Message from Mr. Balaski: COVID-19 Update 5/13/2020


Dear Parents and Guardians,  



The end of the 2019-2020 school year has been a unique experience to say the least. I am very proud of the contributions of our students, staff, and community in adapting to these unprecedented times. While our personal interactions have been limited, we have still found ways to connect with one another and keep a strong sense of Tiger Pride.  


Many videos have been created and shared both publicly and internally to honor the efforts of our students and our teachers. We have posted virtual art shows, musical performances, and several tributes to both students and teachers at all levels and will continue to do so throughout the remainder of the school year culminating with the graduation of our students. The Moon Area Education Foundation (MAEF) also created teacher appreciation videos during the week of May 4.  


On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, I participated in a conference call with Allegheny County superintendents and personnel from the Allegheny County Health Department, Center for Disease Control, and Allegheny County Emergency Management. The overwhelming guidance and clear recommendations from these organizations, as well as local authorities, do not support school districts participating in group gatherings even in an outdoor setting with social distancing measures in place. Many events, such as clap-outs and parades on school property, were planned; however, I must sadly inform our families that gatherings such as these cannot be supported by local authorities at this time. While other districts may choose to violate or deviate from these guidelines, we choose to follow the recommendations of the experts and not risk the health and safety of our students, staff, and community members.  


Although Governor Wolf has moved Allegheny County to the yellow phase of his plan, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has halted all athletic practices and gatherings until July 1, 2020. Consideration for reopening the use of District facilities to both teams and the public will be based on further guidance from state health organization and athletic association officials.  


Since March, the COVID-19 outbreak has changed many things in the lives of our students. Our teachers and staff remain focused on preparing and delivering academics in a remote setting. We all miss and wish we could uphold our annual traditions; however, due to the safety parameters set in place by the state and local authorities, we are limited in the activities that can take place.  


I thank you in advance for your continued understanding and support and wish you a safe and healthy end of the school year.  





Barry Balaski 

Acting Superintendent

Moon Area School District

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