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  • 1/12/21 - 4 p.m. (Gettysburg Area Middle School)

    The Gettysburg Area District Office has been officially notified of four confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to Gettysburg Area Middle School (GAMS).  GAMS will move to remote learning from Wednesday, January 13th, through Friday, January 15th.  “In-person” instruction will resume at GAMS on Tuesday, January 19th, as Monday, January 18th is a holiday.  After school activities are also cancelled this afternoon through Monday.  They will also resume on January 19th.

    Any staff members or (parents of) students being recommended to stay home for any length of time, have been/will be notified by the Department of Health or the school.

    The District will continue following all PA Department of Health and Department of Education guidance, and our district’s Health and Safety Plan; which includes heightened cleaning measures.

    We ask our families to continue monitoring their children for any symptoms of COVID-19 and to consult with your child’s primary care physician if you have concerns regarding their health. 

    Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and support as we continue to provide instruction and navigate our current environment.


  • 1/12/21 - 4 p.m. (Lincoln Elementary School)

    The Gettysburg Area District Office has been officially notified of three confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to Lincoln Elementary.  Lincoln Elementary will move to remote learning from Wednesday, January 13th, through Friday, January 15th.  “In-person” instruction will resume at Lincoln on Tuesday, January 19th, as Monday, January 18th is a holiday.

    Any staff members or (parents of) students being recommended to stay home for any length of time, have already been notified by the Department of Health or the school.

    The District will continue following all PA Department of Health and Department of Education guidance, and our district’s Health and Safety Plan; which includes heightened cleaning measures.

    We ask our families to continue monitoring their children for any symptoms of COVID-19 and to consult with your child’s primary care physician if you have concerns regarding their health. 

    Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and support as we continue to provide instruction and navigate our current environment.


  • 1/10/21 - 12:30 p.m. (Franklin Township Elementary)

    The Gettysburg Area District Office has been officially notified of two confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to Franklin Twp. Elementary.  Franklin Twp. Elementary will move to remote learning from Monday, January 11th, through Wednesday, January 13th.  “In-person” instruction will resume at FTE on Thursday, January 14th.

    Any staff members or (parents of) students being recommended to stay home for any length of time, have already been notified by the Department of Health or the school.

    The District will continue following all PA Department of Health and Department of Education guidance, and our district’s Health and Safety Plan; which includes heightened cleaning measures.

    We ask our families to continue monitoring their children for any symptoms of COVID-19 and to consult with your child’s primary care physician if you have concerns regarding their health. 

    Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and support as we continue to provide instruction and navigate our current environment.


  • 1/5/21- 3:00 p.m. (Secondary Families)

    As we begin the winter 2020-2021 athletic season, we would like to share our current plan regarding spectators and mask expectations.  

    SPECTATORS:

    The current guidance from the PA Department of Health for occupancy allows for up to 10% capacity at our indoor venues. Our athletic conference, YAIAA, has limited us to home spectators only.  For games that are played at non-conference opponents, we will communicate their spectator policy through our coaches.

    As guidance continues to evolve, we are also updating our spectator plans for the Winter 2020-2021 season.  Please visit the GASD Athletics website (https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/domain/329) for this information on our weekly schedule.

    At this time, no admission fee will be charged for our home athletic events.  

    YAIAA and PIAA have issued guidance regarding spectators at athletic events that we are asking that you follow while in attendance at our home events:

    • Everyone age 2 or older must wear face coverings (masks or face shields) at all times.
    • The concession stand will be closed.
    • Please remain in the assigned spectator seating areas.  For winter events, our teams will need to use the bleachers as well.   
    • Seating areas, including bleachers, must adhere to social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet of spacing for anyone not in the same household.
    • Spectators are not allowed to enter the competition field or play or bench areas.
    • Spectators should not attend if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.  
    • All spectators should immediately exit the venue as soon as the competition is over.  
    • All spectators are asked to remain seated for the entirety of the game.  Minor children should remain with their family. 

    HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAMES: 

    For high school basketball games, participants will be given FOUR passes for home games.  

    The gate for home basketball games will open 30 minutes prior to the first game for all spectators.  Please use the front entrance of the high school gymnasium (Door #41). 

    HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL WRESTLING MATCHES:

    For high school and middle school wrestling matches, participants will be given FOUR passes for home matches.  

