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  • 4/14/2021 - 2:45 p.m. (James Gettys Elementary School)

    The Gettysburg Area District Office has been officially notified of four confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to JGES.  JGES will move to remote learning Thursday and Friday of this week; April 15 - April 16.  “In-person” instruction will resume at JGES on Monday, April 19. 

    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 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 provide instruction and navigate our current environment.


  • 4/7/2021 - 2:30 p.m.

    Dear GASD Community:

    I hope that everyone had a great holiday weekend and enjoyed the down time as we prepare for the final weeks of the 20-21 school year.  At last evening’s board meeting I shared the communication found below, and wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of current plans for April/May for planning purposes.

    Thank you for your continued trust and support and best wishes to you and your family on a healthy and successful journey through the remainder of the school year.

    Best Regards,

    Jason Perrin, D.Ed.
    Superintendent

    _____________________________

    Board Communication April 6, 2021

    As we move into April, we recognize there are conversations nationally and in the commonwealth regarding the “re-opening” of schools.  The Gettysburg Area School District re-opened schools in August 2020.  Our elementary schools have been “in-person” five days a week since early November, and our secondary schools have been on a hybrid model since that time.  Our focus in August was to re-open with a goal of providing instruction both safely and equitably; we have remained committed to that goal throughout the year. 

    We have been able to keep schools open to a significant degree, through both following our health and safety plan, and through utilizing short-term closures of buildings as recommended through guidance from PDE.  Our hybrid model at the secondary level has enabled us to limit exposures and close contacts that would otherwise lead to more quarantines of staff and students, and has mitigated against a greater number of short-term closures.

    It is our intent, and my recommendation that we remain in our current instructional model for the remaining 7 weeks of school.  Our hybrid model at the secondary level, provides:

    -more space for students in classrooms/cafeterias/schools to limit exposure
    -increased ability to cover classes during staff absences
    -continuity for families that have chosen their child’s current instructional model (as we would not be able to accommodate change/requests if we changed our model)
    -a greater ability to mitigate against short-term closures, which at the secondary level includes our ability to remain open for extracurriculars and athletics.

    Our High School and Middle School Teams have been increasing “face-to-face” instruction for students that require it for academic and social-emotional needs.  They will continue to work with families to facilitate that effort.  Families can continue to reach out to their building administrators to discuss the needs of their child/children.

    Covid has made 20-21 challenging for everyone, both in the district and at home; we recognize that. I feel that our staff, students and families have provided support and risen to this unique challenge.  I am proud of the work that this district has done this year.

    That being said, we all want to resume in-person instruction.  Nothing can fully replace the face-to-face time that our staff has with their students.  It is therefore our intent to open schools fully in the fall, with in-person instruction five days per week.

    Thank you for your continued trust and support as we move through the remainder of the year.


  • 3/30/21 - 2:30 p.m. (High School)

    The Gettysburg Area District Office has been officially notified of eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to the Gettysburg Area High School (GAHS).  GAHS will move to remote learning from Wednesday, March 31st through Thursday, April 1st.  “In-person” instruction will resume at GAHS on Tuesday, April 6th.  After-school activities are also canceled today and will resume on Tuesday, April 6th.

    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 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 provide instruction and navigate our current environment.


  • 3/19/21 - 9 a.m. (Secondary Families)

    As we begin the spring 2021 athletic season, we would like to share our current plan regarding spectator and mask expectations.  

    SPECTATORS:

    The current guidance from the PA Department of Health for occupancy allows for up to 15% capacity at our indoor venues and 20% capacity at our outdoor venues (until changes take effect on 4/4/2021). Our athletic conference, YAIAA, has requested us to begin to allow both home and away spectators in venues up to capacity limits.  

    As guidance continues to evolve, we are also updating our spectator plans for the Spring 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.  **This may exclude special events like invitationals and District III 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 spring MS volleyball, 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 BOYS TENNIS, BASEBALL, SOFTBALL, BOYS LACROSSE, GIRLS LACROSSE, TRACK & FIELD: 

    For the high school sports listed above, there will be no spectator passes/tickets at our HOME events. Thus, anyone may attend.

    Some visiting venues will be limiting visiting spectators.  Our coaching staff will communicate the visiting venue expectations and you can also find them on our website (https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/domain/329).    

    For baseball and softball, we are encouraging spectators to bring lawn chairs to help with social distancing.  

    MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD:

    For middle school track & field, there will be no spectator passes/tickets at our HOME events.

    Thus, anyone may attend.

    Some visiting venues will be limiting visiting spectators.  Our coaching staff will communicate the visiting venue expectations and you can also find them on our website (https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/domain/329).   

    MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL:

    For middle school volleyball games, participants will be given FOUR passes for HOME games due to indoor capacity. 

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

    Some visiting venues will be limiting visiting spectators.  Our coaching staff will communicate the visiting venue expectations and you can also find them on our website (https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/domain/329).   

    LIVE STREAMING:

    GASD will be live streaming events at middle school volleyball and during Warrior Stadium events.  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 stadium events (boys and girls lacrosse and boys and girls soccer) will be broadcast through NFHS Network.  This will be a free broadcast this year for all of our fans.  

    All games MS Volleyball games at Gettysburg Area Middle School Gym 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.” 

    On March 16, 2021, the YAIAA voted to follow the PA Department of Health mask order at all times except in certain spring sports.  Those required to wear masks during competition are catchers, 1st baseman, MS soccer, MS Volleyball, and girls lacrosse.  All other sports may remove their masks during competition. This is required unless a student-athlete has a medical letter justifying an exemption. 

    Our Superintendent has instructed that face coverings can be optional for student athletes that participate outdoors when they are able to social distance; (e.g. during practices, workouts).

    Due to competition guidelines within and outside of our athletic conference (YAIAA), there will be times where face coverings will be required in order to not put our athletes at a disadvantage.

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


  • 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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