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Return to Learn

  • 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 


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