Community Updates

Last Updated: 10/14/2020 1:22 PM

October 2, 2020

Good afternoon Warrior Run Community,

We made it to October, and today marks the 30th day of school!  Thank you for all of your patience, flexibility, and support as the 2020-2021 school year continues to unfold.  We wanted to send a quick reminder that there is no school for students on Monday, October 5th.  Monday has been designated as an Act 80 day for staff and will “count” toward the 180 required student days.  As a result, Tuesday, October 7th will be considered Day 2 for all students.  Please note that a bus will be available in the back parking lot of the middle school to transport high school students to and from LycoCTC.  Lyco students should arrive by 8:05am and may park in the back parking lot.

At the most recent board meeting, the school board designated Monday, October 26th and Monday, November 16th as “virtual learning days.”  More information will be shared with families as we draw closer to these dates, however, we wanted to provide ample notification to families that in-person instruction will not be offered these days.  Instead, students will be learning remotely.  The delivery of instruction (synchronously and/or asynchronously) and schedule for these days will largely be dependent on the instructional model at that time.  In the meantime, we will be working with our students to share expectations and ensure that they have the ability to complete assignments remotely.

Finally, as the cold & flu season begins, please continue to follow the health & safety guidelines outside of school.  Please do not send your child(ren) to school if they are not feeling well and exhibiting symptoms of an illness.  Instead, please contact your child(ren)’s school nurse or PCP for additional guidance.  In order to keep our school & local community healthy AND continue providing in-person instruction, we must remain vigilant at all times and continue adhering to sanitizing, social distancing, and mask-wearing guidelines both in school and out of school. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Alan

Alan Hack
Superintendent

September 18, 2020

Good afternoon Warrior Run Community,

It is hard to believe that Monday, September 21st will mark the middle of the 1st marking period!  We continue to be grateful for the opportunity to stay connected with our students through in-person learning opportunities and those engaged in remote learning.  As we focus on maintaining our current instructional model for as long as possible, we are beginning to review our 20-21 school calendar in an effort to make that happen.  We will be designating Monday, October 5, 2020 as an Act 80 Day, which means that staff will report to work while students are off.  We recognize that any alteration to the school calendar may be a burden to our families and wanted to give our community time to make any necessary arrangements.  As a District, we have worked to maintain as much continuity as possible and avoid major changes.  However, this school year has added a layer of complexity in designing and delivering instruction in multiple learning options.  Our hope is that the Act 80 day, and any future Act 80 days, will provide our staff with the opportunity to take a breath, catch up, and continue designing rigorous lessons and units for all of our students.  Please note that our food service department is working on providing food for students and will provide further notification to students at the building level.  We will also provide a bus to transport Lyco students to and from the high school.  Further notification will be provided to our Lyco students prior to the Act 80 day.  We appreciate our community’s support and respectfully ask for your understanding relative to this change.

As required by PA School Code, school districts must complete a security drill within the first 90 days of school and provide notification to parents that said drill will take place.  On Monday, September 21, 2020 our district will be conducting the required safety drill in a format that follows our health & safety plan guidelines.  Teachers will also be speaking with students in each of their classes regarding the procedures specific to their classroom/location.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child(ren)’s building principal.

Message for Remote Learners

The Warrior Run School District Librarians will be facilitating a bi-weekly book pick-up from 9:00 am to 10:00 am every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Pickup will occur in the following locations:

  • Turbotville Elementary - pickup circle
  • WRMS/WRHS - in front of the high school by the tree

Materials for 4th grade will be picked up from the MS/HS Complex.

To reserve your books for pickup, please click the link and login with your Google username and your password:

If you have any further questions, please Ms. Munyat (K-4 Librarian) or Mrs. Wolfe (5-12 Librarian).

Have a great weekend!

Alan

Alan Hack
Superintendent

September 4, 2020

Good afternoon Warrior Run Community,

We wanted to provide a quick update heading into a 3-day weekend and reinforce how proud we are of our students and community.  We continue to be amazed at how well everyone has been following our health & safety plan and hearing our students’ desire to remain in school.  Thank you to all of our parents and families for your support and for reinforcing the importance of following the plan in order to continue providing in-person learning opportunities. 

