PA Association of School Administrators
Message from the Superintendent
Friday, April 3, 2020
This communication supersedes all previous communication.
West York Area School District Community:
I hope this communication finds you and your families safe and healthy. I’d like to share
what’s been happening in the District this week, what we’re looking forward to, and some reminders.
This communication, as previous ones, are posted to the District’s COVID-19 Webpage and are intended to supersede prior releases. All prior communications have been archived on the same web page for future reference.
Re-cap of the week of March 30, 2020:
● Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Wolf announced that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed indefinitely to continue mitigation efforts against COVID-19.
● Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the District held a Chromebook pick-up day for students in grades K-3, and for those who were unable to get their Chromebooks last week. The total number of Chromebooks distributed thus far is 2,647. If any students still need one, they may contact our Technology Department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 717-792-2796, ext 2044.
● Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Governor Wolf announced that the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been placed on a Stay at Home Order for all but essential businesses and employees to continue mitigation efforts against COVID-19.
● This past week also saw District Curriculum & Instruction Administrators working long hours to write the PDE required Continuity of Education plan. This plan is designed to guide our instruction for all students through the closure. Look for it on our website in the coming days.
● By now, your child should have heard from his/her teacher to offer guidance and feedback on the take-home packets, and to talk about what the next steps for instruction looks like. All WYASD teachers and administrators can be reached by email or phone. A complete staff list, by school, can be found here.
● Please keep in mind that we are adhering to the 2019-20 District calendar to the extent possible. April 9,10, and 13, are non-instructional days for students.
● As allowed by the essential services clause in Governor Wolf’s Stay at Home Order, our student nutrition department continues to offer a “drive-thru” meal pick up at the Middle School from 11-Noon each weekday for anyone under the age of 18. Information about meal distribution during the school closure can be found on our website and communicated through social media. Since this all began, we have shared 7,423 meals! Kudos to the student nutrition services for this amazing service to the community!
● We are working on plans to allow secondary students with lockers to pick up their belongings. Stay tuned for information about this to be shared soon.
● Please remember, all District buildings and grounds (including fields and playgrounds) are closed to all but essential personnel. Please respect the barriers placed at these locations as they are there for the protection of our community.
● All evening, weekend, extra-curricular, and District rentals are canceled or postponed until further notice.
● A Google online form where District families and community members may pose questions to us regarding the closure is open for submissions. Our response to the questions we received can be found on this page.
● The weekly Blue & White is still published at the end of each week and delivered via email.
● Please continue to look for communication and updates from the District through Blackboard, our website, and social media.
● A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in the distribution of Chromebooks; our
Technology Department, Principals, District Administration, and our families and students for their cooperation in making the distribution a smooth process!
● I’d also like to thank the community for the unwavering support shown to us through all of this. We have received many kind words of support and appreciation from our families and community. These positive affirmations only add to our drive to succeed in providing the best possible educational experience for our students despite the circumstances.
To say March has been a difficult month for all of us is an understatement. The road ahead is still very uncertain, and it’s safe to say this isn’t going to end tomorrow, or next week, or even next month. This worldwide crisis is forcing a lot of us to take a hard look at our lives and what we value, appreciate, and hold dear. Though difficult now, I hope this pandemic will change us all, and hopefully the world, for the better. This is not an us versus them situation - we each may face unique challenges and frustrations, but we’re all in this together, and together, we will get through it.
Please stay safe and healthy.
Todd M. Davies