Schools in Pennsylvania as well as around the United States find themselves in uncharted waters with a state-wide K-12 school closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) health pandemic.  With the Governor’s order on March 13, 2020, schools were closed for two weeks, and as of March 30th this closure was extended indefinitely.  Schools must immediately think about how to best educate their students from a distance.

While modeling social distancing, Titusville Area School District has been working remotely to develop a plan to continue the school year while everyone remains at home. We are thankful that we as a community can partner to bring some normalcy to our community.  Through the remainder of this school year, we are seeking to help your child finish the school year from home.  Everyone at the school is appreciative of the kind gestures and patience as we learn new information about how we can navigate and function within this national health emergency.

Titusville’s Education Plan – Moving Forward

Titusville Area School District has developed a three phase approach to assist students, parents and teachers.  Phase One was put into place March 27th and included online activities for students that focused on enrichment and review of previous learned skills.  These online activities can be accessed on the district’s website under the “Parent” tab.

Following a virtual professional day with the district’s 170 plus teachers, the district began its focus on Phase Two and Three.  Phase Two includes grade level/content specific enrichment and review experiences developed by the teachers at each building.  The district conducted a technology survey of all students and teachers to determine technology devices and internet access in the home.  The survey data is being used to develop alternate paper packets so that all students can be included in the instruction.

Beginning Monday, April 6th, 2020, the school district will be moving to Phase Three/Planned Instruction.  Students with Internet access will begin working with teachers through online platforms such as Google Classroom and Canvas.  Students without access to reliable Internet service will be provided paper based assignments.  The district will continue to make adjustments to Phase Three as we learn what is working and as more information is provided from Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

School Calendar:

We want students and their families to know that Phase Three of our education plan will continue for the rest of this school year and is meant to be flexible.  Our school administrators, principals and teachers continue to discuss ways we can offer full and equitable education for all students.

The Quarter 3 grading period ended March 13, 2020.  The gradebooks will be closed for the 3rd quarter on April 20th.  Principals and teachers will be contacting students for the final Quarter 3 assignments. The fourth quarter grading period begins April 6, 2020.  Easter Break will continue as planned.  Our first week back will include:  April 6, 7 & 8. Our second week back will include:  April 15, 16 & 17. Our third week back, along with the remaining weeks, will continue regular school week schedules.

The school district’s 2019-2020 Tentative School Year Calendar will be discussed by the School Board this month for revisions due to the closure.

Meals

In addition to educating our students, the district is providing critical support to its families through meal services.  Once the initial closure was announced on Friday, March 13, 2020, Titusville Area School District implemented our meal service for all district families.  The district provides breakfast and lunch daily at three locations, Titusville Middle School, Hydetown Elementary and Pleasantville Elementary.  The meals are served from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The Friday meal service includes meals for the weekend.  All students 18 years and younger are eligible but must be in the vehicle to receive the meals.

Questions for the School District

The district’s priority is to maintain open lines of communication with students, parents, teachers and staff.  Questions and concerns can be emailed to TASDCOVID-19@gorockets.org which is monitored regularly.  Because most of the district’s staff are not in the school buildings to answer phone calls, all calls to the district office 814-827-2715 ext. 83400 are being answered and an email message will be sent to the appropriate person.

Titusville Area School District Leaders practice social distancing

Pictured Above: Titusville Area School District Leaders practice social distancing yet are able to continue daily meetings by using virtual conferencing tools like google hangout. From top left to bottom right: Amy Herman, Director of Student Services, Jesse Maine, Director of Learning, Mike McGaughey, Director of Special Education, Shawn Sampson, Business Manager & Stephanie Keebler, Superintendent