Ephrata AM 1-24-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Monday January 24, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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The National German Exam will be given this Thursday, January 27th for those students who signed up.
All tests will be in room 130, which is Frau Wise’s room.
Level 4, which includes AP students will be during periods 1 and 2,
Level 3 will be during periods 3 and 4, and
Level 2 will be during periods 6 and 7.
Please ask your teachers this week about any work you will miss during class on Thursday and Viel Glück!
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If you still have not purchased a yearbook to be delivered this spring, you only have 5 days left for personalization and a discounted rate. Books purchased after 1/28 will be full price and will not have your name engraved on them. Go to www.jostensyearbooks.com to order yours today!
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Now over to __________ with the news
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10-year-old Bucs fan and brain cancer survivor, Noah Reeb, who received a Crucial Catch hat from Tom Brady back in October got a special message last week from the goat.
Last week, Noah’s parents got an email from the Bucs, with a video attached. As they watched it, they began sobbing, both overwhelmed by what they heard.
“You’ve inspired so many people including myself,” Brady said in an NFL post on Twitter, “but millions of others also. The NFL and the Bucs look forward to sending deserving fans to the Super Bowl each year and fans that have incredible stories like the one you’ve had. So as a thank you, I worked with both the Bucs and the NFL to get you and your family Super Bowl tickets this year in LA!
In other news, it’s national peanut butter day AND national compliment day, make sure to pay someone a compliment today!
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Students are reminded that next Thursday, January 27th is the last day to drop a course without receiving a WF (withdrew failing) mark.  If you would like to drop a course, you need to have a parent email your counselor asap with the request and details.  A listing of open classes is updated daily and is available on the EHS Counseling website as well.
If you have any questions, please see your counselor ASAP.
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Friday, bowling lost 5-2 vs Warwick, Tanner Murray led the Mounts with a 618 series. Girls basketball won 40-34 vs Manheim Twp. Jasmine Griffin had 15 and Brynn Adams added 9. Boys basketball lost 28-59 at Manheim Twp. Saturday, boys basketball won 51-39 against Northern. Mason Hagen had 19. Also on Saturday, wrestling was at Cedar Cliff for a quad match. They had 2 wins and 1 loss.
Senior Athletes . .  . .  planning on participating in NCAA Sports next year?
If you would like to take part in our NCAA Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony on February 2nd
Please pick up a form in the Athletics Office and return it by Friday, January 28th
Today, there are no sports events.
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The EHS Mini-THON would like to invite you to participate in the Homeroom Hustle! This is a whole different Belle-game. From January 19th – January 26th (Mr. Four Diamonds Day) all homerooms are invited to raise money for Mini-THON and earn so Minnie good prizes! There are three tiers of rewards!
The Goofy tier – if your homeroom raises $200 then you will receive Mini-THON swag bags.
The Minnie tier – if you raise $300 your homeroom will receive a donut party!
The Mickey tier – if your homeroom raises $400 then you will receive a pizza party!
With the money your homeroom raises we will be one step closer to conquering childhood cancer!
So bring in that cash and thank you for supporting EHS Mini-THON!
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 1-21-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Friday January 21, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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Do you hear that music playing? See those boys dancing down the hall? It’s the Mr. Four Diamonds Pageant and it’s headed right this way! Join us January 26th for a kick-off assembly that will knock your socks off. And then again after school for the talent portion that will be sure to dazzle your senses.
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Now over to __________ with the news
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A presentation on data gathered from the Perseverance rover is trying to explain the ubiquitous coatings of unknown, dark grey, almost purple material on Martian rocks.
Having been observed everywhere the rover has trundled, more details on the coating’s composition could come with clues about Mars’ past, including whether it hosted microbial life.
The Perseverance rover’s science kit has researchers believing the near-purple coating found everywhere in Jezero Crater is rich in iron.
The presence of hydrogen would suggest that water played a role in the coating’s creation, but the rover is currently investigating old solidified magma and isn’t really anywhere near lake sediments.
It’s a mystery that requires more investigation, But for now the rover has been caching samples in tubes for its future return to Earth. Scientists are hoping the purple coatings can survive the journey intact enough to be studied in a proper laboratory.
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Students are reminded that next Thursday, January 27th is the last day to drop a course without receiving a WF (withdrew failing) mark.  If you would like to drop a course, you need to have a parent email your counselor asap with the request and details.  A listing of open classes is updated daily and is available on the EHS Counseling website as well.
If you have any questions, please see your counselor ASAP.
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yesterday, boys swimming won 123-37 vs Manheim Central, winning every event. The girls had a closer score of 91-62, but won all but 2 events. Rifle won 491-490 vs Wilson. Top Ephrata shooters:
Dana Belfiore 100 1 center
Madeline Sherk 99 1 center
Ava Howard 98 1 center
Nathan Buehler 98
Senior Athletes . .  . .  planning on participating in NCAA Sports next year?
If you would like to take part in our NCAA Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony on February 2nd
Please pick up a form in the Athletics Office and return it by Friday, January 28th
Today, bowling is at Dutch Lanes vs Warwick, girls basketball is home vs Manheim Twp, boys basketball is at Manheim Twp. Tomorrow, boys basketball is at the mid Penn Showdown, and wrestling is at Cedar Cliff for a quad match.
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Mini-THON will be hosting a design contest. The challenge: Desing a T-Shirt for this year’s Disney Mini-THON. The design must represent the theme, say Ephrata Mini-THON, and be a maximum of two colors. Check out the flyers around the school or the post on Schoology for more info on how to submit the design. The winning design will earn a free t-shirt and entry to Mini-THON this year! Designs are due January 31st. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
And who is judging the shirts, you may ask. Why, Snow White of course. She’s the fairest of them all.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 1-20-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Thursday January 20, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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Do you hear that music playing? See those boys dancing down the hall? It’s the Mr. Four Diamonds Pageant and it’s headed right this way! Join us January 26th for a kick-off assembly that will knock your socks off. And then again after school for the talent portion that will be sure to dazzle your senses.
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Now over to __________ with the news
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NEWS INTRO
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NEWS FOR TODAY
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If you want to add a course in place of a study hall for a second semester class, check the open class listing which is available on the EHS Counseling webpage, and Schoology message your counselor with the name of the course and the period that you are switching with a study hall.
If you changed your mind and wish to drop a course, we need you to have your parent email your counselor with the requested change.
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yesterday, boys basketball lost 58-47 vs McCaskey. Dylan Mahlandt was the top scorer with 12 points. Wrestling won 57-12 vs Cedar Crest.  Tristan Mellinger, Brandon Shimp, Tanner McCracken, James Ellis, Deric Hoover, and Frank Riggs all had pins in the victory.
Today, swimming is home vs Manheim Central, and rifle is home vs Wilson.
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Mini-THON will be hosting a design contest. The challenge: Desing a T-Shirt for this year’s Disney Mini-THON. The design must represent the theme, say Ephrata Mini-THON, and be a maximum of two colors. Check out the flyers around the school or the post on Schoology for more info on how to submit the design. The winning design will earn a free t-shirt and entry to Mini-THON this year! Designs are due January 31st. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
And who is judging the shirts, you may ask. Why, Snow White of course. She’s the fairest of them all.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 1-19-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Wednesday January 19, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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Do you hear that music playing? See those boys dancing down the hall? It’s the Mr. Four Diamonds Pageant and it’s headed right this way! Join us January 26th for a kick-off assembly that will knock your socks off. And then again after school for the talent portion that will be sure to dazzle your senses.
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A South Carolina man said he left a fast food drive-through line without placing an order when he discovered he had won a $300,000 lottery prize.
The Anderson man told South Carolina Education Lottery officials he was waiting in a long drive-through line when he decided to scratch off a lottery ticket he had purchased earlier from the Expressway #25 store in Anderson.
The player said he was shocked when the $300,000 Money Match ticket revealed the top prize.
“I had to double and triple check it,” he said. “Then I had to make sure my heart was still working.” The man said he ended up leaving the drive-through line without placing an order.
In other news, it’s national popcorn day
