UPDATE: On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. All facilities are closed until further notice. All events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope that this message finds you and your family well. Moon Area School District (MASD) administrators and faculty have been busy this week as we finalize plans for distance learning.
School Closure Extended
Yesterday, Governor Wolf extended the Pennsylvania K-12 school closure through next week; however, the Moon Area School District has decided to close until Tuesday, April 14, 2020. We understand that this closure is subject to change and may again be extended. This is only a closure of our physical buildings as we plan to start distance learning on Monday, March 30, 2020, as previously planned. We will continue to follow the guidance of Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education and we will keep you informed of any updates to this closure.
Staff Calls Continue
In the meantime, our faculty remains committed to contacting families personally this week. Many of you may have already been contacted by a staff member. Because our teachers will be calling from outside of the District, their number may be unlisted or blocked by your caller ID. The staff will attempt to reach out to you in alternative methods if they are unable to reach you by phone.
End of Third Marking Period & Online Instruction
MASD will finalize the third nine-weeks on Friday, March 27, 2020, and grades will be posted by Friday, April 3, 2020. Please contact teachers with questions regarding any third nine-week assignments that have yet to be finalized. The fourth nine-weeks will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020, as we resume instruction through distance learning.
We have received several inquiries about time expectations as students begin to work from home. We will be sending out additional communication this week addressing this concern K-12.
Please contact teachers through email with any questions on personal assignments.
During last night's virtual Board meeting, a revised 2019-2020 school calendar was approved to retroactively convert previously scheduled In-Service Days to Act 80 Days, which may count toward the State's annual 180 school day requirement. We will await final approval from the state on this matter. There is no longer a specified Spring Break as students will now be working remotely during the previously scheduled time off. We are using every available tool and option to meet the state requirements in educating our students so that we may place focus back on our families.
It is hard to predict how this pandemic will affect us moving forward. We are considering all options as they become available. We do not know how this will affect instruction moving forward; therefore, we will continue to keep you updated on how this school year will proceed and end.
We know that the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the sudden change of daily routines can cause added stress on our students. Click here for a resource from UMPC on identifying anxious behaviors in children as well as suggested coping mechanisms.
We will continue to keep you updated throughout this closure. Our goal is to provide our students with as many resources as possible to continue success in Moon Area School District. We remain dedicated to the best interests of our students, staff, and families.
Moon Area School District