Coronavirus Updates and Resources
March 30, 2020
Free/Low-Cost Internet Options for Camp Hill School District Families
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.
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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.
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.
Patricia S. Craig
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.
Patricia S. Craig
March 11, 2020
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.
Patricia S. Craig
March 3, 2020
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.
Patricia S. Craig
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.