Superintendent Blog: March 14, 2021 (Revised: March 22)

Posted by Jason Harris on 3/14/2021 6:00:00 PM

Dear Morrisville Community,

Below are a few important updates. I encourage you to email (jharris@mv.org) or call 215-736-2681 if you have questions.


RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING:  I am writing to inform you that on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:30 pm (see update below), the Board of School Directors will consider adopting the recommended modifications to the Health and Safety Plan to include a return to in-person learning for Grades 3-12, for those who have selected this option.

Parents who have selected their students to remain virtual will do so for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.  If not done so already, all families will be notified of their selected choice of instructional model for their student.  If you have any questions about the instructional model choice, please call your building principal, or click below:

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

 

First day of in-person learning:

K-2: Monday, March 22 (already approved)

3-5: Monday, April 12 (approved 3/17)

6-8: Monday, April 12 (approved 3/17)

9-12: Monday, April 19 (approved 3/17)

At the start of this phased return to school, in-person learning will take place 4-days per week and seek to move to 5-days per week according to the proposed schedule below.  The scheduled asynchronous days will allow for transition and individual support of our students and staff as we progress toward our ultimate goal: full-time in-person learning for all students.

 

Approved March 17!  The first full week of synchronous learning (all students/end of asynchronous days):

K-2:  Week of April 12

3-5:  Week of April 26

6-8:  Week of April 26

9-12:  Week of May 3

Your building principal will be in touch with specific details regarding K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade span schedules.

 

UPDATE! K-2 RETURN TO SCHOOL: Parent letters were mailed home last week with more information on the K-2 Return to School planning. If you have not received your letter yet, please visit the Grandview website to view a copy of it.  (We understand there have been delays in the mail.) You can access the website at www.mv.org. Click on the Schools tab and select Grandview Elementary. The links are on the left side of the page.  Please take note that there are two separate letters. One is for those students that will be remaining virtual and one for those students that are returning in person. Please feel free to call the main office at Grandview with any questions. The number to call is 215-736-5280.


VACCINATIONS: I am also writing to announce that through the collective efforts of our State and local partners, we have been able to secure doses of the single-shot J&J COVID-19 vaccine for school employees and contractors.  The first “round” of vaccinations has already begun and includes all of our Grandview (K-2) staff, in advance of their return to in-person learning on Monday, March 22.  Ultimately, all K-12 staff and contractors are eligible for this vaccine.  As supply increases, we will offer vaccination appointments to the rest of the staff.  This is a key strategy in our Health and Safety Plan as we mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.


SYMPTOM SCREENING:  As we plan for a return to in-person learning (hybrid), I wanted to inform you of a daily symptom checker for all students.  There is a separate symptom checker for staff as well. We ask that each parent review the symptom checker on a daily basis.  An email and text reminder will go out daily.


SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: I cordially invite you to the Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30 pm.  Zoom links, as well as links to the agenda, will be posted on our website and social media.


SPRING FORWARD:  This is a friendly reminder to move your clocks FORWARD one hour on Sunday, March 14.  Spring is coming!!


COMING SOON!  MOEF PRESENTS: Dr. Wallace is back in Morrisville!  A perennial Morrisville favorite, he will be back in town with a District and Community Presentation via Zoom entitled:

“If there’s never been before, you’re just going to have to be the first: Exploring those who break down barriers and achieving your goals even in the absence of similar role models”

Dr. Wallace serves as Assistant Professor of Physics; Discipline Coordinator of Physics Program; Director of Physics Laboratories; and Coordinator of Rocketry at Fisk University in Nashville, TN.

The presentation for the community will be held virtually on March 23rd at 7 pm via Zoom.  All MS and HS classes will visit with Dr. Wallace virtually during school hours, also on March 23rd.

For additional details, please visit the MOEF Website.