COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19: Important Updates (Updated 3/31/20): Schools Closed until further notice
Posted on 03/13/2020

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COVID-19 Update: March 31, 2020

Dear JTASD Students, Parents, and Guardians:

My hope is this communication finds you and your family in good health.  We recognize this has been a difficult time period for many families as we all navigate social distancing, business and school closures and the associated challenges of the Coronavirus. I thank you for being patient and supportive over the past two weeks as we have experienced unprecedented challenges. The Jim Thorpe Administrators have been very busy as they rolled out the non-mandatory “Enrichment and Review” learning activities on the www.jimthorpesd.org website main page and under shortcuts organized relevant “Educational Sites” for students to complete during their time off.  Also, your Principals sent out a letter directing students to complete any outstanding assignments from the third marking period.  At this time, I encourage all students and parents to log into POWERSCHOOL to verify grades and to email their teachers to best determine if any school work is required to be handed in for the deadline of Monday, April 6.

Additionally, on Monday, March 31, Governor Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Public Schools will remain closed UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  As your Superintendent, I have directed my administrative team to develop this e-learning plan:

  • In an effort to prepare for an extended school closure, the Jim Thorpe Area School District will be preparing teachers and staff for e-learning education involving a professional development day scheduled on Monday, April 6 to begin our “Continuity of Education” plan.  
  • Beginning Tuesday, April 7all Jim Thorpe Area School District students will be required to begin required “Planned Instruction” to complete the fourth marking period.  Essentially, all students will be learning at home through a series of structured activities that are teacher directed and graded.  This online format for learning will be leveraging the Project OLE (Olympian Learning Environment) one-to-one technology we have assigned to students.  In summary, the plan is to transition from non-mandatory “Enrichment and Review” to mandatory “Planned Instruction” on April 7.
  • For students to receive grades and credit, they will have to engage in and complete assignments as part of the course requirements.  Attendance will be addressed based on their completion of work.

 

We will be undertaking something we have never done before, and we recognize that challenges ahead.  To the best of our ability, our plan is to provide a reasonable and appropriate e-learning opportunity done in good faith.  In many ways, our administrators, teachers, and staff feel as though we are building a plane while it is in flight.  Will it be perfect?  Probably not.  But, we are ready to step up and answer the call for action.



   COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4 p.m., the Jim Thorpe Area School District has Shut Down all School Buildings and the District Office due to the COVID-19. Essential staff have been designated to maintain the district operations during the district wide closure.



Jim Thorpe Area Board of Education Release

Dear Jim Thorpe Area School District Community,

We are experiencing some very difficult times throughout our community and the world. Ramifications of the COVID-19 are rapidly changing by the hour. Our primary goal, working along with federal and state officials, remains focused on protecting all involved. The Jim Thorpe Area School Community, inclusive of students, employees, parents and residents are feeling the stress.

Difficult but necessary decisions have been made to put education on hold. Our Senior class is unclear as to what happens to their final months of school life, including much-anticipated events such as proms, All-Night Party, and Graduation. Our student athletes and coaches are disappointed over cancelled events and possibly entire seasons. Students and educators are unclear over end of year testing, annual requirements, credits and how to submit their scheduling requests for next year. PSSA and Keystones have been cancelled. Although much uncertainty remains, there are discussions on how to respond. The Jim Thorpe Area Board of Education shares in all concerns.

Difficult decisions being considered include the reduction of the workforce during this uncertainty. We continue to commit to our district families with daily nutritional needs. All decisions necessary are being made to protect our community from widespread exposure and the attempt to reduce all potential harm to our community.

The federal and state governments continue to address these educational and financial concerns. Currently there is emergency PA School Code legislation introduced to address the concerns we all share. The Jim Thorpe Area Board of Education appreciates the community’s patience and understanding during this worldwide pandemic as changes continue to occur rapidly.

As we continue to monitor direction from our governmental leaders, we will do our best to keep our community informed. Meanwhile, we ask that everyone adhere to all suggested and/or mandated requirements by your federal, state and local officials regarding COVID-19. We are all in this together and need to protect our community from widespread infection. Please remain healthy.

Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation.

Jim Thorpe Area Board of Education