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Latest Updates on School Closures For COVID-19 Mitigation

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has extended mandatory school closures in the Commonwealth indefinitely.  During this time, DTSD is offering distance learning for all students. We ask for and need your patience as we are attempting to implement this approach to schooling without sacrificing the quality education students deserve.  This will not be without challenges – both for the district as a whole, our teaching staff and for our families. Be assured,however, we will not waiver in our ongoing dedication to doing the very best we can for students.

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Latest update from Superintendent Joe McFarland:

Joe McFarland photo March 30, 2020

Dear DTSD Families,

This afternoon, PA Governor Tom Wolf made two very important announcements.  First, he added Dauphin County to the growing list of commonwealth counties with a “stay at home order.”  In placing this order, the governor indicated it would run through at least the end of April, which is consistent with the social distancing extension President Trump called for over the weekend.

Secondly, the governor announced he was changing the status of school closures across all of Pennsylvania to “indefinite.” This means the potential April 14 back-to-school date we shared with you last week will not take place.  This extension of school closures should not come as a surprise and was very much expected.

Fortunately, we are well positioned at DTSD. Today we transitioned from providing listings of age-appropriate educational resources to offering district-led distance learning tied to our curriculum.  Our teachers were already prepared for two-weeks of online instruction and now, knowing with certainty schools will be closed for longer – they can begin planning even further out to deliver educational content remotely.

In this time of continued uncertainty, very little may seem normal.  So, to the extent we can maintain a bit of normalcy, we will!  Friday April 10 and Monday, April 13 were originally scheduled for a spring recess.  We’re going to keep that in place.  We will not offer new classes those days, providing a time for families with an opportunity to simply relax without worrying about logging in for a lesson. We’ll have about two weeks of distance teaching and learning under our belts by then and a mini-recess will give us all an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and where else we need to go next.

As I recently wrote to the members of the Class of 2020: let’s be honest – this school year wasn’t supposed to be this way.  But it’s OK – we are going to get through this. And in some ways, we will be better for it.  We’ve gained appreciation for the routines we’ve taken for granted.  We’ve once again witnessed this tremendous community band together to support students in ways big and small.  These are extraordinary times, and we still have an extraordinary learning environment.

 Yours in Trojan Pride,

 Joe McFarland, Superintendent

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During the current period of school closure for all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania, Derry Township School District is committed to helping ensure students in need of food assistance do not experience meal interruption while they are not in school. We are working collaboratively through our community partnership with Cocoa Packs, which will be facilitating the delivery of these meals in conjunction with the additional food assistance they normally provide for students. LEARN MORE

On March 19, the Department of Education cancelled all standardized testing originally scheduled for this spring. This cancellation includes the PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams. With testing originally scheduled to begin shortly, this provides much-needed relief for families concerned their students would return to school only to face days of testing.

Third marking period for secondary students is extended until April 3, 2020 so that students have the opportunity to complete and submit outstanding assignments that would have been due after March 12, 2020.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the closing of all Pennsylvania schools to protect public health. As a result, all school activities are cancelled and all school buildings & facilities are closed to public use. This includes all athletic fields, tennis courts and tracks. Failure to adhere to this closure constitutes trespass and violators could be cited. Please respect the posted signs noting these facilities are closed.

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