Originally scheduled for Monday, March 16th, the district complied with Gov. Wolf’s cancellation of all PA schooling for two weeks.

The content below is the original content for the student story filed during the day on Friday, March 13th, before the governor made his announcement:

Be ready to log into your Chromebook on Monday morning. Avonworth High School students will have a Flexible Instruction Day on Monday. The day is considered a regular school day.

Additionally, the building will be closed for 2 weeks to students, all activities (practices, rehearsals, meetings, etc.) ceasing tomorrow morning for that time period.

 

The following is the message from the district

Avonworth School District

COVID-19 Announcement

Important Update Regarding COVID-19 and School Closure

 

Dear Avonworth Parents and Caregivers,

 

As you are aware, the crisis related to COVID-19 has been and continues to be a very fluid and evolving situation.  The Avonworth School District has continued to monitor the situation and has remained in close contact with health officials at the Allegheny County Health Department.  We have also continued to be attentive to the guidance provided by the health professionals and scientists from organizations at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA-DOH).

 

This morning, our administrative team participated in a webinar with Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.  The purpose of this briefing was to provide important information and guidance for school officials in order for us to keep our constituents safe.

 

Additionally, all superintendents from Allegheny County met today following the web meeting with the Secretary of Education.  As a result of these meetings, the Avonworth School District’s buildings will be closed beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. 

 

 

      • During the week of March 16-20, the Avonworth School District will utilize the five Flexible Instructional Days that have already been approved through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  Students in grades K-3 will utilize the assignments that have been sent home.  Students in grades 4-12 will complete assignments using either google classroom (grades 4-6 & 9-12) or Echo (grades 7&8).

 

      • Teachers will be building additional virtual lessons that will be communicated to you for the week of March 23-27.

 

 

 

 

During this school closure, the Avonworth School District will still provide breakfast and lunch for students that participate in the free and/or reduced lunch program.  If your child participates in this program and will be in need of breakfast and lunch, please contact your child’s school office. Also, we will send out specifics regarding how these meals will be made available for students.

 

In addition to this school closure, the Avonworth School District will be suspending all school-related events and activities March 14, 2020 through April 4, 2020.  Please note that we will be working to reschedule as many of the following events as possible.  However, at this time, the following events are either canceled or postponed.

 

 

    • March 16:  AHS Open Heart Surgery Field Trip

 

    • March 18:  Big Table Event at AHS

 

    • March 18:  Strategic Planning Meeting

 

    • March 19:  AES Art show

 

    • March 19:  Music in our Schools Programs

 

    • March 19:  Community Forum Meeting for Facility Planning

 

    • March 19:  Literacy/Maker Night at APC

 

    • March 26:  High School Musical Dress Rehearsal

 

    • March 27:  High School Musical

 

    • March 28:  High School Musical

 

    • March 26-27:  PMEA Regional Band

 

    • March 31: Benchmark Tours for the Facility Planning Team

 

    • April 1:  Kindergarten Community Night at APC

 

    • April 2: One Tree Per Child Tree Planting at AES

 

    • April 3: Band Concert at AES for the APC students

 

    • April 3:  High School Musical

 

    • April 4:  High School Musical

 

 

The Avonworth School District will continue to monitor this situation closely and will respond immediately to any changes that occur and/or any direction provided by the Allegheny County Health Department, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education or Centers for Disease Control.

 

A page will be created on our website to house all information, communication, and resources related to COVID-19 and our District’s response.

 

I make this decision with the health and welfare of our students, staff and the entire school community in mind.  I recognize the measures the District is taking will cause disruption to our families, staff, and community. This is a challenging time and I thank you for your continued cooperation and support as we work to respond to this constantly changing and evolving situation and to ensure we keep everyone safe.

 

 

With kindest regards,

 

Dr. Thomas Ralston

 

Superintendent

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