• Superintendent Blog: October 20, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 10/20/2021 4:00:00 PM

    Dear Morrisville Community,

    Our Food Service Provider, The Nutrition Group, has been working with our team regarding the food shortages which have been experienced on a widespread basis.  In short, supply chain issues in the food distribution sector have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Our team remains committed to providing meals for our students to the greatest extent possible. However, recent supply orders for lunch menu items have resulted in back-orders that could last weeks or even months.

    This is a difficulty that almost every school district is experiencing on some level, and this results in breakfast and lunch menu items being unavailable or in short supply.  We regret this situation, but it is entirely out of our control.

    We are working with The Nutrition Group to seek alternate vendors for food items and distribution.  We will keep you updated if this situation changes.

     

     

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  • Superintendent Blog: September 10, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 9/10/2021 10:00:00 AM

    Dear Morrisville Community,

    It is with a heavy heart and mixed feelings that I inform you that I will be stepping down from my role as Superintendent.  I have accepted a position in another district and will be making that transition over the next 60 days.  As of this morning, I issued my formal resignation to our Board President, Mr. Damon Miller. 

    I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and gratitude to you for the privilege of being a leader in this District.  The Board, Staff, Students, and Community have shown great support of our work together and have come together in ways unprecedented to meet the needs of our school community.  There have been many highs and lows that this community has faced and through each event, this community has stood strong for its learners.

    The team is working on a transition plan that will ensure a smooth transition of leadership, with minimal impact on the classroom experience for our teachers and students.   The district is in good hands with its Cabinet-level leadership; I am confident that their efforts will support the district over its next season.

    There will be more information released as soon as it is available regarding the next steps in the search for a new District Superintendent.  I am grateful to each of you for your kindness and grace as we weathered some very uncertain times, and I hope that you afford my successor the same grace as they assume leadership of the district.

    My best to you now, and always.

     

    Mr. Jason B. Harris

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  • Superintendent Blog: August 30, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 8/30/2021 2:30:00 PM

    Dear Morrisville Families,

    I am writing to inform you of a few updates related to our PowerSchool implementation as well as an update to our school calendar.  Also, a reminder about student devices (Chromebooks) is below.

    PowerSchool/Schedules: 

    NOTE:  We were experiencing an email release issue with PowerSchool until this morning.  Confirmation emails were not being sent from PowerSchool upon parent registration. It is my understanding that this issue is now resolved.

    All student and parent login information has been emailed to the Morrisville student email accounts as well as mailed to the home address.  Upon the initial creation of accounts, please use the usernames and temporary passwords provided, and be sure to click on the CREATE ACCOUNT tab with the login information provided.  To be clear, the confidential ID that is contained in the email/letter is your username.

    You can find specific instructions here.

    ***If you have not received your credentials, please contact Mr. Shiota, jshiota@mv.org, or 215-736-2681,x8085.

    Additionally, schedules were mailed home in the back-to-school packet. These schedules may appear incomplete. However, Powerschool should hold your child’s complete schedule. If you have any questions regarding an incomplete schedule or gaps in your child’s schedule please contact your student's guidance counselor: 

     

    Phone:  215-736-2681

    Grade K-5: Ms. Leary, Extension 1470, gleary@mv.org

    Grade 6-8: Ms. Sherlock, Extension 8190, hsherlock@mv.org

    GRade 9-12: Ms. Culnan, Extension 5267, nculnan@mv.org

     


    Calendar update:  The observation of the Yom Kippur holiday was incorrectly scheduled on our school calendar. Because of this error, we need to change this date.  Schools will be OPEN on September 15th and CLOSED on September 16th.  The school calendar will be changed to reflect the proper date to observe this important holiday. 

    You can find the updated calendar here.

     


    Chromebook reminder:  If your student currently possesses a District Chromebook, please instruct them to:

    Bring it to school on the first day!

    Charge it every night.

    Bring it to school daily, with the charger.

     

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  • Superintendent Blog: August 26, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 8/26/2021 8:00:00 AM

    Dear Morrisville Families,

    I am writing to inform you the Board of School Directors has approved our revised Health and Safety Plan.  You can find the approved version here, as well as our website.