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Attention Editors of the Mountaineer newspaper staff:
We will have a brief meeting this TODAY Wednesday, Jan. 19, to discuss issue 2 concerns.  The meeting will be in Mr. Bischoff’s room – 318 – at 3:00.  Please plan to attend.
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If you want to add a course in place of a study hall for a second semester class, check the open class listing which is available on the EHS Counseling webpage, and Schoology message your counselor with the name of the course and the period that you are switching with a study hall.
If you changed your mind and wish to drop a course, we need you to have your parent email your counselor with the requested change.
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yesterday, boys basketball lost 42-53 vs Cedar Crest. Mason Hagen had 11 and Brody Martin and Dylan Kohl had 8. The girls lost 39-46. High scorer was Jasmine Griffin with 17. Boys swimming won against Lampeter Strasburg 91-61. Winners included the 200 medley relay team, the 400 freestyle relay team, J Myer (2), Colby Simes (2), and Chad Jones (2). On the girls side, they also won 93-76, sweeping all but 1 relay. Winners were the 200 medley relay team, the 400 freestyle team, Ava Knopsnyder (2), Megan Martin (2), Bria Burkholder (2), and Kauri Parsons (2). The rifle team lost 490-498. Top shooters were
Nate Buehler 99 1 center
Ava Howard 98 1 center
Madeline Sherk 98
Lauren Zimmerman 98
Desiree Butraigo 97 1 center
Today, basketball is home vs McCaskey, and wrestling is away at Cedar Crest
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Mini-THON will be hosting a design contest. The challenge: Desing a T-Shirt for this year’s Disney Mini-THON. The design must represent the theme, say Ephrata Mini-THON, and be a maximum of two colors. Check out the flyers around the school or the post on Schoology for more info on how to submit the design. The winning design will earn a free t-shirt and entry to Mini-THON this year! Designs are due January 31st. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
And who is judging the shirts, you may ask. Why, Snow White of course. She’s the fairest of them all.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 1-18-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Tuesday January 18, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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Do you hear that music playing? See those boys dancing down the hall? It’s the Mr. Four Diamonds Pageant and it’s headed right this way! Join us January 26th for a kick-off assembly that will knock your socks off. And then again after school for the talent portion that will be sure to dazzle your senses.
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NEWS INTRO
Kentucky Fried Chicken has kicked off the new year across the U.S. this week by rolling out a plant-based chicken that is ‘still finger lickin’ good.’
Called Beyond Fried Chicken, the bucket of nuggets contain a non-meat ‘chicken’ that was developed by the Beyond Meat company. Created exclusively for KFC, the company says it is “packed with delicious flavor and the juicy satisfaction that you’d expect from KFC.”
The move follows a test run two years ago in Atlanta that was an overwhelming success, and sneak peeks in select restaurants in Nashville, Charlotte, and Southern California in 2020 that sold out in days.
With non-meat ‘chicken’ now available, KFC is calling it a a Kentucky Fried Miracle.
In other news, it’s national Winnie the Pooh Day. Now back to the Main Desk
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NEWS FOR TODAY
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You will not be receiving a paper copy of your 2nd semester schedule this year.  Instead, you should be sure to check it out through the PowerSchool portal asap.  You can do this by clicking on “My Schedule” from the menu on the left side of the home screen.
If you want to add a course in place of a study hall, check the open class listing which is available on the EHS Counseling webpage, and Schoology message your counselor with the name of the course and the period that you are switching with a study hall.
If you changed your mind and wish to drop a course, we need you to have your parent email your counselor with the requested change.
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Friday, bowling is at Clearview Lanes vs E Town, boys basketball is home vs Penn Manor, girls are away at Penn Manor. Tomorrow, boys basketball is away at E town, and the girls are home vs E town.
Senior Athletes . .  . .  planning on participating in NCAA Sports next year?
If you would like to take part in our NCAA Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony on February 2th
Please pick up a form in the Athletics Office and return it by Friday, January 28th
today,
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Now back to the main desk
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Mini-THON will be hosting a design contest. The challenge: Desing a T-Shirt for this year’s Disney Mini-THON. The design must represent the theme, say Ephrata Mini-THON, and be a maximum of two colors. Check out the flyers around the school or the post on Schoology for more info on how to submit the design. The winning design will earn a free t-shirt and entry to Mini-THON this year! Designs are due January 31st. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
And who is judging the shirts, you may ask. Why, Snow White of course. She’s the fairest of them all.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 1-14-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Friday January 14, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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This announcements is for 1st period teachers:
Please make the Mountaineer newspaper available to interested students today.
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Today is the last day that library obligation slips will be printed on paper and distributed in homeroom. Beginning next week, all library obligations will be emailed to your student email (800####@gomounts.org).
You’re welcome, trees.
You’re welcome, homeroom teachers.
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Do you hear that music playing? See those boys dancing down the hall? It’s the Mr. Four Diamonds Pageant and it’s headed right this way! Join us January 26th for a kick-off assembly that will knock your socks off. And then again after school for the talent portion that will be sure to dazzle your senses. In fact, why don’t you jump into our celebrations by participating in our omeroom Hustle.The homerooms will riase money by gianing incentives. If your homeroom raises $200 for the Goofy tier your whole homeroom gets swag bags, $300 in the Minnie teir gets you a donut party, and $400 in the Mickey teir gets your homeroom a pizza party! Start bringing in money on Wednesday January 19th and continue up till Wednesday January 26th! Bring in your loose change, your dollar, dollar bills, or even a check to get your homeroom closer to that slice of pie. Remember, that’s all happening starting next week!
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NEWS FOR TODAY
Jordan Maywald has been in charge of his family’s Christmas decorations since he was nine. Each year since, Jordan, now 23, has added more to the light display that has turned their Austin property into a holiday destination.
“It started very small, just a few things in our front yard,” he tells Southern Living. “Over the years I expanded across much of our property and now it covers about 3.5 acres.”
For the past seven years, the Maywalds have used their famous light display to raise money for Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas.
This year, they welcomed more than 15,000 visitors, raising more than $80,000 to fund 10 wishes. To date, the display has raised nearly $200,000 and granted 27 wishes. Each time a wish is granted, Jordan adds a reindeer to the mix.
“Helping these children is what Christmas is all about for us,” he tells Southern Living. “We will continue to put up our display yearly to help grant life changing wishes!”
In other news, it’s national dress up your pet day!
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Who loves Panera?! I know I do! TOMORROW On Saturday January 15th, come to the Ephrata Panera from 4-8 PM. Show them the flyer on the EHS Mini-THON Insta or use in the code “PRFUND” for online orders.  A portion of proceeds from all orders will be donated to EHS Mini-THON.
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There is only 1 school day remaining in the first semester of the school year. A reminder to all students that the second semester begins on Tuesday, January 18th.
You will not be receiving a paper copy of your 2nd semester schedule this year.  Instead, you should be sure to check it out through the PowerSchool portal asap.  You can do this by clicking on “My Schedule” from the menu on the left side of the home screen.  Then click on the “Matrix View” Tab which is located above your schedule.  The default is “week view” – which shows this week only.  Beginning Monday, you will see your 2nd semester classes by default.
If you want to add a course in place of a study hall, check the open class listing which is available on the EHS Counseling webpage, and Schoology message your counselor with the name of the course and the period that you are switching with a study hall.
If you changed your mind and wish to drop a course, we need you to have your parent email your counselor with the requested change.
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LUNCH VIDEO
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Senior Athletes . .  . .  planning on participating in NCAA Sports next year?
If you would like to take part in our NCAA Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony on February 2th
Please pick up a form in the Athletics Office and return it by Friday, January 28th
Today, bowling is at Clearview Lanes vs E Town, boys basketball is home vs Penn Manor, girls are away at Penn Manor. Tomorrow, boys basketball is away at E town, and the girls are home vs E town.
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Mini-THON will be hosting a design contest. The challenge: Desing a T-Shirt for this year’s Disney Mini-THON. The design must represent the theme, say Ephrata Mini-THON, and be a maximum of two colors. Check out the flyers around the school or the post on Schoology for more info on how to submit the design. The winning design will earn a free t-shirt and entry to Mini-THON this year! Designs are due January 31st. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
And who is judging the shirts, you may ask. Why, Snow White of course. She’s the fairest of them all.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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2021-2022 COVID+ Dashboard

