Clearfield, PA – For the next several days, students at the Clearfield Area Junior/Senior High School will only have virtual at-home learning instead of being in class in the buildings.
The decision comes after two more students tested positive for COVID-19, after a series of other students had already tested positive. Other students are still awaiting their test results. With this many students on quarantine and the potential for spreading the virus, the Clearfield Area School District sent out a letter to families with the new plan.
Students in grades 7-12 will not have any class today, and they will begin virtual learning on Wednesday.
Although in-person are expected to return on Dec. 2, it will also depend on any additional spread of the virus. The goal is to get students back in physical class as soon as possible, while also not risking anyone’s health.
JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL CHANGE TO VIRTUAL
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020
November 16, 2020
RE: Switch in Instructional Method to Virtual
Notification to Junior/Senior High School Community – Students in Grades 7-12 ONLY
We were notified this afternoon of two additional students recently testing positive, in addition to a number of ones awaiting test results among the students and staff. This will, as we follow the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, require us to shift to an all virtual model for the next five to seven days. Students will be off Tuesday, November 17th as we allow our teachers a day to prepare for the change. Starting on Wednesday, November 18th all students, Group A and B, will be expected to participate in their classes online as previously outlined for them. This will remain in place through the Thanksgiving holiday with our return to school scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd. If we are fortunate to return on that date, it will be a Group B day.
As we are made aware of any new cases in the upcoming days that would require contact tracing, we will be in touch with those families. The school nurses will continue to be monitoring their phones and e-mails to help with your concerns as they may arise.
If your child would need something from the school that they left behind, please contact the school office about an opportunity to pick up those items at a scheduled time.
Any extra-curricular activities that would occur in person will be on hold until we resume with school in a physical setting.
DuBois remains mostly the same, though DuBois School Board meeting will be held Thursday
School plans for our DuBois area remain mostly as they have been for the past few weeks, though there is a DuBois Area School Board meeting coming up on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The school board members will likely talk about the rise of COVID-19 cases in our area and how best to continue to handle any potential spread of the virus.
Although we know it’s difficult for students and their families, please try to be as flexible and understanding as possible. If you have concerns, please reach out to your specific school district.