Fall 2020 Planning
Remote Learning & Resources
Pennsylvania Department of Education
PA Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Highmark Blue Shield (Staff)
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.
Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
9/15/20 - 12 noon (Secondary Families)
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:
For football games, all band, cheer, and football participants will be given TWO passes for home games.
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.
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.
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
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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:
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.
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.
Daily COVID-19 Screening Process
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.
Andrew P. Robinson
8/20/2020 - 9:15 a.m.
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,
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.
Jason Perrin, D.Ed.
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.
Andrew P. Robinson
7/6/20 3:30 p.m.
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.
K-5: Face to Face Monday through Thursday (Remote Fridays)
6-12: Hybrid (A/B) Schedule (Remote Fridays)
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.
Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
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.
Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
July 16, 2020 3:45 p.m.
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
Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.
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.
Jason Perrin, D.Ed.