Message from Dr. Hacker
March 30, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,
Today, in an afternoon press conference, Governor Wolf announced that all Pennsylvania K-12 schools would remain closed until further notice. This announcement indicates that all schools throughout the state will now be closed for an indefinite period of time. Here in Springfield Township, we will continue with our plan to offer virtual instruction through the platforms and methods we have already shared. This form of online instructional delivery is now our "new normal", since we do not have any answers as to when this period of school closure will end. We fully expect that unfortunately the Coronavirus will dictate how the remainder of the school year will pass for us.
Parents, students, and guardians are asked to continue to direct any questions to individual teachers or building administrators, or our Tech Director, Richard Oliver. Please continue to refer to our website for COVID-19 Resources, which includes instructional supports and technology support.
Dr. Nancy Hacker
March 29, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This message is to remind you that we are planning on implementing formalized instruction for all of our K-12 students, beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 30th. Formalized instruction means that all of our staff professionals will be expected to conduct and provide instructional lessons to their students every day from here on in. Teachers will have the discretion to determine the format of those lessons, and what students will be required to do in order to participate in those lessons. Student attendance will be monitored, and grades will be issued based on student participation and performance. Teachers have been given guidelines, resources, and expectations for delivery of instruction.
I also wish to inform you of a new website resource now available to you on our School District of Springfield Township webpage. When you now go to the main page of our website at www.sdst.org, you will find a COVID-19 Resources Link - https://www.sdst.org/domain/1310 . This link will allow you to view District Information, including each of the updates that I have been sending out to families, Instructional Resources that we will post that you can use to support you and your students, information on Technology Support for your student’s device, and our District Continuity of Education Plan. The Continuity of Education Plan is located at the following link: https://www.sdst.org/cms/lib/PA01916631/Centricity/Domain/1310/Continuity%20of%20Ed%20Plan%20SDST%20.pdf . It describes in greater detail how our teachers and other staff members will continue to make their best faith efforts to deliver instruction to all of our students during the period of school closure.
I am also very pleased to let you know that our Technology department, in conjunction with our building principals, successfully handed out 491 devices this past week to families! This will hopefully enable families with more than one student to be able to allow all students to access online learning. Although we have run out of iPads, we are working to get more iPads ordered and delivered so that we can get these to our Enfield students who may not have one. Any family that is still in need of a device should check our website in order to complete a Device Pick-Up Form located at: https://www.sdst.org/Page/2948
Finally, please keep in mind that our spring break for students and staff begins on Monday, April 6th, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12th. To date, the Governor has indicated that schools will open for staff on April 7th and for students on April 9th. If the Governor still intends to open schools, our students would NOT return until Monday, April 13th. I will immediately notify all families in the event that the Governor does extend the period of school closure beyond that date.
Dr. Nancy Hacker
Estimados Padres y Guardianes,
Este mensaje es para recordarles que estamos planeando implementar la instrucción formalizada para todos nuestros estudiantes de K-12, a partir de mañana, lunes30de marzo. La instrucción formal significa que se espera que todos nuestros profesionales del personal lleven a cabo y proporcionen lecciones de instrucción a sus estudiantes todos los días a partir de ahora. Los maestros tendrán la discreción de determinar el formato de esas lecciones y lo que los alumnos deberán hacer para participar en esas lecciones. Se supervisará la asistencia de los estudiantes y se emitirán calificaciones en función de la participación y el rendimiento de los estudiantes. A los maestros se les han dado pautas, recursos y expectativas para la impartición de instrucción.
También deseo informarle de un nuevo recurso de sitio web ahora disponible para usted en nuestra página web del Distrito Escolar del Municipio de Springfield. Cuando ahora vaya a la página principal de nuestro sitio web en www.sdst.org, encontrará un enlace de recursos COVID-19 - https://www.sdst.org/domain/1310 . Este enlace le permitirá ver la Información del Distrito, incluyendo cada una de las actualizaciones que he estado enviando a las familias, Recursos Instructivos que publicaremos que puede usar para apoyarlo a usted y a sus estudiantes, información sobre Soporte Tecnológico para el dispositivo de su estudiante y nuestro Plan de Continuidad de Educación del Distrito. El Plan de Continuidad de la Educación se encuentra en el siguiente enlace: https://www.sdst.org/cms/lib/PA01916631/Centricity/Domain/1310/Continuity%20of%20Ed%20Plan%20SDST%20.pdf . Describe con mayor detalle cómo nuestros maestros y otros miembros del personal continuarán haciendo sus mejores esfuerzos de fe para impartir instrucción a todos nuestros estudiantes durante el período de cierre de la escuela.
También me complace hacerle saber que nuestro departamento de Tecnología, en conjunto con nuestros directores de construcción, entregó con éxito 491 dispositivos la semana pasada a las familias! Se espera que esto permita a las familias con más de un estudiante poder permitir que todos los estudiantes accedan al aprendizaje en línea. Aunque nos hemos quedado sin iPads, estamos trabajando para que se ordenen y entreguen más iPads para que podamos conseguirlos a nuestros estudiantes de Enfield que tal vez no tengan uno. Cualquier familia que todavía necesite un dispositivo debe revisar nuestro sitio web para completar un formulario de recogida de dispositivos ubicado en: https://www.sdst.org/Page/2948
Por último, tenga en cuenta que nuestras vacaciones de primavera para los estudiantes y el personal comienzan ellunes,6 de abril, y continúa hasta el Domingo de Pascua, 12deabril. Hasta la fecha, el Gobernador ha indicado que las escuelas abrirán para el personal el7 de abril y para los estudiantes el9de abril. Si el Gobernador todavía tiene la intención de abrir escuelas, nuestros estudiantes NO regresarían hasta el lunes13de abril. Notificaré inmediatamente a todas las familias en caso de que el Gobernador amplíe el período de cierre de la escuela más allá de esa fecha.
Dra. Nancy Hacker
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,
As you may have heard today, Governor Wolf has extended the period of time of school closure for the state of Pennsylvania. There has been some confusion over the time period in his announcement, so I would like to clarify his intent. The extended period of closure is for two weeks, beginning tomorrow, meaning that Governor Wolf has recommended bringing teachers back into the schools for two days on April 7th, and bringing back students on April 9th. However, as you may recall, our school calendar has our spring break scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 4th, with students returning on Monday, April 13th. We will still have that week off for spring break and for celebration of the various holidays that occur during a portion of that period of time.
Therefore, we will not plan on re-opening schools until Monday, April 13th. It is entirely possible the Governor will order an additional period of closure, and I will notify you if that is the case. In addition, let me remind everyone that the Governor has also ordered residents of our county to shelter in place. This is, as you know, to protect everyone through forced social distancing. Our principals are in the midst of creating plans for teachers to voluntarily pick up materials in their school that they might need to continue instruction beginning next week. We are also developing plans for distribution of additional Chromebooks to students in need of them next week as well. We will get this information out to you shortly. Any plans for teachers to enter buildings, or for "drive by" distribution, will be done with critical safeguards in place so that no one comes into any contact with anyone else.
Please stay tuned for additional announcements, directed to either staff or parents, during this week, as we prepare for regularly scheduled online instruction next week. And please remember, we must all support one another and adhere to state recommendations, as challenging as this is to stay home, in order to hasten the end to this medical crisis.
Dr. Nancy Hacker