2021-2022 FAQs

CDC Updated Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine – December 27, 2021

Pennsylvania Department of Health – December 30, 2021 Update

2021-2022 Health & Safety Plan

2021-2022 Updates

Confronting COVID-Related Harassment – US Dept. of Education

Ephrata Virtual Academy (EVA-Flex & EVA-Live)


Message to Families – January 3

Over the holiday break on December 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance on how to respond to situations when an individual tests positive for COVID, as well as for those who have been identified as a close contact. On December 30, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) issued similar new guidance. Our School Board-approved Health and Safety Plan directs us to consider updated guidance from the DOH and the CDC and to implement it when practicable.

Effective immediately, the Ephrata Area School District will be handling COVID positive cases and close contacts as follows, consistent with the updated DOH and CDC guidance:

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days, and then follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when indoors around others if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours). The option of isolating for the full 10 days remains available for those interested.
  • Individuals identified as close contacts who are unvaccinated or who are eligible (i.e., more than 6 months after primary vaccine series) but have not yet received a booster vaccine should quarantine at home for 5 days, and then wear a mask around others for 5 days. If a 5-day quarantine is not feasible for an individual, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a mask when around others for 10 days after exposure to the COVID positive individual.

While not a requirement, both the DOH and CDC additionally recommend that close contacts get tested on day 5 after exposure.

As a district, we will continue to update the COVID Dashboard and FAQs page with up-to-date information regarding these adjustments and anything else relating to COVID-19 mitigation.

Please submit questions using the FAQ link and report COVID cases using the COVIDReport email link.

Thank you for the ongoing flexibility and support!

 

Message to Families – December 23

As we look ahead to the holiday break, we wanted to share some updates regarding COVID cases from this week and how we plan to handle reporting positive cases and close contacts that we are notified of over the next ten days.

  • Over the course of the past week, we had 5 new COVID-19 cases in the District – 1 at Fulton and 2 each at Clay and the Middle School. Additionally, we were made aware of several cases that occurred prior to this week – 1 each at Clay, Highland, and the Middle School and 2 each at the Intermediate School and High School. All active cases are included on the COVID-19 Dashboard on the District website. The individuals who were impacted directly have been notified and given information specific to them.
  • On Monday, December 27, the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated, contact tracing will occur, and email notifications will be sent for any positive cases we are made aware of between December 24-26. On Thursday, December 30, the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated, contact tracing will occur, and email notifications will be sent for any positive cases we are made aware of between December 27-29. Cases reported after December 29 will be addressed when schools reopen on Monday, January 3. COVID+ cases within District extracurriculars will be handled individually based on the details of the cases reported and the schedule of events over the break.

As always, please continue to treat all potential COVID symptoms seriously and employ recommended mitigation strategies whenever practicable. Our District email address for reporting cases (COVIDReport@easdpa.org) will remain in use over the break for families to inform the District of any situation where a student tests positive for COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued cooperation, flexibility, and support during the first few months of the school year. We look forward to continuing our work together in 2022!

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

Message to Families – December 10

Late this afternoon the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated the mask mandate for K-12 schools and childcare facilities. We are still gathering details about this latest development and the status of the Order.

If there are no significant changes to the current status over the next 48 hours, effective on Monday, December 13 masks will be optional for students, staff, and visitors.

 

Message to Families – December 2

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced that the original Department of Health mask Order from the Department of Health remains in place. The Supreme Court shared that they would provide a ruling in this case, but until that time, the Order is still in effect and enforceable. As a result of this latest development, as well as direction from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and consultation with the EASD School Board, we will be following the Order.

Effective Monday, December 6, EASD students, staff, and visitors are expected to wear face coverings unless they had previously received an exception. All confirmed exceptions will remain in place.

Based on legal guidance concerning the case, we believe the PA Supreme Court ruling will be the last status change to the existing Order prior to the January 17 expiration date set by Governor Wolf. As has been reported in the media, the Supreme Court intends to hear initial arguments on December 8th with no confirmed timeline thereafter on a decision.

We recognize the frustration for many that a reinstatement of our compliance with the Order represents. As has been shown within our Board-approved Health and Safety Plan, when not legally compelled to require masks for all, the decision to wear a mask is left to the individual student and family.

Even though this is not the situation we had hoped for as we begin this holiday season, it is our current reality. We have every intention to continue our focus on student learning as our number one priority over these remaining few weeks of the Order.

We thank you in advance for your continued cooperation, adaptability, and support.

 

Message to Families – November 23

On behalf of the entire Ephrata Area School District, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We are hopeful you have an opportunity to share some time over the break with your friends and family appreciating what we can be thankful for this season. In the face of a variety of challenges this fall, I am thankful for the resilient spirit, adaptability, and love of learning on display in classrooms throughout the District. While our mission statement calls on us to “inspire all students…,” it is they who have been my inspiration these last few months!

