was closed on Sunday and Monday and cleaning procedures have been followed, no additional building closure is needed at this time. All close contacts have been notified. Please continue to monitor your children for symptoms and keep them home if symptoms are present.
Enjoy your evening and thank you.
I am providing an update on the positive COVID 19 cases we are aware of in our school community.
As of Tuesday, March 16 we will be tracking 3 cases at the high school. All close contacts have been called. Please continue to monitor your children for symptoms and keep them home if symptoms are present.
Stay well and enjoy your evening.
Students will be virtual tomorrow Monday, March 15. Although students will be virtual, all buildings will be open and staff and teachers should report. Transportation to the SCCTC will be provided. All high School student please check your TASD email for important information from Mr. Bosscher.
Parents and Students:
We are pleased to inform the community that a substantial number of our TASD staff will be scheduled for COVID 19 vaccinations this weekend. In anticipation that many may experience typical vaccine side effects, we will be switching our virtual day next week to Monday district wide. Students will be virtual on Monday, March 15 and have in-person instruction on Friday, March 19.
In grades 7-12, Cohort B will report on Tuesday and Thursday. Cohort A will report on Wednesday and Friday. All staff not needing to utilize a sick day should report to campus on Monday, March 15, 2021.
I am providing an update on the positive COVID 19 cases we are aware of in our school community. We are currently tracking three cases at the high school, three cases at the Intermediate Center, and one case at the Primary Center. All close contacts have been called. Please continue to monitor your children for symptoms and keep them home if symptoms are present.
Enjoy your weekend and thank you.
This is a reminder that breakfast and lunch continue to be available to all students free of charge through the end of the school year. In addition, parents are strongly encouraged to complete the application for free and reduced lunch to ensure eligibility should additional benefits be made available.
This would include eligibility for pandemic electronic benefits transfer or EBT payments.
Please go to schoolcafe.com to complete the application electronically.
If you have questions please contact Jackie Shaver at 570-836-8268 for more information.
All TASD students and teachers grades K to 12 will work remotely on Tuesday January 26.
All extra curricular activities, sports practices and games are cancelled. Bus transportation to the SCCTC will not be running. High School students please check your email for additional information from Mr. Bosscher.
As the result of another member of our TAHS community testing positive for COVID 19 and in accordance with our cleaning protocols the High School building will be closed tomorrow, Monday January 25.
All extra curricular activities, sports practices and games are cancelled. Bus transportation to the SCCTC will not be running. High School Students and teachers will work remotely. Grades K to 7 will attend school in person.
The district has been made aware of two additional members of our school community have tested positive for COVID 19. We are currently tracking 3 cases at the high school, 2 at the STEM Academy (which has been closed yesterday and today) and one case at the Intermediate Center.
Please continue to monitor you children for symptoms and keep them home should those symptoms present. Thank you.
Good afternoon. All contact tracing has been completed and all close contacts have been notified. We are currently tracking two cases at the high school, one at the Intermediate Center and one at the Stem Academy.
Although students will be virtual tomorrow, all buildings will be open and staff and teachers should report. Transportation to the SCCTC will be provided.
High school student and staff should check their emails for an important message from Mr. Bosscher. In order to remain open, we must commit to taking steps to keep everyone healthy. Please do not send students to school who are symptomatic. Thank you.
Due to information received late this evening relating to a probable cause, all buildings will be closed tomorrow and learning will be remote for students and teachers.
Contact tracing is in progress and you will be called tomorrow if your child is deemed a close contact.
Please be vigilant about social distancing until we complete this process. We will send an all call once complete.
We have been notified that another member of our TAHS community has tested positive for COVID 19.
In accordance with our cleaning protocols the High School building will be closed tomorrow, Thursday January 21. All extra curricular activities, sports practices and games are cancelled. Bus transportation to the SCCTC will not be running. Students and teachers will work remotely.
I am calling to let you know that one positive and one probable case of covid-19 were identified at the high school today. All close contacts have been notified.
Please remain vigilant to minimize your child and your family's exposure and keep symptomatic children out of school.
Parents and Students:
As we prepare to return to in-person instruction beginning Monday, January 11, 2021, a few reminders:
If you have traveled outside of the Commonwealth since December 31, 2020, if you or a member of your household are awaiting Covid test results, or if you or a member of your household have been diagnosed with Covid 19, please contact Lynn McAndrew at 836-3111, extension 1222, prior to your student's return. Symptomatic students and staff should not be in school.
Also, please remember that Friday will be virtual for all students. Please plan accordingly.
