• 2020-2021 Return to Learn Archive

    • 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 downtime 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.  

       


       

      • 11/24/20 - 4:30 p.m.

        Over the past week, the Wolf Administration released COVID-19 updates on a myriad of ongoing health and safety items.  I am sending this note to communicate information specific to our district as we head towards the Thanksgiving Holiday and winter season.

        Travel

        Secretary of Health Dr. Levine issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state or is returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other state or commonwealth or an international location to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth. If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania. This order does not apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.  

        The district will not be monitoring the travel of staff or students.  We ask that everyone be aware of the order and utilize sound judgment when making holiday or travel plans and you continue to monitor the health of your child/children before sending them to school each day.  This is particularly important as we embark on the time of year where absences due to Covid issues will be compounded by the seasonal flu.

        The Secretary of Health also issued updated face-covering guidance.

        The district will continue to follow face-covering guidelines with staff, students and visitors.

        Reporting Cases over the Holiday

        If you need to report any Covid related health concerns specific to your child/children while the district is closed over the holiday, (Wednesday, Nov. 25-Monday Nov. 30) please utilize this form.  It is confidential and only viewable by appropriate district administrators.

        Dashboard

        The district has added a COVID Dashboard to the district web site.  This dashboard will contain COVID information specific to the district and will be updated each school day.  We hope that this additional resource will be helpful to our community.  The district continues to report all positive cases to the DOH, and will continue short term closures as recommended/appropriate.  Not all cases result in quarantine or closures of buildings, grade levels or classrooms; but we will continue to send notifications when instruction will need to be adjusted.

        As always, the health and safety of our staff and students remain the top priority.  We hope that these steps will continue to mitigate closures, maximizing our ability to offer in-person instruction and services.

        We will continue to focus on safety and equity as we move through the coming weeks.  Safety will be promoted through continued short term closures as recommended, and equity will be maintained by offering in-person instruction in areas of the district not experiencing short term closures.  

        We appreciate everyone’s continued support, understanding, and flexibility as we deliver education in our current environment.  I hope that everyone has an opportunity to relax over the upcoming Thanksgiving break, and safely spend quality time with those important to you.

        Be healthy and safe.

         

      • 11/24/2020 - 3:45 p.m. (Gettysburg Area Middle School)

        The Gettysburg Area School District Office has been in contact with the PA Department of Health (DOH) regarding three confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to students and two cases specific to the staff at Gettysburg Area Middle School.  In consultation with the DOH, we would ordinarily move to remote instruction for the next several days.  As the holiday break is currently scheduled for six days, in-person instruction for GAMS will resume on Tuesday, December 1st.

        All middle school extra-curricular activities are canceled today through Monday, November 30th.  Extracurriculars will resume on Tuesday, December 1st.

        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 PA Department of Health guidance, and our district’s Health and Safety Plan; which will include heightened cleaning measures over the holiday break.  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.  

         

      • 11/10/20 - 6 p.m. (Lincoln Elementary School)

        The Gettysburg Area District Office was notified by the PA Department of Health (DOH) of several confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to students in one fourth grade classroom at Lincoln Elementary.  The DOH has not recommended closing Lincoln Elementary School, but we have decided to move that classroom to remote learning immediately through the end of this week.  “In-person” learning for that specific class will resume on Monday, November 16th.  Parents/Guardians of students in that classroom have already been notified by Dr. McFarland.

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

        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 provide instruction and navigate our current environment.

         

      • 10/21/20

        Dear Gettysburg Area School District Families:

        At Monday’s School Board meeting, we reviewed a timeline for changes/adjustments to our Educational Model that was put in place in August due to COVID.  I shared some information related to the strengths and challenges of our current model and a recommended timeline for changes to elementary (Grades K-5), and further decision points for secondary (Grades 6-12).

        For elementary, we plan on expanding “in-person” instruction to include Fridays starting on Friday, November 13th.  This date allows time for adjustments to classrooms, staffing, etc., as we respond to changes in the desired instructional placements of our students and their families.  

        For secondary, we will continue to monitor progress and will make a decision in early December specific to the educational model for Grades 6-12.  Any changes would likely occur at the beginning of the second semester in mid-January.  There are a significant number of variables that will impact that recommendation/decision.

        Thank you for your continued efforts on a daily basis to support the learning of your child/children.  We could not do this without the support, effort, and fortitude of our families and community.  

        If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal or program administrator.

        Thank you for your continued patience, support, and flexibility.

         

      • 10/7/20 - Noon (Secondary Families)

        As guidance continues to evolve, we are also updating our spectator plans for the Fall 2020 season.  

        Schools in the York-Adams Athletic Conference will NOT allow spectators from visiting schools. This also includes championship events for YAIAA. Please visit the GASD Athletics website (https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/domain/329) for this information on our weekly schedule.  

        **UPDATED** Each of our student-athletes will be given FOUR passes for all home events for the fall season.  This change will take effect on Friday, October 9.  In order to gain entry into athletic events, you must have a pass that was issued to your student-athlete.  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:

        • Please remain on the home side of the stadium (except band members and parents).  
        • Seating areas, including bleachers, must adhere to social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet of spacing for anyone not in the same household.
        • Everyone age 2 or older must wear face coverings (masks or face shields) at all times unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet.
        • The concession stand will be closed.
        • 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 stadium or venue as soon as the competition is over.  

        As a reminder:

        FOOTBALL GAMES: 

        For football games, all band, cheer, and football participants will be given FOUR passes for home games.  

        The gate for home football games will open at 6:00 PM for all football, cheer, and band spectators.  Please use the upper gate (nearest the concession stand) to enter the stadium.  

        **UPDATE**: All spectators are asked to remain seated or stand in one location for the entirety of the game.  Minor children should remain with their family. 