    The gate for home basketball games will open 30 minutes prior to the first match for all spectators.  Please use the front entrance of the high school gymnasium (Door #41). 

    HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING:

    At this time, no spectators will be allowed into swim meets due to policies of the facility.  We will continue to update if this changes.   

    MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL:

    For middle school basketball games, participants will be given TWO passes for home games.  Due to capacity limits, parents/spectators will need to rotate into the gymnasium.  

    The gate for home basketball games will open at 3:45 PM for spectators.  Please use the side entrance of the middle school gymnasium (Door #16). 

    For MS basketball games, the freshman games begin at 4:00.  Freshmen parents/spectators will be allowed in at 3:45 to watch their student-athlete.  When the game is finished, they will be asked to exit the gym and leave the building.  

    The 8th-grade games follow the freshmen games. Parents/spectators will be allowed entrance into the building after the freshmen game is completed and their spectators have exited.  

    LIVE STREAMING:

    GASD will be live streaming events at the middle school, high school, and pool.  Information regarding live streaming, as well as links for competition (both from GASD and when teams travel to away events), will be posted on the GASD Athletics website:  https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/domain/329

    All games (boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling) at the Gettysburg Area High School Gym will be broadcast through NFHS Network.  This will be a free broadcast this year for all of our fans.  

    All games (MS boys basketball, MS girls basketball) at Gettysburg Area Middle School Gym will be broadcast on one of the GASD Athletics YouTube channels: GASD Athletics 1 or GASD Athletics 2.

    All meets for swimming will be broadcast on one of the GASD Athletics YouTube channels: GASD Athletics 1 or GASD Athletics 2.

    FACE COVERINGS:

    On November 23, 2020, the PA Department of Health issued an updated masking order.  For athletics, the guidance is as follows:  

    “Does the Order apply to athletes and sports activities?

    Yes. Everyone who participates in sport activities including coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear a face covering, such as a mask, unless they fall under an exception in Section 3 of the Order.

    Indoors: Coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear face coverings, when indoors and where another person or persons who are not members of the individual's household are present in the same space, irrespective of physical distance. This includes while actively engaged in workouts, competition, and on the sidelines, etc.”

    The Superintendent initially issued guidance for our athletic teams that allowed our athletes to remove their masks when in competition or during maximum aerobic effort.  

    Since then, on December 7, 2020, the YAIAA voted to follow the PA Department of Health mask order at all times unless a student-athlete has a medical letter justifying an exemption.  This motion carried by a 16-7 vote.

    Due to the YAIAA rule, our coaches and athletic trainers are working collaboratively in an effort to acclimate our student-athletes to compete with a mask on during our practices. There will be times that our athletes will wear a mask in practice to prepare them for competing with one on.  This is an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our student-athletes.  We will communicate any updates to this information as it becomes available.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you.


  • 1/3/21 - 4:45 p.m.

    Happy New Year 2021!  This notification is simply a reminder that instruction resumes tomorrow, January 4th for all Gettysburg Area School District buildings.  Elementary will return to “in-person” learning Monday through Friday, and Secondary Schools (Middle and High School) will return to “in-person” learning on the Hybrid schedule with remote Fridays.  After school and extracurricular activities will also resume on January 4th.

    We will continue to preserve as much “in-person” instruction as possible in our schools for the families that chose it; and maintain equity in education and services to the greatest extent possible.  We will continue to utilize short-term closures of buildings as needed, utilizing the guidance shared by the PA Department of Education (PDE). 

    The District will continue to follow our health and safety plan and continue mitigation efforts (enhanced cleaning, hygiene reminders, social distancing, face coverings), along with following guidance from the PA Department(s) of Health and Education.

    We appreciate your continued patience and support, and we remain committed to the education of our students both safely and equitably.

    I hope that you and your family had a wonderful holiday and that you remain healthy and safe.


  • 12/14/20 - 6 p.m.

    Dear Gettysburg Area School District Community:

    I am sharing this update as we continue to provide instruction in our district amidst the challenges that continue to exist as we navigate our current environment.  We appreciate everyone’s continued efforts on a daily basis for the benefit of our students. 

    It has been our intent to preserve as much “in-person” instruction as possible in our schools for the families that chose it; and to maintain equity in education and services to the greatest extent possible.  We have managed safety through short-term closures of buildings as needed, utilizing the guidance shared by the PA Department of Education (PDE).

