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July 2, 2020

 

Dear Camp Hill Families,

 

We hope that you are staying well and enjoying the summer months. As we all continue to navigate the personal and professional obstacles that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed before us, the safety of our students, staff, and community will continue to drive all District decisions regarding the upcoming school year. What school will look like in the fall is still uncertain. We recognize that uncertainty may continue throughout the 2020-2021 school year and for that reason, we are developing plans for different options. I cannot stress enough how critical it is for all of us to understand that our plans will need to remain flexible for the foreseeable future due to the ever-shifting landscape that we are facing. To that end, I have a few reminders and updates to share with you at this time:

  • At the June 22 Board Meeting, a revised calendar for the 2020-21 school year was approved. The first student day is Tuesday, September 8. The calendar can be accessed here.
  • The CHSD Leadership Team and Mrs. Dena Higgins, Certified School Nurse, have been carefully reviewing guidance documents from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and have developed the first draft of a District-wide plan that includes key health and safety strategies and protocols for in-person instruction in the event of a full or partial re-opening of schools.
  • A 27 member Health and Safety Plan Task Force including parents, teachers, nurses, physicians, District leaders, and Board Directors has been established, and on July 8, will begin to review and provide feedback regarding the key health and safety strategies and protocols for in-person instruction. A District-Wide Health and Safety Plan must be Board approved, submitted to PDE, and posted on the District’s website prior to any form of in-person reopening of schools.
  • Planning for a full or partial re-opening will be grounded in a new normal. Almost all routines and procedures will look very different than in the past. To that end, Principals have formed building level task force teams to develop the building-specific procedures and protocols that will need to be established and implemented for in-person instruction in the event of a full or partial re-opening of schools.
  • Our goal this summer is to purchase enough technology devices so that all students in grades K-12 will have access to a District-issued device in the fall, in the likely event that we need to shift to remote learning at any time during the school year. We have also purchased and will be implementing the Schoology Learning Management Platform. Schoology is an educational communication and collaboration platform that will enable students, teachers, and parents to access all coursework, assignments, grades, and much more by logging into one system from any device at any time. Schoology can and will be utilized for in-person instruction, and it will also allow us to offer a more streamlined and enhanced remote learning experience than we were able to offer last spring during the school closures. Staff will be trained this summer with the goal of a full implementation of this platform to start the school year.
  • Based on the results of the Remote Learning Survey we conducted in June, we recognize that there is some interest in a full-time online learning option for a few families. For several years, the Camp Hill School District has partnered with the Capital Area Online Learning Association (CAOLA) through the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) to offer online learning options for our secondary students. We are now expanding our partnership to offer a fully remote educational option for all students in grades K-12. Additional information and an interest survey will be forthcoming.

 On behalf of the entire District and the Camp Hill Board of Directors, we extend our best wishes for the continued health of our entire community. We thank you for your continued patience, for partnering with us to empower our students to achieve their full potential and for helping us to make every day a great day to have Lion PRIDE!

 

Sincerely,

Patricia S. Craig

 


June 12, 2020

 

Dear Camp Hill Families,

 

On June 3, 2020, all PA Superintendents received a communication from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) including Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Schools. The preliminary guidance serves as a starting point for school leaders to consider in reopening preparations, and it will continue to evolve as further research, data and resources become available. Thus, this document is subject to change over the next several days, weeks, and months. Any changes and/or updates will be communicated to our families and staff. Later this month, PDE will release additional guidance that outlines steps for school openings while addressing safe operations, teaching and learning, and student wellness, with attention to equity.

 

We urge all of you to review this extensive document. Plans must encompass several elements, including identifying a pandemic coordinator or team to lead response efforts; steps to protect children and staff who may be at higher risk; processes for monitoring students and staff for symptoms; guidelines for hygiene practices; processes for cleaning and disinfecting; guidelines for the use of face masks; protocols for social distancing; and procedures for restricting large gatherings. The plans must be approved by local boards of directors and posted on the district’s public website before a school reopens. The plans must also be submitted to PDE but will not be subject to either approval or disapproval. There are many “must dos” for this plan and there are other items that may be considered to the greatest extent possible. The Leadership Team will develop a draft document, which will then be shared with a larger task force including teachers, the District’s nursing department, other medical professionals, parents, and Board Directors for feedback. Our goal is that the document will be ready for discussion and review at the August 3 School Board Work Session.