The two primary aspects of our health & safety plan that continue to protect us as a school community include wearing face-coverings and isolating/removing anyone with symptoms.  We understand that our schools may be sending more students home than a typical year; however, by doing so, we believe this helps limit exposure and lead to a healthier school.  Thank you especially for your patience and understanding while working with our school nurses.  As a district, we are continuing to monitor the number of daily active cases at the county level as well as the district level.  Fortunately, the number of active cases within the district appear to be remaining relatively low; however, we do wish to remind everyone to continue following social-distancing guidelines, wear face-coverings, and avoid large gatherings – especially throughout the holiday weekend.  We would also like to remind our families to please have a contingency plan in the event our area starts to see an increase in cases, and we are forced to change instructional models. 

Finally, our school counselors and psychologists have been working hard to develop and implement learning activities and screeners focused on the health and wellness of our students – those learning in-person and those learning remotely.  Please take a moment to review the screeners, and if you have questions please feel free to contact your child(ren)’s school counselor.

Have a great weekend!

Alan

August 28, 2020

Good afternoon Warrior Run Community,

I wanted to send a quick update following our first full week of school.  We truly appreciate everyone’s cooperation as our technology department has been working through some network issues this week.  We could not be more grateful for the support and understanding of our parents & students as our faculty & staff have been working tremendously hard to provide learning opportunities for all students despite the connectivity issues.  Thank you also for your patience during drop-off and pick-up as we have more students transported to and from school by parents.  We could not be more impressed with how well the entire community has come together to support the reopening of schools!

I would like to also commend our students for adhering to wearing face-coverings and practicing social distancing throughout the school day.  Our students have shown a high level of respect and resiliency over the past 7 days.  It is important to note that our team has been working on a plan that allows for greater social distancing during lunch cycles in our middle and high school cafeterias.  Students will begin to notice some changes in these areas that are designed to mitigate the risk for transmission while they are unmasked to eat their lunch.  We recognize the situation is not ideal, but we do appreciate the cooperation with our students and families as we work to keep everyone safe.

As we head into the weekend, we would like to remind all of our families to please practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings, limit travel, etc. outside of school.  Our ability as a school district to remain open also depends on the behaviors of our community.  Please continue to perform the daily symptom screener on your child(ren), and if they are not feeling, please do not send them to school.  Our school nurses are available to provide further guidance and recommendations.  We are thrilled to have our students and staff back in the building, and we hope to continue our current instructional model as long as we are able. 
  
Have a great weekend,
Alan

August 17, 2020

Good evening Warrior Run Community,

The Warrior Run School District is excited to welcome back our 1500 students, whether learning in-person, synchronously (real-time), or asynchronously (WR Cyber).  We continue to make sure that we are equipped with the resources and protocols in place to meet the mandates, guidelines, and recommendations set forth by the State and CDC guidelines.  However, as expected, changes continue to be part of our planning and implementation.  The PA Department of Education in conjunction with the Department of Health are now requiring that face coverings be worn at all times while students and staff are in school with limited exceptions (such as eating/drinking, engaged in a task that would be unsafe to be wearing a mask, mask breaks, or a documented need in 504 Plan or IEP).  Mask breaks are permitted for up to 10 minutes at a time as long as a 6’ distance can be achieved.  As our plan already included building mask breaks into our daily routines, we hope this does not cause a significant disruption in the learning process.   

Case Monitoring & Reopening Plans

As a District, we continue to monitor the number of cases within our boundaries and remain comfortable with our current reopening plans and launching the school year on Thursday, August 20th.  Our goal is to use our initial time with students to build relationships, establish routines & expectations in any learning environment, equip students with necessary resources & materials, and simply provide some level of normalcy to the greatest extent possible.  We recognize that changes will continue to be part of our process, and we will do the best we are able to prepare our school community in accordance with the notice that we are given.  Please continue to make contingency plans in the event our district is forced to change instructional models and 5-day in-person instruction is no longer possible.  We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping our school community safe and healthy by ensuring that no student is sent to school who may not be feeling well. 

Transportation & Sapphire

If you have not yet logged into your Sapphire Account, please do so to review transportation assignments.  New assignments/times have been issued to those who previously requested transportation in the survey.  If no information appears in your child(ren)’s account, that means someone in your household chose “NO” to needing district transportation.  For specific questions, please contact Cathy Wachter at cwachter@wrsd.org.  If you need to set up a Sapphire Account, please click here, click on "Create a Web Portal account," and follow the instructions.  If need assistance, please contact sapphiresupport@wrsd.org.

