On Thursday, April 9th, Governor Wolf announced that “… all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.” Read The Full Announcement
Collegium’s employees and educators miss seeing our students more than we can say; however, we are proud and inspired by the work they’ve done to transition CCS students and families to online learning.
Mandatory CCS Chromebook Return
It’s time for Collegium’s Technology Department to collect Chromebooks CCS loaned to families for their children’s access to our Remote Learning Program. Here are the details of our Mandatory CCS Chromebook Return process:
When: Monday, June 15th through Thursday, June 18th. Students and families must drop-off CCS Chromebooks any time between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Where: CCS’s 500 Building (500 James Hance Court). Follow the Parent Pickup/Drop-Off route by entering the building’s parking lot from James Hance Court. Then pull around to the curb by the building’s double Gym doors.
How: Please place the CCS Chromebooks in the trunks of your vehicles. Members of CCS’s Technology Department will collect the Chromebooks from your trunks. Note: Our Technology Department employees will be wearing masks and gloves. If your trunk does not open easily, please let us know, and we will work with you.
Why: CCS must collect our Chromebooks now so that over the summer we can clean, reimage, and update them for safe and secure use next school year.
ESY Program Families: If your child/ren will attend CCS’s Extended School Year (ESY) Program this year, you may continue to use your borrowed CCS Chromebook for that Program. Our Technology Department will announce Chromebook return details for ESY families later.
Feel free to email our Technology Department (email@example.com) if you have questions about our Chromebook return process.
Transportation for the 2020-2021 School Year
CCS is doing everything we can to research and determine how best to plan for the start of our 2020-2021 school year. Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re examining our two most probable scenarios. They are that our campus will be:
- Open with restrictions and/or guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chester County Health Department. Restrictions would likely include social distancing, personal protection equipment, and other measures.
- Closed with a more robust and comprehensive online experience for our students and families.
If Collegium’s campus is open at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we want to help you prepare and be aware of transportation procedures and requirements. Please review the Transportation page of our website for more information.
Mental/Emotional Health and Crisis Resources
Feeling anxious, stressed, and sad right now is completely normal; however, being prepared and informed can help alleviate stress and worry. Collegium is sharing the mental/emotional health resources below for your use if emergency or non-emergency situations arise.
A mental/emotional health crisis often includes thoughts of self-harm, suicide, or hurting others and typically requires an immediate response. If you, your child(ren), or other family members are having these thoughts or believe you’re facing a mental/emotional health crisis, please contact Valley Creek Crisis Center (610-280-3270) for assistance.
While we’re all using technology and digital communications to stay connected, you or your children may become concerned about another child’s mental/emotional health or general wellbeing.
If your concerns arise outside of CCS’s school hours, you can share the information using Pennsylvania’s Safe2Say Something (S2SS) reporting system. S2SS allows parents and students to anonymously report crisis information in three ways:
- the S2SS mobile phone app (iOS App Store or Google Play),
- the S2SS website, or
- its 24/7 Crisis Center Hotline (1-844-723-2729).
Your anonymous reports will be analyzed, triaged, communicated directly to 911 Dispatch (when necessary), and shared with appropriate CCS personnel.
If your concerns arise during school hours, please contact a CCS School Counselor to discuss them.
Please feel free to email your children’s Principals to discuss non-emergency concerns. They are happy to assist you.
- 150 Building: Mrs. Kristin Camburn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 468/486 Building: Mrs. Mallory DeCarolis (email@example.com)
- 500 Building: Mr. Shaun Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 535 (MS) Building: Mr. Ted Sterious (email@example.com)
- 515 (HS) Building: Dr. Pat O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chester County’s Department of Mental Health now offers a Warm Line, as well, for anyone who just wants or needs to talk with someone who understands how they’re feeling during this time. The Warm Line’s trained professionals are available 24/7 at 1-866-846-2722.
Most of us have never encountered a situation quite as life-changing as what we’re going through now. We are very fortunate, though, to have many helpful resources available. Please continue to be sensitive to your own needs as well as the needs of others and reach out for help as needed. You are not alone!
Remote Learning Guidelines
The goal of CCS’s Continuity of Education Plan is to help ensure that CCS continues to meet the educational needs of all students during this prolonged school closure. We’ve developed guidelines on remote learning for K-6 Elementary Students, 7/8 Middle School Students, and 9-12 High School Students. Our Building Principals are available to assist with specific questions about your children and families.
Revised 2019-2020 School Calendar
With all of the changes COVID-19 has caused for Pennsylvania schools, it may not surprise you to learn that our 2019-2020 School Year Calendar was drastically revised and approved by our Board of Trustees. When you view our Revised 2019-2020 School Year Calendar, you’ll notice that Graduation and other important end-of-year activities are not included. Please understand that long-term event planning is no longer possible for the remainder of this year. We’ll individually address each end-of-year event as it approaches to allow for more information and guidance on issues like public gatherings and social distancing to become available.
K-12 Learning Resources Now Available
Using the links below, CCS families are encouraged to access each building’s webpage for helpful resources, academic exercises, and learning-based activities. Our shared resources are engaging and manageable for all CCS families, regardless of the varying levels of technology and printing capabilities in your homes.
515 Building (CHS) | 535 Building (CMS) | 500 Building | 468/486 Building | 150 Building
Chester County Resources for Food Assistance
The following area school districts have indicated they are providing assistance with food needs. Please visit their website to confirm that they are continuing to serve the community.
- Coatesville Area School District (Meal Distribution)
- Octorara School District (Grab and Go Meals)
- West Chester Area School District (Food Assistance)
In addition, to support from a local food cupboard, you may also be eligible for SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program). Those who are SNAP eligible receive an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) ACCESS Card to make food purchases. The Hunger Coalition helps thousands of residents apply for SNAP through their SNAP Hotline. Residents of Bucks, Chester and Philadelphia counties can apply for SNAP benefits through their SNAP Hotline by calling 215-430-0556. Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM and on Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Other Community Resources
If you are in need of other social services, call or visit online 2-1-1, a regional social services hotline, to find human and social service resources in your neighborhood. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-964-7922 seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm to be connected to a 2-1-1 SEPA Information and Referral Specialist. Calls are free and confidential. Interpreter services are available in over 140 languages.
Chester County Food Bank
The Chester County Food Bank relies on over 120 member agencies—ranging from pantries and shelters to faith-based organizations and schools—to get food into the hands of those in Chester County struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Here is a list of Food Assistance locations in Chester County. If you are unsure of the cupboard closest to you, call the Food Bank at 610-873-6000 for help to identify a hunger relief agency that serves your part of town.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person just like the flu or a cold:
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the viruses on it
- Occasionally, through fecal contamination
We are working closely with our local and state health and educational agencies, and are following their recommendations. At this point, their recommendations include:
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you’ve traveled recently, check the CDC “Information for Travel” page to see if the area you visited is listed at (http://bit.ly/TravelCOVID-19). If it is an area with widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission (Level 3), call the Health Department at 610-344-6225, as you may be required to self-quarantine.