Update - April 9, 2020
Dear MTSD Families,
This morning, Governor Wolf announced that all schools in the state of Pennsylvania will remain closed for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year. With this announcement comes additional planning and considerations that the District administration will be focused on over the next few weeks. Please know that we will communicate information to you as it develops for your planning purposes. If you have any questions, please contact your building principals, central office administration or me. We are here to help and support our students and families.
Update - April 1, 2020 Technology Pickup Information
MTSD technology pickup day is scheduled for Friday, April 3rd 2020 at Millcreek Intermediate High School (3320 Caughey Rd) from 8:00am-2:30pm.
As requirements for planned instruction have been finalized and begin April 6, the District must address the need to distribute technology devices to our students. With the orders and directives given from both the State and Federal level, we are taking necessary precautions to complete this task. As of today, we have over 900 families signed up to pick up a device. We are sharing the following expected procedures that have been put into place so that this day is a successful one which limits human interaction, respects social distancing, and utilizes protective equipment.
DEVICES WILL ONLY BE DISTRIBUTED TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE PRE-REGISTERED BEFORE THE THURSDAY APRIL 2ND @ NOON DEADLINE. (ONE DEVICE PER FAMILY IN NEED)
- Pick up times have been divided up every hour by school campus to reduce the amount of people gathering at one time.
- 8-9:00 GRANDVIEW
- 9-10 WESTLAKE & TRACY
- 10-11 CHESTNUT HILL & JS WILSON
- 11-12 BELLE VALLEY
- 12-1 WALNUT CREEK & ASBURY
- 1-2:30 MCDOWELL & MIHS
- MTSD has hired two MPD police officers to provide traffic control to increase safety and spacing between vehicles.
- MTSD essential staff will be divided up so that no more than ten people are in any one area at any given time to respect social distancing.
- Signage will be placed to dictate travel ways and to instruct people to stay inside their vehicles.
- MTSD staff, in contact with the public, will use protective gloves, face masks, and eyewear.
- Bathrooms will be available for staff to wash hands (one at a time) in addition to hand sanitizer at each workstation.
- Electronic devices will be sanitized prior to being packaged.
- Any staff members that are experiencing any symptoms of illness will not report to work.
- Vehicles will enter the campus off of Caughey Rd through the South entrance near the electronic MIHS sign and continue through the one-way traffic pattern until they are stopped at the “pool doors.”
- A technician will retrieve a pre-registered device and instructions, which are contained in a plastic bag, and place it on the roadside table for the occupant of the vehicle to pick up, in order to avoid hand to hand exchanges.
- Cleaning supplies will be on hand to wipe the tables between vehicles.
- Once the item is received, the vehicle will travel around the school building and exit through the North MIHS exit onto Caughey Rd.
- This procedure is a one-time distribution.
Dear MTSD Families,
Closure changes were brought forward again yesterday. Our Governor’s extension of the mandated closure is for schools to remain closed indefinitely until further notice. This mandate doesn’t come with a concrete end date. Since the stay home/shelter in place order is in effect until 4/30/20 at this point in time, we are at least planning to spend the next month in Phase 3, Planned Instruction. Here are some informational items for our move to Phase 3, Planned Instruction:
- This week, we will continue with Phase 2 (comprehensive enrichment and review). Friday, 4/3/20 will be the final day of Quarter 3 as planned and the final day of Phase 2.
- Monday, 4/6/20, the first day of Quarter 4 will mark our shift to Phase 3, Planned Instruction. All students will have daily work to complete for their teachers. At the elementary level, we will focus our instruction on English/Language Arts and Math. We will not be grading Science and Social Studies at the elementary level for Quarter 4. At the secondary level, all subjects will have daily work for students that will be graded.
- We will still be following the school calendar with our spring break from 4/9-4/15/20. Online planned instruction will resume on 4/16/20.
