Dear TASD Families,

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we opened the 2020-2021 school year.  This week certainly has looked different from those in the past.  We have had the opportunity to evaluate district operations and safety protocols with a reduced student population.  During these past four days, we have reviewed transportation, food service, instructional technology and other key aspects that impact safety.  We appreciate your support in helping ensure the safety procedures are carried out with your students in our classrooms and school buildings.

Over the course of the past two weeks, I have had multiple conversations with Titusville Hospital officials, our administrative team, our school nurses, and area superintendents.  These conversations have helped to guide the decision moving forward for our in-person instructional model.  As of Monday, September 14th, 2020, all of our in-person students will return to a five day schedule.  With 25% of our district’s students learning online, our in-person population is reduced to 75%, approximately 1400 students within our six buildings.  Families continue have instructional options for their students, in-person or our online programming.

In order for our district to move forward, we need your help.  It is vital that all students follow the guidance that was set forth in our Health and Safety plan.  Together, we must be vigilant in wearing our face coverings, washing or sanitizing our hands and social distancing as well as the other protocols established.  We are asking parents to be the role models for your students.  We understand that these procedures are often difficult but a collective effort will ensure we can provide the best educational experience for our students while keeping safety our priority.

Please understand that this decision was not made in haste and that all aspects were considered.  We will continue to evaluate our safety protocols and procedures as we bring back our students.  We will also work collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure we are protecting everyone.  The district maintains the authority to modify the instructional model based on community transmission and the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Keebler

TASD Superintendent