Pine-Richland closing all schools through March 27 due to coronavirus concerns
Friday, March 13, 2020 | 2:56 PM
Pine-Richland School District announced on Friday afternoon that all schools will be closed beginning Saturday through Friday, March 27 in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
The same afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf ordered all Pennsylvania schools to shut down for a minimum of 10 days.
Superintendent Dr. Brian Miller wrote in an email to parents that it is “highly likely” that they will have to extend the period of closure but that they wanted to clearly communicate the initial period.
Students were to bring textbooks, notebooks and other materials home Friday with additional opportunities to pick those items up on Monday. Teachers will report on Monday to work on planning and will finalize “bridge assignments” by the end of the day. Students will then begin those bridge assignments on Tuesday as teachers and staff continue to report to school and work through further details of the plan to continue learning during the closure. Parents will also have multiple opportunities to pick up materials and sign out laptops, should they need them.
All other activities, including practices, games, field trips and facility rentals are cancelled Saturday through at least Sunday, March 22. The SAT test scheduled to be held at the high school on Saturday is also canceled.
More information will be forthcoming, Miller added.
“With 100% confidence, I believe we will be able to work through this situation in a positive manner,” Miller wrote in the email, “We will work together. We will solve problems as they arise. It will be critical to be patient in this work.”
Parents and others are encouraged to listen to the podcast posted on the district website at pinerichland.org.