Phone Issues and Temporary Numbers

Penn Manor Community-

On Thursday 09/16, Penn Manor School District’s phone vendor began suffering a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) network attack. The cyber attack is overwhelming the vendor’s systems and creating problems with district phone lines. Today, phone service is still intermittent as the vendor continues to repel the ongoing attack and restore service to our main phone numbers.

As a temporary solution, we have added three dedicated lines for the community to call schools and district offices. Please use these numbers until the problem is resolved:

District Office: 717.876.6577
Penn Manor High School: 717.876.6635
All other schools: 717.876.6627

Note: Other Penn Manor communication tools, including email, school websites, and Sapphire, are operating normally.

Thank you for your patience as we work with our vendor to restore service.

What a turn-out!

Thank you for sharing the news with your child about breakfast. This morning we served over 85 students at breakfast, which is the most ever at Letort!

James Mather (Mrs. Beighley’s class) shared this sentiment with me, “Dr. McPherson, it is like the line at Chick-Fil-A. What a great laugh to start the day!

Check out the photo below!

Free and Reduced Lunch Eligiblity

As all of you know, breakfasts and lunches are free this year. This is an extension of the United States Department of Agriculture’s response to COVID and family needs. Although this is amazing for all of our students to be able to take advantage of healthy and free meals, it has also reduced the completion of the free and reduced meals application.  The task of signing up for free and reduced meals actually helps our school for various funding sources.

As a family who qualifies for FREE or REDUCED lunch, you are eligible for discount services such as reduced internet through COMCAST. I am inviting you to take a look at the income eligibility document at the bottom of this post.

You are welcome to complete the form on your own. Please follow this LINK. 

It’s important that we have families apply before September 30, 2021. Please contact Dr. McPherson or Mrs. Strosser if you have additional questions or need further assistance. 

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Back to School Night Videos

We were all disappointed that we did not get to host our annual Back to School Night. To allow you the opportunity to learn more about your child’s classroom, we created these videos for you to view. This is quality information.

Please click here to visit your student’s teacher and classroom.

A message from our new art teacher, Mrs. Harnish

Hello families,  

My name is Laurie Harnish and I am so excited to be your child’s new art teacher.  I am sending home a letter from me, so please be on the lookout.  Included in this letter is information about me and a wonderful program I would like to offer for you and your family called Artsonia. You can use the login information included with the letter that is specific for each child to create a parent account and this will allow you to see all of the projects we are making in your child’s digital art portfolio. 

In addition to creating a parent account on Artsonia, Penn Manor would like parents to complete a COPPA form so students are able to use the website to add titles and written artist statements about their art.  We will not use the site for every project but on occasion.  Thank you very much for supporting your child and the arts.

Any questions please let me know at laurie.harnish@pennmanor.net.

Here is the link to complete the COPPA permission which is a requirement for student participation in class. 

Looking forward to an amazing year creating and making in the art room!!!

Sincerely-

Laurie Harnish

Attention Parents of Walkers

Since the beginning of the year, we have had many walkers arriving before 8:45 AM. Although the doors open for breakfast at 8:30 for students, many of our walkers are not eating breakfast and waiting inside the walker doors for up to 20 minutes. I would ask that if you child is not eating breakfast, he/she wait to arrive at 8:45.

Students are able to enter their classrooms at 8:50 AM.

Penn Manor School Board Update on Face Covering Order

Penn Manor School District is providing an update on the required implementation of the Acting Secretary of Health’s face covering order, which took effect September 7, 2021. After meeting with legal counsel and listening to public comment, the school board approved the following action at its Tuesday, September 7, meeting:

The district will extend until September 21, 2021, the need for a physician’s note to provide a mask exception for students or staff without consequences and has directed the administration to seek legal counsel regarding the requirements for a medical exception.

Penn Manor will continue to require all students and staff to wear a face covering while in school. This applies to all students, unless a parent/guardian has submitted a written request for an exception.

The school board action does not impact the federal requirement that masks be worn by all students on school buses.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this matter. The district will provide more guidance as it receives further clarification. Please reach out to your child’s building principal if you have any questions regarding the mask order and/or the exception process. 

Thank you.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

As all of you know, breakfasts and lunches are free this year. This is an extension of the National Seamless Summer option to feed children. Although this is amazing for our students, the task of signing up for free and reduced meals actually helps our school for various funding sources. For example, some of the staff and materials associated with Letort are paid for out of these qualifying dollars.

As a family who qualifies for FREE or REDUCED lunch, you are also eligible for discount services such as reduced internet through COMCAST. I am inviting you to take a look at the income eligibility document at the bottom of this post. It really does benefit our school and I am hoping to encourage all who might be eligible to try.

You are welcome to complete the form on your own. Please follow this link.

Important – Face Coverings Required In School Starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an order that requires the wearing of face coverings at schools starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The order is issued pursuant to authority granted to the Department of Health under the Disease Prevention and Control Law, 35 P.S. Section 521.5, and requires that all teachers, students, staff, and visitors wear a face covering indoors at school. Furthermore, the order states that it does not impact the obligation of schools to comply with CDC requirements concerning masking on school buses.

As a public school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Penn Manor School District is required by law to comply with this order.

Penn Manor will use the same procedure followed during the 2020-2021 school year in considering face covering medical exception requests from parents/guardians. Parents/guardians will need to provide documentation from a medical provider by completing a Face Covering Order Exception Request Form from their child’s school and submitting it to the building principal.

The Penn Manor Board of School Directors will meet on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Penn Manor High School. At the beginning of all school board meetings, there is a public comment period. If you are interested in speaking during that time, the school board respectfully requests that  you pre-register here so that an appropriate amount of time can be allocated for public comment. The school board will be accepting comments regarding the face coverings order during the meeting; however, the school board is not scheduled to take a vote on the order.

The school district is obligated to comply with the provisions of the face coverings order, including during school board meetings, unless or until a court of competent jurisdiction issues an injunction against the Acting Secretary of Health regarding the implementation and enforcement of the order.

The school board agenda will be posted to the school district website by the end of the day on Friday, September 3, and will be available here:  https://www.pennmanor.net/ board/agenda/ 

The timing of the face coverings order is unfortunate and disappointing, coming as it does with the 2021-2022 school year already under way. It creates a new challenge for community members, students and our school employees. That being said, it will not deter Penn Manor from making this school year the best that it can be, and we will continue to adjust as needed in order to provide an outstanding educational program for our students.

For more details about the face coverings order and Penn Manor’s Health and Safety Plan, please click on these links:

Breakfast Menu Change for Tuesday

We will have muffins for breakfast on Tuesday. This is a change from the menu. Thank you!