    I would like you to be aware of our mitigation efforts, as they exist in our plan:

    • Proper masking is required in all buildings. 
    • We have provided opportunities for individuals to be vaccinated and will continue to work with our local health partners to do so.
    • Staff and students will be required to self-report if sick, and we will be in communication with the health department regarding any reported cases of COVID-19. 
    • We are encouraging individuals to stay home when sick and get tested if necessary.  
    • Building ventilation is set to meet or exceed CDC recommendations.
    • Handwashing and/or hand sanitizing products are available within 20 to 30 steps of every classroom. 
    • Our nursing staff is incredibly dedicated to helping parents manage student health plans, especially those who may have fragile medical conditions and high-risk comorbidities. 
    • Regular cleaning, inclusive of total wipe down of a room where an infected person may have been, is standard in our protocol when we respond to a case of COVID-19. We have increased our cleaning methods and have equipped all our classrooms with contact cleaner and disinfectant wipes. 
    • We are taking every precaution with assigning lockers as well as affording opportunities to distance for classes to the greatest extent possible. 

    Additionally, I wanted to update you about classroom assignments and schedules. 

    Elementary (K-5):  Welcome letters with classroom assignments have already been mailed.  If you have not yet received your letter, please contact Mrs. Palumbo, lpalumbo@mv.org.

    Secondary (6-12):  PowerSchool (student) login information and schedules will be mailed out by this Friday, August 27th for delivery by Monday, August 30th.  Parent login information, which can be used to access student schedules, grades, and attendance, will be forthcoming.

    We are also working to send login credentials to all student email accounts.

    See you in September!

    Mr. Harris

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  • Superintendent Blog: August 22, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 8/22/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Hello Morrisville Families,

    I am writing today to help everyone better understand our Return to School Approach for the 2021-2022 school year.  If you recall this time last year, we were talking about fully virtual school until February 2021.  That is NOT the case this year!

    We are planning for a full return to school for Grades 1-12 on Wednesday, September 1 with full schedules, and full classrooms.  Kindergarten parents will be notified separately regarding orientation dates/schedules.  This approach has been the overwhelming desire of the community, the Board, as well as the staff and faculty.  Our team has planned, revised, scrapped, and rewritten many plans since our closure in March 2020. We are moving into this school year with better data and deeper understandings of what must be done to keep students in school full time.

    Attached, you will find the DRAFT revisions to our Health and Safety Plan.  Originally approved in June, it was consistent with CDC guidance for mitigations which included masking when viral transmission was in the High or Substantial range.  In June, we were in Moderate transmission range, and the Board made masks optional for the summer.  As a result of an uptick in the case counts county-wide, we moved to a mask-mandatory policy at the beginning of August.

    As of this week, the Bucks County Department of Health issued a recommendation (consistent with the CDC) regarding masking for anyone in a K-12 setting.  They have also released an FAQ document, that can be found here.  This guidance is reflected in our DRAFT revision.  The Pandemic Planning Team is meeting to discuss the DRAFT and may make modifications.  The proposed changes/updates to this plan will be considered by the Board on Wednesday, August 25. I invite you to view the DRAFT plan below. 

    DRAFT Health and Safety Plan

    I also invite you to attend the School Board meeting to hear the Board deliberate regarding the plan. There will be an opportunity for public comment, and I encourage you to attend and participate in the democratic process.

    A few reminders:

    Currently, masks are required in our buildings, and we fully intend to move ahead with a full in-person instructional model, 5 days per week, with a full-day schedule.

    The first day of school for all students will be Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  Please make sure all students attend, as technology distribution will take place in the buildings.  Additional information will be distributed by our building principals.

    State Testing for grades 4-12 will commence in September. As you may recall, the District opted to delay the 2020 PSSA/Keystone testing to accommodate more in-person learning.  Your building principal will provide additional details regarding scheduling in their welcome letters.

    Powerschool:  The District is moving from Genesis to Powerschool as its Student Information System.  Stay tuned for an email with parent and student login information. 

    The School Board Action Meeting will be held in-person on Wednesday, August 25, at 7:30 pm in the LGI.

    Other upcoming events: 

     

    • Back to School Nights! September 14 (Grandview), September 16 (Intermediate) and September 23 (MS/HS).  All events begin at 6:30 PM

     

    • Morrisville HS Football Scrimmage at Robert Morris Field. Saturday, August 21 at 11:00 am.

     

     

    Lastly, we are hosting all athletic and extra-curricular activities in a normal manner, with appropriate mitigations in place.

     

    I hope you find the rest of the summer restful and peaceful.  See you in September!

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  • Superintendent Blog: July 26, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 7/26/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Dear Morrisville Families,

    As the days of summer are passing by, I hope this message finds you well. I am writing today to remind you of the School Board's approval of our revised health and safety plan, and to give some insight as to how our schools will reopen in September.


    On June 17, the Board voted to approve the required Health and Safety Plan, which maintains our layered approach in our mitigation efforts against COVID 19. 