- We will be offering ONE Chromebook and charger per household to families in need of technology devices. Parents must pre-register online via a Google Form in order to receive a device. We will not be able to fill any orders without the pre-registration form completed in advance by the deadline, Thursday, April 2, 2020 at noon (12:00 PM). This is a one-time distribution opportunity for the health and safety of our essential personnel. We will host a centralized pick up at MIHS on Friday, 4/3/20. Parents will drive up to the pool door entrance, present their child’s name for pre-registration verification. Staff will give a bag containing a Chromebook, charger, and informational packet to the family. Again, there will be ONE Chromebook per family, and given through pre-registration only. Families will not receive equipment if they are not pre-registered. If you or a family member is ill or experiencing any symptoms, please do not come. Instead, contact your building principal to discuss your individual situation.
- 8-9:00 Grandview
- 9-10:00 Westlake and Tracy
- 10-11:00 CH and JS Wilson
- 11-12:00 BV
- 12-1:00 ASB and Walnut Creek
- 1-2:30 McD and MIHS
- During Phase 3, Planned Instruction will begin on 4/6/20 and will include grading. If you have specific questions about grading, please reach out to our building principals or teachers. We will be flexible for students/families as this is a new process for all of us and it will take time and patience to establish a working routine. We will all learn as we go and as we grow.
- Regarding Wi-Fi capability, there are avenues for families to use to gain access. The District can post work on our TV channel (1025), families can contact Spectrum, use their phones as hot spots, Google classroom can run through Xbox and Play Station, and other resources are listed under our MTSD FAQs. See https://www.highspeedinternet.com/ for details. We are not able to provide Wi-Fi devices, as they simply aren’t available for shipping. Purchase attempts are back-ordered for months and will not be a viable option. In addition, the Wi-Fi structure in our buildings isn’t accessible outside of them.
As promised yesterday in the video address, we will vary our approach to disseminate information. If you have any questions, please reach out to your building principals, central office administrators, or me. We are here to help and support you and your students!
Update - March 30, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor just announced that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Our District plan will be to stay our course this week with our Continuity of Education Plan, Phase 2 (Enrichment and Review) and prepare for planned instruction to begin on 4/6/20. This shift to planned instruction will be slightly ahead of our original schedule. Please direct all questions to your building principals or central office administrators.
Update - March 30, 2020
Parent Questionnaire responses from Mrs. Moseley.
Update - March 25, 2020
Update - March 23, 2020
Governor Wolf has extended the mandatory school closure through Monday, April 6, 2020. Per his orders, District personnel would return on April 7 and prep buildings on the 7th and 8th. Students would return on April 9, 2020; however, this is our scheduled spring break. Our students will not return until April 16, 2020 after spring break. This timeline is subject to change should the Governor mandate additional closure time. The previous voice message recorded with poor quality and was difficult for several folks to hear. This additional information also addresses spring break for our students. THANKS!
Update - March 20, 2020Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 Press Release
Update - March 19, 2020
Dear MTSD Families,
I hope that this message finds you well. As we continue to learn and grow throughout this experience, I wanted send out an update. With the recent confirmation of cases our across our Commonwealth and in our local area, it is quite possible that the Governor’s mandated closure could be extended. I have been meeting and communicating with the Tri-County superintendents in order to collaborate and plan collectively should this occur.
Here’s where we are at present:
- We will continue to offer enrichment and learning opportunities for our students. The reason that alternative instruction has not yet been implemented is that the Federal Government and State Government have not yet addressed FAPE (free and public education). This law requires that ALL students be able to access instruction. Currently, we are not able to ensure that every child could access alternative instruction. We are waiting for governmental guidance around this mandate. We are however, able to offer enriching opportunities. They can be found on our website under Parent Resources, then click on enrichment and learning opportunities. I can assure you as more information becomes available from the state, we will notify all families of any changes when appropriate.
