July 31, 2020
Dear Methacton Families,
The 2020-2021 School year will begin on September 8, 2020 for students in grades K-12. For the first marking period (September 8, 2020 through November 11, 2020) all students will be instructed by Methacton teachers in the Methacton Online program using the framework and sample schedules posted here. In addition to the structured academic components, the district will be utilizing the Skyview/Arcola campus to provide optional on premises related services clinic, a student services center, daily grab-n-go meal distribution, and full day childcare services (YMCA). Each building in the district will be coordinating in-person social opportunities for students to keep them connected to their peers all within the established health and safety plan.
While there are a number of important matters that we will be communicating over the next several weeks, it is important for me to share that this first marking period will not be similar to the pandemic remote learning that your children received last spring. Our teachers have been busy all summer planning and engaged in pedagogical and best practices professional development and will be prepared to deliver high quality online instruction. Our teachers and support staff are committed to the success of our students and ask that we leverage our strong reputation, commitment to excellence, and strength of our community to make this first marking period exceptional.
Our efforts over the next several weeks will be focused on preparing school and communicating with students and parents, but our Pandemic Response Team will continue to monitor expert guidance, address the limitations of our current plan, and develop a path forward by mid-October that allows for a safe return to on-premises schooling.
Lastly, I sincerely appreciate our teachers, support staff, administrators, the Board of School Directors and our parents for their support, their contributions, and feedback over these past several months. I recognize that our temporary path forward, is just that, temporary – and it should allow us to better prepare and provide students and families options for their children in the near future.
Thank you for your commitment to Methacton Schools.
Dr. David Zerbe
Superintendent of Schools