Dear Bishop McDevitt students and Families,
Governor Wolf held a press conference Monday regarding the continued containment efforts of the Covid-19 pandemic. He has effectively extended school closures until April 6th 2020. Currently, the Department of Education has provided guidance for school’s stating:
“ When it’s determined that students can return to school, administrators, teachers and other staff will be given two days to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return on the third day.”
As Bishop McDevitt has continued to provide educational opportunities and has implemented a short term continuity of education plan, we will adhere to the current advisement for administration and staff to return to school on April 7th. Should there be no further extensions to school closings, this would afford our administration and staff opportunity on April 7th and April 8th to make arrangements to return to normal operations. However, due to our continuity of education and our regularly scheduled Easter Break, students will not return to school on April 9th. Students will return to school on April 14th, after our Easter Break, which will be the 3rd day for students.
Please note that while the Governor and the Department of Education’s language as of today is to return on April 7th to normal operations, we ask all to be mindful that this was an extension to the previous school closure announcement which would have had schools reopen on March 30. We are all extremely hopeful this will be the case, however, as the response to the current containment efforts are evolving and changing daily, we must remain diligent in our planning for the continuity of our educational efforts for students should there be further amendments. We are currently working with teachers to develop a long term online educational contingency plan which will extend beyond the April 14th return date for students. We are hopeful we will not have to implement this plan, but we would like to be prepared. We will continue to provide online opportunities for students to engage academically as we monitor the changing atmosphere of our government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We believe our most important task right now is to review strategies where we can creatively keep students connected, engaged, and mentally well. While important, academics is only a partial component towards our efforts and response to the current crisis, but not our priority. We will continue to adapt and be flexible to our students’ and families’ needs as we navigate through these difficult days. Thank you and God Bless.
Vincent Harper ‘92
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