March 24, 2020
Dear Pathway Families.
Yesterday, the Governor mandated the closure of all schools in the Commonwealth for an additional two weeks. I am doubtful this will be the last order of this kind. I expect, and you should plan, as if we operate on a two-week cycle of decision making. This will, at times, seem short-sighted and annoying, but it is our belief that we all, including the government, are being cautiously hopeful that this crisis will end and we can begin to live our lives normally again.
We are finalizing our plans to roll out a distance learning curriculum for all our students. Over the course of the next three days, expect to hear from your student's classroom teacher and/or Ms. Prestia or Ms. Lepley regarding our educational plan. Many of you have replied to our technology survey. We are preparing your child's Chromebook to be distributed to you. Some families may not need the Chromebook at their home; for some students, the Chromebook will not be an effective tool to deliver lessons and assignments to your student. That's ok. We have a plan for each of our students.
This Friday, we will be hosting a drive-thru pick up for those families that have transportation to come to the school, the White House, to receive their student's Chromebook. I have notified the local police that we are holding this drive-thru event, and they agree that it is appropriate-- provided no one congregates, and that it is a 'drive-thru' process only. We will be in touch Thursday with details. For those families who are unable to pick up their students Chromebook, we will arrange a drop off at your home. For upwards of one-third of our students, Chromebooks will be unnecessary. We are prepared to send, via the Mail, assignments, and directions for your students. Again, more details to follow.
During this break in our services, we have made the difficult decision to postpone several favored student events. Our spring break scheduled for early April is canceled. The prom, scheduled for later in April is postponed, as is the annual Careers awards luncheon (early May) and the production of our student play scheduled for early June. We hate to have to do this, but I believe you will agree the current national situation dictates we do so. We are not prepared to postpone a formal graduation at this time. It is far enough in the future that we can see how things progress before we are forced into a decision.
Please stay connected, especially in the next several days. We will be forwarding a great deal of information to you with a goal of beginning lessons on Monday, March 30th.
My best wishes to you, your students and your families.
President & CEO