Dear Y.A.L.E. School Community,
We would like to offer this update on our reopening plans for September. On June 16th, the Pennsylvania Department of Education provided guidance to schools in its document, Preliminary Guidance on Phased Reopening of Schools. Throughout July, we conducted parent surveys that our Return to School Committee referenced when creating the school’s reopening plan. We also consulted the CDC and American Association of Pediatrics guidelines along with the state’s requirements and recommendations to develop a detailed plan for the fall.
As our planning team determined options, we remained focused on the health and safety of our students and staff. With this as our priority, we created our annual Health and Safety Plan for 2020-2021, which is required of all schools in the state. The Governor asked that school reopening plans include modified, in-person instruction. The Y.A.L.E. plan provides both for in-person instruction, and remote learning to accommodate families that are not yet comfortable sending their children back to school. School hours have also been modified with all students following a shortened daily schedule.
Attached to this letter is an overview of our plan, which references these instructional options and school hours as well as key considerations given to COVID-19 precautions. We ask you to review the information contained in the “Y.A.L.E. School Reopening Plan-Community Summary” documentcarefully, as it is important to students, staff and faculty.
We also request that parents use the Parent/Guardian Response Link at the end of the summary, which directs you to an electronic form. Here you will select the preferred instructional option for your child(ren). The link will be active as of Wednesday, July 29th. Responses are required by August 5th and will apply to your child’s instructional program for the 1st Marking Period. By responding by the date required, you will help us to best meet the needs of our students, both in-person and remotely, when school begins this fall.
We understand that this coming school year will look vastly different from years past, and appreciate your patience and support as we navigate this process. Through continued efforts, and by working together, we are confident that students, families and our staff and faculty will feel both physically and emotionally safe in the months ahead.
Attachment: Y.A.L.E. School Reopening Plan – Community Summary
The Y.A.L.E. Administrative Team