The West Shore School District will start the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, August 25, with Distance Learning 2.0 and to transition to in person instruction through three phases.  Click here to learn more.

Returning to School

Welcome to Distance Learning 2.0

Below is an outline of the information provided on our Return to School website. Use these links to quickly navigate to the information of interest to you.

Return to School Parent Survey
After reviewing our Distance Learning 2.0 information, we are requesting your help in planning for our reopening. Please use the survey below to share your current plans for the start of the school year, whether that be to utilize Distance Learning 2.0, CAOLA, or another option. The survey also gives those who would consider continuing Distance Learning beyond Phase 1, if it was available, the opportunity to share that with us. Please note, the results of this brief, informational survey will be used to guide our planning only. The start of school is fast-approaching, and our goal is to try to be as responsive as we can, given the ever-changing landscape.

***Survey Deadline was August 9. Thank you to those who participated***

Phased Reopening Communications

July 31, 2020 - I hope you are enjoying summer break and finding some time to relax. As we approach the start of the school year, I know there continues to be a great deal of uncertainty not only around safely reopening our schools, but many other aspects of our daily lives.

In my time as superintendent, I hope you have come to know that I have your best interest in mind, and when making big decisions that will have a big impact on District students, staff, or families, I tend to take more time in that process. That is especially true when the health and safety of students and staff are at stake. I also hope you have come to know; just how much I appreciate your patience and the confidence you have afforded me in that regard.

The plan Dr. Whye and I shared on July 16th and the work since then has been challenging.  It seems just as things appear to be moving in one direction, they can turn on a dime. However, this message is not meant to explain what I think we all realize is happening, but rather to update you as best I can at this time.

Since we released our Phased Reopening Plan, most people, staff and parents, that is, are interested in what Distance Learning 2.0 will look like and what it means for them. Dr. Whye and a team of teacher representatives met yesterday to further define the evolution of Distance Learning, and more importantly, how it will differ from the spring. Mrs. Fourhman has created a designated page on our website with a wealth of information, which contains critical information for everyone in planning for the school year. You can easily access this page from the header of the District website.

After reviewing this information, I am requesting your help in planning for our reopening. On the website you will find a link to a Return to School Survey. Please use this survey to share your intention for the start of the school year, whether that be to utilize Distance Learning 2.0, CAOLA, or another option. The survey will also give those interested in continuing Distance Learning beyond Phase 1 the opportunity to share that with us. I kindly ask for your participation in this survey by Sunday, August 9.

As I, and the administrative team, work toward the goal of reopening schools as quickly and as safely as possible and continue to refine the District’s plans for Phases 2 and 3, we will be providing more frequent updates to you, the Board, and our school community.

Thank you for your time today, and be well.

Todd B. Stoltz, Ed.D.
July 17, 2020 - When we began the development of our Health and Safety Plan, there was a trend moving toward green status across the state and restrictions being lifted. In the last two weeks, we have received a universal masking Order, recommended quarantines following travel to approximately 20 states, and limitation on group sizes.  Additionally, at 2:44 p.m. yesterday, July 16, we received updated guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). 

Given these and other factors, at last night's Board Meeting, Dr. Stoltz and Dr. Whye shared the District's plans to start the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, August 25 with Distance Learning 2.0 and transition to in person instruction through three phases.

2020-2021 School Year - Phased Reopening Plan  

Phase 1: From August 25 to September 18, all students will engage in Distance Learning 2.0. On September 10, a recommendation will be made to either remain in phase 1 or transition to phase 2 on September 21, 2020. 

Phase 2: A segment of the student population will return to the building for in person instruction with priority given to elementary and high needs special education students. Throughout Phase 2, additional students and staff will return to school for in person instruction. Based on feedback received, we are exploring the option of continuing Distance Learning 2.0 during Phase 2.

Phase 3: Total reopening as outlined in accordance with state, federal, and health agencies.  Specific details will be shared in a revised District Health and Safety Plan prior to the start of Phase 3.

Looking Ahead

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Next Steps
  • Survey families regarding their plans for the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • Communicate information with families regarding Phases 2 and 3.
  • Finalize the District’s Health and Safety Plan for approval by the Board and Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Feedback, Questions, and Concerns
During the July 16, Board Meeting, Dr. Stoltz and Dr. Whye answered several questions from the community regarding our reopening plans for the school year.  We apologize for the technical difficulties that occurred, but encourage those who have not watched the meeting to do so. 

Alternate Learning

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The West Shore School District has partnered with CAOLA, the Capital Area Online Learning Association, to offer full and part-time online learning to families interested in cyber school.
CAOLA is a collaborative effort between the Capital Area Intermediate Unit and member school districts to provide flexible online learning and high quality student instruction for our students from kindergarten through grade 12. Click here to learn more.
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