As we head into Thanksgiving break, we would like to share our plan for reporting positive cases  and close contacts. Please continue to use the COVIDReport@easdpa.org email account to inform the District of any situation where a student tests positive for COVID-19. While the District COVID Dashboard will not be updated over the Thanksgiving break, contact tracing and notifications will occur on Wednesday (11/24), Friday (11/26), and Sunday (11/28). The COVID Dashboard will be updated on Tuesday morning to reflect any activity over the break.

Thank you for your continued cooperation, flexibility, and support. We look forward to seeing students back in session on Tuesday, November 30.

 

Message to Families – November 10

Today, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court voided the Department of Health Face Covering Mandate for all Pennsylvania schools.

Our District Health and Safety Plan states, “The Ephrata Area School District will adhere to any existing, valid, and binding orders from the PA. Dept. of Health.”  In alignment with this statement and today’s removal of the mandate, face coverings will now be optional for all EASD students and staff, effective immediately.  All additional health, safety, and cleaning protocols will remain in place.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  We will continue to share any updates, as they become available.

 

Message to Families – October 1

As we head into this first weekend of October, I wanted to reach out today with the following information about events taking place next week:

  1. School-Wide COVID+ Emails

We are making a slight change to our practice of sending building-wide emails each time there is a COVID case in our schools. Instead, we will now send a weekly email with any general updates that includes a link to the COVID-19 Dashboard.  The dashboard is always available on the District website and is updated twice daily when school is in session.

  1. School Board Committee of the Whole Meeting

The October School Board Committee of the Whole meeting is this Monday at 7:00 PM at the Ephrata Middle School and online via Zoom. Committee of the Whole meetings are held for the School Board to hear presentations, review policies, evaluate data, and hold discussions. They are not voting sessions.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Mask Order requires all students, staff, and visitors attending activities inside District buildings to wear a mask.  Therefore, masks will be required for those attending in-person on Monday night. To accommodate those who wish to attend without wearing a mask, the meeting will also be offered via livestream.  CLICK HERE to view the livestream Monday night. There may be a short period for public comment after the Committee of the Whole agenda is reviewed, time permitting. If there is time for public comment, those attending online and in-person will have equal opportunity to address the Board.

  1. Half Day – Wednesday, October 6

Our first half-day of the school year is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6.  Lunch will be served.  Dismissal times are listed below:

  • Elementary Schools: 12:40 PM (AM K: 10:25 AM & PM K: 12:40 PM)
  • Intermediate School: 12:45 PM
  • Middle School: 11:55 AM
  • High School: 12:00 PM
  1. Pupils Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) Survey

During October, students will be asked to participate in the PASS Survey (Pupils Attitudes to Self and School).  Administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12, this screener assesses how students feel about school and themselves as a learner, including connectedness, and motivation.  The information obtained is confidential and is only communicated to specific school staff when there may be a need for additional support.  The survey is short, taking only 15-30 minutes to complete, and will take place during regularly scheduled classes.  Please contact your school principal with any questions.

 

Message to Families – September 24

Friday night football, the Ephrata Fair, and chilly mornings – I hope you are enjoying the arrival of fall and these longstanding traditions!

As we all head into the weekend, we have few items to share related to the Mask Order and COVID-19:

  • Those families who are currently in the exception consideration process with the District will be receiving direct communication early next week concerning the status of their request.
  • We continue to receive questions and provide answers related to the Mask Order or COVID-19 through our FAQ page. Please continue to submit questions to the District there.
  • In case you have questions about the Mask Order related to decisions made at the state level, please see the following contact information:
    • Governor Tom Wolf — Contact Form or by phone at 717-787-2500
    • Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) – Contact via email. DOH issued the Mask Order to schools on August 31, 2021.
    • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) — Contact Form. PDE provides districts with clarification on how to implement directives, like the DOH Mask Order.
  • Continue to use the COVIDReport@easdpa.org email address to report a test or result to the District.

We realize this is not the return to school any of us had hoped for back in June and July.  That is certainly true for the teachers, staff, administration, and the Board here at the District as well. We are, however, doing our collective best to minimize distractions and maximize the school experience for our students.

 

Message to Families – September 16

The updated EASD Medical Exception Form is now available on the our COVID-19 webpage. The form should be completed and submitted to your building principal by the end of the school day on Monday, September 20. If you have already submitted a doctor’s note along with the original form, there is no need to complete the new one. Our hope is that we can have all students who have medical or mental health concerns related to masks submit a completed EASD Medical Exception Form and begin that interactive process.

Please see the steps and information below regarding the exception consideration process and the three check-box options in the middle of the form:

Step 1 – Complete and submit the form, including any information you may have from your licensed medical or mental healthcare provider.

Step 2 – Check one of the three boxes in the middle of the form that best describes your situation.

  • If the first box is checked, the process will begin immediately through an initial conversation with the school team and the parent/guardian.
  • If the second box is checked, parents/guardians will be contacted to confirm the appointment and schedule the initial conversation.
  • If the third box is checked, parents/guardians will be contacted to gather additional information regarding the concern and to potentially offer resources and information on licensed medical or mental healthcare providers.

Notes:

  • Submitting a completed form will initiate an interactive process and involve ongoing dialogue with parents and the school team. If it is decided that further information is needed to fully consider the exception request from the licensed medical or mental healthcare provider, it will be requested during these conversations.
  • During the process to identify possible exceptions or accommodations, the student will be temporarily exempt from wearing a face covering until the process is complete.
  • If you have any questions throughout the process, please reach out to your building principal.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

 

 

Message to Families – September 14

In response to concerns associated with the Department of Health Mask Order medical exception process, we are in the process of updating our EASD Mask Exception Form so that it does not include a medical records request, among other changes.

If you have already completed the existing form, there is nothing more for you to do, unless you want to update your information on the new form, which will be available later this week. If you believe your child will qualify for an exception to the Order because a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition, or a disability, please complete the updated form.

As a result of this update, the deadline to have these forms submitted to your child’s building office has been moved to Monday, September 20 instead of tomorrow, September 15 as previously shared. A date for when doctor’s notes are due will be established once the updated form is available.

Thank you again for your patience as we sort through our district’s responsibilities in response to the Department of Health Mask Order and the related information issued by the Department of Education.

 

Message to Families – September 13

This is just a quick update to remind families of our next steps toward compliance with the statewide Mask Order.

IMPORTANT DATES: 

  • Tuesday, September 14 – All EASD MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORMS should be completed for any student seeking an exception and submitted to the office at your child’s school.
  • Wednesday, September 15 – All students are expected to wear a face covering, unless the completed EASD Medical Exemption Form has been obtained by the District.
  • Friday, September 17 – This is the last date for the District to receive information from a medical care provider – who has seen and treated the individual – related to why the mask is not medically appropriate for that individual.
  • Monday, September 20 – Only students who have submitted both the EASD Medical Exemption form and verification from their medical care provider will be permitted to attend in-person school without wearing a face covering.

