Dear LeTort Families,

The Carlisle Area School District elementary administrative team has been planning all summer for the start of the 2020-21 school year. CASD families and staff received the communication from Superintendent Spielbauer indicating that CASD administration will recommend to the School Board a delay to the start of the school year until September 8, 2020. The superintendent’s message is repeated at the end of this message for your reference.

As you can imagine, the upcoming school year has many unique challenges. School administrators recognize that this will be a very difficult year for students, families and staff. We are planning for all possible scenarios in regard to the pandemic. We want nothing more than to welcome our students and staff to our school buildings for in-person instruction and we are striving to open in a Tier 2 (hybrid) model that allows for two days of in-person school attendance; however, we urge our families and staff to be prepared for the possibility of a Tier 1 (fully online) start to the school year.

It will be very important for families to help prepare their student(s) for either a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 start to the school year. Here are some ways to that you can help your student(s) start the year on a positive note:

How to prepare your child(ren) for Tier 1 (fully online instruction):

  • Be positive about the school year and listen to your student’s concerns
  • Talk to your student(s) about why the school year looks different
  • Attend your student’s (virtual) Back to School Night so that you can be prepared to discuss with your student(s) what to expect in this tier
  • Provide your child with a regular, quiet place to work
  • If you or your child has a question about an assignment, do not hesitate to contact the teacher
  • Develop a schedule for your child to complete assignments but do allow frequent breaks and outdoor play
  • Be attentive to announcements regarding iPad distribution and care

  • How to prepare your child(ren) for Tier 2 (hybrid schedule):

  • Be positive and listen to your student’s concerns
  • Talk to your student(s) about why the school year looks different
  • Attend your student’s (virtual) Back to School Night so that you can be prepared to discuss with your student(s) what to expect in this tier
  • If you or your child has a question about an assignment, do not hesitate to contact the teacher
  • Practice wearing masks (wash cloth face masks frequently)
  • Help your student(s) understand and practice social distancing
  • Have your student(s) practice frequent handwashing
  • iPads will be distributed at school in this tier

Visit the CDC website for more information on back to school planning:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/parent-checklist.html

In the weeks ahead, we will provide additional information on the school year to include: virtual Back to School activities, health and safety protocols, updated school calendar, iPad distribution, and specific teacher assignments.

Stay safe and healthy.

Respectfully,

Barbara K. Wohlgemuth
Acting Principal, LeTort Elementary School

 

JULY 31st MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT SPIELBAUER