Changes in Learning Options

Finally, our faculty and staff have been working extremely hard to welcome back all of our students learning in-person and those learning virtually.  We are doing our best to accommodate the needs of our community, however, we would respectfully ask that any requests to change learning options wait until next week.  Please be patient with us as we start the new school year, make adjustments to teaching & learning in this new environment, and chart a course in waters that continue to change.  We are committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for our students, and your support is truly appreciated!

Sincerely,

Alan

August 12, 2020

Good afternoon Warrior Run Community,

Last evening, the WRSD Board of Directors voted to move forward with the approved reopening plan with school beginning on Thursday, August 20th as scheduled.  The Board recognizes the need for our students to return to school while providing options for families who may not feel comfortable sending their students to school.  The Board also tasked our leadership team to develop a localized metric by which decisions can be made relative to adjusting the instructional model (i.e. in-person, hybrid/blended, or remote learning – please refer to the handbook to view draft hybrid/blended and remote learning schedules beginning on page 9).  We also recognize that at any given time a change may be required, and we strongly encourage families to make childcare preparations in advance of such a change. 

Reminders
Transportation information will be available in the Sapphire Community Portal beginning Thursday, August 13th.  Please note we used the survey submissions to develop bus assignments and routes.  Families who selected “NO” in the survey regarding the use of district transportation will NOT see an assigned bus stop or time in Sapphire.  Childcare requests received as of August 11, 2020 will be honored.  Requests received after this date will not be honored due to limited ridership during the pandemic.  If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Wachter, Transportation Coordinator, at 570-649-5138 x5006 or cwachter@wrsd.org

Elementary & middle school teacher assignments / schedules will also be available in Sapphire beginning Thursday, August 13th

Back-to-School Forms & Medical Update Forms are now available in Sapphire and should be completed prior to the start of school.  Note:  Both forms must be completed for all students regardless of the learning option.  If you need assistance accessing your Sapphire Account, please call your child’s school or e-mail sapphiresupport@wrsd.org.

Additional Questions
There have been a few additional questions asked recently that we would like to share with our entire community.

  • Family/Student Travel – Travel is strongly discouraged during the pandemic, especially to identified hotspots.  Families traveling to known hotspots may be required to quarantine for 14 days upon return.  If your family is traveling prior to the start of the school year and have selected in-person instruction, please contact your child’s building principal for additional guidance.
  • Contact Tracing – The District will collaborate with the Department of Health (DOH) in response to a student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19.  Students and staff members who had close contact (within 6’ for 15+ minutes without the proper PPE) with the individual who tested positive will be notified immediately based on the guidance received from the CDC and DOH.  Additional notification will be followed based on the guidance and recommendation from DOH.
  • Mask/Face-Covering Guidelines & Implementation – The Board approved the student handbook (p. 24) which includes a section on masks/face-coverings in accordance with the State mandate.  Students & families selecting the traditional face-to-face learning option agree to comply with rules and regulations surrounding the wearing of masks/face-coverings.  In the event a student refuses to wear a face-covering, the student may be subject to disciplinary action, removal from school grounds, and/or required to select an alternative learning option.
  • Learning Option Changes – Our team has worked extremely hard to balance the requests for in-person instruction, synchronous learning, and WR Cyber.  We would ask that families limit requests for changes especially at the beginning of the year to allow our faculty & staff the opportunity to establish relationships, routines, and expectations for all learners.  While conditions and individual circumstances will likely change throughout the year, we will do our best to accommodate future requests for changes in learning options.

As always, thank you for your patience and support.  As we shared last evening, this is a community-wide effort to reopening our schools and keeping them open.  Please continue to practice aggressive social distancing guidelines, wear a mask/face-covering whenever possible, limit travel (especially to hotspots), and avoid those who may be sick.  Thank you in advance for doing your part to ensure our students, staff, and community stay safe and healthy!