    Currently, mask-wearing is optional.

    August 11, 2021 UPDATE:  Due to CDC and BCDH recommendations, mask-wearing is now required for everyone in our buildings.

    Additionally, it is our full intent to return to school 5 days per week, with a full-day schedule for all students. 

    You can find a copy of the School Board action approving the Health and Safety Plan below.

    Board approved Health and Safety Plan

    The Pandemic Planning Committee will meet in August to review current data and to recommend any changes to the current Health and Safety Plan.  The Committee will continue to meet throughout the school year as needed, to determine any additional recommended changes to the Board.


    As a reminder, our school calendar can be found here, and the first day for all students will be BEFORE Labor Day.

    My best to you as you enjoy your summer, and prepare for an exciting 2021-2022 school year!

     

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Harris

     

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  • Superintendent Blog: June 6, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 6/6/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Hello Morrisville Families,

    Below, you will find a few remarks regarding State testing, health and safety planning, and our return to school in the Fall of 2021.

    State Testing:  As a District, we opted to delay the administration of the 2021 Keystones and PSSA’s.  By State directive, this testing MUST be completed before September 30, 2021.  We have adjusted the start of the 2021-22 school year to allow more time for the required testing administration.  Your building principal will be in touch with specifics for your student as it relates to the test schedule.

    Health and Safety Planning:  As you may know, the Governor’s Order regarding Masking and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts will end after June 28, 2021.  We will continue to honor the Governor’s Order, in accordance with our approved Health and Safety Plan, until the end of the school year.

    In meeting with our Pandemic Planning Team, it was made abundantly clear that parents and staff made decisions about remote vs in-person learning based on the Health and Safety Plan.  We will honor those decisions by implementing that plan to the best of our ability.

    Return to School in September: 

    Please note that the first student day for the 2021-2022 school year is September 1, 2021. This is BEFORE Labor Day.

    As a result of our most recent Pandemic Team meeting, I anticipate that the School Board will consider a modification to our existing plan which will include a FULL RETURN to in-person learning (5 days per week, for full days) and because of the most recent health guidance, masks may be optional. There will be an amendment to our Health and Safety Plan up for board consideration later this month.  Until the Board votes on the recommended changes, we will adhere to our current plan.


    Congratulations to the Class of 2021!  We celebrate you for all you have accomplished in the face of incredible odds and circumstances. I look forward to celebrating your achievements with your families on June 17.  Be on the lookout for more information regarding the Senior Class Parade and Commencement from Mr. Haines, our Secondary Principal.


    With the end of the 2020-2021 school year upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Morrisville Community for its support and input along the way as we have navigated the COVID-19 Pandemic.  I can say that without question, this has been one of the most difficult years for me as both a parent and educator.  Our staff has been resilient and creative in their approaches to remote learning, and it is my hope that this work continues for the sake of engaging and empowering students to own their learning.  Thank you to everyone who had a part in this tumultuous, challenging, and most remarkable year.  I do not think we will forget this season anytime soon.

    I have seen some amazing things happen as people have responded to the restrictions and limitations placed upon us.  These amazing things have given me hope that as a community, we will continue to stand strong in support of our youth.  We must continue to make their education and future a priority.  It is my desire that the good things which have resulted will continue, and that as we move forward, we keep the things that need to stay, and shed the things that are unnecessary.

    We must continue our advocacy at the Local, State, and National levels for the desired future for our children.  Funding for our tiny district is a continuous ask, and collective advocacy by everyone in our community must be the vehicle.  Your voice has a tone and power all its own, and together we can raise that voice, and advocate for those things that are necessary to help our students succeed!

    I am proud to serve this community, and I look forward with great anticipation of the great things that are coming our way. I wish you a restful Summer, and a speedy and healthy return in the Fall!


    Upcoming Meetings:

    June 9: School Board Facilities and Finance Committee. 6 pm and 7 pm, respectively via Zoom

    June 10: School Board Policy and Education Committee. 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm respectively via Zoom.

    June 16: School Board Agenda Meeting. 7:30 PM via Zoom

    June 23:  School Board Action Meeting/Intent to Adopt Final Budget. 7:30 PM via Zoom.

     

    My best to you now and always. 

     

     

     

     

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  • Superintendent Blog: May 30, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 5/30/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Greetings Morrisville Families!

    Congratulations to our MHS Girls Softball Team!  They are PIAA District 1 Division 1A Runner Up!  Way to go, ladies; you make us Bulldog Proud! Special thanks to Head Coach: Mrs. Leedom, Assistant Coach: Mrs. Morgandale, and Mr. Hubiak, Athletic Director!  