Lastly, listed and linked below are two additional pieces of information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) we received late last week.

  • PDE Acting Deputy Secretary: “This Order is not a mask optional policy. Any school entity simply permitting a parent’s sign-off without evidence that the student has a medical or mental health condition or disability that precludes the wearing of a face covering is not in compliance with the Order. Under the Order, and as set forth in PDE’s Answers to FAQs, school entities must require all individuals, two years of age and older, to wear face coverings unless the individual has a medical or mental health condition or disability that precludes the wearing of a face covering. In accordance with Section 3 of the Order, before an individual is excepted from the Order, all alternatives to a face covering, including a face shield, are to be exhausted. It is recommended that any exception be in accordance with eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA for such medical or mental health condition or disability. School entities should follow their established processes for determining student eligibility under those laws, including any medical documentation that they would normally require. There are exceptions to the Order; however, a parent’s opposition to the Order is not one of them.”

Thank you for your support, cooperation, and understanding.

Message to Families – September 9, 2021

Thank you all for the understanding and support we have been observing this week. While we know sending students to school with masks on is not what many imagined we would be doing this year, it is our reality.  It is also, however, better than the possible alternative of not being able to hold in-person instruction at all.  Over the first three days, we had about 90 percent of our students wearing face coverings, and we have already started the conversation with some on the medical exception process.

As we continue to work through questions and individual situations with all families, we want to remind everyone of the District FAQ PAGE and to use the link on that page to submit a question. To that end, we have some additional information relating specifically to the medical exception process.

  • During these first few days of the Order, we allowed students who believe they will qualify for the medical exception to attend school without wearing a mask. We did this to allow time for families to access and complete the EASD MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORM and to secure a note from their medical provider. We initially shared that this grace period was for the first four days of the order, but after having heard from several parents that the process is taking longer than expected, we are extending the grace period through next Tuesday, September 14.  Unfortunately, we have received many generic forms that do not meet the requirements.  Forms from “Heritage Family Health” or simple notes, without details surrounding an individual’s medical or mental health condition, do not satisfy this requirement.
  • Effective Wednesday, September 15, only those students who have a fully completed EASD Medical Exemption form on file will be permitted to attend in-person school without wearing a face covering (mask or approved shield).
  • As we have shared, information from the DOH and the PDE make it clear that to complete the process that would exempt an individual from the DOH Mask Order, the District must receive information from a medical care provider – who has seen and treated the individual – related to why the mask is not medically appropriate for that individual. This information is due to the District by the end of the day on Friday, September 17. 
  • Effective Monday, September 20, only students who have submitted both the EASD Medical Exemption form and verification from their medical care provider will be permitted to attend in-person school without wearing a face covering (mask or approved shield).
  • District staff will be in contact with individuals as soon as they initiate this process in order to expedite the process and provide the appropriate accommodation to the mask requirement.

As always, if you have any questions about this process or extenuating circumstances with your medical care provider that makes this adjusted timeline unmanageable, please reach out to your building principal to discuss the specifics.

 

 

Message to Families – September 6, 2021

I hope you are all taking advantage of this long weekend and enjoying time with family and friends!

The purpose of this email is to communicate some information about the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) Mask Order and how we will be handling tomorrow, the first day of school under the Order. As always, please continue to check our EASD FAQ page to stay up to date with the latest answers to questions, as this situation continues to change.

Please see the following updates and reminders:

  • The District will be working toward compliance with the DOH Order starting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7.
  • Tomorrow, any student not wearing a mask will be reminded of the state-wide expectation to wear a mask and offered one to use. Parents will be informed of the student’s decision to not wear a mask.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education provided new direction on Friday afternoon on the process for handling mask exemption requests. As a result, the same process that we had used last year will be in place for the 2021-22 school year. Due to the timing of this Order and clarification on the exemption request process, we understand that it may be difficult to obtain a signature from the student’s medical provider in such a short period of time. Consequently, we will accept the parent/guardian-signed notes to start the first week of implementation of the Order, recognizing that additional information will be needed from the student’s medical provider.
  • The use of a face-shield instead of a mask is suggested as the first strategy to use when a medical condition prevents an individual from wearing a mask. In the past, the use of a shield instead of a mask has been seen as a reasonable accommodation in these situations. If you are in the process already or are planning to complete the medical exception process and want your student(s) to try the use of a face-shield starting Tuesday, that is appreciated.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education continues to update and clarify their recommendations on how to implement the DOH Mask Order on their website.

Finally, it has been made clear that this issue of masks has been very divisive to some in our community, mirroring what is happening across the state and throughout our country.  As a school district, we are no different. There are certainly some who advocate the use of masks in schools and those who oppose it. If we, as a country, state, community, or school district, focus too much on how the current – and everchanging – reality is out of alignment with our personal beliefs, it will distract us from our District mission and divert our energy away from serving our students.

Best wishes for a successful and respectful return to school tomorrow at each of our buildings!

 

Message to Families – September 3, 2021

Good morning, EASD families!

We wanted to make you aware that more answers have been posted on the FAQ WEBPAGE since yesterday.  Please take a moment to review, and continue to submit any further questions HERE.

Thank you!

 

Message to Families – September 2, 2021

As we continue to gain clarity on the implementation of the PA Department of Health Mask Order, we now are able to answer the following questions to keep you informed.  Please see the information below:

  1. Can face shields be used instead of masks?  At the end of last year, face shields were to be used only in situation when a mask is not possible due to medical conditions. At this point, we do not have clarity on the process for when face shields may be used. For next week, until we have further clarification, face shields will be permitted in place of masks.
  2. Can a parent/guardian note work as a medical exemption for Tuesday due to the timing of the Order?  Yes, in order to allow for a reasonable amount of time to complete the medical exemption process, a parent note for the first week (9/7-9/10) of this Order will be accepted.
  3. What are the consequences for not wearing a mask?  This will be handled in a similar fashion to any other school rule and be handled differently according to the age of the student. As with any school rule that is not followed, our staff will react with reminders about the expectation, especially over the first weeks. If over time the adherence to a school rule does not improve, there may be consequences that fall in line with the building-level code of conduct.
  4. Will students have mask breaks throughout the day?  Yes.  Just like last year, there will be mask breaks administered for students.  Additionally, this year, masks are not required for recess, gym class or related activities, and any other outside time.

As a reminder, please submit your questions HERE for timely answers and to help other families get the information they need.

 

Message to Families – September 2, 2021

As a Board, we want to communicate our top priority. It is the Mission of the Ephrata Area School District to provide all students a secure learning environment and exemplary academic programs that inspire all students to reach their full potential.

As a Board we care deeply about the safety of our students, and our focus remains on their opportunity to learn. We are aware that a safe learning environment for students means different things to different families. As a Board, we believe in the individual’s right to mask, and we set a Health and Safety Plan accordingly. We were highly disappointed by the latest decision of the PA DOH that took away local authority and its ability to make decisions that best represent a majority of its constituents.