        BAND:

        • The band will play their pregame set before the game. They will play their show at halftime.
        • The band and their spectators can remain in the stadium during the game.   Please sit on the visiting bleachers to allow for social distancing.    

        FOOTBALL/CHEER:

        • Football and cheer spectators are asked to sit on the home bleachers to allow for social distancing.  

        JV FOOTBALL /  9TH-GRADE FOOTBALL:

        Each student-athlete for JV and freshman football will be issued FOUR passes for home games.  Please do not arrive until 30 minutes prior to kickoff.  All parents will enter from the upper gate (nearest the concession stand).

        FIELD HOCKEY (HS and MS), BOYS SOCCER, GIRLS SOCCER:

        Each student-athlete for field hockey, boys soccer, and girls soccer will be issued FOUR passes for home games. Parents are asked to not arrive until 30 minutes prior to the start of the game.

        All parents will enter from the upper gate for games at Warrior Stadium (nearest the concession stand).  

        CROSS COUNTRY (HS and MS), GOLF, GIRLS TENNIS: 

        Each student-athlete for cross country and girls tennis will be issued FOUR passes for home competitions.  Parents are asked to have the passes with them when entering the Gettysburg Area High School property. 

         

        VOLLEYBALL:

        Each student-athlete for volleyball will be issued FOUR passes for home games. Parents are asked to not arrive until 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. Please enter at the main gymnasium entrance.   

        LIVESTREAMING:

        GASD will be live streaming events at Warrior Stadium and the HS gym.  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

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

         

      • 9/30/20 - 4:30 p.m.

        Dear Franklin Township Elementary School Community:

        The Gettysburg Area District Office was officially notified this afternoon by the PA Department of Health (DOH) of a confirmed case of COVID-19 specific to a staff member at Franklin Twp. Elementary.  The DOH has not recommended closing Franklin Twp. Elementary School, but we have decided that fifth grade only, will move to fully remote learning from Thursday, October 1st through Tuesday October 13th .  “In-person” learning for fifth graders will resume on Wednesday, October 14th.

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

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

        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 provide instruction and navigate our current environment.

         

      • 9/29/20 - 4:30 p.m.

        There are two important messages to share with you.

        October Calendar
        The original school calendar indicated that this Friday, October 2, 2020, would be a half-day for students. Due to the updated school calendar, Friday, October 2, 2020, will be a regular remote instructional day for students.

        Friday, October 9, 2020, will be a full day of professional development for our staff. Students will not be expected to connect on this day. Monday, October 12, is a school day, a change from the original calendar.

        CommunityAid Bins
        CommunityAid is changing some of its processes, therefore, they will be removing all collection bins from GASD facilities. In lieu of the collection bins, the district community is encouraged to bring clothing and small household item donations to any of CommunityAid's drive-up donation centers, located at each of its thrift stores. Please keep in mind, a minimum of 2,500 pounds of clothing per quarter must be received by CommunityAid in the district's name to continue receiving monetary donations to help families in need. Please mention that you are donating items on behalf of the Gettysburg Area School District.

        Thank you,
        Andrew P. Robinson
        Communications Coordinator

         

      • 9/28/20 - Noon (Secondary Families)

        Good afternoon,

        As guidance has changed, we are also updating our spectator plans for the Fall 2020 season.  

        Most schools in the York-Adams Athletic Conference will NOT allow spectators from visiting schools.  Please visit the GASD Athletics website (https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/domain/329) for this information on our weekly schedule.  

        Each of our student-athletes will be given TWO passes for all home events for the fall season.  In order to gain entry into athletic events, you must have a pass that was issued to your student-athlete.  At this time, no admission fee will be charged for our home athletic events.  

        **UPDATED** For team-selected senior nights, all seniors will receive TWO additional passes for the senior night event only. These additional tickets will be collected at the entrance to the event.   

        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:

        • Please remain on the home side of the stadium (except band members and parents)
        • Seating areas, including bleachers, must adhere to social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet of spacing for anyone not in the same household. 
        • Everyone age 2 or older must wear face coverings (masks or face shields) at all times unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet.
        • The concession stand will be closed.
        • 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 stadium or venue as soon as the competition is over.  

        FOOTBALL GAMES: **UPDATED**

        For football games, all band, cheer, and football participants will be given TWO passes for home games. 

        The gate for home football games will open at 6:00 PM for all football, cheer, and band spectators.  Please use the upper gate (nearest the concession stand) to enter the stadium.  

        BAND:

        • The band will play their pregame set before the game. They will play their show at halftime.
        • The band and their spectators can remain in the stadium during the game.   Please sit on the visiting bleachers to allow for social distancing.    

        FOOTBALL/CHEER:

        • Football and cheer spectators are asked to sit on the home bleachers to allow for social distancing.  

        JV FOOTBALL /  9TH-GRADE FOOTBALL:

        Each student-athlete for JV and freshman football will be issued TWO passes for home games.  Please do not arrive until 30 minutes prior to kickoff.  All parents will enter from the upper gate (nearest the concession stand).

        FIELD HOCKEY (HS and MS), BOYS SOCCER, GIRLS SOCCER:

        Each student-athlete for field hockey, boys soccer, and girls soccer will be issued TWO passes for home games. Parents are asked to not arrive until 30 minutes prior to the start of the game.

        All parents will enter from the upper gate for games at Warrior Stadium (nearest the concession stand).  

        CROSS COUNTRY (HS and MS), GOLF, GIRLS TENNIS: 

        Each student-athlete for cross country and girls tennis will be issued TWO passes for home competitions.  Parents are asked to have the passes with them when entering the Gettysburg Area High School property. 

        VOLLEYBALL: **UPDATED**

        Each student-athlete for volleyball will be issued TWO passes for home games. Parents are asked to not arrive until 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. Please enter at the main gymnasium entrance.  

        LIVESTREAMING:

        GASD will be live streaming events at Warrior Stadium and the HS gym.  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

         

      • 9/25/20 - 4:30 p.m.