- The 180 day and 900 (elementary) and 990 (secondary) hourly instruction requirements from the state have been lifted and we will not be required to make up days missed. The District will file the necessary paperwork with the Pennsylvania Department of Education when the closure has ended.
- Meals for our students, and the parochial students who reside in Millcreek, continue to be a success. The curb-side service has gone well and is beneficial. Kudos to our Food Service Department for all of their time and hard work! It doesn’t go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated! If you need to utilize this service, please complete the pre-order form found on our website (https://forms.gle/jxdRDz139FhKXfFA9) or leave a voicemail at (814)835-5337. Allergy considerations must be phoned in. Beginning Monday, 3/23/20, our meal service will be provided on Monday and Thursday from 11 – 12:30 and will include lunch and breakfast options for the not only the day of pick up, but also the following days until service resumes.
- We have scaled back on our essential personnel coming in to the offices at the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s suggestion yesterday. If you need to reach your child’s principal or teacher, please email them. All emails for staff are accessible via the website under your child’s school, then click staff for a comprehensive listing. Phone messages are being monitored by our building principal as well, should you choose to leave a voicemail. During this time, email is the preferred way to communicate with our building staff and principals.
- One suggestion for our families is to keep your children engaged. It is a great time to learn and practice soft skills like communicating with relatives via the telephone and/or writing letters. Playing a board game or some other type of activity so that they are not plugged in electronically all the time. Also, it’s a great chance for our students to read a new book. While overall things are uncertain, providing our students with routine and a sense of purpose can be comforting to them.
We will continue to keep you updated as important information becomes available. If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to your building principals, central office administration or me.
Update - March 15, 2020
Dear MTSD Families,
MTSD administration received official word just now that the recent testing of a substitute teacher’s family member was negative. The patient tested negative for COVID-19.
MTSD is a Team, and we will maintain that Team as we live, work and learn together throughout this unique & challenging time.
Update - March 14, 2020
Dear MTSD Families,
The last week has brought a lot of rapid change. The Millcreek Township School District Administration has been working diligently to keep up with the ever-changing information and disseminate it as quickly and accurately as possible. Please note the following:
- The Governor’s mandated closure means that students will not be required to make up any missed days or instructional hours of school. Therefore, there will not be any instructional work required of our students during this time frame. Enrichment opportunities and directions to access these online resources will be posted under the Parent Resources tab of our website by grade bands (k-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Teachers worked hard yesterday afternoon to prepare these resources for their students. If you have any questions about the enrichment opportunities, please contact your child’s teacher and/or building principal.
- Our schools are closed. This means that no-one will be in our buildings. On Monday, our District will be completely shut down. Beginning Tuesday, essential personnel will be in our buildings to take phone calls and answer your emails. Essential personnel will include building principals, secretaries, custodians, food service, IT and maintenance employees. They will work on a limited hour, limited day basis. Please utilize Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8:00 – 12:00 for your needs. This will allow them to attend to other work in their buildings during the remaining hours/days.
- We will be operating a meal program for our students in need. Daily, beginning 3/16/20, drive up meal service will be available to students from 11:00 – 12:30 at Belle Valley and Tracy Elementary schools, JS Wilson and Westlake Middle Schools and MIHS. Students will be given a bagged lunch and a breakfast (for the next day). The specifics regarding meals will be posted prior to Monday with pre-order online and voicemail information. Please check our website for further details.
- FAQs will be posted on our website in hopes of answering your questions. In the event you have lingering questions, please feel free to contact a District administrator.
While I know that this is an unprecedented time, the MTSD teachers, administration and support staff have remained focused on our students. Their professionalism and dedication are commended!
Update - March 12, 2020
Good evening. Because news is changing by the hour, I wanted to give everyone a brief update on where things stand with the Coronavirus and the Millcreek Township School District. The Governor issued statements on social distancing for mitigation this afternoon. The mitigation plan includes canceling or postponing social events with more than 250 attendees. We are well aware that we could be given a state directive to close our schools at any point.