We recognize that many families have made plans for the school year in response to our Health and Safety Plan and that the timing of this Order is extremely frustrating. Many of you have expressed your displeasure with a mask mandate. We heard you. As a Board, we are investigating our legal options in response to this Order. But we also recognize that due to the timing of the Order, it must be enforced starting next Tuesday.

After consulting with legal advice, we now know that an injunction could take weeks to take effect, so we are left with working within the mandatory mask policy. If you would like to submit a medical exemption from the mask mandate to be considered for your student, we encourage you to follow the process that Dr. Troop outlined in his communication to District families. While there are no quick options, we will be connecting regularly as a Board to determine our best course of action.

While all of us have to work within the scope of multiple regulations and guidance, we will continue to work to create an environment in which our students find their greatest opportunities to learn and prepare themselves for their future.

 

Message to Families – September 2, 2021

On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Wolf announced an indoor mask mandate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) for schools that will go into effect on Tuesday, September 7. The Order does not apply to athletics inside or outside, outdoor recess, or physical activities indoors or outside. Additional details regarding the Governor’s announcement can be found HERE.  It is important to note; the Order is not a recommendation, but a requirement. It applies to all schools, public and private, throughout the Commonwealth. We have consulted our legal team, who have shared the following details:

  • The Order is a “control measure” issued pursuant to authority granted to the Department of Health under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. 35 P.S. Section 521.5.
  • The Order requires all teachers, students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering indoors at school, unless an exception applies, and further requires schools to enforce the Order’s requirements.
  • Violations of the Disease Prevention and Control Law are subject to potential penalty through a criminal summary offense, with the potential of fines and/or jail time. 35 P.S. Section 521.20.

Therefore, in compliance with this Order and in accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, masks will be required for all students who plan to attend in-person instruction within any of our buildings starting Tuesday, September 7. We are hopeful that this is not a permanent situation but rather one that can be pulled back in the coming weeks. We will continue to monitor updates and further clarification from the DOH.

We recognize this change is unwanted by many families. As is demonstrated by our Board-approved Health and Safety Plan, we did not intend to be issuing a mask mandate. The reality right now is that there has been one issued that we must implement, whether we like it or not. Additionally, we have heard from a few parents with intentions to not comply and demand that their children be admitted to school without a mask, in order to “take a stand” or “make a statement” about how parents/guardians oppose the Order. We collectively as a district, ask that these types of actions be avoided as they will only serve to escalate the issue and potentially damage relationships between students and staff.

As this is a change from what our students have become accustomed to this week, we are asking staff to be flexible in our reminders to students in those first few days. Ultimately, however, continued and intentional failure to wear a mask as required under this Order will result in disciplinary measures, just as was the case last year. This again is something that the Order requires, and each of our staff members could be held personally liable if he/she does not enforce the Order.

We also understand that the timing of this Order is less than ideal as our school year has just gotten underway. The order includes the date of October 1 as a check-point when further direction will be provided based on how well COVID is being managed across the state. Our School Board, who also did not advocate for this Order, will be communicating from their perspective to families later today.

We are hopeful that this Order does not cause anyone to reconsider their instructional mode, but if that is not the case, and you find yourself looking at potential virtual options for the first marking period, please CLICK HERE to learn about the District EVA-Flex and EVA-Live options or CLICK HERE to request to have someone contact you to discuss options. As was the case last year, if you feel that your child has an existing medical condition that would qualify him or her for a mask exemption, please complete the exemption form HERE and submit it to the school office for consideration.

A positive aspect of having all students wear masks is that the contact tracing distance changes from 6 feet to 3 feet, thus reducing the number of students recommended for quarantine when a positive case occurs. This will undoubtedly reduce the number of quarantined individuals as we start the year.

Throughout the last few months, we have maintained a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for your reference. Included on this page is a link to ask a new question that has not already been considered. CLICK HERE to access already asked questions or to submit a new question about the contents of this message.

Finally, we know this issue of masks has become more than a mitigation strategy for many, and the negative aspects of this Order may make it hard to focus on the positives. As we saw, heard, and felt in these first few days of the school year, our students and staff are excited about having in-person instruction with their classmates back in school!  We can continue to keep our schools open and our students engaged as we power through this latest obstacle in our path, together.

 

 

Message to Families – August 31, 2021

Please see the following updates on two time-sensitive items:

  1. We are monitoring the impact of Hurricane Ida in our local area and paying special attention to possible flooding and related transportation challenges.  At this time, we plan to have a regular school schedule tomorrow.  However, please continue to monitor our normal means for communicating weather-related items, including our social media pages. (Twitter, Instagram & Facebook)
  2. Earlier this afternoon, Governor Wolf announced a mask mandate issued by the PA Department of Health that will go into effect on Tuesday, September 7.  Additional details regarding the Governor’s announcement can be found HERE.  We will follow-up with further District communication to families on this within the next 24 hours.

 

Message to Families – August 20, 2021

Over the past week, we have been receiving new information regarding how we respond to COVID cases this year. This new information has been updated on the District COVID-19 webpage.

In short, if we become aware of a COVID-19 case within one of our schools, vehicles, or activities, we will complete initial contact tracing as directed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the District, and their names will be submitted to the Department of Health.

A close contact is an individual who was within 6 feet of a COVID+ individual for 15 or more minutes, consecutively. There is an exception to this definition this year in cases where both the COVID+ individual and contact were masked AND the contact was not within 3 feet of the COVID+ individual.

If the Department of Health places an individual in isolation due to testing positive for COVID or in quarantine due to being identified as a close contact, he or she will not be permitted to attend school until the isolation or quarantine period has ended. More details on this process, including a flow chart that provides information on the duration of isolation and quarantine period based on the individual situation, can be found HERE on our website. (Note: Individuals identified as close contacts do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic and are vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the last three months.)

At the building level, we have been given new guidance on how we should respond to outbreaks within classrooms, extra-curricular groupings, and whole school events. We are required to consult with the Department of Health to consider additional mitigation measures, including closure, when we experience an outbreak at the classroom or group level, as well as at the building level. Details on outbreak containment can be found HERE.

As we did last year, we will be closely monitoring the number of cases within each building and displaying that information on our COVID-19 tracker, which will display the number of cases, by building, that were present in the preceding 14 days. For this year, the number that will cause a building to be considered for a temporary closure is 5 percent of the number of individuals (students and staff) who attend that school each day. CLICK HERE to see the building-specific numbers. As an example, our high school will be considered for a closure of up to 14 days if it reaches approximately 70 cases in any 14-day period, while the number for an elementary will be approximately 25. We generally had less than five cases in the 14-day window in any of our buildings last year.

While we continue to support the mask optional policy that is included in our current Health and Safety Plan, we will be using a temporary (2-3 week) mask requirement for buildings that reach 3 percent of the number of individuals (students and staff) who attend that school each day. We know a mask requirement, even for a short period of time, is not preferred or ideal for many parents and students. We believe it is a reasonable response to an outbreak situation that could potentially help a school facing closure. This would essentially serve as an early warning system for a building closure.