 

At this time, I also want to provide an update regarding the alternate school calendar that was reviewed and discussed at the June 8 School Board Work Session. As many of you are aware, the MS/HS is undergoing an extensive renovation project which began in February with contractors working after school hours. As a result of the stay at home orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, we experienced a loss of 51 calendar days, which had a significant impact on the original project schedule. For this reason, the Board of Directors will be approving the alternate calendar for the 2020-21 school year at the June 22 Board Meeting. A draft of this revised calendar can be found here.

 

Throughout the summer months, we will continue to communicate through the Blackboard Connect Messaging System to keep families updated regarding decisions and plans for the 2020-2021 school year. On behalf of the entire District and the Camp Hill Board of Directors, we extend our best wishes for the continued health of our entire community. We thank you for partnering with us to empower our students to achieve their full potential, and for helping us to make every day a great day to have Lion PRIDE!

 

Sincerely,

 

Patricia S. Craig

 


June 3, 2020

 

Dear Camp Hill Families,

 

We hope this message continues to find everyone doing well.  This has been a whirlwind few months, and we couldn’t have gotten this far without all of your patience, effort and support.  Camp Hill Pride has certainly never been more prevalent!

 

Many of you have been asking about collecting student items that were left on that last day of school.  We now have more details to share on how you can collect anything your child had left behind, and also how the District can collect textbooks, library books, elevator keys and Chromebooks/Power Cords from home.

 

We will be having a drive-by pick up/drop off starting Monday, June 8 for all students in grades K-11.  Collections and drop offs will be held for specific times by grade and school so be sure to check for the time that applies to you.  Here are the details:

 

Where Should I go?

                ALL drop off/pick ups will be held at the loop in front of Eisenhower Elementary off 21st Street.

 

 

When Should I Come?

Middle School

  • If you are in 6th Grade you should come between 7:30am-9:30am on June 8
  • If you are in 7th Grade you should come between 9:30am-11:30am on June 8
  • If you are in 8th Grade you should come between 12:30pm-2:30pm on June 8

 

High School

  • If you are in 9th Grade you should come between 7:30am-9:30am on June 9
  • If you are in 10th Grade you should come between 9:30am-11:30am on June 9
  • If you are in 11th Grade you should come between 12:30pm-2:30pm on June 9

 

Hoover Elementary

  • If you are in Kindergarten you should come between 7:30am-9:30am on June 10
  • If you are in 1st Grade you should come between 9:30am-11:30am on June 10
  • If you are in 2nd Grade you should come between 12:30pm-2:30pm on June 10

 

Eisenhower Elementary

  • If you are in 3rd Grade you should come between 7:30am-9:30am on June 11
  • If you are in 4th Grade you should come between 9:30am-11:30am on June 11
  • If you are in 5th Grade you should come between 12:30pm-2:30pm on June 11

 

Note:  If you have students at more than one school, you will need to come through the line for your students at EACH building.  If your students are at the same school, we will be able to provide all student items in one trip.

 

 

What Do I Bring?

We ask that you bring these things back to the District:

  • Any textbooks and or library books
  • District Chromebooks and its power cord
  • Elevator Keys

 

How Should I Bring them?

  • Bag up any textbooks and library books you have in one bag, and put your child’s name and homeroom prominently on the bag.
  • Bag up any Chromebooks and its power cord in a separate bag, and put your child’s name and homeroom prominently on the bag.
  • Bag up any Elevator Keys in a small sandwich like bag, and put your child’s name and homeroom prominently on the bag.
  • Note: if you are bringing items for more than one child in that school, please either bag them separately with each child’s name or in one with all student’s names listed.
  • When they are ready, put the bagged items for the District in the trunk of your car. (Note:  No pick up/drop off by bicycle or on foot.  All participants must use a vehicle to maintain safety and social distance.)

 

What Will My Student Be Getting?

We have been working hard to clean out lockers, desks and cubbies, placing your student’s belongings in bags.  In these bags, you can expect to find anything and everything left behind in these areas.  For the elementary’s you will also find some awesome artwork!  Some students will be getting instruments from Mr. Palmquist, and others physical packets from Ms. Fanus.  Some students at Eisenhower will also find any items left with the school nurse.  We have tried very hard to make sure this was a productive trip!

