Penn Manor High School is partnering with Samaritan Counseling Center to offer the voluntary TeenHope Emotional-Wellness screening to 9th grade students who have PE/Health in the Spring on March 22nd and 25th. Below is an informational letter for more details.
The district is shifting to online learning for all Penn Manor High School students, effective Monday, March 8, through Friday, March 12. All co-curricular activities are cancelled until at least the middle of the week. The high school building is closed to students and staff.
Over the weekend, we learned that two individuals in our Penn Manor High School community have tested positive for COVID-19, with the most recent notification received on Saturday, March 6. The new cases and resulting quarantines have impacted the district’s ability to staff critical operations for the high school. The decision to shift to online learning is being made in response to the recommended framework from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for actions necessary following the identification of active COVID-19 cases.
No schedule changes are planned for any other Penn Manor schools at this time.
We have notified the Pennsylvania Department of Health and our contacts at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. The individuals who may have been in close contact with the persons who tested positive have been notified and instructed to quarantine, following Department of Health guidelines. All contact tracing and notifications have been completed.
During this time, high school students and faculty will follow the Full Remote Schedule that can be found here. Classes will begin at 7:40 a.m. Students will receive daily live, video instruction on these days. Students will sign in to the Google Meet provided by their teacher through Google Classroom and follow the teachers’ expectations for the class. Students are to be prepared for learning, have all class materials, work in a space that is free from distractions, and be actively participating during the class
Full-day CTC students will continue to report to the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (CTC). Transportation will be provided from Penn Manor High School in the morning and return to the high school in the afternoon. Half-day CTC students may report to the CTC during this time, while also participating in their Penn Manor classes. A shuttle bus will transport students to and from the high school. Students will need to be at the cafeteria entrance by 10:45 am. Half-day CTC students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the high school.
Regular, in-person classes for high school students will resume on Monday, March 15, unless the school district learns of additional information that would require an extension of the closure to assure the safety of the high school community. We encourage you to monitor the district website for updates regarding this situation. All families and faculty will receive a follow-up email from principal Baron Jones regarding expectations for online learning.
During the closure, we expect students to act responsibly by practicing social distancing, wearing masks in public and monitoring their health. If you or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, please contact the high school nurse at 717-872-9520, ext. 1356, so we can identify any other individuals who may have been in close contact in the school setting. As a community, we all need to do our part to assure that in-person learning can safely resume for Penn Manor students.
Full Return of Students – Students will return to attending school full time starting March 8. We will no longer be following the cohort schedule. If you have additional questions, please contact Baron Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cohort Schedule Change – Please note the cohort schedule change for the next two weeks has been changed to accommodate the cohort B students. Please see the changes below.
Week of February 22-26
Monday: Cohort B
Tuesday: Cohort B
Wednesday: Virtual/remote, Keystone exam make-ups
Thursday: Cohort A
Friday: Cohort A
Week of March 1-5
Monday: Cohort B
Tuesday: Cohort B
Wednesday: Asynchronous virtual day, SAT administration, Keystone exam make-ups
Thursday: Cohort A
Friday: Cohort A, K-12 Early dismissal
Week of March 8-12
Full Return of Students
Announcing more great things happening in our community. We’re excited to announce a new partnership with an awesome group of people. CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health along with the Steinman Foundation are working together to support residents and families of the Penn Manor School District during this time of great need throughout our community.
Starting on February 16, they will begin sharing meals with the Penn Manor Community. Pick up will be at the Pequea Township Police Department, 53 Marticville Rd. Lancaster PA 17603 with the first pick up being Tuesday 2/16 beginning at 10:30. Pick ups will continue every 5 days after that.
As a part of the Healthy Communities Crisis Meals – Penn Manor Edition – Each household member will receive 5 healthy dinners, fresh fruit and snacks. This is available to all families in the Penn Manor community, there are no income requirements, nor is there a need to pre-register to participate. The team from CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health will have 200 meal sets to share that morning.
We are excited to help in this venture to support our community during this time. Questions should be directed to CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health – 717-397-7625, https://stjosephchildrenshealth.org/
Congratulations to the January Students of the Month. They were nominated and chosen by the teachers and staff of Penn Manor for exhibiting exemplary educational traits.
This month’s winners are:
Freshman – Suren Clark
Sophomore – Jenna DeVinney
Junior – Joy Perkins
Senior – Amber Osborne
Congratulations to this month’s winners!
Due to the cancelation of school on December 17 and February 1 and 2, all scheduled weather make-up days for the 2020-2021 school year have been exhausted.
As a result, any additional weather-related school closures will be virtual instructional days (also known as “cyber snow days”) which have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Teachers will post assignments to their Google Classroom, Moodle or SeeSaw pages for students to access on these days. Students will receive thorough instructions and a description of expectations for what they are to complete during the virtual snow day.
Secondary teachers will post assignments by 8 a.m., and elementary teachers will post assignments by 9:30 a.m.
Students are expected to submit completed assignments by midnight of the virtual snow day. Student attendance will be based on the submission of assignments.
Teachers will schedule two office hours during which they will be available to students for questions and/or instruction — one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon within the school day.
As a result of the school closures so far this winter, the previous snow make-up days of March 19, April 1 and April 5 are now regular instructional days.
This week is Course Selection Kickoff Week. This year, the event will be entirely virtual.
- All videos and materials, including parent letter with timeline, this year’s Course Selection Guide, and course request worksheets by grade, can be found under the “Course Selection for the 2021-22 SY” tab.
- Each department has created short videos to inform and assist students and their families with course selection.
Starting on Monday February 22, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will begin to request courses for the 2021-22 school year using their Sapphire Community Portal accounts.
- Students and their families should review and utilize the course selection videos and materials before requesting courses for next year.
- Students will need to know their Sapphire username, password, and pin to access their accounts.
- If students cannot access their accounts, please contact the main office.
If you have any questions or concerns about course selection, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor by email.