November 24, 2020
Our School District and County continue to see a huge increase in COVID-19 cases.
In order to try and reduce the positive cases within our School District, I am closing our School District from November 26 – December 6, 2020. School will resume, in-person, on Monday, December 7, 2020.
We will utilize the Chromebooks that we purchased for our students. Elementary students will be using the google classrooms that the teachers have prepared. This material should be worked on from December 1-4, 2020. All material should be completed by the time they return on December 7, 2020. High School students will continue on remote learning, as they did a few weeks ago during the closure of the high school.
Meals will be provided, both breakfast and lunch, for December 1-4, 2020. Pick-up of the meals will be at the High School for both buildings on Tuesday and Thursday. Times are 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
All sports and activities are cancelled from November 26, 2020 – December 6, 2020.
I hope that this closure of 4 school days, December 1-4, 2020, will help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Be safe and healthy.
November 16, 2020
Dear Parents and Community Members,
We have been notified that an adult at the Johnsonburg Area Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We have identified and notified all families whose students have had close contact with this individual. The adult with the confirmed case and anyone who had close contact will not return to school until the required quarantine period has expired. If you have not been contacted, it means your student was NOT in close contact with the COVID-19 case.
A big thank you to parents, students, and teachers for 3 days of successful remote learning! Students-please continue to check your JASD email account and specific Google Classrooms. This model of instruction will occur through Tuesday, November 3rd.
As a reminder, when in person instruction resumes on Wednesday, November 4th, all devices and chargers need to be returned. They will be cleaned and disinfected prior to reintegration into classrooms.
Additionally, breakfast and lunch, for both Monday and Tuesday, can be picked up at the High School on Monday, November 2nd, from 10:45AM-12:30PM.
October 26, 2020
We have been notified that another student at Johnsonburg Area School District has tested positive for COVID-19. We have identified and notified all families whose students have had close contact with this individual. The student with the confirmed case and anyone who had close contact will not return to school until the required quarantine period has expired.
Both confirmed cases are at the high school. We also have approximately 50 students at the high school that are currently quarantined.
Our high school students will begin virtual instruction from October 28 – November 3, 2020. If a student needs a laptop, one will be provided.
Elementary students will continue to attend school and receive in-person instruction during the time the high school is closed.
Fall sports, which we host, are now cancelled.
I hope that this one week will help stop the spread so that quarantined adults and students can return.
October 23, 2020
We have been notified that a student at Johnsonburg Area School District has tested positive for COVID-19. We have identified and notified all families whose students have had close contact with this individual. The student with the confirmed case and anyone who had close contact will not return to school until the required quarantine period has expired.
Classes for all other students will resume Monday. If you have not been contacted, it means your student was NOT in close contact with the COVID-19 case.
Dear Community Members:
We have had a positive and productive start to the school year. Students that returned to us have been very responsible in following all preventative measures that the school district put in place as was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unfortunately, we have started to have numerous cases of COVID-19 in our community and county. These cases will affect how we proceed in educating our students.
It was left up to each school district how to begin the school year. Once the school year began, the Department of Education had guidelines for how a school district could proceed if virus cases would begin to rise.
We have been in the low range of cases; therefore, we have been able to teach classes in person. Now, our community spread is in the moderate range. If we continue on this path, we will have to go to a hybrid model and/or remote model. The school district will have no choice, as per our Health & Safety Plan, but to switch from in-person to hybrid/remote.
I am asking that you work with us to help contain the cases within the community and school district. Working together will keep our schools open. Our communities have always shown the ability to work together and this needs to be the time to show our unity.
Please continue to look for updates on how the school district will proceed in educating our students.
Stay healthy and safe!
PLEASE SEE THE LINK FOR THE FALL SPORTS SPECTATOR INFORMATION
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Linked Below are the Activities Guidance and the Health and Safety Plan for the 20-21 School Year.
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Johnsonburg Area School District Community Members:
In the Johnsonburg Area School District, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, I want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications. We have followed recommended precautions that will not significantly impact operations, but will be helpful in decreasing any spread of the virus. Additional cleaning supplies have been purchased. Because it is the cold/flu season, our custodial staff is already focused on sanitizing areas of high traffic.
As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the days and weeks progress, we will keep the community informed of any potential changes to our calendar, our processes and our educational programming.
We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:
●Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
●Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
●As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
●If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Dennis Crotzer at (814)-965-2536 or firstname.lastname@example.org
● U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information <https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html>
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Johnsonburg Area School District
315 High School Road
Johnsonburg, PA. 15845
Information about lead in drinking water
I would like to make you aware of what the school district has done since the first samples came back elevated. The action level for lead is 0.015mg/L. That being said, of our 5 samples that we are required to take. Two came back elevated, one at 0.015mg/L and one at 0.024mg/L.
Since then we implemented a flushing plan in order to make sure every faucet in the school gets ran for several hours every month. The room that had the higher reading has had a new faucet installed.
After our latest lead samples all have come back below the action level. Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. We are doing everything in our power to insure safe drinking water for the Elementary School.
Attached to this letter are forms that DEP requires us to share with consumers.
The Johnsonburg Area School District has been granted a waiver extending our participation in the SSO meal program into the 2020-2021 School Year. This means that all meals, breakfast and lunch, served to children, will be free until the waiver expires on December 31. Even though all meals are free, parents are asked to complete a free/reduced application and return it to school as soon as possible. Once a la cart items are available for sale, students will be able to purchase them through the point of sale system. Parents are encouraged to make a deposit into their students’ lunch account using the My School Bucks app or by cash or check. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Mahoney at 965-2536 Ext. 3404.
PSSA PARENT INFORMATION
News from the Nurse:
I would like to inform you of a change in the health services that may be provided to your child during the school day. The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act 195 of 2014 allows a school entity to authorize a trained school employee to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a student that the employee in good faith believes to be having an anaphylactic reaction.
This emergency medication is used to counteract anaphylaxis which is a rapid, severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms may include hives, throat tightness, wheezing, inability to breathe, and even death. Common allergens that can cause a reaction include food, bee sting venom, medications and latex. A life-threatening reaction can occur within minutes or hours after exposure to an allergen. The treatment is prompt administration of epinephrine and transport by EMS to the nearest hospital ED.
Per Pa. law, emergency epinephrine may be administered to: students who have a known history of severe life-threatening allergies and have a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector, and also to students who have their first life-threatening allergic reaction to an unknown or undiagnosed allergy while at school.
A nurse working in the school building or a trained, unlicensed school employee may administer the
Through a program provided by Mylan pharmaceuticals, our district has been provided with Epi-Pen auto injectors for this use. (Any student with a diagnosed allergy and a prescription for epinephrine must continue to provide their own supply of epinephrine ).
Per Pa. law also, parents have the right to exempt their student from administration of epinephrine in this life saving situation. In order to request this exemption, contact the school nurse to make an appointment to discuss this decision, and to review and sign the opt-out form.
Ms. Keirsten Counts, BSN, RN 814-965-2577 ext 2700
Mrs. Zimmerman, RN 814-965-2556 ext 1700
District Mission Statement:
Expect, Encourage, and Enable
Our mission is to expect, encourage, and enable students to excel at school and live as responsible, productive citizens.
Johnsonburg Area School District prepares students for adult life by attending to their intellectual and development needs and challenging them to achieve at the highest level possible in order to become life-long learners.
Together with parents, families and community institutions, Johnsonburg Area School District provides opportunities for students to:
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