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Health & Safety Plans
If a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, come in contact with someone who has tested positive, or become ill at school, District staff will follow processes developed in conjunction with Penn Medicine, WellSpan Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Specific initial protocols will be used in each unique situation.
- SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
- COVID-19 SYMPTOMATIC STUDENT/STAFF
- COVID-19 POSITIVE RESPONSE
- MANAGING INDIVIDUALS WAITING FOR TEST RESULTS
- DAILY HEALTH SCREENING
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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!
Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible to be registered for kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year.
Learn about the Kindergarten registration process, how to prepare children for Kindergarten, AND MORE in the video below.
No in-person registrations are taking place this year.
The following documents need to be scanned in advance and uploaded during the online registration:
- Proof of Residency for Parent/Guardian (utility bill, lease, housing contract)
- Student’s Birth Certificate
- Student’s Updated Immunization Record
- Photo ID of the person legally authorized to register the student
- Additional Forms, if applicable (custody agreement)
QUESTIONS? Call 717-721-1400 or e-mail P_Sensenig@easdpa.org.
Get to know your principal and school with our virtual WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN MESSAGES!
The early dismissal schedule on the last day of school, Friday, June 4, has been modified slightly to allow students to get home earlier in the day.
Grab-and-go lunches will be available at each building for students to take with them prior to dismissal. The new dismissal times for Friday, June 4 are:
High School: 11:00 AM
Middle School: 10:55 AM
Intermediate School: 11:45 AM
Elementary Schools: 11:40 AM
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 EASD Coding Contest! Students did a tremendous job communicating about their ideas, passions and expressing their creativity while applying coding skills. Every project is unique and the link at the bottom of this email is a wonderful showcase of the hard work and coding talent in the EASD! Please take some time to view Coding Contest projects from across the district and click the “Like” button to let us know that you viewed the project.
Thanks again for supporting this outstanding learning opportunity!
Could you use an extra hand during the pandemic? Please contact any of the organizations listed below for more information.
These organizations have expressed interest in providing services to EASD families during the COVID-19 school closure, including transportation to meal distributions and more. If you are interested in providing a service to families in need during this time, please contact District Community Relations Director Sarah McBee at Sarah_McBee@easdpa.org or 717-721-1589.
- Blue Ridge Learning From Home Initiative
- Align Pregnancy Services – Free Baby Essentials – Marysue Ruth – 717-733-9440
- Clay Elementary School PTO – Lisa Hurst – email@example.com
- Ephrata Area Social Services – 717-575-0216
- Ephrata Church of the Brethren – Michelle Nolt
- NEED A RIDE TO EASD MEAL DISTRIBUTIONS: 717-575-0216
- WANT TO VOLUNTEER OR NEED ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE:
- Go to www.ecob.church
- Click on “ECOB COVID-19 Response- Learn More”
- Choose the gray “Need Help/Willing to Serve”
- Choose “I am willing to help!” or “I am in need!”
- Complete the form
- You will be contacted by someone on the Rapid Response Team.
- Grace Church – Kay Gehr – 717-203-1104
- Living Ministries – Janina Knowles – 717-681-8212, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ministerios Peniel Internacional – Pastor Celia Cardoza-Hill – 717-925-9513, email@example.com
- PA Counseling Services/Student Assistance Program (SAP) – Donna Soto – (717)742-0368, firstname.lastname@example.org
- PowerPacks – Steph Weber – email@example.com
- TNT Youth Ministries/Ephrata Community Church – Mike Wenger – (717) 381-1688, firstname.lastname@example.org
- United Way: Central PA Region – 866-311-3832
THANKGIVING WEEK MEALS
The District will be offering free meals – five breakfasts and five lunches – the week of Thanksgiving for all children ages 18 and under. Meals can be picked up Tuesday, November 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at Ephrata High School. For this week ONLY, distribution will be at the District Office/Auditorium entrance off Old Mill Road.
PLEASE SIGN UP HERE before Tuesday, November 24 at 10 AM to ensure enough food is prepared in advance.
This is a special sign-up link and different than the standard meal distribution found below.
If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 717-721-1400, extension 11302.
CLICK HERE to view the Summer Enrichment Program offerings and registration information.