        Dear Lincoln Elementary Community:

        The Gettysburg Area District Office was officially notified this afternoon by the PA Department of Health (DOH) of a confirmed case of COVID-19 specific to a staff member at Lincoln Elementary.  The DOH has not recommended closing Lincoln Elementary School, but we have decided that first grade only, will move to fully remote learning from Monday, September 28th through Friday, October 2nd.  “In-person” learning for first graders will resume on Monday, October 5th.

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

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

        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 provide instruction and navigate our current environment.

         

      • 9/17/20 - 7 p.m.

        Dear Gettysburg Area High School Community:

        The Gettysburg Area School District Office was officially notified late this afternoon by the PA Department of Health (DOH) of two confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to students at Gettysburg Area High School.  In consultation with the Department of Health, we have decided to move to fully remote learning at Gettysburg Area High School immediately, through Tuesday, September 22nd.  School will resume for “in-person” learning on Wednesday, September 23rd. The school building will be closed Friday, September 18th through Tuesday, September 22nd.  During this brief closure, all high school activities and extracurriculars will be canceled/postponed.  

        The District will continue following all PA Department of Health 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 this brief closure and our current environment.  

         

      • 9/16/20 - 7:35 p.m. (James Gettys Elementary School Community)

        Dear JGES Community:

        The Gettysburg Area District Office was officially notified late this afternoon by the PA Department of Health (DOH) of two confirmed cases of COVID-19 specific to the staff at James Gettys Elementary.  In consultation with the Department of Health, we have decided to move to fully remote learning at James Gettys Elementary School (JGES) immediately, through Friday, September 25th.  School will resume for “in-person” learning on Monday, September 28th.  The school building will be closed from Thursday, September 17th through Friday, September 25th.  Teachers will be sending out a notice through SeeSaw with information on how students are to connect remotely. 

        Though the PA Department of Health has notified us that no further contact tracing will need to occur with students at this time, the Department will contact additional staff members as they deem appropriate.

        The District will continue following all PA Department of Health 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 this brief closure and our current environment.

        Sincerely,

        Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
        Superintendent 

         

      • 9/15/20 - 12 noon (Secondary Families)

        Good afternoon,

        As we begin the Fall 2020 competition season, we would like to share our current spectator plan with our parents and community.

        The current guidance from Governor Wolf for spectators at athletic events states that outdoor facilities may have 250 people (including participants, coaches, officials, game help, and spectators).  Indoor facilities have a maximum capacity of 25 people.

        Most of the York-Adams Athletic Conference will not be allowing spectators from visiting schools.  We will be doing the same in order to allow our student-athletes to have a greater number of passes to our competitions.  

        Each of our student-athletes will be given TWO passes for all home events for the fall season.  In order to gain entry into athletic events, you must have a pass that was issued to your student-athlete.  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:

        • Please remain on the home side of the stadium
        • Seating areas, including bleachers, must adhere to social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet of spacing for anyone not in the same household. 
        • Everyone age 2 or older must wear face coverings (masks or face shields) at all times unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet.
        • The concession stand will be closed.
        • 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 stadium or venue as soon as the competition is over.  

        FOOTBALL GAMES:

        For football games, all band, cheer, and football participants will be given TWO passes for home games.  

        BAND:

        • The band and their parents will be entering the stadium at 6:00 PM. Please do not arrive prior to 5:45 PM.  
        • Band parents will be admitted at the upper gate (nearest the concession stand).  This will allow band parents to find a seat in the home-side bleachers and allow the band to play their show at 6:30 PM.
        • Once the band is finished performing, all band parents will be asked to exit the lower gate (nearest the Middle School). 
        •  When the band has finished the National Anthem, Alma Mater, and the fight songs, the band will then exit the stadium through the lower gate.  

        FOOTBALL/CHEER:

        • Football and cheer parents will not be allowed to enter the stadium until 6:40 PM.  Please do not arrive before 6:25 PM.  
        • Once the band parents have exited the stadium, football and cheer parents will be allowed to enter from the upper gate (nearest the concession stand).  Please line up on the sidewalk along Kurtz field for admission into Warrior Stadium.  

        JV FOOTBALL /  9TH-GRADE FOOTBALL:

        Each student-athlete for JV and freshman football will be issued TWO passes for home games.  Please do not arrive until 30 minutes prior to kickoff.  All parents will enter from the upper gate (nearest the concession stand).

        FIELD HOCKEY (HS and MS), BOYS SOCCER, GIRLS SOCCER:

        Each student-athlete for field hockey, boys soccer, and girls soccer will be issued TWO passes for home games. Parents are asked to not arrive until 30 minutes prior to the start of the game.

        All parents will enter from the upper gate for games at Warrior Stadium (nearest the concession stand).  

        CROSS COUNTRY (HS and MS), GOLF, GIRLS TENNIS: 

        Each student-athlete for cross country and girls tennis will be issued TWO passes for home competitions.  Parents are asked to have the passes with them when entering the Gettysburg Area High School property. 

        VOLLEYBALL:

        At this time, due to the 25-person indoor rule, no spectators will be allowed to watch home volleyball competitions. If guidance/legislation is updated, we will communicate any changes to our plans.  

        LIVESTREAMING:

        GASD will be live streaming events at Warrior Stadium and the HS gym.  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

        We appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we navigate the fall season.  This plan is subject to change as it is based on current guidance and legislation.  

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

        Casey Thurston, CAA
        Athletic Director, Gettysburg Area School District
        OFFICE: (717) 334-6254, option 2, ext 6210 | FAX: (717) 337-4443
        1130 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325 | cthurston@gasd-pa.org
        #BeHere #BeInvolved #BeCommitted #BeKind #WarriorWay

         

      • 9/11/20 - 2:30 p.m. (Elementary Families)

        Dear Gettysburg Area School District Families:

        Gettysburg Area School District is aware of issues affecting the teacher’s Zoom conferences during today’s Remote Friday. First, we would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you or your child. Our technology and administrative staff along with our instructional coaches have been and will continue to work diligently in order to resolve these issues and prevent them from occurring on subsequent remote days.

