Effective September 7, 2021, the Acting PA Secretary of Health issued an order for all school entities requiring that all students wear a face covering while indoors at school. On Friday, September 10, 2021, the Acting Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Education (PDE) sent Pennsylvania school superintendents additional guidance stating that the order is not a mask-optional policy. PDE states: “Any school entity simply permitting a parent’s sign-off without evidence that the student has a medical or mental health condition or disability that precludes the wearing of a face covering is not in compliance with the order. Under the order, 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.”
Penn Manor school building administrators are responding to requests for exceptions to the face covering order that have been submitted by parents/guardians. Supporting evidence of a medical or mental health condition or disability, such as medical documentation or a supporting letter from the student’s treating physician, must be provided in order for an exception request to be considered. According to PA Department of Education guidance, parent notes without evidence of a medical or mental health condition or disability are not sufficient. Please note that the “Heritage Family Health” form is not sufficient evidence of a student’s medical condition or disability.
To accommodate our families, the school district has updated the Mask Exception Request process for parents/guardians who are submitting a new request for an exception. We will accept the information on the updated Exception Request Form with the understanding that parents/guardians may need to participate in additional discussions with district personnel and that the school district may need additional documentation from the student’s medical provider.
Evidence supporting a medical exception must be submitted by the end of the day on September 21, 2021. After that date, all students are required to wear a face covering inside Penn Manor schools unless a medical exception has been granted. When evidence of a medical or mental health condition is received, the district will schedule a meeting to review eligibility for accommodations through the 504 process or the IEP revision process.
The Penn Manor Board of School Directors and school personnel sincerely appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work together to balance the needs of all families while implementing the Department of Health order. We appreciate your continued support as Penn Manor School District works to meet the needs of all of our students.
Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
EVERY FRIDAY IS….SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY! Whoop Whoop! Yes, you heard that correct…every Friday students AND teachers MAY wear their Penn Manor/Letort shirts. Acceptable school spirit shirts would be Letort, Blue Ribbon, PM, PM teams, or just blue shirts (for new students). Letort PTO just started a spirit wear order. (See PTO info below) (as always, school spirit days are optional) Go LETORT!! GO PM!!
The store will be open until Thursday September 30th 2021. Orders will be completed approximately 4-5 weeks from the close of the store. The PTO will schedule a pick up time at Letort. Please contact us with any questions ~717-285-7770. There are no refunds or exchanges.
Last week we spent a few days reviewing many short vowel word families. We then made over 150 short vowel words into the links of our Giant pacific Octopus!
In math we reviewed addition to 20 and made 10 bead bracelets to focus on those facts that make 10. Why focus on them? SO SO much mental math comes from that foundation of making 10…as you’ll see in coming math lessons.
We ended the week with learning about the jellyfish, making jellyfish and having a jellyfish jam dance party!!! Ask about fun facts about the octopus and jellyfish!
Today was a swimming success!! 25 students with smiles and great attitudes filled my room and heart today! We had 2…yes, 2 fishy math lessons and read several ocean books. We had a poem about crabs and added several ocean friends to our desk oceans. We also had 3 recesses! Whoop whoop! I hope to get some good recess pictures tomorrow or Wednesday.
Students will have a RED home/school folder with our weekly schedule and a place for YOU to initial every night please.Thank you to all who have signed up for my Blog already! https://blogs.pennmanor.net/mpeart/ We will be bucket filling with kindness, following directions, and terrific attitudes by earning bucket slips…in actual buckets!
Reading will start tomorrow from individual reading totes filled with books about…the ocean of course!
Spelling will not start until next week. Computers will start going home next week as well. I hope you all received my welcome email 2 weeks ago. If not, I will send a paper copy home.
Reminders: Wednesday is Back to school for parents to drop in 4-6. ( 4:00-4:45 Last Names A-M~ 5:16-6:00 Last Names N-Z ) Thursday is early 1:30 dismissal. Let us know asap if your child is not taking the regular transportation home. Link for pick up notes https://letort.pennmanor.net/
Below are pictures of the room…I just need 25 kiddos!!
Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2021. This is an open house drop-in format from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m where you will have the opportunity to briefly view your child’s classroom(s) and meet teacher(s).
In order to minimize the number of people in the classrooms at one time, we are asking that parents visit the school anytime during their designated time period, as teachers will not be delivering formal presentations. Additionally, children are asked to stay home.
Families with the last names A through M are asked to participate from 4:00 to 4:45.
Families N-Z are asked to participate from 5:15 to 6:00.
(If you can’t come during those times…please still come when you can. I know families are busy and I am hopeful you can pop in any time during 4-6)
While in the building we ask that you follow these mitigation strategies:
Please practice social distancing and respect other individuals’ preferences, including those of our teachers.
Monitor your own health prior to attending the event. If you are experiencing any COVID-related symptoms, please do not attend.
If you have specific concerns related to your child, please contact me at a later time to schedule an appointment.
We did it! We experienced a global pandemic together and actually had a terrific school year together! I think we will all remember this schoolyear bitter sweetly…2 homerooms to start, desks apart, recess zones, quarantines, virtual days, live streaming and of course face masks. But there was never a complaint…only smiling eyes and eager minds and hearts! I was blessed to have each and every one of these kids! I LOVE and will miss you second graders!!!!!
Last week we performed 3 readers’ theaters and LOVED being able to include so many virtual viewers! We had over 80 log ins to watch and some were full classrooms! We even had views from other states! I did not get pictures in costume (sorry- the day was a blur!) but here is each cast. Then we were treated to a special lesson using the Virtual Reality Goggles from Mrs. Johnson. Hope you heard all about it! 🐳