Best,
Alan

August 10, 2020

Good evening Warrior Run Community,

Earlier today, the PA Department of Health (DOH) and PA Department of Education (PDE) issued additional guidance and recommendations for the reopening of schools.  The recommendations contained in their guidance rely on two standard public health metrics:  incidence rate and the percent positivity of diagnostic testing.  Data provided by the Department of Health is updated weekly on Mondays and breaks down the data on new COVID-19 cases from the most recent 7-day reporting period.  Using this data, a “community transmission level” within the county is then assigned based on the health metrics:  low, moderate, or substantial.  Furthermore, the DOH and PDE have developed recommendations for schools to consider relative to the implementation of instructional models based on the designation.  The Departments of Health and Education both recommend that schools only consider changing their educational modes after two consecutive weeks at the same “low, moderate, substantial” categories, if not longer.

How might this affect Warrior Run?

While the Warrior Run School District covers Montour (low), Northumberland (moderate), and Union (substantial) Counties, PDE advised this afternoon that as our District makes decisions, we would be permitted to follow the Northumberland County designation based on the distribution of our students and the concentration of the increased cases.  For the past two weeks, Northumberland County has been identified as a “moderate” community transmission” with an accompanying recommendation for schools to consider a “Blended (Hybrid) Learning Model.”  This may be accomplished through split/alternating schedules where only a portion of the students are physically present on any given day while the remainder of the students are learning remotely. 

From the beginning, we have prioritized the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff as we developed our reopening plans.  While the newest guidance contains recommendations, and in the absence of an executive order, the decision to reopen our schools is left in the hands of our elected school board members.  Based on the information received earlier today, our Leadership Team and Board of Directors will discuss the reopening of school tomorrow evening (August 11th) at 6:00pm during the Committee of the Whole Meeting.

We recognize and share in the frustration that this guidance may cause for our community.  We knew that this year would not be without its challenges, however, the timing of the information may affect our original reopening plan 10 days prior to the start of the school year.  We will be sure to send out an update following our meeting tomorrow evening notifying the community of any decision that is made.  In the meantime, we will continue to hold Chromebook pick-up as scheduled, and we will do our best to release the information included in the August 6th community update according to plan. 

Thank you for your support and your understanding,

Alan

August 6, 2020

Good afternoon Warrior Run Community,

As we draw closer to the start of the 20-21 school year, we wanted to send out another update with important information and upcoming dates.

  • Week of August 10th-13th:  Chromebook Pick-up – Middle School Front Entrance
    • Two additional dates/times have been added as make-up days:
      • Monday, August 17th & Tuesday, August 18th from 1:00-3:00pm
    • Families with children with different last names may select one of the corresponding dates/times to pick up Chromebooks for the whole family.
    • Students are not required to be present at the time of pick-up.
    • For all other inquiries, please contact your child’s building principal or Greg Alico, Director of Technology, at galico@wrsd.org.
  • August 10th – Building principals will be sharing additional information specific to each building in their respective Welcome Back letters.
  • August 12th – Back-to-School Forms & Medical Update Forms will be made available in Sapphire.  Note:  Both forms must be completed for all students regardless of the learning option.
  • August 13th – Elementary & middle school teacher assignments / schedules will be available in Sapphire.  (High school schedules were made available August 3rd.)
  • August 13th – “Home” bus assignments will be available in Sapphire (Note:  Childcare requests will not appear in Sapphire, however, they will continue to be honored as long as ridership allows.)  For questions related to transportation, please contact Cathy Wachter, Transportation Coordinator, at cwachter@wrsd.org.

Thank you to all of our families for completing the learning options survey.  Nearly 80% of our families have selected in-person learning as the preferred learning option followed by 11% learning synchronously/real-time, 5% Warrior Run Cyber, and 4% homeschooling.  A separate notification will be sent to synchronous families with further details and expectations – please monitor your email for this updated information. 

As we have shared in the past, our goal is to keep all of our students, staff, and families safe and healthy.  With the number of students returning to school for in-person instruction, it is imperative that our families continue to practice aggressive social-distancing, mask-wearing, and regular hand-washing & sanitizing protocols.  Avoid large crowds, traveling to known hotspots, or individuals who may not be feeling well.  We need our entire school community to commit to our health & safety reopening plan to ensure that we can achieve our goals and able to provide in-person instruction – thank you in advance!

As always, thank you for your support and your patience as we continue to release information prior to the start of the year.  We know that many of our families have questions, and we are doing our best to keep our community informed.  Please continue to check the website for updated information, and feel free to contact me or any member of the leadership team with other inquiries. 