        It is vital that we continue to experience remote learning days in order to know what glitches we need to resolve in the event we have to switch to remote learning for an extended period of time.  

        No student will be penalized for lack of connectivity during the Zoom sessions.  Please email your child’s teacher if you were unable to connect to the Zoom sessions.   

        To improve the quality of the Zoom connection in your home, we recommend the following:

        • Have your child be as close as possible to the wireless access point in your home so they will have a strong signal
        • Try to limit any additional Internet use in your home at the time of your meeting. For example, do not stream Netflix or Pandora while your child is in a Zoom session. 

        If you continue to have problems with your Zoom connection, please go to www.speedtest.net and test out your connection. Please report as many details about what is happening during your Zoom session by filling out this form. Details would include the speed test results for upload and download speed, whether the audio and video are freezing, etc.

         

      • 9/3/2020 - 4:30 p.m.

        Good Afternoon GASD Families: 

        We wanted to remind you that tomorrow is our First Remote Friday for most students. This day will include both real-time/live (synchronous) and self-paced (asynchronous) activities. In preparation for connecting live with your teachers, we wanted to provide you with some important information to make the most of the Zoom session.

        This first live remote day is truly a “test” to get students connected, review expectations and guidelines, and connect with each other. Since this is the first time doing this and across the district, we ask for flexibility and patience. We’ll work through any glitches/issues that may occur.

        • Please do not report issues to the help desk; report them to your child's teacher.

        • The Zoom link for your child/ren’s class is in their learning management platform (Canvas, Seesaw or Google Classroom). Your child/ren’s teacher may have also sent/will send the link via email.

        • We strongly encourage families to use the Zoom app and not the web browser on the student Chromebooks. If you click on the link from the teacher, it should open the Zoom app. If you copy and paste it into the Chrome browser or type in zoom.us, there have been some issues reported this way.

        •  For future remote Fridays, if you’d like a hot spot due to internet connectivity issues or not having internet at home, then please reach  out to the district.

        Thank you,

        GASD Communications

         
      • 8/27/2020 - 4:30 p.m.

        Dear Gettysburg Area School District Families:

        We hope that you and your family had a relaxing summer. As we begin to welcome students back with the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we are providing important health and safety information and resources linked throughout the message below. It’s important to read over this information both thoroughly and carefully

        The Gettysburg Area School District Health Services team assembled this important presentation for families to review.

        Please take a moment to watch this video in collaboration with Gettysburg Pediatrics. It provides insightful information on how to remain healthy throughout the school year. 

        Face Coverings

        • Face coverings are required to be worn properly at all times.
        • Recommended face coverings are defined by the CDC.
        • Face coverings do not have to be worn:
          • while eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart; or
          • when wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task; or
          • at least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes; or
          • with a documented exception permissible by law.

        Daily COVID-19 Screening Process

        • In order to ensure students arrive at school healthy, parents/guardians are required to perform a daily COVID-19 screening process prior to children arriving at school or accessing district transportation. 
        • Please save this screening tool to your phone or computer for easy access.

        Parent/Guardian/Visitor Information

        • Any visitor to the schools must have an appointment, with appointments being scheduled to keep with the social distancing practice and to eliminate as much close contact as possible.
        • Parents/guardians who are picking up a child or children will be asked to wait outside or in the vestibule after buzzing in. School staff will verify the authenticity of the person picking up the child or children. Parents/guardians should only enter the building with a scheduled appointment.
        • Meetings are to be conducted virtually when possible. If a meeting needs to be held in person, the number of people is limited to less than 25. 
        • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times. 
        • It is highly encouraged to continue to communicate through phone, Zoom or email and limiting the number of in-person contacts.
        • We will be limiting the number of visitors to the buildings.  However, any visitor must screen upon arrival and must wear a face covering at all times when at a GASD facility.
        • Visitors should sanitize their hands upon entry.

        Other Information

        The latest information regarding the reopening of school and COVID-19 can be found on our website www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/reopen

        In closing, we thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we continue to face new challenges on a regular basis. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s school directly.

        Most Sincerely,

        Andrew P. Robinson 
        Communications Coordinator

         
      • 8/20/2020 - 9:15 a.m.

        Dear Parents/Guardians:

        This week, the PA Department of Education provided updated information regarding “face coverings” based on an order from the Secretary of Health.  The updated information can be found here. This order will require us to update our Health and Safety Plan.

        The order requires everyone, adults and students, to wear face coverings at all times, and limits exceptions to a couple of areas:  Face coverings do not have to be worn,

        • While eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart; or
        • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task; or
        • At least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes
        • With a documented exception permissible by law.

        It is our expectation that students choosing any “in-person” learning option will come to school complying with the order so that we are able to keep our schools open and safe.  

        Upon returning to school, we will initially approach compliance with face coverings through education and reminders.  Should non-compliance become an issue, parents will be contacted.  Further issues will be addressed by administrators which could include discussions with parents regarding alternate learning placements.

        As we continue to make final preparations for August 31, it is important that we are aware of final decisions regarding instructional programming. If a programming change is desired, please contact your child’s school no later than 3:30 p.m. on Monday, 8/24/20. As the district allocates staff to ensure a high-quality education for all learners, we cannot guarantee enrollment in GASD Online Learning after 8/24/20. GAVA will continue to be an option for all learners wanting a fully online education. 

        We remain committed to opening school safely and equitably and appreciate your continued patience and support as we navigate our “Return to Learn” while responding appropriately in a fluid situation.

        Sincerely,

        Jason Perrin, D.Ed.
        Superintendent

         

      • 8/10/20 - 4:15 p.m.

