Timeline of Events:
By order of Governor Wolf, all schools were mandated to close on March 16, 2020 for a period of two weeks. On March 23, 2020, teachers posted optional enrichment activities for students to their webpages, Canvas or via Bloomz.
On March 23rd, Governor Wolf mandated an extension to the shutdown of all schools until April 6, 2020. When this extended shutdown was announced, the Superintendent instructed all teachers to continue providing Enrichment and Review activities from March 30, 2020 through April 3, 2020.
On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the PDE released the following guidance to school districts regarding Continuity of Education efforts.
Continuity of Education is the overarching term for any educational practices that occur in the event of a prolonged school closure. It is important that students have the opportunity to develop and maintain skills while away from the customary school environment. This can be achieved through Planned Instruction, Enrichment and Review or a combination thereof.
1. Planned Instruction: Planned Instruction is formal teaching and learning similar to that which occurs in a classroom setting. Within this process, teachers use planned courses of instruction of new concepts/skills aligned to grade level standards.
2. Enrichment and Review: Enrichment and Review consists of informal activities that reinforce or extend students’ prior learning. New standards and skills are not addressed through Enrichment and Review.
Given the uncertainty of when the mandated school closures will cease, the administrative team met remotely throughout the week of March 23, 2020 to develop a long-range Continuity of Education Plan (CEP). The CEP is intended to stay in effect through the current last day of school (May 28th for seniors and May 29th for underclassmen), if necessary. If Governor Wolf or the PDE does not mandate any additional extensions to the shutdown, the CEP will only remain in effect until April 15th which is the earliest Millersburg Area students would return to school.
On March 27th, the District sent a SchoolMessenger call to inform the Millersburg Area community of its intentions for instruction during the remainder of the current mandated closure as well as a long-range plan if additional closures are imminent.
On March 30, 2020, by order of Governor Wolf, all schools across the Commonwealth were mandated to close indefinitely, with no known date to reopen at this time.