 

 

How Will This Work?

      A drop off/pick up line will be formed at the loop in front of Eisenhower.  There you will visit three stations:

  • Station 1 – Chromebook & Power Cord Drop Off – Provide Child’s name (s) to the staff person here.
  • Station 2 – Textbook, Library Book and Elevator Key Drop Off
  • Station 3 – Student Belongings Pick Up
  • Once you arrive at the Eisenhower loop off 21st Street stop at the first station and pop the trunk of your car.  A staff person will remove any bags of Chromebooks and Power Cords and let you know when it is safe to move to the next station with your trunk remaining open. 
  • Stop at the second station where staff will remove any bagged Textbooks, Library Books or Elevator Keys, and let you know when it is safe to pull to the final station. 
  • Stop at the final station where staff will place any student belongings into your trunk.  They will close your trunk and let you know when it is safe to move on. 

Other Important Items

  • All staff will be maintaining social distance and wearing gloves and masks to handle items safely.  As a precautionary measure, we ask that you remain in your car at all times. Building access will not be available at this time. 
  • Please be sure to double check the time you should come.  Student items are organized this way, so it will make for an easier day J
  • Once through all the stations, please exit Eisenhower turning RIGHT onto 21st Street to avoid any traffic issues. 
  • This will be held weather permitting.  Rain dates will fall on the following week if needed.

 

Once again we thank you for continued support and patience!  We look forward to seeing you and your students, even if it is only at a socially appropriate distance!

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your principal. 

 

The CHSD Leadership Team

 


June 2, 2020

 

Dear Camp Hill Families,

As we close out and reflect upon the 2019-20 school year, we would like to again, extend our gratitude for your patience, flexibility, and the school-family partnership that has been strengthened during this pandemic. Despite the challenges COVID-19 presented to us, great things have continued to happen in Camp Hill School District. We know that we have a daunting task ahead of us in solving the puzzle for reopening schools and we will move forward building on the following areas of remote learning success:

  • Teachers have worked very hard to provide daily Learn at Home plans including live and/or recorded interactions.
  • Students have continued to receive support through guidance, ESL, gifted and special education services.
  • Students have been moderately to highly engaged in learning opportunities, with a majority of our students completing all or most of the daily activities provided in the weekly Learn at Home Plans.
  • Technology needs and supports for our families have been identified and addressed.
  • Virtual alternatives to as many end of year celebrations/events as logistically possible were developed and implemented.
  • Parents and guardians have embraced a full partnership with our schools to support structured and meaningful learning for students.

A friend recently shared with me a message from University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor Gallagher regarding the ongoing planning for the upcoming academic year. In the message, the Chancellor intuitively states, “Since COVID-19 will be part of our lives for the foreseeable future, the end of the crisis phase isn’t defined by the end of the virus, but rather by our ability to adapt to its ongoing presence in our operations.” The CHSD Leadership Team is already preparing for an uncertain 2020-2021 school year. We recognize that there are many questions, concerns, and anxieties surrounding a return to the school setting in the fall. As always, it is our mission to create a safe, healthy learning environment and to provide viable options for our Camp Hill students and families. 

For the last several weeks, the Leadership Team has reviewed multiple return to school guidance documents from the CDC, surrounding states, and outside medical and/or educational organizations. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has promised to disseminate re-opening guidance for PA school districts sometime in June. We have participated in weekly brainstorming sessions to discuss challenges and considerations related to the following options for re-opening schools in the fall:

  1. Full return to our school settings.
  2. Full-time remote learning with the support of a new Learning Management System (LMS) to streamline instruction and additional grading and attendance requirements.
  3. Hybrid learning- spending some time in classroom settings on a rotational basis coupled with remote learning.

At this time, no definitive decisions have been made. Regardless of the reopening option, we know that we must stay focused on promoting and maintaining the safety and well-being of the members of our schools and community, staying consistent with applicable state and local orders. As we forge ahead carving the path to a new way of operating, we are asking for input from our families. Please consider completing the following survey to help us understand your experiences during the past nine weeks, and to help us plan for the future. Parents/Guardians can access the survey here.

 

In the coming days, you will be receiving information regarding the distribution of students’ remaining personal items left in classrooms, desks and lockers and the collection of District resources and devices. This process will begin the week of June 8. Please continue to check your e-mail messages and the District website for details regarding the plan.