        Dear Gettysburg Area School District Families:

        We understand that making the right decision to choose for your child or children is one that requires critical thought. Many of you have requested additional information on Gettysburg Area School District’s 100% Online Learning option. We have been working diligently to iron out further details on what this option would look like. While we apologize that we didn’t get this information to you sooner, we feel that it is important in order to help you make an informed decision. Please review the frequently asked questions page for Gettysburg Area School District’s 100% online learning option.

        You may still enroll your child in any of the options, as the survey will remain open until 8:00 am Thursday, August 13, 2020.

        • If you would like to change the option you have selected for your child or children, please contact your child’s principal. 
        • If you have questions about in-person/remote learning at GASD, please reach out to your child’s or children’s school directly.
        • If you have any questions regarding GASD’s online learning after you have reviewed the FAQ, please contact Dr. Chris Lay (clay@gasd-pa.org) or Ann Baum (abaum@gasd-pa.org).
        • If you have questions pertaining to GAVA, please visit www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/gava or email gava@gasd-pa.org.

        Sincerely,

        Andrew P. Robinson
        Communications Coordinator

         

      •  7/6/20 3:30 p.m.

        Dear Parents/Guardians:

        Last evening, the Board of School Directors approved the Reopening/Health and Safety Plan for the school district which will enable school to resume for our students.  The first day of school for students will be Monday August 31, 2020.  The information and contents of the plan remain viewable here.  It is now extremely important that we provide families the opportunity to communicate their instructional choice with us, as we continue to prepare for the first day of instruction.  In summary, district options include the following. 

        1. Instruction in our district buildings

                 K-5:  Face to Face Monday through Thursday (Remote Fridays)

                 6-12: Hybrid (A/B) Schedule (Remote Fridays)

        1. 100% Remote Option with GASD Teachers
        2. 100% Remote Option through the Gettysburg Area Virtual Academy (provided by VLN) 

        You are able to communicate your choice of option by utilizing this survey.  You will be able to choose an option for each of your children that attend the Gettysburg Area School District.  We ask that you complete the survey, so that we may best complete the planning process for each one of the instructional choices listed above.  If a survey is not completed for a student, we will assume that your child/children will be attending school in our district buildings as outlined in option 1. 

        For families that choose instruction in our K-12 buildings, and have students in grades 6-12; you will receive a notification via email regarding your child’s/children’s (A/B) schedule designation.

        For families that choose 100% online with GASD Teachers, instruction will include the district curriculum/courses delivered by Gettysburg teachers.  Once we know how many students have chosen this option, we will be working collaboratively with our teachers to assign instructional groups.  The assignments will be communicated as the first day of instruction draws closer. 

        For families that choose 100% online through the Gettysburg Area Virtual Academy (GAVA); instruction will be provided through VLN utilizing PA Certified Teachers.  More information on GAVA and VLN is available on our website.

        In order to assist us in planning for and accounting for our students, we ask that everyone complete the survey by Tuesday, August 11, at 6PM.  If you should have any questions, please contact your child’s school.  

        We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance during our reopening process and remain committed to opening safely and equitably.  We look forward to seeing everyone on August 31st.  Be healthy and safe.

        Sincerely,

        Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
        Superintendent

         

      • Dear Parents/Guardians:

        On Monday, July 13th, we presented a draft reopening plan to our board of school directors.  Over the past three weeks, we have reviewed information including, but not limited to: further guidance issued by the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education, feedback from parent surveys/communications, feedback from several focus groups, and feedback from meetings with our faculty and staff members.

        Utilizing this information and feedback, we have updated our recommended reopening plan for our Board of School Directors, which will be placed on the August 3rd board meeting agenda for action/approval.  The slide presentation that will be shared with our board and accompanying information can be found on the district website www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/reopen.  It is our intent to follow the reopening plan through the first quarter of the school year.  As the end of the first quarter approaches, we will consider modifications based on the most current information available.  We will also be prepared to quickly adjust our plan if we should receive directives from the Governor or PA Secretary of Education.

        As shared on July 13th, there is no “perfect plan” that would meet everyone’s desires/expectations.  However, our goal of reopening schools safely and equitably will continue to be supported by the final recommendation.  

        If the recommended reopening plan is approved by the Board on August 3rd, you will receive follow-up communication from the district on the afternoon of August 4th.  This communication will provide further information specific to the options available to each family, and a timeline to communicate your choice of option for your child/children.  

        We appreciate your continued support of our schools and district.  May your family remain healthy and safe.

        Best Regards,

        Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
        Superintendent

         

      • July 16, 2020 3:45 p.m.

        Dear Parents/Guardians:

        On Monday evening we presented a draft reopening plan to our board of school directors.  This draft included considerations for opening school for the 2020-2021 school year.  The reopening health and safety plan is required to be approved by our board of school directors prior to beginning instruction this fall.  We are working toward approval of a final plan by our board on August 3rd.

        As part of this process, we are asking for input regarding the draft via survey by our parents/guardians.  The survey information will help inform any updates to our draft for the final plan.  Using the link below, you will be able to access the survey.  Prior to completing the survey, please view the brief video which is an overview of the draft plan.  This should provide the information that you would need to complete the survey.  

        The survey is more specific than the one that you completed in June.  The results will enable us to prepare for the instructional needs of all students when school begins.  You will see questions regarding the draft plan, virtual learning opportunity, special education and 504 accommodations if applicable, and the ability to provide additional comments.  

        We ask that you complete one survey per family, and that you respond to the questions for each child in your family that will attend school in the Gettysburg Area School District in 2020-2021.  The survey prompts will guide you through the questions.  The survey will accept responses until Wednesday, July 22nd at 5pm; and the numerical results will be posted to the district web site on Monday, July 27th.

        Thank you for your assistance by providing this feedback.  We appreciate your continued support of our schools and district.  May your family remain healthy and safe.

