September 10, 2021
Good afternoon Warrior Run Community,
As we are completing our third week of school, we continue to navigate the tumultuous waters of the pandemic. We have spent a great deal of our time working through the new masking Order and those who have submitted exemption forms. PDE and DOH have reaffirmed that “school entities must require all individuals, two years of age and older, to wear face coverings unless the individual has a medical or mental health condition or disability that precludes the wearing of a face covering. In accordance with Section 3 of the Order, before an individual is excepted from the Order, all alternatives to a face covering, including a face shield, are to be exhausted.” Furthermore, schools must respond to those seeking an exemption under Section 3 of the Order in accordance with the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and will be receiving paperwork from our Special Education Office early next week. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julie Petrin, Director of Special Education.
We are aware that our community remains divided on the mask issue, and we are aware of the science presented on both sides of the debate. However, we are grateful for the response of our community and our students who have made it a priority to sustain in-person learning. As a recent example of a positive case reported in one of our buildings, no close contacts were identified due to the students wearing a face covering. In the absence of a face covering, up to 18 students would have otherwise been required to quarantine under the current CDC/DOH guidelines. This action is critical to keeping our students in school and avoiding unnecessary quarantines.
In a time with much division in our Nation, we are entering a weekend that marks the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. We will take time to honor the lives lost and all families whose lives were dramatically changed as a result of the events of 9/11. However, we also remember that in the days and weeks that followed this tragedy, our Nation experienced a remarkable period of unification and hope. It is our hope that with a similar sense of unity we may be reminded that working together and supporting one another through challenging circumstances has the greatest potential for collective success.
May you and your family have a safe and relaxing weekend.
Alan Hack, Ed.D.