Dear Upper Moreland Students, Families and Staff:
We hope this message finds you well and adapting on a personal level to changing mitigation efforts and restrictions based on what is in the best health and safety interests for each of us. The Upper Moreland School Board and Administration understand and share in the anxiety and frustration our community feels about the many issues surrounding the safe reopening of schools. On a daily basis, new information is available or updated which impacts the plan for the first day of school on August 31, 2020.
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education together released new guidance on reopening schools. Members of the Upper Moreland Team, including School Directors, Professional, Support Staff and Administrators, have been working since the release of the initial Health and Safety plan requirements from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in late June with other Districts, Montgomery County Office of Public Health, and Montgomery County Intermediate Unit leaders to process and understand how this guidance, along with recommendations from other multiple agencies, influences plans we have drafted. A draft plan was released on July 14, 2020 and continues to be updated to reflect the most up to date and continually evolving science and public health conditions.
Recent updates include guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education which supports the possibility of a hybrid model of instruction beyond the face-to-face and remote options we shared on July 6, 2020. However, please know that committees of stakeholders have and will continue to review changing guidance in comparison to the plans we drafted and shared on July 14, 2020 which are available on the District website. We will do all we can to make this upcoming school year a positive one, and will continue to communicate with you as we move through the summer. As information continues to become available and decisions are made, the goal is to keep all stakeholders informed and engaged in the developments through our website, eCommunicator, and social media.
In order to assist and provide the best possible information we have available at the time, we will be using the Ask the District page of the Upper Moreland School District website to create a Frequently Asked Questions document. As questions are shared through firstname.lastname@example.org or with members of the team, they will be read, reviewed and responded to in the form of identified questions with answers to share many of the questions and responses we receive in order to assist our entire community in understanding what the start of a new school year will entail. In some cases, individual or specific questions will be forwarded to the appropriate administrator to develop a direct response. In all cases, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through those answers based upon sometimes continually changing guidance or information and the committees.
The FAQ section will go live the week of July 20, 2020 with questions already received over the past week that we are able to provide specific answers to at this point in time. Some questions we have received are not yet answerable based on requiring further clarification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Montgomery County and/or Legal Counsel. We continue to meet virtually on a daily basis with these and other stakeholders and we will continue to update the FAQs and notify the community regarding updates.
As always, we appreciate your partnership with the teachers, support staff and administrators at Upper Moreland School District as we work through these challenging times.
The Upper Moreland Administration and School Board