Here are your weekly COVID notices and updates:
There has been a change in plans for reopening South Hills. As Governor Wolf has approved reopening on May 8, I had hoped to reopen on the 11th.
While there will be no regulation changes made by DHS or PDE regarding the reopening of Early Childhood programs, there is a myriad of suggested federal and state guidance regarding safety, social distancing, and cleaning as it pertains to caring for young children. On May 6th, I am scheduled to attend a training regarding procedures to safely reopen South Hills. Given the short timeframe, I don’t feel confident that I will be able to create our final plan, train the entire staff, and be fully prepared to implement the plan and reopen on May 8 or 11.
Therefore, opening on Tuesday, May 26 seems more sensible at the moment. Half day, Full day, and Kindergarten students (now called School Age students as Summer Camp begins) will all be encouraged to attend that week. The Red/Orange am classes will have their school year extended to May 29. Unfortunately, they will only have two days with us, but we hope to make it meaningful and have some closure to the year!
I will continue to keep you updated regarding this reopening date, and you will be well informed of any practices, requirements, routines, etc.
As of now, key dates for May are as follows:
- Through Friday, May 22: South Hills Zoom Academy continues!
- Week of May 11: Teachers will host parent conferences for all via Zoom (classes will continue to be offered online as usual for the children). We will provide Meeting IDs and Passwords for conference rooms next week!
- Week of May 18: Staff and I will be completing training, working out our routines, organizing our classrooms (that have looked rather ‘ghostly’ these past weeks - the classroom calendars are ‘stuck’ on March 16...), and creating our plans for live classes again. Zoom Academy will still be offered during this final week.
- Monday, May 25: CLOSED (As scheduled) for Memorial Day
- Week of May 26: We reopen!! Oh Happy Day!!
- TBD: GRADUATION DETAILS WILL BE SENT AT A LATER DATE
YOUR COMMENTS & CONCERNS
I am aware that many parents feel that May is too early to reopen. Many others indicate they feel this is too late. I highly value and appreciate all of your thoughts and concerns. I know I cannot please everyone; I can only make my decision based on the government directives and organizations such as Department of Public Health, CDC, AAOP, ECELS, PA KEYs and other Early Childhood programs. Your continued support is important to me and I will continue to actively monitor the situation to ensure we re-open with your children and our staff’s health as my top priority.
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Teacher Appreciation Week is next week--May 4-8. Never have my staff deserved appreciation more than now! Please feel free to send a note of gratitude to the teachers through our school address—3808 Caughey Rd, Erie PA 16506 and I will be sure they receive it. Any and all kind words, especially accompanied with your child’s precious art work, is always the best gift...
JAY AND MONA KANG ART SHOW
Your child/ren worked with such imagination to create stunning works of art for the Jay and Mona Kang Art Show to benefit the Barber National Institute. Sadly, the show was canceled due to Covid-19 but will now take place as an online show. I will soon send notification regarding the dates and website for this show—patrons will be able to view artwork online for purchase. Curbside pickup will be arranged at the Barber Institute! When the show is online, please check to view the wonderful artwork your children contributed and perhaps make a purchase yourself!
Dylan will send May invoices today. For some of you, this is your last full month with us. Please be sure to check for any past invoices not paid in full. You can email Dylan directly (or reply directly to your May invoice) to request a final statement for the Spring term.
To confirm: During the time of our closure (beginning March 17) we respectfully ask that you pay what you can, if you can, to keep South Hills from depleting our limited funds. We know times are hard; we are your South Hills Family and it is your children who come first here—please keep them learning and growing during this time, regardless of payment!
I am SO blessed to have made it successfully through these many weeks and appreciate your continued kindness and generosity!
Blessings and Gratitude for all of your support,