 

On behalf of the entire District and the Camp Hill Board of Directors, we extend our best wishes for the continued health of our entire community. We thank you for partnering with us to empower our students to achieve their full potential, and for helping us to make every day a great day to have Lion PRIDE!

Sincerely,

Patricia S. Craig

 


May 14, 2020

 

Pandemic EBT Program and Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility

 

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), to families of school-aged children who would have otherwise received free or reduced-priced meals if it were not for school closures. Families of school-aged children certified as free or reduced eligible will receive the equivalent of the free high rate for lunch and the severe need rate for breakfast for each day school was closed. 

 

If a family’s economic situation has changed since school closures began, they can still apply for the National School Lunch Program and, if determined eligible, receive P-EBT benefits.  Families can apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us.

 

For information about the P-EBT program, click here to visit the DHS website.

For information and an application for CHSD’s Free and Reduced Lunch program, click here.


May 8, 2020

Dear Camp Hill Families,

Every year during the first full week of May, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week in recognition of teachers and the invaluable contributions they make to education and society. This past Monday, the Leadership Team recognized the entire Camp Hill School District Staff for their efforts in handling our current challenge head-on with positivity, grace and an incredible willingness to stretch beyond their comfort zones personally and professionally to do the very best for our students and families. To say thank you was just not enough, so as a very small token of our appreciation we produced and shared with them this short video.  The Leadership Team is incredibly proud of the commitment each and every one of our staff members has demonstrated during this pandemic.

As we conclude the eighth week of school closures, we also want to thank our Camp Hill families. You have been patient, flexible, provided us with important feedback, asked good questions, and most importantly, you have been a critical partner in the remote learning experience. Based on anecdotal feedback from teachers, our students have been moderately to highly engaged in learning opportunities, with a majority of our students completing all or most of the daily activities provided in the weekly Learn at Home Plans. I encourage all of our students to finish the school year strong by continuing to engage in the assignments and activities that have been carefully prepared by our teachers.

We want to thank the 51 members of the senior class who participated in the CHHS Senior Graduation Survey.

The question that was asked: 

If all social restrictions remain in place (limits on group gatherings, social distancing, etc.) and the Camp Hill School District needs to look at alternatives to the traditional graduation ceremony, what is the best solution to creatively and effectively honor the Class of 2020?

The top 3 responses received were:

  • postpone the ceremony
  • have a parade
  • have the traditional ceremony following social distancing guidelines

Based on the feedback we received and in accordance with the Governor’s plan for a safe and iterative process for reopening the state, the Camp Hill School District will POSTPONE Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2020 until Saturday, August 1, with the hope that we will be able to hold a traditional event at Siebert Park at that time. Additionally, we are continuing to monitor state guidance and working on a plan to honor our seniors in a safe and meaningful way on Saturday, June 6. Additional details regarding June 6 will be forthcoming.

On behalf of the entire District and the Camp Hill Board of Directors, we extend our best wishes for the continued  health of our entire community. We thank you for partnering with us to empower our students to achieve their full potential, and for helping us to make every day a great day to have Lion PRIDE!

Sincerely,

Patricia S. 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?
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:

  • Reinforcement and Enrichment – Activities will review and solidify key content and skills which were already taught throughout the school year.
  • 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.
  • Structure for At-Home Learning – Activities will provide structure and guidance for our students and families as they engage in at-home learning.

 

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

 

 

 


March 31, 2020

Dear Camp Hill Families,

On Monday afternoon, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf extended the closure of Pennsylvania schools until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All school events and activities are cancelled through the end of April. The District will continue to provide updates and announcements via the website and/or notification system moving forward.

 As I shared in my previous message to you, we have been working diligently to transition to a remote learning plan. This is not an easy or simple shift, and has required immense coordination, adaptability, and creativity in a short period of time. Beginning Monday, 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. If you would like a preview of what the templates look like, please follow the appropriate link below:

 

Grades K-5 Learn at Home Template

Grade 6 Learn at Home Template

Grade 7 Learn at Home Template

Grade 8 Learn at Home Template

Grades 9-12 Learn at Home Template

 

Principals and teachers are working to articulate information regarding student expectations and completion of work through a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. These documents will be shared with families prior to Monday, April 6.