        Survey Link: https://forms.gle/wD777Jc28JuhUhDu8

        Best Regards,

        Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
        Superintendent


        June 5, 2020 4:30 p.m.

        Dear Gettysburg Area School District Community:

        As the 2019-2020 school year draws to a close, I wanted to send a letter to communicate some thoughts and share several acknowledgments.  It has been a year with unique challenges, but it has also been one of growth, success, and achievement.  

        First, to all of you, I would like to say “Thank You” for your ongoing support, understanding, resolve, and efforts over the past year, especially during the district closure this spring.  It has been a privilege to meet the challenges of 2019-2020 with all of you, and I am excited to be a part of a district that places the needs of students at the forefront of our work.  

        To the district faculty and staff, your efforts to provide meaningful instruction are greatly appreciated by everyone; especially the students in your charge...connecting with them both educationally and in many meaningful ways to build/maintain relationships over the past months are the catalyst by which all of our successes will be realized for each student.  May the experiences this spring promote learning, reflection, and professional growth moving forward for each of you.

        To our district families, your flexibility, support and trust in our efforts enabled us to move quickly to a remote learning model for our students.  Your assistance through care, support with learning activities, and unwavering focus on your children enabled us to provide experiences for students that will enable them to meet future challenges with grit and determination.

        I would like to thank our Board of School Directors for their steadfast support of our efforts.  

        Their most common question during the past few months has been “what do you need?”.  Our Board remains committed to the work of our district and the experiences of our students.

        To the 2020 Graduates of Gettysburg Area High School, we are very proud of you!  You will each undoubtedly be great ambassadors of our high school and community as you continue your journey.  While you may begin to build a resume, I would ask that you also remember to build a life.  Find where your talents and passions meet and attack your future with great purpose.

        As we close the 2019-2020 school year, we begin to look ahead to the 2020-2021 school year.  The next school year will undoubtedly present its own set of challenges and opportunities.  Over the next several weeks, district administration will work to utilize guidance from the PA Department of Education, PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, to begin plans for the opening of school.  We will work to create the best possible educational approach to meet the needs of ALL students. As our planning develops we will be seeking input from our families. You may be asked to participate in that process through surveys or focus groups; please continue to watch your email for those opportunities. Our goal is to have a comprehensive list of plans to share with the community by the end of July.

        In closing, as I reflect on my role as Superintendent and as an individual member of the community, I often think about the unique journey of each student.  This has been especially true as I have watched events unfold nationally over the past week.  We are fortunate to live in a community with friends and neighbors representing diverse backgrounds.  It is my expectation, and that of our district, that each student feels safe and able to pursue learning in an environment that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusivity.  This expectation is supported through policy, equal access to programs and experiences, and through the positive classroom environments built by our teachers and students on a daily basis.  Let’s continue to show each child and member of our community that they are valued.  Though our society still has challenges and goals to meet,  we can model this for our children daily, simply by treating each other well.

        May each of you and your families be healthy and safe.  I hope that you all find time this summer to relax, get outside, and enjoy a well-deserved break.

        Most Sincerely,

        Jason Perrin, D.Ed.
        Superintendent 

      April 28, 2020, 10 a.m. 

      Dear Gettysburg Area School District Community:

      I hope that you and your family are well.  This communication is specific to several year-end dates; and processes that will be communicated in the coming weeks.  Thank you in advance for your support and patience as we navigate plans for the end of the school year during the current closure.

      Calendar Items to Note:

      May 25: Remains a Holiday (No Instruction)
      May 29: Final day of remote learning for Seniors
      June 5: Final day of remote learning for Students (K-11)
      The student meals program will operate through the end of June 2020.

      There are a couple of other events/processes that are currently being planned which will be communicated in the coming weeks.  These include:

      -Pick Up/Drop off procedures for items remaining at school/home
      -Return of technology items (devices, chargers, hotspots, etc) currently on loan to Students during remote learning
      -Graduation/Commencement plans for our current Seniors

      Direct communication from your child’s/children’s building principal(s) will be sent with regards to the collection/return of materials that may still be at school or home.  A schedule will be created by each building that will include the ability to both pick-up/drop off materials prior to June 5th.

      The technology department will communicate collection procedures for technology items that need to be returned once remote learning concludes.

      High School Administration will communicate directly with parents, guardians, and students of our Senior Class regarding plans for graduation/commencement prior to May 12th.  They are working diligently to try to create an experience that recognizes this important milestone for our Seniors; while following safety guidelines that have been communicated by our Governor, State Department of Health, and Center for Disease Control.  Part of the delay in this decision is to make sure that these efforts can take advantage of the latest information communicated by the agencies referenced above.  

      Thank you for your continued support through the district closure.  We hope that your family remains safe and healthy in the coming weeks/months.

      Regards,

      Jason Perrin, D.Ed.
      Superintendent of Schools


      April 9, 2020, 2:15 p.m. 

      Dear Gettysburg Area School District Community:

      I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe.  I am sending you an update regarding the latest closure information as we continue to move forward with education while our community does its part to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

      The Governor and Secretary of Education have made the decision to close schools for the remainder of the academic year (through June 2020).  All district activities and outside use of district facilities also remain closed/canceled until further notice. 

      Reminders/Notes:
      - April 10 and 13 Remain Holidays (No Instruction)
      - The student meals program will continue during the extended closure.

      The entire staff at Gettysburg Area School District remains committed to providing remote learning opportunities for our students through the remainder of the year.  Please know that seniors will graduate on time, and further communication will occur once decisions are made in the coming weeks regarding end of year activities such as graduation, commencement, and the district calendar with regards to instruction.

      We know that challenges will continue to arise as we move through the coming weeks.  We are committed to doing everything within our power to support and assist our students, staff and families.  We appreciate your assistance and support in our continued efforts.  

      I know travel and gatherings may be limited over the holiday weekend, but hope at the very least that everyone has a chance to unplug for a few days and get some rest.  Remote learning will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

      Stay Healthy!

