School board to host virtual meeting on Monday, April 20

Due to the disaster emergency declaration by Governor Wolf and to safeguard the school community, the Penn Manor School District Board of Directors will hold a virtual school board meeting on Monday, April 20.

A public budget workshop will begin at 6:15 p.m., and the board’s committee of the whole meeting will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the board voting meeting. The link to these meetings will be posted on www.pennmanor.net at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 20.

Penn Manor residents may submit comments to be read during the public comment portion of the meeting by contacting the school board secretary at cindy.rhoades@pennmanor.net by noon on Monday, April 20. The citizens’ comment portion of the agenda is for comments only and is not a question-and-answer session.

All members of the Penn Manor community are welcome to participate.

April 3 update: Restrictions at district outdoor recreational facilities

April 2, 2020

To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all outdoor playground facilities at Penn Manor schools will be closed through April 30. The public is permitted to use walking paths, the practice football field/track at Penn Manor High School, open fields at Comet Field, and other open space while practicing social distancing to do our part to try to reduce the spread of the virus.

Closed facilities include

  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Water fountains
  • Playground equipment

When considering using Penn Manor School District open spaces please remember to:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Don’t congregate in groups
  • Take hand sanitizer, and use it regularly
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean up after pets
  • Avoid activities that put you in crowded areas

Thank you for your cooperation.

Thursday is Spirit Day!

Thursday’s Spirit Week theme is Comet Crazy Kindness. Share a kind message and photos that promote kindness. You can create a message on your driveway, front lawn or anywhere that strikes your fancy! If you have an Aevidum, T-shirt, please wear it in support of the group’s motto: “I’ve got your back”! Use the #PMProud hashtag.  

Important update regarding Penn Manor Schools

Penn Manor schools are closed through March 27 in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is unclear whether that status will change or when we may be able to resume normal operations. As we all deal with this unprecedented challenge, we want to share some important information with parents:

  • The education of children is on hold as we consider options moving forward under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • We have decided not to pursue online learning for our students at this time. We would not be able to fulfill our legal and ethical obligation to serve every student appropriately via this means, and many of our students lack access to the internet at home. 
  • March 13 is now officially the end of the third marking period. Students’ grades will reflect assignments and assessments completed through that date. 
  • We are working to establish a system to provide breakfasts and lunches to families with children who qualify for free- or reduced-price meals, beginning Wednesday, March 18. More details will be released as they become available.
  • All buildings are undergoing a deep cleaning, including all carpeting, fabric surfaces and touch points.
  • Essential school district personnel, with minimal exceptions, will begin working from home Wednesday.
     
  • Buildings will be open to teachers and the public by appointment only beginning Wednesday, March 18. Visitors should call the school office to arrange a visit.

Early Dismissal Friday

Reminder that this Friday, March 13th is an Early Dismissal day. Students will be dismissed at 1:30pm. PM Kindergarten will be at school from 9:00-1:30pm. AM kindergarten will not have school on this day.

Please contact the office if you have any questions @ 717-872-9540. Thank you!!

Information coming home today.

Penn Manor School District has sent a letter to all parents of district students regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 and our efforts to closely monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the CDC and the school district physician. The original letter, as well as resources from the CDC are  available on the district website. The text of the letter is included below.

March 2, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Penn Manor School District is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. The school district is closely monitoring health information regarding Coronavirus COVID-19. As we do in all health-related cases, we are working closely with and receiving additional guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our school district physician. 

Please note: There have been no cases of the Coronavirus reported in our school district.

We are providing this information to you so that you are aware of this issue and are assured that our district has plans in place to monitor, prepare for, and respond to any health or safety issue that may impact us. We also encourage you to use the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) as trusted resources on the latest updates and guidance concerning this health issue.

It is the school district’s desire to do all that is possible to help prevent the spread of the virus in the event of an outbreak in the area, and we need your help to do this.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has shared the following tips on its website to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19: 
 • Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.  Do not use your hands.
 • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
 • Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas. 
 • Contain the potential spread. If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.  Avoid people who are already sick. 

Penn Manor School District is closely monitoring the situation (not only the coronavirus but also this year’s strain of the flu) and is cleaning and disinfecting schools daily as part of ongoing custodial services. In the event that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area, the school district will follow guidance provided by health professionals regarding any additional measures that are necessary.

If your child becomes ill, please follow these guidelines regarding student illnesses: 

  1. Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school. 
  2. Children with vomiting and diarrhea must be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode. 
  3. Children with suspected infectious diseases (i.e. pink eye and any unknown rashes) should be kept home until verification from your health care provider can be obtained.
  4. If your child is sick, keep him or her home, regardless of field trips, parties or other special events that may be held at school that day. 
  5. It is important right now that we work together to remain focused on what we can control. We will remain vigilant in monitoring the status of all illnesses that could present a threat to our staff and students.

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our staff, and our students.

Sincerely,
Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Schedule Change for April 24th

April 24th is an early dismissal day with NO-PM Kindergarten. Due to a district in-service for staff, we will be adjusting the normal early dismissal schedule.

Students will be dismissed at 12:10 PM for this early dismissal. Please note that children will be served lunch prior to dismissal.

We wanted to provide parents will ample notice of this change to the early dismissal schedule as it may impact work schedules and/or child care.

Kids at Work Day Friday, February 21st.

Kids at Work Day 2020

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Students will celebrate “Kids at Work” day on Friday, February 21st, 2020, with the help of the elementary counseling department.

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Construction Worker       Athlete        Dental Hygienist 

Retail Manager         Vet        Artist       Fashion Designer 

Chef           Entrepreneur        Teacher           Firefighter 

   Caregiver            Marine Biologist        Police Officer

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As a way to promote career exploration and awareness with our elementary students, Penn Manor elementary schools are planning a special day across the district.

On Friday, February 21st, 2020 students will be invited to wear clothing that represents a career they may be interested in exploring as an adult. For example, your child may come dressed as a construction worker, a doctor, a teacher, etc. Please make sure that your child’s clothing is appropriate for a day of learning and wouldn’t distract other students in his/her classroom.  As an added component to Kids at Work Day, teachers and staff will be wearing their college, military, trade-school, or past/present career attire.

Our hope is that Kids at Work Day will be a great way to start conversations at home and at school about different types of careers, why someone chooses a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career.  To help facilitate discussion at home regarding career development, please refer to the “additional resources” at the end of this post for some fun, age-appropriate career development activities.

The Penn Manor Elementary School Counselors would like to thank you in advance for your support for Kids at Work Day. If you have any questions, please contact your school’s counselor.

Sincerely,

The Elementary School Counselors

Nichole Hinkle, Hambright

Kimberly Juba, Conestoga and Martic

Shannon Madara, Central Manor

Michele Semple, Pequea

Samantha Strosser, Eshleman and Letort

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No School on Monday

Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, February 17th. Enjoy your three day weekend and we will see you on Tuesday February 18th!!