District Support and Resources

CCIU Program and School Closure

  • At approximately 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, the Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, extendedindefinitely the mandatory closure of all schools and non-life sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. In addition to closing schools indefinitely, Governor Wolf expanded the “stay at home” order to 26 counties and extended the stay at home order until April 30.

    Please know that this is a very fluid situation, so our plans may need to be adjusted and revised as we receive more information. If anything should change throughout this closure, you will be notified through the appropriate channels.

Online Learning FAQs

  • Is it legal for teachers to videoconference directly with students, even if they are in their own home?

  • Isn’t it a privacy violation if other students can see inside another students’ home?

  • Should videoconferences be recorded?

  • Our teachers are expressing reluctance to do videoconferencing in case they see child abuse or other problematic conduct in the background. Is that a legitimate concern?

  • Is it a FERPA violation for Parents to see the other students in a special education class or group?

  • Do school districts have to provide internet access and devices for students to access videoconferencing?

  • If we provide an internet connection to some students who don’t have one (such as a wireless hotspot), do we have to reimburse families who don’t get one for part of the cost of their internet?

  • If we provide an internet connection to students, must we filter that internet connection?

  • Does videoconferencing have to be accessible for individuals with disabilities?

  • Can we use copyrighted materials in a video conference session an on a shared screen or does this violate the copyright?

  • Is it legal for a teacher to take a screenshot or photo of students engaged in online learning and to post it to social media?

  • What if a Parent takes a screenshot or photo of students engaged in a video conference and it includes students who have declined the media release?

  • What if a student curses or shows inappropriate material to the video conference? Can the teacher mute the student and/or kick him/her out of the conference?

  • Can we required that students wear appropriate attire for videoconferences?

  • Zoom’s terms of use state that users must be of legal age to consent to the use of the service. Does this mean that we can’t use Zoom with minors?

District FAQs

  • Can I access building facilities during this closure, including outdoor grounds and facilities?

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    No. Governor Wolf has closed all public schools and has set clear expectations for social distancing and no access to public schools and buildings. Staff, students and community members are reminded that all school grounds and facilities, including playgrounds and outdoor equipment, are NOT open during this closure. He has made exceptions for essential personnel only. 

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  • What staff can the CCIU deem essential?

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    These decisions are made locally, in the context of school and community needs.  Examples of essential responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, school administration, food preparation and distribution, information technology, and continuity of operations such as payroll and building operations. The individuals that have been identified as “essential” have been in communication with their supervisor. As this situation evolves, we may need to identify different personnel to assist. 

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  • What is the CCIU doing to clean and disinfect the building?

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    The CCIU has always taken great pride in our schools and office facilities as evidenced by the cleanliness and overall appearance of each of our buildings. In response to the COVID-19 situation, our Facilities Management and Support Services Department has implemented a plan that includes enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Every member of our maintenance and custodial staff, along with our contracted custodial services, is working daily in each building to "deep clean" classrooms, hallways, offices and program areas using sanitizing products that are approved by the Department of Health. As each area is completed, a "do not enter" sign is placed on the door. As an extra precaution, every area will receive one more final cleaning before schools are reopened.

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  • Will any CCIU activities and events be held during closures?

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    No. Most activities and events are postponed and/or cancelled until further notice. We are making every effort to offer trainings and services virtually when possible. We will reevaluate once the mandated closure has ended. 

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  • Where can I find more information?

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    If you have any concerns about yourself or a household member being exposed to COVID-19, please contact your primary healthcare provider. Additionally, the Chester County Health Department has a self-reporting online tool available on its webpage.

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  • How are we helping families in need?

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    The CCIU is working in collaboration with local social service agencies and our school districts to determine how best we can support families in need. We are assisting in coordinating food delivery and reaching out to families we believe may be in need. Additionally, you will find the Chester County Community Resource Guide to assist you.  

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  • How can support be accessed for those in crisis?

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    HMS/Health Advocate, an employee assistance program (EAP), offers free and confidential counseling and referral services to help employees and their eligible dependents successfully manage life's problems. If either you or someone in your household is struggling with anxiety and stress due to the current health crisis, please seek support. The phone number for HMS is 877-240-6863 or you can visit their website.  
     
    Also, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has published a guide for talking with children about this situation. Times of crisis can elicit a wide range of emotions and behaviors in children and ourselves. It is important that we take care of our physical and mental health while caring for others. If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress, a 24-hour crisis text line is available by texting “start” to 741741. If an individual needs urgent mental health services, Valley Creek Crisis is available 24 hours a day at 610-918-2100. As with any other emergency, you can also call 911.  

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  • How are we supporting schools and districts during the closure?

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    The CCIU is reaching out to district and school leaders to see how we can best meet their needs. The CCIU is able to support schools and districts remotely through the use of Zoom virtual meetings, remote access to their networks through Chesconet and traditional phone calls. CCIU consultants are providing remote professional development, and Brandywine Virtual Academy online courses are up and running. As always, CCIU is available to provide customized services to meet the specific needs of any district or school. 

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  • Will graduation be affected?

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    Not at this time. We anticipate that graduation will be held as scheduled. This could change depending upon the clarification we get from the Department of Education and the Governor’s Office, or if the closure lasts longer than 10 days.

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  • What about students who receive special education services?

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    When school reopens, instructional staff who provide services to our students with disabilities will make every effort to deliver the service minutes indicated in each student’s IEP using available platforms. The CCIU will work collaboratively with school districts for school age special education service delivery and our regulatory agencies for early childhood and adult services.  

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  • What is the expectation for instruction and content during this closure? 

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    We are seeking clarification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding expectations for instruction during the closure. It is our understanding that all schools are closed, so that students will not be penalized or marked absent if assignments or work is not completed.  We intend to provide optional online enrichment and supplemental learning materials in order to ensure continuity of instruction for our students when possible. We will provide an update to families and students once we have received official word from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

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