March 27, 2020
Dear Plum Families,
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Plum Borough School District will begin to implement our Continuity of Education Plan (CEP). Our teachers and administrators have worked diligently to create a new platform for teaching and learning for our students. I could not be more proud of their extraordinary efforts and professionalism that has been displayed by our employees as they are also dealing with their concerns for their families, just as you are. Despite the uncertainties we are all feeling, it is time to get our kids learning again.
As we stated in our previous communication, extraordinary measures and flexibility will need to occur from EVERYONE as we move to educate our students in a non-traditional format. We have created a CEP Digital Backpack and posted it on the front page of our website. This webpage should serve as a one-stop reference spot for families to get the necessary information to help navigate the launch of the CEP. We have also provided additional resources that families may find useful beyond the implementation of the CEP.
The District will continue to engage this new way of learning until public health experts indicate it is safe to return to our schools. At this time, we do not have any idea when we will return to normal operations. The Governor has indicated the earliest we could begin normal operation is April 9, 2020, if it is safe to do so. We have changed April 9, 2020, to a CEP day which is a change from our previous communication; we believe there is a high degree of probability that this date of return is unrealistic. We have attached an updated school calendar here that is likely to change and we will communicate those changes when appropriate. We ask for your patience as we balance the need to communicate and the fluidity of the situation.
Winston Churchill said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” I know that we will come out even stronger if we all have a can-do and PLUMPROUD attitude; together we got this!
Stay safe, stay healthy, and take care of yourself and your family
Dr. Brendan Hyland,
Superintendent of Schools