It has been a busy week at MTSD as we continue to facilitate our “Continuity of Education (CoE)” plan that offers continued review and enrichment activities during this upcoming week (March 30 – April 3), and online instruction during the following week (April 6 – 9). Our priorities and accomplishments this past week have involved the following:
- Planning to address online educational programming for students in our English Language Development program and Special Education programs;
- Planning to address the internet needs of some of our families;
- Distributing iPads to students; and,
- Planning for staff and students to access instructional and personal belongings in order to prepare for online learning.
In order to plan for online instruction for students, our district leadership team has been strategically reviewing our educational needs and programming for students with special needs and English Language Learners (ELL). Our Pupil Services and Special Education Departments continued to thoroughly and strategically review how the services we provide can best be provided in a home setting, such as online physical and/or occupational therapies, speech therapy, counseling services, health services, etc. Our ELL Department worked diligently to plan methods for identifying the families who may need translation/interpretation services. And the Technology Services team and building administrators continued to identify and communicate with families who may need internet services in their homes, and initiated assistance for accessing free service.
The Technology Services team worked in collaboration with our administrators to organize and facilitate the iPad distribution process in a timely and organized manner that also adhered to the health and safety of our students and staff. By the end of today, most of our elementary students are equipped with the technology they need to be successful and ready to go on April 6. Next week, our Landis Run Intermediate, Middle School, and High School students will have designated times to pick up their technology and any personal belongings they may still have in their lockers. Although Governor Wolf has issued a shelter-in-place order for Lancaster County today, we are still permitted to provide technology devices to families since these are deemed as “Essential.” Therefore, we will be following the same schedule as previously shared.
Also, Governor Wolf’s shelter-in-place order for Lancaster County still permits us to provide meals to students since these too are deemed as “Essential.” And today, the USDA has authorized the ability to provide meals to students at Bucher and Schaeffer without students being present with their parents/guardians. Therefore, you may pick up meals at our two locations from this point forward without your students being present.
For our students attending the following programs: Career and Technology Centers, MTHS Virtual Learning, Dual Enrollment, College in Place of Senior Year, Lancaster County Academy, River Rock Academy, IU 13 Schools, etc., please look for communication regarding “Continuity of Education” planning from the program coordinators at these schools/programs, our HS School Counselors, and/or the High School Administration.
Our teachers and staff are excited and motivated to conquer the challenge of online instruction. Additional correspondence will come next week that provides more specific information about our online learning, including expectations for academic work and tips for families supporting their students while they are online.
As always, your support is appreciated as we work together as a community to successfully navigate these challenging circumstances.