Winter Weather 2020-2021

SNOW DAY / SCHOOL CLOSED – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020

Due to inclement weather, the Ephrata Area School District schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

As communicated previously, Thursday will NOT be an online learning day.  We will, however, be considering Friday as a potential online learning day in the event it remains unsafe to transport students and staff to school.  In that situation, activities and assignments will be provided from your child’s teacher(s) by 10:00 AM on Friday morning. Teachers will be available to answer questions and communicate with students via email or Schoology messages throughout the normal school day.  The decision for Friday will be made early Thursday evening. 

Lastly, as our cleaning protocols will continue while schools are closed, our state-mandated 14-Day Rolling Count for COVID-19 closure purposes will reset to zero in every building once students return to school.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable snow day!

 

EARLY DISMISSAL – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020

On Wednesday, December 16, the District will be dismissing early.

  • High School 11:15 AM *
  • Middle School 11:15 AM *
  • Intermediate School     12:00 PM
  • Elementary School       12:10 PM

Lunch will be provided.

Bussed AM Kindergarten students will be transported home at 12:10 PM. (Parents/guardians may pick up AM Kindergarten students at their normal dismissal time if they wish.)  There is no PM Kindergarten.

*While most students in the High School and Middle School are learning online today, the students in grades 7-12 who do come to school for in-person instruction on Wednesdays will be dismissed at 11:15 AM.

 

EMAIL TO FAMILIES ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2020

Based on the current forecast, it looks like we will be having our first potential snow closure later this week. The storm is forecast to arrive in our area Wednesday early afternoon. Therefore, we are planning for a normal start to the school day tomorrow and will monitor the forecast throughout the morning for a potential early dismissal.  We will make the early dismissal call by 9:30 AM and communicate important details if we go in that direction.

If the present forecast plays out, we will get over a foot of snow, and Thursday will be the first snow day of the school year. We will make that call by 7:00 PM on Wednesday at the latest. As we have said, we will not be doing a virtual instruction day for a single-day weather closure. This will allow staff to get a day to breathe and relax a little, while affording students the option to get outside and be kids.

We will, however, be looking ahead to Friday as a potential virtual instruction day in the event it is not safe to transport students and staff to school. In that situation, we will pivot to an asynchronous learning day with activities and assignments provided from your child’s teacher(s) on Friday morning. Teachers will be available to answer questions and communicate with students via email or Schoology messages throughout the normal school day.

The decision on which type of day we have on Friday will be made early Thursday evening. 

Thank you for your cooperation and for supporting your children as we try to navigate this winter weather event safely together!

 

EMAIL TO FAMILIES ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2020

Now that the District has issued all students their own laptops or iPads, many have wondered how this might impact snow days.  We’ve received questions asking, “If bad weather closes schools, will it be an online learning day for students?”

After obtaining input from students, teachers, and administrators and considering several logistical and practical obstacles, we have decided to handle weather-related closures in the traditional manner for this year.  We will, however, consider alternate options if we have multi-day closures and the interruption to learning would be more significant.

When school closures, delays, or early dismissals occur, families will be notified, as well as the information being posted on our website, social media platforms, and across the local news outlets.

So, get your gear ready to safely enjoy the winter weather.