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Please consult teacher webpages for Learn at Home plans to complete during these weeks of school closure.

 

Here is the most recent information from Superintendent Craig: 

April 10, 2020

Dear Camp Hill Families,

As I am sure you are aware, Thursday morning, Governor Wolf and Secretary of Education Rivera announced that schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, as defined by the local school calendar. Despite the fact that many of us were anticipating this announcement, it was a difficult one to hear. Last Friday, a message including a link to the details of our Continuity of Education Plan was communicated to all families via our Blackboard alert system. This week, we successfully launched a new model of remote learning, which we will continue to provide through June 4, 2020.

Thursday’s announcement is especially disappointing to the Class of 2020. We want all of our seniors to know that we are committed to researching and considering safe and meaningful solutions for celebrating their incredible accomplishments. We would like to extend a very big thank you to Haas Printing, MSHSA and the Lion Foundation for coordinating and accomplishing the senior yard signs project!

On Thursday afternoon, The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) issued a press release cancelling all remaining winter and spring sports and championships. Our hearts go out to all of our students involved in athletics who we know carefully prepare year-round for a brief window of opportunity, which has now closed.

Once the “stay at home” orders have been lifted by Governor Wolf, we will communicate updates regarding the safe retrieval of students’ personal belongings from our schools. I am confident that we will continue to do great things here in Camp Hill throughout this closure. I encourage all of our students to engage in the assignments and activities that have been carefully prepared by our teachers and posted on the daily Learn at Home templates, and to continue to make every day a great day to have Lion PRIDE. Thank you all for your continued support, positive feedback and for demonstrating perseverance.

Sincerely,

Patricia S. Craig

 

April 3, 2020

Dear Camp Hill Families,

As you know from previous communications, we will transition to a remote learning plan for all students on Monday, April 6. I want to commend and thank our Leadership Team and teachers for their efforts in planning and coordinating our Continuity of Education Plan. They should also be recognized for the creativity and flexibility they have demonstrated over the course of the last three weeks. At this time, we also want to recognize that students and families are experiencing feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and even sadness about the possibility of missing end-of-year events. This is especially true for our Camp Hill School District Senior Class. Please be assured that we are sensitive to this, and we will provide timely information and do all that we can on behalf of our students.

To assist you in understanding the main ideas of CHSD’s Continuity of Education Plan, I have provided a brief overview in a Q&A format below. You can also choose to read the entire plan here.

What is the Continuity of Education Plan?

All across the country, school districts find themselves in new and unfamiliar territory as we shift the educational process from our classrooms to students’ homes. Educators at all levels – local, state, and national – are building an entirely new educational framework, which will allow teaching and learning to continue.
The Camp Hill School District, as per state guidelines, has developed our own Continuity of Education Plan through the Learn at Home model as we weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal moving forward is to provide a structured remote learning plan by grade, subject or course.

We are mindful of our families’ diverse situations, needs, and abilities to be present to work with their children during this process. We have attempted to build a system which will be effective, but also simple, clear, efficient, and manageable for all families.

How is this plan different than traditional schooling?

  1. 1)  Reinforcement and Enrichment – Activities will review and solidify key content and skills which were already taught throughout the school year.

  2. 2)  Exposure to New Learning – Activities will introduce the most critical concepts and skills which would have been taught in the fourth marking period. This content will be important for students’ success in future courses and grade levels.

  3. 3)  Structure for At-Home Learning – Activities will provide structure and guidance for our students and families as they engage in at-home learning.

It is important for all of us to recognize and understand that we will not be able to replicate, or reach the level of rigor of a regular school day, regardless of the model or plan we implement. Despite these new challenges, please be assured that our entire staff will not waiver in our ongoing dedication to doing the very best that we can for our

students. To this end, we are committed to maximizing the Learn at Home experience by focusing on these priorities:

How is this new plan different than the optional activities and resources offered from March 17th to April 3?

While activities were optional for students in the first three weeks, it will now become the expectation that students are engaged with their teachers through the Learn at Home model and will be completing meaningful tasks and activities for class. Two student expectations documents have been developed, one for the elementary level and one for the secondary level. Follow the links below to access these documents.

K-5 Student Expectations 6-12 Student Expectations

Teachers will monitor student participation and engagement through weekly interactions and completion of activities.

What is the timeframe for the Continuity of Education Plan?

April 6-April 8

Launch of Learn at Home templates to post enrichment, review and some new essential learning activities and/or assignments on teacher webpages.

April 14 and beyond

Continue to implement and monitor the Learn at Home model, making adjustments as needed.

This learning model will be in effect until we return to school or until the end of the school year. This will be determined as the situation evolves at the state level and in consideration of the safety and health of students and staff.

What should I do next?

We recommend that families do the following things:

  1. Visit teacher webpages daily. To navigate to a teacher’s webpage, visit the school’s homepage and click on

    Teacher Sites.

  2. Review the student expectations documents: K-5 Student Expectations & 6-12 Student Expectations

  3. Look for future communications from your principals and teachers regarding course/grade level/class

    information.

Thank you again for your support, positive feedback, and flexibility throughout the planning process. Sincerely,

Patricia S. Craig

3/27/2020

Dear Camp Hill Families,

We have appreciated your patience as the Leadership Team and teachers finalized initial plans for the continuity of education for our students. Our goal moving forward is to provide a structured remote learning plan by grade, subject or course. We ask for your continued patience as we implement this approach to schooling, which will come with challenges - for the District, our teaching staff and our families. We may need to make adjustments as we go. It is important for all of us to recognize and understand that we will not be able to replicate, or reach the level of rigor of a regular school day, regardless of the model or plan we implement. Despite these new challenges, please be assured that our entire staff will not waiver in our ongoing dedication to doing the very best that we can for our students.

Beginning April 6, teachers will be providing Learn at Home plans that can be accessed through teacher webpages. The plans will offer review and enrichment activities that may include some essential new learning. Folders will be labeled by the week and will house daily Learn at Home templates. To navigate to a teacher’s webpage, visit the school’s homepage and click on Teacher Sites. Principals and teachers are currently working to finalize and articulate information regarding student expectations and completion of work. This information will be forthcoming.

Our small but mighty Technology Department has been working diligently to identify access needs for our students in grades 6-12. Our data gathering began with a survey that was sent to all families earlier in March. With the help of building administrative assistants, we have also been in contact with families who were not able to complete the survey. Once we have collected all of the necessary data, the Technology Department will be working to address gaps in access to devices, and will communicate plans directly with these families. If this closure extends beyond April 14, we will begin to evaluate the technology access needs at the K-5 level and determine next steps.

I want to repeat that we have an incredible team of caring, collaborative and talented staff members in the Camp Hill School District. Our Camp Hill community is a unique and special one.

keep the lines of communication open, work together Please continue

to follow all of the necessary precautions that have been provided by the Governor and the PA Department of Health. On behalf of the entire Camp Hill School District and Board of Directors, please accept our continued best wishes for your health and safety.

Sincerely,

Patricia S. Craig