Dear SDST Staff and Families,
Yesterday, Governor Wolf issued a new Order in which he outlined a series of protective mitigation efforts to reduce the COVID-19 infection rate in the state and to assist our hospitals in managing those they are treating who have grown more seriously ill as a result of the virus. The Order begins Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and concludes Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
This Order does not affect our current model of in-person/hybrid instruction, which will continue next week as planned. Families who have chosen virtual instruction this month and would like to make a change to in-person/hybrid instruction in January are asked to contact your child’s Principal to notify them prior to winter break so they plan accordingly.
While a number of the components of the Governor’s Order do not affect schools, two specific sections directly impact extracurricular activities. Those sections read as follows:
In-Person Extracurricular School Activities
Voluntary activities sponsored or approved by a school entity’s governing body or administration are suspended, but these extracurricular activities may be held virtually. This includes, but is not limited to, attendance at or participation in activities such musical ensembles, school plays, student council, clubs, and school dances.
K-12 School Sports and Youth Sports
All sports at K-12 public schools, nonpublic schools, private schools and clubs, travel, recreational, intramural, and intramural sports are paused.
We support the Governor’s Order and will comply with the new guidelines, as follows:
- All winter sports teams will suspend in-person practices beginning tomorrow, Saturday December 12th. Coaches are encouraged to provide virtual at-home training sessions for student athletes to complete during this period to assist them in maintaining their physical and mental fitness.
- All extracurricular activities will continue to be offered virtually, as feasible. Club advisors will communicate details with members of their groups over the next three weeks in order to support continued outlets for our students in activities that support their interests.
Thank you for your continued support of our students. Please direct any questions regarding this Order to your child’s Principal or the Athletic Director.
MaryJo Yannacone, Ed.D.