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Frequently Asked Questions

(Please note the answers to these questions are subject to change –

the most current version can be accessed by clicking the

District News & Information During School Closing Link on the website)

Last Update – 30 March, 2020 6:43 p.m.

All New Information will show in RED

 

How long will schools be closed?

The Governor has ordered the closure of all Pennsylvania public schools until further notice from the Governor. We will communicate directly with families as the District receives additional notifications.

 

Staff Parades – March 31stPOSTPONED

 

Are there instructional expectations during the closure?

During the week of March 31st-April 3rd, the District will continue to offer opportunities for academic engagement.  Building principals sent an email March 27th that offers opportunities for optional activities.

 

If a closure extends, then the District will provide more structured learning opportunities for students (Learning from Home).

 

How do I get technical assistance for district-loaned technology?

Basic tech support for district loaner devices related to school use can be received by calling (717) 585-0437 between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

 

What does the closure mean for AP exams, standardized tests (PSSA and Keystone Exam), and SAT/ACT/AP?

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).

 

MASH teachers of AP courses will begin to interact with their AP classes starting on Monday March 30th.  This interaction will enable students to submit work assigned prior to the closure and access online instruction and review of essential material in preparation for the AP exam. 

 

How can I get a work permit?

Eligible students in need of a work permit should view the information on the link under “News and Announcements” on the MASH website.  Clicking the link will take you to a page with the necessary next steps to complete this process.

 

How can you contact the school district during closures?

If you know who you want to contact, the best way to do so is to email that person. If you have a general question, please call (717) 691-4500. This will be sent to a voicemail. Leave a message with your question, a way to reach you and a staff member will get back to you during normal operating hours.

 

Will students have access to meals during the closure?

 

Wildcat Grab ‘N’ Go, our new food distribution program, will provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all children 18 and younger.  Each child will receive a breakfast and lunch for the day and the following days. 

 

Elmwood Academy Drive-Thru (100 East Elmwood Avenue – enter of Shepherdstown Rd) – Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:30am-11:30am. Walkers are also welcome! This is the preferred location for anyone who can make it to Elmwood Academy.

 

Satellite Location Pick-Up Mondays & Wednesdays (these sites are intended for anyone who cannot make it to Elmwood Academy)

 

9:30am-10:00am at the following locations:

    • Cumberland Pointe/Office
    • Cumberland Pointe/Rear
    • Rolo Court Mailboxes

 

10:15am-10:45am at the following locations:

    • Next to St. John’s Church, Shiremanstown
    • Geneva & Nanroc
    • Community Center (201 E. Green St., Mechanicsburg)

 

Wildcat Packs

In addition to the lunch & breakfast program, local sources have donated food for those in need for over the weekend.  Wildcat Packs will be distributed Wednesdays at Elmwood Academy and the Satellite Locations.

 

Why is the playground equipment closed?

In an effort to promote social distancing guidance and prevent the spread of germs, MASD playground equipment is CLOSED until further notice.  We know that keeping children active is a priority, and we understand the inconvenience this creates. Please know this only pertains to use of the playground equipment. Walking/running, strollers, and bikes are still permitted on our property using social distancing guidelines.

 

How can our community support students in need?

If you would like to donate non-perishable food items, you may.  These donations are greatly appreciated.  These items may be placed in the designated area at the Elmwood Gymnasium on Mondays & Fridays from 9:30am-11:30am.

 

While we appreciate the outpouring of interest from those wishing to volunteer, only MASD staff members will be assisting with distributing food and receiving donations. 

 

Are school counselors and social workers available for questions?

Yes.  If you have a question for a counselor or social worker, please e-mail the counselor or social worker directly. We understand this situation is something none of us have ever experienced. The many unknowns associated with that can cause anxiety. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school counselor by email for support.

 

Are IEP and GIEP meetings being held during the school closure?

Yes, meetings will be held using teleconferencing and a virtual platform. Case managers will reach out to confirm or reschedule these meetings. If your child is currently in the evaluation process, you will receive information through the mail.

 

Is marking period 3 still ending March 30th?

Marking period 3 was scheduled to end March 30th.  Given the current school closure, the end of marking period 3 will need to be extended.  The exact end date for marking period 3 will be determined when a return date for students is established. Any makeup work or projects that may have been assigned before this closure may still be completed and graded with special consideration given to due dates as it relates to availability of resources.

 

Are we required to make up the missed days?

The Governor has indicated that school districts will not be penalized for the two week closure. In other words, the State does not expect that these days be made up.

 

Our District prides itself on the education of students and recognizes the importance of instructional time spent with students. We will assess the valuable instructional time lost and make a decision on missed days once we have a better idea on the scope of the closure.

 

How can I retrieve my child’s medication from school?  

If you still have a need to pick up your child’s medicine during the closure, please contact the District Office at (717) 691-4500.

 

Will prom and graduation continue as scheduled? What about other school events?

A decision has not yet been made on the continuation of events like Prom and Graduation. These decisions would be influenced by the potential spread of the Coronavirus and recommendations issued by State and Local Authorities. We recognize that these are important events for students and their families and will communicate any changes as they become known.

 

All events are currently canceled through April 6, 2020. Individual buildings will communicate the status of scheduled events for any events outside this window.

 

Will there be a spring sports season?

The PIAA has not made a final decision on the status of the spring sports season. In the meantime, all athletic and extra-curricular activities have been postponed until further notice.

 

Will you re-evaluate the situation before students are required to return to school?

The Governor will continue to monitor the situation and issue notifications on the status of the State-wide closure. When the Governor determines that the closure will be lifted, the District will also make a separate determination as to our local readiness to return to school.