Maybe the first signal of seriousness about the oncoming changes from the COVID 19 virus were the cancellations of a special trip Mrs. Long, Mrs. Barkovich, Mrs. Chester and Mrs. Villani were asked to take. On March 15th, these four teachers at Avonworth were going to Israel with Classroom without Borders as an extension of the exchange program they have participated in all year, but due to the international travel risks, Classroom without Borders organization has canceled the trip.
“Classrooms Without Borders organized a seminar between four local schools and a group of Israeli teachers. These Israeli teachers co-taught with the Pittsburgh schools in the fall for a week and then a subsequent exchange was planned for the next two weeks in March.” said Mrs. Long. “Within our building I taught with Gila and Michal in my Genocide Studies elective and then both Israeli teachers taught with Mrs. Barkovich, Ms. Chester, and Ms. Villani in the integrated-10 class.”