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JUNE 15, 2020: Parent Communication - Return to School & Parent Survey

Hello, Rocket Families.

I hope this message finds you well and that you are off to a great start to the summer break. I want to take a moment to thank you for your unconditional support throughout the school closure and distance learning. Please know how much our Rocket team appreciated your patience, flexibility, and resilience as the situation evolved quickly and changed often. Although it was an interesting journey to the end of the school year, and we all made it, there is still work to be done to ensure a successful and safe re-opening of our schools. 

Return to School Plans
Right now, we are heavily planning for what a return to school this fall will look like for students and staff. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) provided school districts with guidelines to help us open our schools in the fall. Each school district is required to submit a Health and Safety Plan that outlines the specific procedures that will be used to assure the safety of students and staff. This plan must be Board-approved and submitted to PDE.

We are working diligently to develop plans that will maximize learning for our students in a traditional school setting, through distance learning, or a blend of both, depending on the health situation of our state and York County. Please know we are sensitive of the demands that the possible learning options may have on our families and we will do our best to serve our students with the mandated restrictions imposed upon us. Some of the health and safety precautions may include routine temperature checks, regular hand washing, wearing face masks, eating meals in the classroom instead of the cafeteria, one-way movement in the school hallways, modified or no outdoor recess, modified or no gym, modified access to restrooms.

Knowing that the state-mandated restrictions and health guidelines can change at any moment, we are planning for multiple scenarios, action steps, and responses. At this time, no decisions have been made, as there is a large amount of information to consider; and we want to give our Rocket families the opportunity to share how you feel about a return to school and any preferences you have for your family.

School Re-Opening Parents/Guardians Survey
In order to create appropriate procedures and write an effective plan, we are asking each family to complete the School Re-Opening Parents/Guardians SurveyThe survey will be open from June 15th - 19th. Please complete the survey for each child in your household as your answers may be different based on age and learning circumstances. (Para la versión en español de la encuesta, haga clic en la opción de idioma en la esquina superior derecha).

Moving Forward
We will likely ask for your feedback at additional times this summer as we plan for the upcoming school year. We will stay in touch over the coming weeks and months to share updates and information with you.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we plan for the months ahead. I am so grateful to be in a community that is committed to our schools, students, and staff. Together, we can overcome any challenge. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. George W. Ioannidis
Superintendent