I hope that you had a relaxing and restorative break over the holidays. We look forward to having everybody back!Heather
Last night the TASD Board of Directors voted to pivot to a virtual model of instruction beginning on Monday, December 21, 2020 through Friday January 8, 2021. All students, K to 12, are expected to participate on the Canvas platform during these eight days of instruction. Curbside meal pickups will continue to be available, and a distribution of materials needed by students will be coordinated by building, if necessary. In a separate motion, the Board approved moving K through 6th grade to virtual instruction on Fridays beginning January 15, 2021. K-6 students will learn remotely on Fridays throughout the second semester. I will continue to provide updates to parents and students as more information becomes available.
Don't put those sled and toboggans back in the garage just yet, Tigers.
Tomorrow, Friday, December 18 will be another snow day. Turn off the Chromebooks, turn off the iPads, turn off the phones.
Get outside, make another snowman, and have some fun! Be well.
TASD has identified two additional positive cases of covid-19 today, one was associated with the high school building and one was associated with the admin building. All notifications have been completed.
Regarding the impending weather TASD will celebrate our first big snowfall of the season by taking a good old-fashioned snow day tomorrow shut down the screens turn off the phones get outside and enjoy.
Today we identified four members of our school community that have tested positive for covid-19; three of these cases are associated with the intermediate center and one is associated the STEM academy.
In accordance with the most recent PDE and DOH guidelines the intermediate center and the STEM academy will close and students will work remotely for the remainder of this week. Only students in grades three through seven are affected by this change. The high school and the primary centers in Tunkhannock and Mehoopany will remain open.
All individuals deemed to be close contacts have been notified. Teaching Staff, Paras and related services in the IC and the STEM academy will work remotely as well.
On a different topic TASD will dismiss early tomorrow in anticipation of the snowstorm. Mehoopany will dismiss at 11:20 a.m. the buildings in Tunkhannock will dismiss at noon.
Today we learned another member of our school community at the primary center has tested positive for covid-19. Persons identified as close contacts have already been notified directly.
Parents are asked to please continue to monitor your children for symptoms and to keep them home if those symptoms are present.
Today we learned that four more members of our TASD community have tested positive for covid-19; three cases were reported at the intermediate center and one additional case at the high school.
The department of education has clarified building size criteria and the high school and the intermediate center both fall into the 500 to 900 student category. This changes the closure threshold for both of these buildings from 2 to 4 cases to 4 to 6 cases. Currently we are tracking 3 cases in each building.
At this time all buildings will remain open. Students or staff identified as close contacts have been notified directly. All parents are asked to please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and keep them home should those symptoms be present.
Yesterday afternoon Governor Tom Wolfe issued a limited time targeted mitigation order that temporarily suspends athletic and extracurricular practices and events until January 4th 2021.
That order goes into effect at midnight tonight we will keep students and their families updated on any developments resolving from these postponements.
We learned today that a 2nd member of our HS community has tested positive for COVID-19. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and keep them home if any are present.
Please keep your child home if you are waiting on test results or a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19.
Please keep your child at home if they have been identified as a close contact. If you are identified as a close contact, you will be contacted directly by a nurse from the DOH of the District.
If you are not contacted directly by a nurse, you are not considered a close contact but should continue to monitor for symptoms, there is always a risk of exposure.
Thank you and be safe.
We were notified this afternoon that a member of our school community at the High School has tested positive for COVID 19. We have been in touch with the PA Department of Health and will continue to assist them in contact tracing and follow-up. All Schools will be open tomorrow. Thank You.
The TASD School Board voted Saturday night to return to our in-person, hybrid model beginning tomorrow. Cohort B should report in grades 7-12. Parents are asked to remain vigilant about screening for symptoms and keeping children home if they are present.
Parents are also reminded that new DoH travel restrictions require anyone traveling outside of PA to undergo testing within 72 hours prior to return, or quarantine upon return. If your family traveled outside of PA over the holiday, your child should not return to school until one of these requirements is met.
The TASD Board of Education passed a motion last night to extend the use of our virtual learning model through Wednesday, November 25 at noon, at which time we begin our Thanksgiving break through November 30.
We hope to return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, December 1, however the Board will meet on Saturday, November 28 at 7PM in the HS auditorium to review current data.
Curbside food pick-up will remain available through Wednesday via the r/egistration on our website.
TASD has been made aware of additional confirmed cases of covid-19 within our school community. We are working closely with the Department of Health to continue contact tracing. We will continue to utilize our remote learning platform the remainder of this week.