We are committed to having our schools open for in-person instruction and believe that is the best way to provide students with an educational program that is engaging and supportive. Being in a situation where we need to close a school for multiple days or weeks, due to a COVID outbreak, is something we want to take every measure to avoid. We believe this “3 percent” strategy could help us provide a safety net and help us avoid a large outbreak and school closure.

Throughout this school year, we will be continually monitoring the COVID-related information and adapting our response to the dynamic situation in each of our buildings.

Thank you for your continued flexibility, patience, and support!

 

Message to Families – August 3, 2021

This winter, the CDC issued an order that requires masks to be worn on all conveyances carrying passengers, including school buses. This CDC Order was only effective in states that did not have their own mask orders; now that Pennsylvania’s mask order has expired, the CDC Order is in effect. We had hoped that the CDC would revisit its mask order before the start of the school year, but that has not happened. The Pennsylvania Department of Education notified school districts that the CDC Order applies to school bus passengers. Therefore, we wanted to let you know how we will be handling masks on school buses in the District.

This communication serves to inform all parents/guardians of the CDC order and the expectation that students are to wear masks while passengers on school buses. The District is encouraging voluntary compliance with the CDC Order, but it will not deny school transportation services or impose disciplinary measures upon students for non-compliance with the CDC mask order. Disposable masks will be made available to students on all school buses, if desired.

Please contact our transportation office if you have any questions regarding this CDC Order or how the District will be implementing it on our vehicles.

 

Message to Families – July 26, 2021

We have been made aware of some confusion in the wording for the survey issued last week that could impact the accuracy of the results. We apologize for this confusion and have worked to simplify the questions to more clearly gather feedback from parents/guardians.

An updated survey replaces the survey shared with District families last week. Please CLICK HERE to complete the revised survey by the end of the day this Thursday even if you also completed a survey last week.

Again, we apologize for the confusion and are anxious to collect more accurate parental feedback. Thank you for your support as we plan for a successful start to the 2021-2022 school year!

 

Message to Families – July 19, 2021

Like many of you, we are looking forward to the start to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited that it is looking more and more like a typical, pre-COVID-era return. As part of this process, we are required to have an updated Health and Safety Plan on our website so that anyone can see how we are providing a learning and work environment that prioritizes health, safety, choice, and learner engagement.

While we had updated our plan in June, there has been some additional information shared from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Departments of Health (DOH) and Education (PDE). The most important part of this new information, in our view, is the commitment by the DOH and PDE to let local school districts make decisions that make sense for their community and the students they serve. We are excited to not be in a “one-size-fits-all” situation when it comes to decisions impacting how we at the Ephrata Area School District serve our students and community. Information on how to access this draft plan, provide feedback, and other related links is below.

Additionally, below is information about the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief of 2021 (ARP ESSER), which also includes a link to a separate survey.

  1. A draft of the updated Health and Safety Plan for the 2021-2022 school year is based upon current information and is intended to guide the opening of the 2021-2022 school year.
    • CLICK HERE to view a draft of the plan.
    • CLICK HERE to complete a brief survey to share your feedback by Wednesday, July 28.

Additionally, to help answer questions and clarify how the District would respond if and when the state would issue further guidance, direction, or mandates, we have prepared FAQs, which are available HERE on the District website. Please CLICK HERE if you would like to submit a question related to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

  1. The Ephrata Area School District is slated to receive approximately $5 million in funding from ARP ESSER. Of that amount, twenty percent ($1 million) must be used for learning loss activities.

District Administration is currently in the planning phases of how this money will be utilized over the next three years. The District administration has identified possible priorities. If you would like to provide feedback on the District plans for the use of ARP ESSER funds, please CLICK HERE to complete a survey by Wednesday, July 28.

Thank you for your support as we plan for a successful start to the 2021-2022 school year!

 

Message to Families – June 21, 2021

We remain committed to maintaining clear and transparent communication leading up to the 2021-2022 school year and have compiled important documents and resources, including an updated FAQ webpage. It is important to note that all of these documents were developed with the understanding that the state mask mandate will be lifted on June 28th or sooner. If that changes or another mandate is issued, both the Summer 2021 Health and Safety Plan and the 2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan will be revisited. Please click on the links below for more information.

  • School Board Statement – Board President Mr. Rick Gehman publicly read this statement on Tuesday, June 8 to express the Board’s thinking associated with the upcoming school year.
  • Summer 2021 Health & Safety Plan – This plan was developed to help guide activities throughout the summer and was approved by the School Board on Monday, June 14.
  • 2021-2022 Health & Safety Plan – This required plan is based upon current information and is intended to guide the opening of the 2021-2022 school year. This plan will go into effect on Friday, July 30.

Additionally, to help answer questions and clarify how the District would respond if and when the state would issue further guidance, direction, or mandates, we have prepared FAQs, which are available HERE on the District website. 

If you have additional questions related to the start of the 2021-2022 school year, please submit them for consideration and inclusion on the FAQs page. Thank you for your support as we plan for a successful start to the 2021-2022 school year!

2020-2021 School Year Communication

 

 