Knowing this, we are working with all the school districts in the county to coordinate our efforts. The purpose for this is to make decisions collaboratively, versus in isolation. In discussions with the other Superintendents in the county, we are all on the same page that schools will not close without a directive from the PA Department of Health or the Department of Education. A week ago, I would have told you that such a directive would be highly unlikely; however, today I do not feel confident with that assertion. We will continue discussing and making decisions as a county-wide group of Superintendents in order to provide the best educational and safety options for our students and staff. Tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020, we will hold an early dismissal at 1:00 PM for middle and high school students and 1:45 PM for elementary school stutents. This early dismissal will allow the District to deep clean and disinfect our buildings and provide teachers planning time in the event a school District closure with alternative instructional options becomes necessary.
Separate from the decision to hold an early dismissal, is a concern that was shared with MTSD administration at the end of the school day today. A substitute teacher at McDowell High School has a family member who is ill and was tested this afternoon for the Coronavirus. The MTSD administration has notified the Erie County Department of Health. Although there are no confirmed cases in Erie County according to the Erie County Department of Health, I felt it was important to notify staff and students. In the event of a confirmed case, we will be notified by the Erie County Department of Health and take the necessary steps to communicate with our families. At this point, they recommended no further action.
I want to remind all families of the importance of keeping your child(ren) home if he or she is sick . In particular, a child with a fever should stay home for 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or have signs of a fever, such as chills , flushed appearance, or sweating. If your child has already missed the legal number of days, or nearing that number, and you have received written notice from his or her school, you should contact the building principal to discuss options for missing additional sick days. We will work with families on attendance given this situation. In addition, if you have plans to travel, have recently traveled or have been in contact with anyone from one of the identified affected areas, please notify your building administrator or the school nurse immediately, as it is our goal to protect all of the students and staff.
I can assure all families that we are doing our very best to keep classrooms, buses, and all common spaces clean and disinfected during this time. Our custodial staff takes great pride in the work that they do, and now, more than ever, they are making certain that all surfaces are clean and germ-free. We are also encouraging our students and staff to wash their hands often and/or use the hand sanitizers stationed throughout our buildings.
Finally, please ensure that your Infinite Campus account is linked to your current phone number and email address. We will utilize this platform for District electronic communication. As always, please feel free to contact me or your building principal with any questions or concerns. In closing, please know that the health, safety, and welfare of our staff and students is the primary concern. We will continue to follow this situation very closely.
Darcie L. Moseley
Update - March 9, 2020
Dear Erie County Families:
The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we would like to reinforce preventive safety measures we all can take to minimize the spread of illness in our schools and community.
We encourage our students, staff, and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of COVID-19 and other types of illnesses. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has also released some additional information at health.pa.gov.
In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention.
Finally, we know that now is a time of the year when there are a large number of optional school trips happening for our students. While we have not made any decisions to cancel any of these trips, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and local Emergency Management officials. If new recommendations are provided, we will immediately notify our districts' students, staff, and families.
If you have any questions, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov or contact the PA Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). Thank you for your attention to this important communication.
Superintendents of Erie County School Districts
Mrs. Sheri Yetzer, Corry School District
Mr. Brian Polito, Erie School District
Dr. Erick Kincade, Fairview School District
Mr. Richard B. Emerick, Fort LeBoeuf School District
Mr. Richard Scaletta, General McLane School District
Mrs. Donna Miller, Girard School District
Mrs. Kelly Hess, Harbor Creek School District
Mr. Shane S. Murray, Iroquois High School
Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, North East School District
Mr. Jim Gallagher, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie
Mrs. Darcie Moseley, Millcreek Township School District
Mr. John Hansen, Northwestern School District
Mr. Matthew Bennett, Union City School District
Mr. Ken Berlin, Wattsburg Area School District
CC: Dr. H. Fred Walker, Erie County Technical School
CC: Dr. Dean Maynard, Executive Director, IU5