Our Technology Department has been working diligently to distribute devices to those students in grades 6-12, with an identified need. We will now begin to evaluate the technology access needs at the K-5 level and determine next steps. Please take a few minutes to complete one survey for each student in grades K-5.  We are asking for all surveys to be completed by noon on Monday, April 6, 2020.   

Survey Link: https://forms.gle/mz6zqucXzHWBnpk27

 

Additionally, the following information regarding Free/Low-Cost Internet Options for Camp Hill School District Families has been posted on our website  

  1. Internet Essentials From Comcast is offering two months of free service to new customers.  For more details and to see if you qualify, visit the Internet Essentials From Comcast website: https://www.internetessentials.com/
  2. Free Community Wi-Fi Hot-Spots from Comcast/Xfinity
    Map of Hot-Spots: https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/    
  1. The Camp Hill School District Wi-Fi is available for free from the following school building parking lots (connect to the SSID LionWire-Open):
    • Camp Hill Middle/High School Parking Lot (parking spaces closest to the building)
    • Hoover Elementary Parking Lot (parking spaces closest to the building)   

We are incredibly proud of what our entire faculty and staff has done to make the very best out of a difficult situation. We will continue to do great things here in Camp Hill as we partner with you to implement our Learn at Home model and continue to make every day a great day to have Lion PRIDE. Thank you all for your positive feedback, support and flexibility. 

 

Sincerely,

Patricia S. Craig

 


March 30, 2020

Free/Low-Cost Internet Options for Camp Hill School District Families

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Internet Essentials From Comcast is offering two months of free service to new customers.  
For more details and to see if you qualify, visit the Internet Essentials From Comcast website: https://www.internetessentials.com/



Free Community Wi-Fi Hot-Spots from Comcast/Xfinity
Map of Hot-Spots: https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/



The Camp Hill School District Wi-Fi is available for free from the following school building parking lots (
connect to the SSID LionWire-Open): 
Camp Hill Middle/High School Parking Lot  (parking spaces closest to the building)
Hoover Elementary Parking Lot (parking spaces closest to the building)  

 


 

March 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. Our teachers, administrators, counselors and staff are ready and available to help and provide additional guidance. As we are asking you to be flexible and understanding, I commit to you that we will do the same. We will keep the lines of communication open, work together, handle concerns with grace and understanding, and assume positive intent in all interactions. 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

 


March 24, 2020

 

Dear Camp Hill Families,

 

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we work through this global health crisis from the local educational level. As a District, we continue to be committed to supporting our students and families during this unpredictable time. Below you will find several important updates.

 

EXTENDED SCHOOL CLOSURE

On Monday, March 23, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the school closure period has been extended through at least Monday, April 6, 2020 in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Under the Governor’s plan, April 7 and April 8 are reserved for staff to return to work. Based on the Camp Hill School District 2019-20 approved calendar, the students would return to school on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

 

THIRD MARKING PERIOD REMINDER

Wednesday, March 25 is the end of the third marking period. Teachers, students, and families should use this week to check grades and to communicate with each other about missing or incomplete assignments.

 

CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION THROUGH OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Our plan for the current week remains unchanged. Teachers will continue to maintain open lines of communication with parents and families and will use the March 17-27 Folder on the teacher webpages to post optional activities that will help students to maintain skills and/or refresh their level of understanding of content and instruction that has already been delivered. Next week, a new folder labeled March 30-April 3 will be added to each teacher’s webpage with additional optional activities.

 

AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT) COURSES AND EXAM UPDATE

For those students currently enrolled in AP courses, the following links to documents provide important information. For any follow up questions relevant to AP courses or the exams, please contact Mrs. Eckerd-Taylor reckerd@camphillsd.k12.pa.us.   

  • To access a Summary for all students taking an AP exam, please click here.
  • To access a schedule of free, live, online review classes for AP students, please click here

This information is also available on the Counseling Department webpage.

 

As shared in previous communications, the Leadership Team has been working together to develop additional plans for the continuity of learning. We are considering many factors including how to reasonably and responsibly engage our students in meaningful educational activities while continuing to support our teachers and families, who are operating in new and unprecedented circumstances.

 

We thank you for your support and will continue to communicate with you as new information becomes available.

