School Closure FAQ’s
Last Updated 3/28
Q: Where can I find information to answer my questions?
A: On the District web page (www.mtsd.org), a red banner labeled COVID Updates is at the top of the page. Please click on this red banner, (https://www.mtsd.org/alerts). This will link you to our District’s page that contains all information relative to the mandated closure: (a) closure information; (b) FAQs; (c) meal order process; and (d) enrichment and review. This page should be very helpful for families and the community to locate all information in one centralized location.
Q: What is the current status for students to return to school?
A: Currently, the mandated school closure has been extended from 3/30/20 until 4/6/20. The Governor’s current directive is that on April 7th and April 8th, all District personnel will return to work and prepare for the students return. We will utilize these days to finish our Quarter 3 grades and publish them. Quarter 3 has been extended until 4/3/20 and Quarter 4 will begin on 4/6/20. Currently, students and families are scheduled to have spring break from 4/9/20-4/15/20. This spring break will remain intact, as our school calendar will not change as a result of the closures. On Thursday, April 16, 2020, all students and parents will return to school. In the event that the closure should continue, the District will communicate the move to phase 3, planned instruction with all families.
Q: Do my child(ren) have to complete schoolwork at home during this time?
A: The Millcreek Township School District is using a tiered approach during the Governor’s mandated closure. On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Wolf signed into law Act 13 of 2020, which mandates every public school develop a Continuity of Education Plan (CoE Plan). Our District’s CoE Plan can be found on our web page (https://www.mtsd.org/assets/documents/Our-Community/MTSD-Continuity-of-Education-March-27-2020.pdf). Our CoE Plan contains email addresses for all building level administrators to ease communications. We developed our tiered plan to work in phases in order to ease into planned instruction for our students, staff and parents. We recognize the nuances for families in dealing with the pandemic; therefore, the District wants to be systematic in our approach for helping families. For Phase 1 (3/13/20-3/29/20) the District encouraged enrichment opportunities for all students, which are posted on the District’s website. Phase 2 (3/30/20-4/6/20) is for comprehensive enrichment and review. During this phase, teachers will be connecting with their students through a variety of methods and providing a daily enrichment or review activity to keep our students engaged in their learning. At this point in time, the activities will be submitted electronically or when students return to school. Every teacher, as the classroom expert, will design these enrichment and review activities based on where their students are as learners and where they are in the curriculum. Should additional closure time be mandated, our District will move into Phase 3, planned instruction. This phase will center around daily instruction delivered via a hybrid approach of paper/pencil and online instruction.
Q: What if I do not have the technology to support online learning at home?
A: Beginning Monday, March 30th, parents who have technology concerns should contact their student’s school either by phone or by emailing the principal. Intermediate Unit 5 has provided districts a comprehensive link below to assist parents to assist them in gaining access.
When and if Tier 3 goes into effect, we will provide more information and specifics relative to this concern.
Q: How does this affect my child who has a disability?
All students have the same opportunities to participate in the comprehensive enrichment and review activities. Parents are encouraged to reach out to their student’s case manager, building administrator, or special education administrator for more specific direction/information.
Q: Will they be given make-up work when they return to school?
A: No, instruction will resume where it left off. Please know that we will do whatever it takes to ensure a smooth, positive transition when school resumes. Our teachers will do the best they can do to recreate what skills and content were being taught before the closure.
Q: Will my child(ren) be marked absent for these days.
Q: How will this affect grading for quarter three?
A: The district will be using March 30th - April 3rd to complete the 3rd Quarter. During this time students will be able to submit any missing work as well as working on enrichment and review assignments posted by their teachers.
Q: Will any day care services be offered?
Q: I’m a student teacher at Millcreek Schools. What do I do?
A: Contact your university student teaching supervisor.
Q: How can we get more information?
A: Please check www.mtsd.org frequently as all updates and information will be posted there. In addition, please contact administration and teachers directly. Their email addresses are available on the web site under the school page, staff listings. In addition, you are able to call and leave a voicemail. All phone lines are being monitored and you will get a return phone call.
Q: Are all athletic events cancelled?
A: Yes, all athletic events, including practices, are cancelled. Furthermore, the District is required to have all of our facilities closed during this time as part of the closure mandate. Therefore, community members are not able to access our fields, courts, etc. during this time for recreational purposes.
Q: How are meals being distributed during the mandated closure?
A: Please refer to the following link for MTSD’s Meal DIstribution Plan
Q: What about my college applications?
A: Contact your respective guidance counselor with specific questions.
Q: How will this impact the school calendar for the remainder of the year?
A: Our school calendar remains as Board approved. Regarding of our return date from the Governor’s mandated closure, our school calendar dates are firm.
Q. Do we need to make these days up?
A: No. The 180 instructional day and 900 (elementary) and 990 (secondary) instructional hour requirements have been waived by the state due to the pandemic.
Q: Will this eliminate spring break?
A: No. See the question above regarding our students’ current status to return to school.