     

    I am also writing today to inform you of a few school updates.

    Vaccine Clinic-  I am pleased to announce that we are offering a Vaccine Clinic for Morrisville residents ages 12 and older.  The details are below:

    VACCINE CLINIC - JUNE 1, 2021!!

    Free Pfizer Vaccine available to all

    Morrisville residents ages 12 and older!

    When:  June 1, 2021

    Where: Grandview Elementary, 80 Grandview Avenue, Morrisville

    Times:   1:30pm to 6:00pm

    **Note: The second dosage of the vaccine is scheduled for June 22nd.

    Please complete the following steps to register:

    1. Go to: AMI Registration
    2. Complete the consent form: Found here ***If you do not have access to a printer, you can email the completed form to margenti@mv.org or complete one in person.

    **1 form per person, 12 and older

    A few more details:

    • This clinic is for ALL Morrisville residents, ages 12 and older.
    • Please complete one form per person/child.
    • There is no appointment necessary.
    • No adult needs to be present for a child if the consent form is completed.
    • Printed copies of the registration form will be available on site.

     

    COVID 19 Mitigation Guidance Update-As mentioned in my previous post, we will be maintaining our current masking policy until the end of the school year.  I meet with our Pandemic Planning Team next week, and we will discuss how best to implement the revised CDC and County/State Guidance on masking for our summer camps, as well as the 2021-22 school year.  This guidance will likely not require masks in the summer.

     

    It is my intention to recommend that students attend school 5-days per week, for the full day, in the 2021-22 school year. We will abide by recommendations and guidance from our health authorities and follow the School Board approved/revised Health and Safety Plan.

     

    School Calendar-Please click on the adjacent link for our approved 2021-2022 school calendar. Please note that the first student day is Wednesday, September 1.  This is BEFORE Labor Day.  The reason for the early start is to accommodate the September testing schedule, and the multiple holidays in September.  This year, both the Labor Day closure and the Rosh Hashana holiday are consecutive school days. 

    Senior Celebration-Please see Mr. Haines' blog for more information.

    General Fund Budget-The School Board of Directors intends to consider the adoption of the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm.  There are still many unknowns about State Funding, as the Governor’s Budget has not yet been approved.  Considering these unknowns, the Board has enacted a Proposed Final Budget that includes a 3.6% local real estate tax increase.   The Board can adopt a budget that includes a smaller tax increase at the June meeting, and we are optimistic that decisions in Harrisburg may help the Board consider a smaller increase in taxes.  You can find a link to our 2021-2022 General Fund Budget here.

     

    One last Reminder: The District will be closed Monday May 31, 2021 in observance of Memorial Day.

    Thank you and have a great holiday!

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  • Superintendent Blog: May 16, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 5/16/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Dear Morrisville Families,

    Below are a few updates and announcements.  Please be sure to click on the links below for additional information.

     

    Masking Guidance:  By now, I am sure you have heard about the revised CDC Guidance regarding masking.  I was in meetings all day Friday with my County Superintendent colleagues, as well as Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department.  I wanted to share a few thoughts and understandings about the recently revised masking guidance from the CDC. I know we have all been waiting for news like this, but please understand that we have processes and procedures in place that govern our actions, and these procedures and processes make a seemingly simple update to guidance very complex to interpret, amend, and implement.  

     

    Per the revised guidance, CDC says that “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”  I interpret this to mean that since our Health and Safety Plan includes masking and distancing language (masks and 6 feet to the maximum extent possible) will stay in place until the Board votes to change it.

     

    As of today, the expectation for face coverings will remain in place pursuant to the Morrisville Health & Safety Plans.  Please plan for this expectation to remain in place at least through the end of the school year.  This decision has been made in consultation with our school district partners and with the support of Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department.  Ongoing evaluations of this decision will occur in consultation with our school partners and with the Bucks County Health Department for the summer and thereafter.  

     

    The most specific reason I can give for staying the course is twofold: 1-We have an existing health and safety plan in place…and 2- it is logistically impossible to task with fidelity those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and those who have not.  With less than 25 days left in the school year, and the encouragement of PADOH and PDE to maintain our current course, it is best to continue this way.

     

    If you have a question regarding this revised guidance, please feel free to email me at jharris@mv.org, or call at 215-736-5374.

     

     

    Funding advocacy:  I had the honor of sharing Morrisville’s story of funding challenges at a press conference last week. Sponsored by PA Schools Work and PCCY (Public Citizens for Children and Youth), the event was covered by several news outlets, including the Bucks County Courier Times.  My remarks focused on our recent furlough discussions, the Governor’s budget, as well as the fact that our stimulus money has not arrived. 