Ephrata AM 1-13-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Thursday January 13, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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Come out and join Ephrata High School Dance Team tonight from 5:30-6:30 at Highland Elementary school. Everyone is welcome! Practices will be held every Tuesday & Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm.
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Now over to __________ with the news
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NEWS FOR TODAY
Casey Holihan and her husband, John Noe, saw a bread truck from Schmidt Baking Company stuck just ahead of them on I-95 on Tuesday. They called the company’s customer service line and left a message asking if it was possible for the driver to open the truck and give some loaves of bread to them and others.
Holihan was then surprised to receive a phone call 20 minutes later from the owner of Baltimore-based Bakery. The owner was instructing the truck’s driver, Ron Hill, to open up the back and pass out some food.
“We just kept giving it out until we couldn’t walk anymore because it was so freezing,” Holihan told NBC. The couple told the Washington Post they helped pass out about 300 packages of rolls and loaves of bread to people in surrounding vehicles over the course of an hour.
Today is National Rubber Ducky Day
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Who loves Panera?! I know I do! On Saturday January 15th, come to the Ephrata Panera from 4-8 PM. Show them the flyer on the EHS Mini-THON Insta or use in the code “PRFUND” for online orders.  A portion of proceeds from all orders will be donated to EHS Mini-THON.
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There are only 2 school days remaining in the first semester of the school year. A reminder to all students that the second semester begins on Tuesday, January 18th.
You will not be receiving a paper copy of your 2nd semester schedule this year.  Instead, you should be sure to check it out through the PowerSchool portal asap.  You can do this by clicking on “My Schedule” from the menu on the left side of the home screen.  Then click on the “Matrix View” Tab which is located above your schedule.  The default is “week view” – which shows this week only.  Beginning Monday, you will see your 2nd semester classes by default.
If you want to add a course in place of a study hall, check the open class listing which is available on the EHS Counseling webpage, and Schoology message your counselor with the name of the course and the period that you are switching with a study hall.
If you changed your mind and wish to drop a course, we need you to have your parent email your counselor with the requested change.
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yesterday, bowling won 5-2 against McCaskey. Andrew and Nate Barnica led the way for the Mounts with a 611 and 652 respectively. Wrestling had a blow-out win vs Lebanon 54-6. The Mounts won all but 2 matches and had 5 pins on the night by James Ellis, Deric Hoover, Nate Horst, Tanner McCracken, and Scott Winter.
Today, rifle is at Governor Mifflin
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Now back to the main desk
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Mini-THON will be hosting a design contest. The challenge: Design a T-Shirt for this year’s Disney Mini-THON. The design must represent the theme, say Ephrata Mini-THON, and be a maximum of two colors. Check out the flyers around the school or the post on Schoology for more info on how to submit the design. The winning design will earn a free t-shirt and entry to Mini-THON this year! Designs are due January 31st. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
And who is judging the shirts, you may ask. Why, Snow White of course. She’s the fairest of them all.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 1-12-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Wednesday January 12, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SILENCE/FLAG VIDEO
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Attention all 11th graders:  Reminder that you need to sign up for a time slot for your individual transition meeting with your counselor now.  These meetings begin on January 25th and signup information can be found on the EHS Counseling Department website.  Sign up for a slot as soon as possible, and be sure to pick a date and time that works best with your schedule.  If you have a study hall, you will definitely want to choose that period.  Heck, why not do it right now- pull out your laptop and pick a date and time.
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Senior Athletes . .  . .  planning on participating in NCAA Sports next year?
If you would like to take part in our NCAA Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony on February 2th
Please pick up a form in the Athletics Office and return it by Friday, January 28th
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Come out and join Ephrata High School Dance Team Thursday from 5:30-6:30 at Highland Elementary school. Everyone is welcome! Practices will be held every Tuesday & Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm.
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Now over to Paige with the news
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NEWS INTRO
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A team from Ben-Gurion University has successfully taught goldfish to maneuver a robotic car on land, via a top-down camera that monitors their movements around a small fish tank
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The camera in the “fish-operated vehicle” uses motion sensing technology to send a signal to one of its four wheels whenever a fish swims close to a side of the fish tank. Over time the fish learned that their movements would correspond to the movements of the vehicle.
The fish were successfully trained to reach a pink target at the opposite end of a room in return for a fish food reward — something they could do repeatedly and even with obstacles in their way.
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Who loves Panera?! I know I do! On Saturday January 15th, come to the Ephrata Panera from 4-8 PM. Show them the flyer on the EHS Mini-THON Insta or use in the code “PRFUND” for online orders.  A portion of proceeds from all orders will be donated to EHS Mini-THON.
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There are only 3 school days remaining in the first semester of the school year. On January 18, students will transition to their second semester classes. Please remember to check PowerSchool and take care of any missing work as well as checking to see that your schedule is correct for your future classes.
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now to us with the lunch!!
• Mountaineer Popcorn
 Chicken Bowl w/ WG
 Roll/Margarine
•Three Cheese or Ham &
 Cheese Croissant
•Turkey BLT Flatbread
•Fruit & Yogurt Parfait w/
 Muffin
•Taco Salad
+Whipped Potatoes
+Steamed Corn
+ Fresh Broccoli or
 Cucumbers/Dip
◊Chilled Peaches, Fresh Fruit
 Or Slushie
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SPORTS INTRO
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yesterday, boys basketball 54-45 at Hempfield. Mason Hagen had 17 points, and Mason Campbell went 4 for 4 on free throws. Girls basketball also lost vs Hempfield 42-37. Jasmine Griffin tallied 22 for the Mounts.
Today, bowling is at Dutch Lanes against McCaskey, and wrestling is home vs Lebanon.
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Now back to the main desk
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Mini-THON will be hosting a design contest. The challenge: Desing a T-Shirt for this year’s Disney Mini-THON. The design must represent the theme, say Ephrata Mini-THON, and be a maximum of two colors. Check out the flyers around the school or the post on Schoology for more info on how to submit the design. The winning design will earn a free t-shirt and entry to Mini-THON this year! Designs are due January 31st. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
And who is judging the shirts, you may ask. Why, Snow White of course. She’s the fairest of them all.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 1-11-22

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INTRO
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TEXT BUMPER
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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Tuesday January 11, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SILENCE/FLAG VIDEO
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Attention all 11th graders:  Reminder that you need to sign up for a time slot for your individual transition meeting with your counselor now.  These meetings begin on January 25th and signup information can be found on the EHS Counseling Department website.  Sign up for a slot as soon as possible, and be sure to pick a date and time that works best with your schedule.  If you have a study hall, you will definitely want to choose that period.  Heck, why not do it right now- pull out your laptop and pick a date and time.
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Attention Ski & Snowboard Club!  Please be sure to get your final paperwork to Ms. Brimhall or Mr. Shortuse ASAP!  Your final $15 deposit is also due.  If these things are not turned in, you will NOT be allowed on the bus and therefore not allowed to ski at Bear.  Also – be sure to get on the Ski & Snowboard Group list on Schoology so you can keep up to date with other club info including trip cancellations due to weather.  Think snow!!!!!!!!!
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Come out and join Ephrata High School Dance Team TONIGHT from 5:30-6:30 at Highland Elementary school. Everyone is welcome! Practices will be held every Tuesday & Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm.
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Now over to __________ with the news
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NEWS INTRO
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Judge Judy is funding 10 females from her Alma Mater. She has donated $5 million towards the scholarship at New York Law School. In addition, Judge Judy is offering a summer fellowship once completing there first year of law school.
In other news its national step in a puddle and splash your friends day
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Who loves Panera?! I know I do! On Saturday January 15th, come to the Ephrata Panera from 4-8 PM. Show them the flyer on the EHS Mini-THON Insta or use in the code “PRFUND” for online orders.  A portion of proceeds from all orders will be donated to EHS Mini-THON.
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There are only 4 school days remaining in the first semester of the school year. On January 18, students will transition to their second semester classes. Please remember to check PowerSchool and take care of any missing work as well as checking to see that your schedule is correct for your future classes.
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LUNCH VIDEO
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SPORTS INTRO
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yesterday, bowling lost 2-5 against Hempfield. Top bowler was Tanner Murray with a 658 series. Boys Basketball won in a low-scoring matcvhup at Cocalico 34-26. Mason Hagen led the way for the Mounts with 18 points. The girls basketball team also won vs Cocalico 36-22. Jasmine Griffin had 14 and Brynn Adams had 11. Cara Teisi chipped in 3 3-pointers in the win.
Today, boys basketball is at Hempfield, girls basketball is home vs Hempfield, and rifle is at Manheim Twp.
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Now back to the main desk
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Mini-THON will be hosting a design contest. The challenge: Desing a T-Shirt for this year’s Disney Mini-THON. The design must represent the theme, say Ephrata Mini-THON, and be a maximum of two colors. Check out the flyers around the school or the post on Schoology for more info on how to submit the design. The winning design will earn a free t-shirt and entry to Mini-THON this year! Designs are due January 31st. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
And who is judging the shirts, you may ask. Why, Snow White of course. She’s the fairest of them all.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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