The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Secretary of Education recently offered a timeline allowing school buildings to reopen to students on Thursday, April 9th (which falls during Collegium’s scheduled Spring Break). In conjunction with the PDE’s timeline—and after reviewing the plans of our transporting districts—CCS now hopes to welcome all students and staff back to our campus on Tuesday, April 14th.
Frequently Asked Questions*
In many cases, we all share the same questions. We are persistently researching and seeking out answers, but the information in response to some of our questions is simply not available at this time. Given the challenges all Pennsylvania families, schools, and municipalities are facing, we are committed to keeping our Collegium Community updated with credible and official information as it becomes available. As we wait for clarification, we are providing the following details in response to some of the more common questions that have come to our attention.
What precautions have taken place on Collegium’s campus?
- All CCS buildings are closed except to our essential staff
- All CCS buildings have been cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected
In terms of school work, what can we expect?
- All K-12 teachers have posted learning activities via ClassDojo or Google Classroom
- Teachers are monitoring their email, ClassDojo, and/or Google Classroom accounts
- Teachers were asked to provide review, supplemental, and/or enrichment work. While CCS is closed, the days are not being used to replace true instruction. In most instances, teachers will not be teaching new concepts.
- We recognize that this is an extremely difficult situation and that not all families may be able to supervise their children’s work. Students are encouraged to complete the provided materials; the materials will not be graded or counted toward final grades.
Since the Governor stated that no school/district will be penalized for not meeting the 180-day requirement, does Collegium need to make up these days?
We will not ask our students to make up days that they don’t have to; however, our first priority is to ensure that we’re following state laws. We are waiting for a clear interpretation from the PA Department of Education (PDE) regarding the impact this closure will have on school calendars. To our advantage, CCS already maintains a longer school day and a longer school year compared to our neighboring districts. Our official school year calendar contains 195 instructional days.
How will this closure impact graduation
When we reopen on Tuesday, April 14th, we will resume our approved 2019-2020 School Year Calendar as it currently stands. As of now, graduation for the Class of 2020 is still scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2020.
How will this closure impact upcoming standardized testing (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment and Keystone Exams)?
On Thursday, March 19th, PDE announced “the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).” See the full announcement, here.
*Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, information included in our Frequently Asked Questions section is subject to change without notice.
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
The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
We are working closely with our local and state health and educational agencies, and are following their recommendations. We have not received any recommendations for mandatory quarantines or closing of our school. 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.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and share information with you as it becomes available. We remain committed to ensuring the safety, security, and wellness of our school community, and we greatly appreciate your support as we navigate this evolving situation. Please stay safe and stay tuned for more information.