    The article is linked below:

    https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/05/11/bucks-county-school-leaders-join-push-more-state-education-funding-pennsylvania-taxes-schools/5019108001/

     

    **  The 21st CCLC Summer Camp registration is now open. Click here for more information. **

     

    Election Day:  Municipal Primaries are on Tuesday, May 18th. There will be no school for students.

     

    Upcoming Board Meetings: 

    The General Fund Budget Hearing will be held virtually Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30 pm.

    The School Board Agenda Meeting will be held virtually Wednesday, May 19th at 7:30 pm.

    All virtual Zoom meetings will be posted the day of the meeting on our website and on our Facebook page.

     

     

    Student Activities: Support our Student Government groups! Click on the links for more information:

                 Intermediate Student Government -  Food Drive and Tab Drive

                 High School Student Government  - Toiletry Drive

     

     

    Drive-Up Meal Distribution:  Please be advised of the changes to the drive-up meal distribution schedule for May/June:

     

    Starting Thursday, May 20th, drive-up meal distribution will move to one day a week and provide 7 days of meals.

    Distribution will take place on Thursday afternoons at Morrisville High School from 12:30 pm- 2 pm.

    Friday, May 14th will provide 6 days of meals.

     

    There will be NO drive-up meal distribution Tuesday, May 18th.

     

    Summer work:  The Nutrition Group is hiring! Click here for more information.

     

    School updates:  Please visit your child’s school web page for more detailed information.

    Grandview Elementary (K-2) - https://www.mv.org/Page/2748

    Intermediate School (3-5) - https://www.mv.org/Page/2749

    Middle / Senior High School (6-12) - https://www.mv.org/Page/2718

     

    Do you have questions?  Get answers here!

     

    General questions?  Phone:  215-736-2681.  Please leave a message with your name, date/time, and a return phone number.

    About Grade K-5 academics?  Mrs. Palumbo, lpalumbo@mv.org

    About Grade 6-12 academics?  Mr. Haines, shaines@mv.org

    About Special Education?  Ms. Russell, srussell@mv.org

    About Technology?  Mr. Shiota, jshiota@mv.org

    About Lunches?  Mrs. Wallace, mwallace@mv.org

    About Genesis?  Mrs. Daily, jdaily@mv.org

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Superintendent Blog: March 28, 2021

    Posted by Jason Harris on 3/28/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Dear Morrisville Community,

    I am writing today to give you an update on our Phased Return to School Planning and State Testing. As you may be aware, the School Board of Directors voted to approve modifications to our Health and Safety plan on March 17th. This modification included Grades 3 through 12 in our return to school planning, for those who have chosen in-person/hybrid learning. All virtual options are still in effect.  Please take a look at your school principal’s page below, which will give greater detail.

     

    Grandview Elementary (K-2) - https://www.mv.org/Page/2748

    Intermediate School (3-5) - https://www.mv.org/Page/2749

    Middle / Senior High School (6-12) - https://www.mv.org/Page/2718

     

    The dates for the phased return to school are as follows:

    Grades K-2: Monday, March 22

    Grades 3-5: Monday, April 12

    Grades 6-8: Monday, April 12

    Grades 9-12: Monday, April 19

    To provide additional detail as to how instructional models will adjust for this change, please take a look at the attached file.  There are separate listings for each building, with details of "who is doing what on each day" as we lead up to the return to in-person learning.

    Additionally, the CDC released revised guidance last week, which included a change in recommended distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet in schools.  That information will be considered by our Pandemic Planning Team, and it is possible that a revision to the Health and Safety Plan could be recommended to the Board of School Directors for consideration. Stay tuned.


    STATE TESTING UPDATE: Unlike last school year, the PSSA and Keystone tests were not waived this year by the US Department of Education.  However, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has allowed us flexibility in the testing window. We have decided to offer the State Tests in the Fall of 2021 (September), to allow a smoother transition back to in-person learning.  We know that this may cause some challenges as students move from grade to grade, but we thought it was best that we focused on getting our students back to school in person rather than focus on the testing aspect of our District.

     


    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year will take place beginning on Monday, March 22nd, by appointment only. More information can be found on the Grandview Elementary School website under the Kindergarten Registration link. Please call the main office at Grandview at 215-736-5280 to schedule your appointment or click the following link:
     

    SPRING BREAK:  All Morrisville Schools will be CLOSED on April 1, 2, and 5 (Th, Fr, Mo) for Spring Break.  Schools will resume operation on Tuesday, April 6.

     

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