      Sincerely,

      Jason Perrin, D.Ed.
      Superintendent of Schools


      March 31, 2020, 4:15 p.m. 

      Dear Gettysburg Area School District Community:

      We hope that this note finds everyone healthy and safe.  The information in this note is specific to accessing “remote learning” resources as we do our best as a district to provide continuity of education during the district closure.  On Monday, the Governor closed Pennsylvania public schools “indefinitely”, thus we will continue to offer remote learning until that order has been lifted/re-visited.

      Continuity of education through remote learning will include review and enrichment as we get started and everyone becomes acclimated to the sites and resources.  Depending on the length of closure experiences may also include planned instruction in the future. Remote learning experiences will begin on Wednesday, April 1.

      Remote learning access:

      www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/remote 

      Grades K-5

      • Students will access grade-level Google Slides for the entire week. The beginning slides will have messages from your principals, counselors, and teachers. Then the slides will be broken into days with ELA, Math, STEM and one special (art, music, P.E., Library) per day.

      Grades 6 - 8

      • Students will access grade-level Google Slides for the entire week like above. In order to submit materials, middle school students and teachers will also be using Google Classroom.   

      Grades 9-12

      • Students will access materials through their teacher's regular mode of communication (the same way they have accessed materials since the beginning of the second semester).  This could include Its Learning, Canvas or Google Classroom (depending on the teacher).

      In order for students to be able to access all of their resources, they will need to log in to  “My Dashboard/Classlink” just like they did at school. K-2 students use a Quick Card to easily log in. These have been provided via email from their teachers. 

      The GASD Remote Learning  K-12 site was created to house all of the above information and resources in one place to make it easier for students and families. Information is provided for each grade span, information for parents/caregivers, tips to make remote learning successful, technical support, brain breaks and additional resources to support the continuity of education.

      A quick tutorial was created to give an overview of the site. This will show how to navigate the site and highlight each grade span as described above, as well as the other resources mentioned.  

      Like many school districts, this will be a new endeavor for GASD on this scale, and we appreciate your continued patience and support as our staff works to do their very best for our students. 

      Once remote learning begins, if questions arise along the way, please contact your child’s teacher for questions regarding content. Contact the technology help desk if your question is specific to technology at helpdesk@gasd-pa.org or 717-334-6254 ext. 6428.

      Sincerely,

      Jason Perrin, D.Ed.
      Superintendent


      March 30, 2020, 9:00 a.m. 

      Dear Gettysburg Area School District Community:

      Thank you for your patience as we work to roll-out remote learning for our student(s) on Wednesday. Additional details not included in this letter will be emailed to you tomorrow (Tuesday). That email will include the link to GASD’s remote learning website as well as other important details.

      Many teachers may offer optional virtual office hours via Zoom to connect with students and answer questions as remote learning begins. Students do not need to attend the entire length of the optional office hours.

      Teachers will email you a Zoom link sometime today. To familiarize yourself with the Zoom platform, click here. Some teachers may offer practice Zoom sessions on Tuesday and will include that info in their email. 

      If you do not have the ability to connect via Zoom, you may still contact teachers via email. 

      In preparation for the roll-out, we kindly ask you to review the following information with your child prior to Wednesday: 

      Additionally, the district will use your current media release on file for your student(s) to either include or exclude your student(s) from participating in the video portion.

      Once again, thank you for your patience as we begin to roll out remote learning. 

      Stay safe,

      GASD Communications


      March 25, 2020 2:15 p.m. 

      Dear Gettysburg Area School District Community:

      I hope that you and your family are well.  As indicated on Friday, I am sending you an update regarding the latest closure information and district plans as we continue to move forward with education while our community does our part to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

      While the governor has mandated that schools close through April 6, we have decided to extend our closure through Monday, April 13.  This is consistent with other districts in our county and region.  The first day back for students would be Tuesday, April 14. We will continue to keep in touch with other districts in our Intermediate Unit (York, Adams, and Franklin Counties), and will make further decisions as April 14 approaches; based on collaboration with the PA Dept of Education, PA Department of Health, and the Governor’s office.  All district activities and use of district facilities remain canceled through April 13.

      Other Calendar Items to Note:
      April 10 and April 13 will remain Holidays (no school/instruction)
      April 9 (originally a snow make-up day) will now be a “remote instructional day”
      April 14, 15, 16, 30 Elementary and MS STEM Nights have been canceled
      April 21 The Community Conversations & Wellness Resources event has been postponed to a date to be determined

      As a district, we will do our very best to provide continuity of education for our students during the ongoing closure through “remote learning” opportunities, which may include review, enrichment, and other learning activities. Remote learning will begin for all students on Wednesday, April 1.  Over the next several days, we will be engaged in professional development with our staff to assist in preparation for this effort.  This will be new for many of us on this scale, and we appreciate your continued understanding, patience, and support as our staff works to do their very best for our students.  

      We are currently working to assist families with access to technology needs that were indicated through the technology survey last week.  If you do not have a device for student use in your home, and you did not complete the technology survey, please email communications@gasd-pa.org and notify us of your need.  

      Further direction regarding accessing learning opportunities will be provided to all parents/students on March 31-April 1.

      Our student meals program will move to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule beginning the week of March 30, while still supplying the same amount of meals as we have been already. Details of the schedule will be shared in a separate communication tomorrow.  

      We know that challenges will arise as we embark on this journey, and will do everything in our power to support and assist you.  We will continue to face the current challenges posed by COVID-19 as a community and district. We appreciate your assistance and support in our continued efforts.  

      Be healthy and safe!

      Most Sincerely,

      Jason Perrin, D.Ed.
      Superintendent of Schools


      March 20, 2020 5:00 p.m. 