Have a great evening,

Alan

July 28, 2020

Good afternoon Warrior Run Community,

Last evening the Warrior Run School Board approved the reopening of schools plan for the fall of 2020.  While we fully anticipate resuming traditional face-to-face instruction in the fall, we emphasized last evening that conditions could change or another executive order could be made which may impact our reopening plans.  We would strongly encourage families to develop a plan in the event we are required to close for a short or long period of time.  With that said, we have been extremely appreciative of the support our community and families have shown during the development of these plans.

Thank you again to all who have completed the learning options survey.  We have over 700 responses representing 1150+ students, with a majority of families (80%) selecting the traditional face-to-face learning option.  If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so by the end of the day today so we may plan accordingly for each of the learning options.  Note:  Families selecting either of the virtual options (synchronous or WR Cyber) do not need to complete anything beyond filling out the survey.  Additional information will be provided directly to the families signing up for these options.

We have also created a link on our main website dedicated to the reopening of schools.  Within the page, we have created a frequently asked questions document based on additional questions we have received.  We will continue to periodically update the document, however, if your question does not appear on this list, please feel free to contact me at ahack@wrsd.org.  

Information will also be forthcoming regarding Chromebook pick-up, tentatively scheduled for the week of August 10th.  We recognize the challenges families may be facing due to the pandemic and wanted to let our families know ahead of time that we are changing the maintenance fee structure for the issuance of Chromebooks.  The maintenance fee will be changed from $25/device to a tiered system based on enrollment in the free & reduced lunch program:  $15/device (full lunch price), $10/device (reduced lunch); and $5/device (free lunch).  The cost will be capped for families with 3+ children at a rate of $45, $30, or $15, respectively.  Please note that the hardship and opt-out provisions will remain in effect, and families should continue to contact building principals to discuss these provisions as they have in the past.  For those new to the District’s 1:1 Initiative, please visit the 1:1 Initiative page to view associated guides and user agreements.  Additional questions regarding the 1:1 Initiative or fee structure may be sent to Greg Alico (galico@wrsd.org).

Finally, as we approach the start of the school year, the number of communications from our schools will undoubtedly increase.  We will do our best to streamline information as much as possible while ensuring that our families are kept informed as August 20th quickly approaches.  We are truly looking forward to this unique opportunity to continue focusing our attention on improving engagement and excellence, regardless of learning option, while implementing a number of mitigation efforts to keep our students, staff, and community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Alan

Alan Hack, Superintendent
Warrior Run School District

July 20, 2020

Good afternoon Warrior Run Community,

Last evening the District presented a draft plan for reopening schools in the fall.  Thank you to those who were able to participate and submitted questions for further discussion.  If you were unable to join the session, you may access the presentation and the plan using the links provided below or by visiting the main page of the district website.  

Reopening Health & Safety Plan Presentation

WRSD Health & Safety Plan (Draft)

YouTube Live Stream (Recording)

Learning Options Brochure

Please know that we recognize that information continues to change, and the reopening plan may also need to change prior to the first day of school, August 20th.  We plan to monitor the situation closely and are fully prepared to pivot if necessary.  As a result, our District is asking parents to select one of the learning options available to students by completing the learning option survey prior to July 28, 2020.  Please take a moment to read the brief descriptions of the options on the first page of the survey.  The purpose of completing the survey now is to help us anticipate how many students may be physically present for traditional face-to-face instruction, engaged in synchronous (real-time) learning with our teachers, enrolling in the Warrior Run Cyber Program, or choosing homeschooling.  This information will allow us to adjust schedules, balance ridership on district transportation, and prepare for all of the learning options accordingly.  Please note that while we are asking for this information 3-4 weeks prior to the start of school, the option still exists for parents to make an alternate selection should the conditions of COVID-19 change over the course of the next several weeks.  

Please know that we are here to help and support our school community in any way possible.  If you have any questions regarding the district level plan, available learning options, or contents of the presentation, please feel free to contact me at ahack@wrsd.org or 570-649-5138 x5001.  For specific questions related to a particular building, please feel free to contact your child(ren)’s building principal. 

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school district as we work together to create a plan that maintains a safe and healthy school & local community AND provides high-quality learning opportunities & services for ALL students.

Have a great evening,

Alan

 

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