Dr. Fiore's Message dated March 22, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Staff and Community, 

 

As we enter week two of the mandatory school closure, I wanted to provide you with an update on our plans and our preparation 

 

First, please know that we still don't have all the answers, but we do know more than we did at this time last week. Unfortunately, this has resulted in even more questions. One of the biggest unknowns is if schools will be permitted to reopen on Monday, March 30. The simple answer is: we do not know. However, we are making plans regardless of the decision to reopen. Whether or not we reopen as planned on March 30, we are committed to providing support to our families, our staff, our teachers and our districts. 

 

This past week, our professional staff participated in training to move assignments online and made those assignments available to their students. Students should continue to work as able on those assignments. Please know that during these two weeks the work given to students is not mandatory, assignments will not be graded and attendance will not be taken. Our TCHS students should follow the direction of their home school districts regarding completing their academic coursework and assignments. 

 

As a father of three school-aged children, and a lifelong educator, I encourage all students to continue working on the assignments provided by their teachers. It is a wonderful opportunity to review coursework and strengthen understanding of subject matter previously learned. It is also a perfect time to pick out a book to read for enjoyment. 

 

In addition, several educational programs such as BrainPop, BoardMaker and Coursera are offering free subscriptions during the school closures. For a full listing, please visit Kidsactivitiesblog.com. The CCIU also launched a Coronavirus Resource Subsite that contains a resource section for parents with information, updates and links to online educational resources for students and answers to your frequently asked questions.    

 

Below, please find our schedule for the remainder of the mandatory closure:  

   

Week of March 23-27 

  • Students continue to access supplemental learning materials created by their instructor (students received information from their instructor on how to access); 

  • CCIU schools, offices and programs remain closed; 

  • CCIU identified staff continue work from home; 

  • CCIU identified staff continue to meet virtually; and, 

  • CCIU identified essential staff report to work as directed by supervisor;

  • Brandywine Virtual Academy and Philadelphia Virtual Academy staff continue to provide instruction as normal.

(We may reconvene our instructional staff for professional development and/or continuity of education planning this week pending information from the Governor's Office and the PA Department of Education. I have several meetings on Monday with our decision-makers which may influence our planning. Please make sure to check your email so that you are updated regarding any changes).

 

Thank you again for your patience and flexibility during this time. Information is changing rapidly, and we will continue to do our best to respond and communicate new information and guidelines as we receive them from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  

 

Please remember that our first line of defense against Coronavirus (COVID-19) is our own behavior. Please practice social distancing. Do not gather in groups, including inviting friends and family to your home. Wash your hands frequently, and sanitize high-touch areas such as light switches, door knobs, countertops and faucets regularly.   

 

If you or a family member is not feeling well, running a fever or develops a dry cough, please call your health care provider immediately. 

 

Working together, we can keep our families and our communities healthy and safe. 

 

Stay healthy, stay safe, stay home.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. George F. Fiore