April 9, 2020
On Thursday, April 9, the Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, extended the mandatory closure of all schools in the Commonwealth for the rest of the academic school year. While I am sad that the 2019-20 school year will not be completed in person, I am confident that the online learning provided to our students will continue to be successful. In compliance with the Governor's directive, all CCIU schools and buildings will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. CCIU staff will continue to work from home throughout the closure, and provide our students with their educational program.
At this time, it is unclear whether summer programming (ESY) will be provided in-person or will be structured as online learning. As we continue to receive directives from the state, we will keep you updated.
I know that this comes as unwelcome news. We are social individuals, as such our daily interactions with friends, family and coworkers are integral to our emotional and psychological well-being. While we are all longing to return to our daily routines, the steps and precautions that we take today to ensure the safety of our students, staff, families and community will have long-lasting benefits.
I urge everyone to continue practicing social distancing, to follow the Governor’s stay at home order and to implement the recommendations of the CDC for handwashing, sanitizing surfaces, limiting social interactions and wearing face masks when in public. The more vigilant we are today, the better our outcomes for tomorrow!
I know these times are extremely challenging as this “new normal” continues to become a prolonged reality for us all. I am truly grateful for everyone’s flexibility throughout this time. Despite the closure, we will continue to operate remotely and provide administrative and educational services to the extent possible. You should have received a schedule from your child(ren)’s principal or program supervisor up until May 1, 2020. This schedule will now be extended to the last day of school. Any changes to the schedule will be sent to you by your child’s teacher, principal or program supervisor. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
Thank you again for supporting us through these many unknowns and changes. I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, and I have confidence will get through this together.
We know that many of our families will need medical, financial and mental health services during and after this crisis. The CCIU has a number of resources to help families who are struggling during this time, and are also able to direct you to social agencies that can provide your family with support. If you are unsure where to receive assistance, please reach out to your child’s teacher, principal or program supervisor, or visit the Parent Resource page on the CCIU website.
Times of crisis can elicit a wide range of emotions and behaviors in children and adults. 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.
We look forward to seeing you all again next school year in our schools and in person. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy and stay home.
Dr. George F. Fiore
Chester County Intermediate Unit