Important Schedule Changes for October and November for Grades 3-6

School is closed on Monday, October 12. As a result, Group A will meet in person on Tuesday (10/13) and Wednesday (10/14). Group B will meet in person on Thursday (10/15) and Friday (10/16). There will be no online instruction on Wednesday (10/14).

There is no school for students on Friday, November 6. As a result, Group A will meet in person Monday (11/2) and Tuesday (11/3) and Group B will meet in person Wednesday (11/4) and Thursday (11/5). There will be no online instruction on Wednesday (11/4).

School board approves transition to full in-person learning in November

The Penn Manor school board has approved a plan to extend the current Blended Learning format through November 5 while beginning to transition to a full, in-person learning format in November.

   The plan includes:

  • Keeping students in their current Group A and Group B formats through the first marking period on November 5.
  • Between now and November 5 – Providing additional live video learning opportunities for Blended Learning students when they are not physically in school.
  • September 28 – Bringing targeted students with disabilities and English Language Learners back to schools four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday).
  • November 9 – Transitioning students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 12 to full in-person instruction.
  • November 16 – Transitioning students in grades 8, 10 and 11 to full in-person instruction.
  • Operating Penn Manor Virtual School in its current format through the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of any changes in school-based instruction.

This plan is subject to alteration based on the status of COVID-19 cases in our schools and community and will be reviewed by the school board at its November 2 meeting before full implementation.

In the coming weeks, parents will be notified by school principals regarding the impact of these changes on specific school procedures.

Reflection from our first Virtual Wednesday

Parents… I am reaching out as I need your help.   Teachers are planning lessons for online learning on Wednesdays and I fear that these lessons are not being approached with the educational commitment from some of our scholars.   We recognize that this is new and NOT how we wish it could be, but we are committed to providing quality instruction during these times.   So, I am providing these reminders about appropriate conduct during a google meet with our teachers, as this is an extension of our commitment to teaching and learning.   

  • Children should be in front of their laptops, seated and ready to learn.  
  • Children should refrain from eating while on their meets.  (They don’t eat during school and are provided a 15 minute break in the middle if they are very hungry.)  
  • Work space should be free of pets and toys since these are distracting to our learners.
  • Cameras should be on at all times during the session for all children during the lesson.
  • If children need to leave camera for a restroom break or another reason, they need to ask permission from their teacher to leave the meet or turn their camera off.
  • Messages sent to the chat during the lesson are reserved for instructional purposes ONLY.
  • Parents are encouraged to support their learner… parents should not raise their hands to provide answers to questions posed by the teacher.   
  • Students should pick one location to remain for the duration of the lesson.  This location should be an appropriate learning space.   A dog box, under the bed and outside on a swing is NOT an appropriate learning spot.   
  • I will be online during these google meets monitoring conduct and can’t wait to see our respectful amazing learners.    
  • Thank you for helping us as we navigate these new online lessons.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

All parents… please consider applying. This even applies to kindergarten. It provides you a great benefit that lasts all year. Applications should be submitted ASAP. Please see below…

One wonderful service is our Free and Reduced meal program. I encourage all parents to fill out the application to determine if they are eligible. It helps our school and it helps our families. To complete this application, you can follow this link to our food services page. Once there, scroll down to the APPLY for FREE / REDUCED APPLICATION.

Many parents don’t fill out the application because they begin the year with free meals. This application MUST BE RENEWED every year. If you are still getting this service, it is left over from a previous year and the service will run out in the beginning of October. Please be proactive and fill it out in advance of this deadline.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Free Meals for ALL Penn Manor Students

All Penn Manor students are now eligible to receive free breakfasts and lunches through the end of the 2020 calendar year under a school meals program that was recently extended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Beginning September 17, Penn Manor students can receive the standard breakfast or lunch offered at any of our schools at no charge. This applies to students enrolled in both the Blended Learning and Penn Manor Virtual School programs. 

Families will be charged for snack items and other extras not included in the regular daily breakfast and lunch menu.

All students will be offered meals automatically when they are physically in school. On the days they are not in school, meals must be ordered in advance to be sent home with students or picked up. Penn Manor Virtual School students also are eligible for meals whenever school is in session.

Meals must be ordered in advance each week using this order form.

Group A students will receive their meals to take home at the end of the day on Tuesday for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Group B students will receive meals to take home at the end of the day on Friday for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Meals for Penn Manor Virtual School students must be picked up at one of the middle schools from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays.

At this time, it is not clear if the free meals program will be extended beyond December 31, 2020. Because of that, families that may qualify for the free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch program should fill out an application if they wish to continue to receive free or reduced-price meals in 2021.

For additional information, please contact the food services department at 717-872-9500, ext. 2228.

Attention Grades 3-6 Wednesday is our first Virtual day

I am delighted that we are in our first full week. That makes the schedule a little more consistent. As a reminder for our students in grades 3-6, school is virtual on Wednesday. I am providing you with a reminder of the schedule below so you are clear with the times. Please be sure your child checks the specific schedule for his/her teacher. Your children will be guided by their teacher how to access the online instruction and children should be experts on getting online.

Grades 3-6
8:20-9:00 AMTeacher office hours by appointment
9:00-9:15 AMHomeroom Check in
9:15-10:15English/Language Arts (ELA)
12:00-3:45Teacher Office Hours by Appointment

Your Input Matters

Penn Manor School District is seeking input from the community to help develop a recommendation for the Board of School Directors to consider during its public meeting on Monday, September 21. The administration is considering a possible recommendation to have all students (K-12) physically return to school five days a week instead of continuing with the current Blended Learning schedule. If this were to occur, Penn Manor would continue to follow the health and safety precautions now in place. However, with all students physically in school, there would be limitations on social distancing in classrooms and more students on buses, in hallways and in cafeterias. Please provide your input by completing this survey by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 15. We appreciate your valuable feedback. 

Virtual Meet the Teacher

Click below to visit the link for the virtual messages from all of our teachers. This is our virtual Meet the Teacher night. After you have viewed the informative video from the teacher, if you have questions remaining, please reach out to your child’s teacher to discuss by phone or Google Meet. Remember the questions we are focusing on now are about the classroom set up and the procedures associated with the classroom. Specific questions about your child will come once we have your children for a little while longer and for our parent-teacher conferences.

Meals for the days my 3rd-6th grade student is not in school…how to order

Penn Manor School District plans to provide meals to students on every day that school is in session. Students enrolled in the Blended Learning program will receive meals during the two days they attend school in person. They also have the option of receiving meals for the three days each week that they are not in school.

Penn Manor also will provide meals to students enrolled in the Penn Manor Virtual School program, upon request. 

Parents must fill out an order form each week for their children to receive meals on the days they are not physically in school. Parents will be charged for each meal taken home at the rate their child pays in school (full price, reduced price or free). 

The link to the order form is here

For Group A and PMVS students, the meal order form must be completed by 8:00 a.m. every Monday. For Group B students, the meal order form must be completed by 8:00 a.m. every Wednesday. Parents may not fill out the form for more than one week at a time.

Take-home meals will be distributed according to the following schedule:

Penn Manor Virtual School families may pick up meals on September 8, September 14 and September 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Marticville or Manor Middle Schools. 

Group A Blended Learning students will be provided with take-home meals on September 8, September 15 and September 22. Group B Blended Learning students will be provided with take-home meals on September 11, and September 18.

Use the order form above. Students who are enrolled in the blended learning will bring meals home from school. There is no parent pick up for our Group A and Group B blended students.