    We have reached a point now in December, where positive cases continue to emerge within buildings that have already experienced short term closures, the number of staff and students needing to quarantine for periods of time continues to increase, and our ability to provide substitute coverage for our teachers/professional staff during absences, has become our most significant challenge.

    For these reasons, the district is going to move to full “remote learning” for all district buildings (K-12) from Wednesday, December 16th through Tuesday, December 22nd (winter break). Directions for accessing remote learning during this timeframe will come from your child’s principal sometime tomorrow.  “In-person” instruction will resume for all buildings on Monday, January 4th.  As a reminder, given the most recent Governor’s Order, all extra-curricular activities are suspended until January 4th as well.  “In-person” instruction will still occur on Tuesday, December 15th, for the Middle School, Lincoln Elementary, and Franklin Twp. Elementary. 

    We remain hopeful this brief closure along with the scheduled winter break will allow time and space for further mitigation of our most significant challenges, so that we are able to resume and maintain “in-person” instruction in the new year.  

    Any updates to this plan/information will be shared when/as appropriate.  We appreciate your continued patience and support, and we remain committed to the education of our students both safely and equitably.

    I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday and break, and that you remain healthy and safe.

    Sincerely,

    Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
    Superintendent


  • 12/10 - 7:15 p.m. (James Gettys Elementary School)

    The Gettysburg Area School District has been in contact with the PA Department of Health (DOH) regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to two positive cases at James Gettys Elementary School. Following guidance from the PA Department of Education (PDE) and DOH, James Gettys will move to remote learning immediately through Tuesday, December 15th.  

    In-person instruction for James Gettys Elementary School will resume on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.  All extra-curricular activities are canceled through December 15th.

    Teachers will be sending out a notice through SeeSaw with information on how students are to connect remotely. 

    Any “close contacts” needing to be excluded from school for an extended period of time have been/will be notified by either the DOH or the district.

    The District will continue following all PDE and DOH guidance, and our district’s Health and Safety Plan; which will include heightened cleaning measures during the closure.  We ask our families to continue monitoring their children for any symptoms of COVID-19 and to consult with your child’s primary care physician if you have concerns regarding their health. 

    Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and support as we continue to navigate through our current environment.  


  • 12/9/20 - 3:50 p.m. (GAHS)

    The Gettysburg Area School District has been in contact with the PA Department of Health (DOH) regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to six students at Gettysburg Area High School. Following guidance from the PA Department of Education (PDE) and DOH, GAHS will move to remote learning immediately through Tuesday, December 15th.  In-person instruction for GAHS will resume on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.  All extra-curricular activities are canceled this afternoon through December 15th.  Extracurriculars will also resume on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.  An email from the principal, Mr. Lusk, will soon follow regarding procedures for remote learning.

    Any “close contacts” needing to be excluded from school for an extended period of time have been/will be notified by either the DOH or the district.

    The District will continue following all PDE and DOH guidance, and our district’s Health and Safety Plan; which will include heightened cleaning measures during the closure.  We ask our families to continue monitoring your children for any symptoms of COVID-19 and to consult with your child’s primary care physician if you have concerns regarding their health.

    Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and support as we continue to navigate through our current environment. 


  • 12/5/20 - 11 a.m. (GAMS)

    The Gettysburg Area School District has been in contact with the PA Department of Health (DOH) regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to four staff members at Gettysburg Area Middle School. Following guidance from the PA Department of Education (PDE) and DOH, GAMS will move to remote learning from December 7 through December 11.  In-person instruction for GAMS will resume on Monday, December 14, 2020.  All middle school extra-curricular activities are canceled during this short term closure. Extracurriculars will also resume on Monday, December 14, 2020.  An email from the principal, Ms. Herb, will soon follow regarding procedures for remote learning.

    Any “close contacts” needing to be excluded from school for an extended period of time have been notified by either the DOH or the district.

    The District will continue following all PDE and DOH guidance, and our district’s Health and Safety Plan; which will include heightened cleaning measures during the closure.  We ask our families to continue monitoring your children for any symptoms of COVID-19 and to consult with your child’s primary care physician if you have concerns regarding their health. 

    Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and support as we continue to navigate through our current environment.  


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