      Dear Gettysburg Area District Community:

      It has been one week since the Governor closed public schools across Pennsylvania, and I wanted to continue to communicate by providing a “status update” as we continue to meet the challenges that we face as a community.

      My young niece asked my brother this week, why they were eating at the “kitchen table” every day; as it was neither Thanksgiving nor Christmas.  An honest question from a child who was used to eating in the car between childcare and activities such as dance classes… Maybe this conversation has become a common one.  It was a reminder of the patience, sacrifices, and accommodations made by all of you during steps taken to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout our region.

      Our district remains in close contact with the PA Dept of Education, the PA Department of Health, and with the many school districts across our intermediate unit (IU) area; including York, Adams, and Franklin counties.  The collaboration has been fantastic as we share resources, ideas, and common challenges; I am both thankful and reminded daily, that we not only have a phenomenal community, but we have pretty great neighbors also.

      The PA Department of Education has canceled state assessments this year (PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams).  This will be helpful to schools and limit interruptions to instruction once it resumes.

      Our student meals program has been extremely successful.  We have provided lunch/breakfast to an average of 173 students per day.  Kudos to Sandy Weikert, food services director, her staff, administrators/teachers, and community partners who continue to assist with this program that is vital to many of our children/families.

      A special thank you to everyone for participating in the Technology Survey.  The responses were overwhelming and helpful as we continue to plan for instruction in the event of an extended closure.  The information gathered through the survey will allow us to continue to plan and support families with access in the event of online instructional delivery.

      We receive many questions regarding our district’s senior class.  To these students and families, please know that the seniors will graduate on time and that no one will be put at a disadvantage as they prepare for the next phase of their work or educational journey.  We will take the necessary steps within our control to be sure that this happens.

      We continue to plan, as we await further direction from the Governor and the PA Dept of Education.  Regardless of when we may receive an update, please plan to hear from my office again on Wednesday evening, March 25th.  At that time, we will share more details and plans either in response to further direction or based on decisions made by our local districts.

      We will continue to meet the challenges ahead as a district, with a caring and professional staff, supported by a strong community.  Please know that the challenges that you, our kids and the district face are at the forefront of my thoughts, and perhaps one silver lining for our kids, will be several more evenings at the “kitchen table”...

      Sincerely,

      Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
      Superintendent of Schools


      March 16, 2020 6:00 p.m

      Dear Gettysburg Area School District Community:

      In an effort to continue providing nutritious meals to our students during the district closure, GASD is implementing a free Grab-and-Go food program. Here are the details:

      WHO: ALL children 18-years and younger
      WHAT: Includes one (1) free grab-and-go lunch and one (1) free grab-and-go breakfast for each child present
      WHERE: Lincoln Elementary School Campus, please follow signs
      WHEN: Begins Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. weekdays only. On Fridays, receive an additional bag of food for each child for the weekend. 
      HOW: Walk-up or drive-thru. No advanced sign-up

      We kindly ask that you maintain 6-feet of distance between you and others. Please do not gather.

      If you have any questions, please submit a question to our FAQ form.

      Thank you,

      Dr. Christine Lay
      Assistant Superintendent

      Sandra Weikert
      Food Services Director

      Andrew P. Robinson
      Communications Coordinator


      March 13, 2020 2:00 p.m

      Dear Gettysburg Area School District Community:

      Gettysburg Area School District administration, along with health and government officials continue to monitor the latest developments regarding COVID-19, known as the coronavirus. Though we are unaware of any confirmed cases in our district, it is important for the district to maintain open communication with you regarding our ongoing measures to ensure the safety and security of our students, staff and community. 

      To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff, and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the District community and region, all Gettysburg Area School District schools will be closed from March 16, 2020, through March 27, 2020. 

      The closure affects all programming at the school, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, weekend events, and all facility use by outside groups. We understand that this closure may cause an inconvenience, but trust that you will support our efforts on behalf of the wellness of our community.

      In order to promote instructional equity for all of our students, the district will make up the days through the use of “snow make-up” days, and other days available to us through communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  These methods will be determined once we realize the full scope of impact that closures may have in the coming weeks. We are not asking students to complete schoolwork while the district is closed. 

      We understand that you may have questions regarding the effects of this closure. We have established this form to fill out with your questions and concerns. Answers to many of these questions will be posted on our website in the coming days.

      All official District updates and information regarding COVID-19 will be sent to you via our Blackboard Connect platform by email or phone. District updates will not be distributed via social media platforms so please exercise caution and remain vigilant regarding the source and accuracy of information you may encounter on social media. The district recommends downloading its mobile app and turning on push notifications in order to receive alerts. Click here to view directions on downloading our mobile app. 

      As always, protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern, and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and communicate as appropriate.

      Sincerely, 

      Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
      Superintendent of Schools


      March 6, 2020

      Dear Gettysburg Area District Community:

      As the COVID-19 coronavirus is discussed prominently throughout news broadcasts and information is being widely communicated, we wanted to share how this virus relates to our district and what we are doing to be prepared. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised school districts to review their emergency preparedness plans, which includes responding to potential pandemic outbreaks, which we have done.

      Additional measures include: 

      • Monitoring daily attendance for students, faculty and staff
      • Monitoring various resource outlets including CDC, PDE and PA and County Departments of Health 
      • Reminders of appropriate hygiene
      • Increased focus in facilities on disinfecting surfaces during flu season
      • Reminder of when to “stay home from school” during illness; found with other information on our Health Services Page

      For your reference, the PA Department of Health has a coronavirus resource page that includes valuable information. Additionally, the latest information on the coronavirus in the U.S. and worldwide can be found on the CDC website.

      Because we are at the height of cold and flu season, please remember the importance of frequent hand washing, healthy eating, and the proper use and disposal of tissues at all times. For families planning to travel abroad, the school district recommends referencing the CDC Information for travel website

      As always, protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern, and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and communicate as appropriate.

      Sincerely,


      Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
      Superintendent of Schools