2020-11-20 SMSD Updates

Dear SMSD Families,

Here are a few updates for the upcoming week- 

  • Schedule for next week: Students have remote classes Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (with an early dismissal by 12pm). Thanksgiving Break is Thursday 11/26-Monday 11/30.  Please review the Go Bubbler Remote Learning Plan and any other information sent home by your child’s teacher(s) and principal. We may reopen for in-person instruction (face to face for K-5 and hybrid for 6-12) on Tuesday, December 1. Any updates to that will be communicated next week. 

  • A reminder of some of the resources for COVID information: SMSD Confirmed/Quarantine Cases , FAQ document:  SMSD 2020-2021 FAQ. Support for students: COVID Student Support  Information on COVID testing locations: COVID Testing Resources 

  • On Tuesday the Department of Health increased restrictions regarding mask wearing and quarantining after travel.

    • Recent Update to Mask Protocol:

      • All students and staff at all times, including sports, gym class, and outside play must wear masks.

      • All individuals must wear masks at all times whether inside or outside.  This includes walking to and from school and the bus.

      • Face shields are no longer a replacement for a face mask unless determined by a physician to be medically necessary.

    • Recent Update to Travel Requirements:

      • Any individual who leaves the state of Pennsylvania MUST take and produce a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their return to Pennsylvania.  If the individual does not produce a negative COVID-19 test, they are REQUIRED to quarantine for 14 days.  This includes everyone:  parents, students, coaches, staff members, etc.  Please see the above link for COVID testing resources.   Please contact your student’s school office if they will need to quarantine after the Thanksgiving Break.

  • USDA recently announced the extension of free school meals for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year for any children ages 0-18. Please visit the district website for more information: Free School Breakfast & Lunches  Since students will not be able to access meals within their buildings during times of remote instruction, meals will be made available for pick-up/distribution by pre-ordering on Nutrislice via the CYBER ACADEMY option.  Pre-orders must be placed the day before pick-up/distribution.  There are no same-day orders allowed. This includes: 

    • Students who are quarantining

    • Students who are engaging in remote instruction

    • Children who are not school aged yet and have siblings enrolled at SMSD

    • Students who are enrolled in the Bubbler Cyber Academy

    • Any children who are age 0-18 in the community

    • Meal pick-up/distribution is at the Boiling Springs High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10 AM and 4-5 PM, outside the student parking lot entrance. 

**If your family needs additional meals beyond breakfast and lunches, please contact your child’s counselor for information on support from Project Share. 

Thank you for your support for our teachers and staff during this time. Your understanding and flexibility is appreciated. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Dr. Matt Strine
Superintendent