 

Sincerely,

Patty Craig
Superintendent

 


 Click here to watch the important video message from Superintendent Craig. The text of the message is below.

 

March 22, 2020 

Hello to  All Camp Hill Families,

First and foremost, we want to let you know that the Camp Hill School District family misses all of you and hope that you are staying well and safe as we move into the second week of the mandated closure. Today, I’d like to provide an update in four main categories:

  • Food Service
  • Student and Parent Mental Health Resources
  • Continuity of Education
  • State Assessments

Food Service During Closure
We are grateful to the West Shore School District for taking Camp Hill School District under their wings to support our families in need during this closure. Information regarding the Grab-and-Go free meal program can be found on our District website under District News. We are also grateful for the support that is being provided by the Earl Besch program through their monthly pantry boxes. This type of volunteer support is a continual reminder that we have a sense of belonging in the Camp Hill community that is second to none.


Student & Parent Mental Health Resources
During this time of upheaval and unpredictability in the lives of adults and children, we know that you and/or your children may be overwhelmed by the volume and frequency of information available via social media and television related to COVID-19. We want to take this opportunity to refer you to the  excellent resources our School Psychologist, Dr. Cristy Rice, has provided on her webpage within the folder labeled March 17-27. To navigate to her webpage or any of the teacher webpages, visit the school’s homepage and click on Teacher Sites. Dr. Rice’s page is available within each of our schools.

 

Continuity of Education
As I shared in the communication you received on March 17, we know that it is critical for us as an educational community to do all that we can to support our students and families. Starting on Tuesday, March 17, and over the course of the two week closure, teachers were asked to use the District website to post optional activities that will help students to maintain skills and/or refresh their level of understanding of content and instruction that has already been delivered. In an effort to maintain consistency for students and families regarding the location of these resources, we added a folder to each teacher webpage titled March 17-27 Folder. To navigate to a teacher’s webpage, visit the school’s homepage and click on Teacher Sites.

 

All school districts across the Commonwealth are awaiting word from the PA Department of Education regarding the continuity of instruction should the closure extend beyond March 27, 2020. We have been diligently collecting information, reaching out to local, state, and federal officials in an effort to get to the point where we can make some critical longer term decisions regarding our path forward. The changes we are encountering each day as we battle to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, do not translate into a clear picture of what “school” might look like for the remainder of this year. We are hopeful that in the coming days we will be provided with definitive and clear information regarding a continued closure and/or return to school. That information will shape the way in which we plan to continue to engage all of our students in meaningful educational activities, while continuing to support families who are operating in new and unprecedented circumstances. Please be assured that the Leadership Team has been working hard behind the scenes to develop a plan for the continuity of education.

 

Our teachers are currently working to wrap up 3rd marking period grades (based on assignments given up until the announcement of the closure on March 13). If your child has missing work from the 3rd marking period, his/her teacher will communicate with your child to ensure that the work is completed during these two weeks and submitted for grading. We also realize and understand the need for teachers to be flexible in accepting work submissions due to these extenuating circumstances. Please communicate directly with teachers for assistance and support in this area.

 

State Assessments
As you probably already know, last week it was announced that PSSA, PASA and Keystone Exams have been cancelled for the 2019-20 Academic Year.

 

I want to take a minute to reinforce that we have an incredible team of caring, collaborative and talented staff members in the Camp Hill School District. We have parents and community members who continually express support, joy and appreciation for how our schools are beacons for bringing the community together. I am confident that we are going to make it through this current challenge. Please know that it is a priority for us to ensure that our students and our families feel supported during this difficult time. In closing, please follow all of the recommended 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.

 


March 17, 2020

 

Dear Camp Hill Families,

 

This has certainly been a challenging time for all of us as we work to cope with an evolving reality that is different than any of us have known. First and foremost, we want all of you to practice self-care during this pandemic. Please follow the necessary precautions to stay well and stay safe.



To reiterate and clarify the Governor’s message from Friday, all PA schools will be closed through Friday, March 27. The 180 day/990 hour requirement has been lifted. At this time, we will not be using snow make-up days or adding to the end of the school year to make up these days.

