Penn Manor announces expectations for the 2021-2022 school year

Please read this important message from the Penn Manor school board president and superintendent regarding expectations for in-person instruction next school year.

The Penn Manor Board of School Directors appreciates the cooperation of staff, students and families in complying with the district’s health and safety plan this school year. Your efforts helped keep Penn Manor schools open and allowed us to continue offering in-person instruction.

As we look forward to next school year, we want to update the community on our expectations regarding how our schools will operate in 2021-2022.

The Acting Secretary of the Department of Health has announced that the state face mask order will expire on June 28 or when 70 percent of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated, whichever happens first. The announcement strongly suggests that COVID-mitigation measures imposed on public schools this past year may be drawing to a close.

With the face mask order soon to expire and the attestation order no longer in effect, the Penn Manor school board and administration are adopting the following expectations about the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Our schools will be open for in-person instruction five (5) days a week.
  • Our staff and students will not be required to wear face masks while at school.
  • Our staff and students will not be required to be vaccinated in order to work at or attend our schools.
  • Our staff and students who wish to wear face masks as a mitigation measure will be permitted to do so – but that will be their personal choice.

We will keep the community updated regarding the expectations listed above as the new school year approaches, but at this point, we are looking forward to a more “normal” year in 2021-2022. 

Thanks again to our students, staff and families for their cooperation during a very challenging school year. We sincerely hope you enjoy your summer break.

Congratulations to the Class of 2027!

Today we honored our 6th graders with our promotion ceremony. This is an OUTSTANDING group of students who preserved in these challenging times and I have no doubt that they will honor our Letort tradition and make us proud! Congratulations and best of luck in all your future endeavors.

Marticville Middle School ~ here we come!

Today We Honored 2021 Graduates

Today, the Letort staff and students had the distinct honor of celebrating Penn Manor’s 2021 graduates who attended Letort Elementary. We were thrilled to celebrate all their accomplishments and wish you all the luck in your future endeavors. We are Letort proud! This group of wonderful students were the first class that Mrs. Binkley and Mrs. Gwyn taught together, so it was extra special for our two fourth grade teachers.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

A few words from the Penn Manor Educational Foundation

Calling all Seniors – Cap and Gown Walk

On Thursday, June 3rd, from 1:15-1:45, all seniors who attended Letort Elementary School are invited to visit Letort wearing their cap and gown.  It is such an inspiration to our elementary students to see the result of working hard all through school.  If you know someone who attended Letort Elementary and is graduating this year, please pass along this information.  If they can RSVP to let us know they will be coming (either call 717-872-9530 or email carly.mcpherson@pennmanor.net), that would give us an idea of how many to expect; however, it is not a requirement.  We are looking forward to seeing all our Letort graduates so we can help to celebrate your accomplishment. Graduates will gather by the main entrance. Please bring a mask with you.

Note from Mrs. Yoder

To the LeTort Family:

I want to let you know about my plans for next school year.  I will be moving to another Penn Manor School, Hambright, which is about twice the size of LeTort.  It was not an easy decision.  I love LeTort.  I have felt incredibly supported as an educator during my 12 years here.  You are a very special school community.

I will miss you all,

Julie Yoder

Laptop Collection Begins Next Week

On June 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, students in grades 1 – 6 will be turning in their laptops to our technology department. This includes their bags, chargers, and any other accessories that were issued with the computer. 

Please help your student(s) collect all of these items to be returned during the last week of school.

Positive Covid Case Reported at Letort

Penn Manor School District has become aware of members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

May 24, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school community at Penn Manor High School and Central Manor and Letort Elementary Schools have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected persons and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about individuals who test positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of School

Virtual Field Trips

So many events have changed this year but thanks to our own Mrs. Johnson, students were able to take a field trip today (or Wednesday) courtesy of virtual reality. Students were able to visit the Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, our National Parks, like Yellowstone, and explore the depths of the ocean. Below Mrs. Beighley’s fifth grade students were thrilled to visit the Taj Mahal after “boarding a plane” to India.

My heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Johnson for offering these exciting excursions to our Letort students. Your hard work and dedication to our students is commendable!

Welcoming our new kindergartners

It was exciting day at Letort! We were able to host 31 of our incoming kindergartners (and parents) on the playground for story time, a building activity, and of course, playing on the swings and equipment. Each kindergartner received a packet of books to enjoy over the summer! Fun was had by all ~ including Mrs. Geiter, Mrs. Yoder, Mrs. Strosser, and Mrs. McPherson.

We cannot wait for these students to join us in August! Until that time, enjoy the summer!