Q – Are EASD buildings open during normal hours?
A – No. Office hours in each building and the District Office are cancelled.
Q – Can I come in to get something I left at school, such as my musical instrument, an item in a locker, medication, etc.?
A – Yes. However, only “emergency items” may be picked up during office hours. Emergency items have been defined as medicine; inhaler; technology; and personal items like IDs, wallets, and clothing. All access to buildings will be by appointment only. Parents and students should leave a voicemail, preferably a day in advance, with the reason they need to access the building and a time window that they are available. They will be contacted within 24-hours to arrange details.
Q – Are you doing any extra cleaning or disinfecting of classrooms and school spaces?
A – Yes. Daily building cleaning procedures remain increased, including more frequent cleanings of door knobs, stair rails, technology devices, desk tops, Activeboards, writing utensils, and more.
Q – Can teachers assign homework for student to complete while they are at home?
A – No. The current direction from the state prohibits us from assigning homework or providing online learning at this time.
Q – Are there ways my child(ren) can continue learning while not in school?
A – Yes. We have compiled a list of FREE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES, many of which can be used with your student’s EASD iPad or laptop. Work is being conducted to ensure iPad devices have the recommended applications. If your iPad is connected to your home network, additional applications will be sent out in the coming days. Additionally, teachers are being encouraged to connect with their students on a weekly basis. This is not to assign work or provide instruction but to check in to see how students are doing and to offer optional educational activities and resources to keep minds working while we are not in session.
Q – My child keeps getting blocked by “Smoothwall” while using a District device. What should we do?
A – All District devices are filtered using a software program called Smoothwall. The design of this software is to protect students from accessing inappropriate content on the Internet. Students may be asked to sign into Smoothwall periodically. CLICK HERE FOR SMOOTHWALL DIRECTIONS. The Smoothwall filter is not perfect. Parents and guardians are asked to supervise students’ use and are encouraged to set up household rules including times of access. If you are having technology problems with your device, call 717-721-1451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Both phone and email messages will be responded to within 48 hours of receipt.
Q – My child is in grades 1-4; he/she was absent on Friday, March 13 and did not receive an iPad. Can one be picked up?
A – Yes. All students in grades 1-4 received an iPad to take home on Friday, March 13 to help ensure students can interact with instructional resources during this closure. An iPad and charger are available for pick up at your child’s elementary school. Please call your student’s school and leave a message. Someone will get back to you to arrange pick-up.
Q – Will schools be closed beyond Friday, March 27?
A – On Monday, March 23, Governor Wolf announced all schools in the Commonwealth will remain closed for students through at least Thursday, April 8, as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, “The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Q – If school continues to be closed, how will secondary students earn credits and hours for curricular classes, internships, etc.?
A – Once school resumes, in any format, District administration and staff will work with students and families to develop a plan to earn credits.
Q – Will the missed days be required to be made up?
A – No. Districts may request a waiver from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) regarding the required hours of instruction. While PDE has stated the days related to the statewide closure will not have to be made up, there is a possibility, depending on any changes to the length of this closure, this may change.
Q – Is the District providing any meals for students?
A – Yes. The District is providing “Grab and Go” breakfasts and lunches for ALL children ages 18 and under several days per week. Meals can be picked up at Ephrata High School, Clay or Fulton Elementary Schools. CLICK HERE to see the days and times meals are being distributed. As mandated by the state, all children must be present during pick-up.
Q – I could really use help during the school closure. Is there a way to get a ride to pick up meals or have help with childcare?
Q – I would like to volunteer. Is there someone to contact?
A – Yes. Please contact directly ANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS to volunteer. If you are part of an organization and would like to be added to the list, please contact District Community Relations Director Sarah McBee at Sarah_McBee@easdpa.org or 717-721-1589.
Q – Should I talk to my children about Coronavirus?
A – Yes. We recommend obtaining guidance from reputable sources. Specifically, you might find helpful these articles from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the Child Mind Institute.
Q – Will PSSA, Keystone, and AP testing occur at the currently scheduled times?
A – On March 19, the Pennsylvania Department of Education shared that students will not be required to take PSSA and Keystone tests this year. Additionally, it was announced on March 23 that all standardized testing for students in career and technical education (CTE) programs have been cancelled. These include exams from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
Q – Will graduation continue as planned on June 4, 2020?
A – We are not able to confirm this date based on the information we have at this time.
Q – When will extracurricular activities resume, i.e. sports, clubs, musicals?
A – While we believe many events may resume on a similar schedule to daily school schedules, we do not have enough information to confirm that at this time. Both the EIMS and EHS spring musicals will be postponed; more information will follow.
NOTE: The information above is based on the best information available on Monday, March 23 at 5:20PM.