 

 We know that it is critical for us as an educational community to do all that we can to support our students and families. Starting on Tuesday, March 17, and over the course of the next two weeks, teachers will use the District website to post optional activities that will help students to maintain skills and/or refresh their level of understanding of content and instruction that has already been delivered. In an effort to maintain consistency for students and families regarding the location of these resources, we have added a folder to each teacher webpage titled March 17-27 Folder. To navigate to a teacher’s webpage, visit the school’s homepage and click on Teacher Sites. Again, the main goal is to maintain and/or refresh skills through various optional resources. We encourage you to check the content in this folder regularly. We also recommend that you check email on a regular basis for Blackboard notices and other notices that may be sent by building principals and/or teachers.



We understand and appreciate that you may still have many unanswered questions. Please be assured that we will keep the lines of communication open throughout this closure and we will do our best to provide you with answers in the most efficient and effective way possible. The Leadership Team is continuing to develop a Learn At Home plan in the event this closure extends beyond the two weeks.

 

The last few days have required unprecedented, fast-paced and overwhelming decision-making. I am confident that if we keep lines of communication open, work together, and continue to be flexible and patient with each other, we will push through to the other side of this experience where we can look back and see that it has made us stronger, wiser and closer as a community.

 

Sincerely, 

Patricia S. Craig

Superintendent

 


 

March 13, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

This afternoon Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for students for 10 days effective Monday, March 16.

 

In addition, starting Monday, March 16th, this closure affects before and after school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, weekend events, and facilities use and rentals. SAT’s will be administered tomorrow, as scheduled.

 

Prior to dismissal, students were instructed to take all instructional materials home including textbooks, notebooks, musical instruments, etc. Teachers will report on the in-service day, Monday, March 16, to develop plans for alternate instructional delivery methods.  Additional information regarding instructional plans and resources will be provided via Blackboard. 

 

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is a shared responsibility and one that we take very seriously. As always, we appreciate your patience and support as we move forward together during this unprecedented challenge.

 

Sincerely,

Patricia S. Craig

Superintendent

  


 

March 11, 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

The situation with the COVID-19 Coronavirus is rapidly changing. We believe it is vital for the District to maintain open communication with you regarding our ongoing measures to ensure the safety and security of our students, staff and community. First, I want to assure you that at this time, the District does not have any presumed or confirmed COVID-19 cases. While we are hopeful the situation remains this way, we are in the planning phase regarding additional measures in order to support the effort to minimize the spread of this virus. The District is currently reviewing all school related field trips, extra-curricular trips, and athletics/arts events. We will continue to re-evaluate this situation on a daily basis and plan accordingly for the coming days and weeks. These are preemptive measures in an effort to support the health and safety of our learning environment.

 

We know that a thoughtful and prudent approach is best and we are committed to ensuring public safety without unnecessary disruptions or panic. We will provide regular updates to you as appropriate. We are continuing to work closely with federal, state, and local agencies and health officials to plan accordingly. All ongoing official District updates and information regarding COVID-19 will be sent to you via our Blackboard Connect platform via email and/or phone. District updates will not be distributed via social media platforms such as Twitter. Please exercise caution and remain vigilant regarding the source and accuracy of information you may encounter on social media. We also encourage you to view the COVID-19 resource links posted under the “District News” section of our website.

 

The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and one that we take very seriously. As always, we appreciate your patience and support as we move forward together during this current challenge.

 

Sincerely,

Patricia S. Craig

Superintendent

 


 

March 3, 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

When public health concerns arise, such as what is occurring now with the emergence of the Coronavirus, schools are often asked if special measures are considered and needed. We understand and appreciate these questions and concerns from our families. Our District’s response to public health concerns will be based on guidance or directives issued from public health and governmental agencies. As of the issuance of this communication, those agencies have not recommended that schools implement any special measures.


The following everyday preventative actions have been recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of flu-like illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you are fever free for a minimum of 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For your information, the items below are included in Camp Hill School District’s routine practices:

  • Custodians wipe down and disinfect desks, tables, locker handles, and doorknobs daily.
  • Our principals closely monitor absentee rates.
  • Our school nurses closely monitor visits to their health rooms.
  • Our school nurses encourage sick students and staff to stay home until fever free.

 For additional information, please access the resource links that have been posted on the home page of our District Website under District News. We will continue to update you with additional information and guidance from the appropriate agencies as it becomes available.

 

Sincerely,

Patricia S. Craig

Superintendent

  


February 26, 2020

Please visit our Health Services web page to view resources provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.