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Dear Shamokin Area School District Families:
Earlier today, Governor Wolf and other state leaders announced an Order signed by Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health requiring face coverings to be worn in all school entities, including school districts, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers, intermediate units, and early learning and other child care settings, effective Tuesday, September 7, 2021. This statewide Order reflects the current statewide data—all 67 counties are reporting high or substantial rates of community transmission of COVID-19—and the fact that our young people represent the largest remaining segment of our population that is unvaccinated, and therefore unprotected from an infectious disease variant that is aggressively spreading.
This Order will help maximize the chances for regular school operations and minimize student and staff quarantines, as the school year gets underway. The Order also acknowledges that face covering requirements can’t go on forever. The State Administration will continue to evaluate community transmission rates, vaccination data, and other indicators, and will provide a comprehensive update to the education community by October 1, 2021, to inform decisions about the Order’s statewide application going ahead.
To ensure as much consistency as possible, local implementation of the Order will reflect many of the standards that were in place throughout much of the 2020-21 school year, including a series of accommodations and exceptions detailed within the Order. Answers to FAQs are also available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website. In a change from the 2020 Order and recognizing a steady accrual of evidence around disease transmission, face coverings are not required outdoors.
We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff. We appreciate and acknowledge the many questions and concerns regarding mask mandates in schools. Based on our current experience with Covid-19 in our own schools, masking is an important step to comply with quarantine guidelines and keep our kids in-person 5 days a week. We are grateful for the support of our community last year in managing through the pandemic and we look forward to working with you as we navigate our new set of challenges with the delta variant.
Chris J. Venna
Shamokin Area School District reminds parents who have changed addresses, sitters, or day-care providers that their children will require a different bus stop than last year.
Those who have made changes over the summer months should notify the district’s transportation office as soon as possible. Changes not requested by August 11 will not take effect until after the school year starts.
Please stop by our Business Office to fill out a Change of Address Form, or simply access this form via the Shamokin Area School District website under Business Office; Documents and Forms; Parent Forms; Change of Address Form. Otherwise, call 570-648-5752 or send requests to “Shamokin Area School District, Transportation Office, 2000 West State Street, Coal Township, PA 17866”.
Chromebook Loan Information
Students in grades K-6th will be given a device in their classroom. There will be no pickup for grades K-6th.
Students in grades 7th-12th will need a charged laptop, tablet, or Chromebook for class daily. If your student does not have access to an appropriate device, they may pickup one in the high school office Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM If possible, please sign one Technology Device Agreement Form for each student before you come.
Please sign the form below and have ready when picking up your device.
We will once again be offering the Technology Protection Plan. The protection plan will cover one accidental damage of a school owned device for the current school year. Cost of the protection plan is $20. Please see the Technology Device Agreement Form for more information.
Vulnerability Assessment Team SurveysPlease take a few moments to complete one of the following Vulnerability Assessment Team surveys, a component of our Safety Committee. Please choose a survey based on your relationship with the school district. You may complete multiple surveys if they apply to you (for example, you are both a staff member AND a parent with children enrolled in the school district), but please only complete each survey once. Your perception of the safety in our buildings is very important to us. Any information received from these surveys will be shared with the Vulnerability Assessment Team and the Safety Committee during their meetings as they review building reports, identify the top five district safety issues, and develop recommendations for changes to the Comprehensive Safe School Plan. Thank you in advance for the consideration given to participating in these surveys.