Students will not be in school November 19th or 20th but are expected to log into the canvas platform to complete their work.
There is a board meeting scheduled for this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the High School auditorium to discuss our plans to move forward. The meeting will be live streamed on our TASD YouTube channel. Thank you.
TASD buildings will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday. Students, teachers, and paras will work remotely. There are no after-school activities and no SC CTC runs. Curbside meals will be available for pickup at the Primary Center. You must pre-register on our website. Also located on our home page are several helpful links to navigating our canvas platform. I hope everyone will remain calm and cautiously optimistic. We will continue to follow our plan which is worked well for us so far, thank you.
Parents and Students:
Beginning May 4, 2020 TASD will be moving from Enrichment and Review to Planned Instruction. May 4 will serve as the start of the 4th Marking period, and the school year will end on June 5, 2020. Beginning May 4, everyone is expected to participate. Attendance and completion of assignments will be tracked. A grade of Pass/Fail will be awarded for the 4th marking period, and will not be included in the calculation of student GPAs.
Please continue to encourage your child to do the best that they can. Be safe.
The links below provide information on talking with your children about the coronavirus. We hope that you will find these resources helpful and that they will help you navigate some of the questions that kids will naturally have. I encourage you to seek out reliable information and follow the CDC recommendations for handwashing and social distancing.
I will continue to keep you posted as information is made available to us. Until then, be safe and vigilant in your efforts to keep your family well.
There was a brief posting on Facebook today by a well-meaning individual regarding food distribution in Wyoming County. This information appears to have originated in Wyoming County, West Virginia.
At this time, food distribution strategies for TASD are in the works, but incomplete. We will communicate our plan early next week. Thank you.
Supplemental work sent home with students due to school closure is not mandatory in nature. The intent was to provide learning activities that reviewed or extended recently taught content. It will not be reflected in student grades as there is no equitable way to provide instruction. We ask parents to encourage students to complete the work they are able to do as it may help them to maintain a routine of learning and engagement. I apologize for the confusion.
The Tunkhannock Area School District will close for a minimum of ten days beginning on Monday, March 16. The campus will be closed as of 9PM this evening. All activities, practices, events and scheduled meetings for this weekend and next two weeks have been postponed. Building nurses will be in attendance on Monday, March 16 between 10am and 11am for any parent needing to pick up medication.
Students are being sent home with enough learning activities to stimulate their thinking for up to ten days. This is not intended to take the place of regular instruction, rather it has been provided because we want to encourage kids to interact with materials that sustain the practice of learning.
Please check for updates next week. This is a rapidly developing situation and we are doing our best to monitor and respond appropriately. We will continue to follow CDC and DOH guidelines and encourage you to do so, as well.
Letter to Parents :
In an effort to stay ahead of concerns about the Coronavirus, Tunkhannock Area School District convened a meeting on Wednesday, March 4 with numerous community partners, including the PA Department of Health, Tyler Memorial Hospital, representatives from Wyoming County Human Services and the Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of our meeting was to gather insight and expertise on health and safety measures that can help us keep our staff and students well.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Parents can be proactive in helping to keep all children safe by keeping their own children home from school if they are demonstrating these symptoms. In the event of widespread absenteeism, the district will modify its attendance policy to accommodate students who need to be home.
In our buildings, some of the steps that we have taken include reminders about handwashing, coughing and sneezing. Our custodial team has amped up its sanitation of frequently touched surfaces, and they will continue to supply our classrooms with soap, tissues and hand sanitizer. Our school nurses are in the process of training our teachers, staff and coaches protocols that will help keep our classrooms and facilities less hospitable to bacteria and viruses, in general. We will also develop a process for identifying kids who present symptoms and getting them to the nurse quickly for evaluation. And, with the help of our community partners, TASD has updated our Pandemic Response Plan which can be found on our website at www.tasd.net.
Information about household readiness can also be found at our website and our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TASD2019. We encourage parents to visit the PA Department of Health website, https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx and the Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
We will be vigilant about prevention and proactive in our preparation. Communication will be a cornerstone of our efforts, so I encourage you to reach out to your child’s school nurse with any health-related questions. My personal extension is 1000, and my email address is email@example.com. Please call me if you have any questions related to process or procedure.
Our success in limiting risk in our schools depends upon communication, planning and community engagement in prevention measures. Let’s work together to follow the CDC recommendations that help us avoid all infections. We can all play a part in keeping our kids and ourselves healthy.
Now, everybody go wash your hands.
Tunkhannock Area School District