Email Message to Families March 26, 2020

This morning, a telephone call was circulated through our school messaging system asking families to check their email for a non-emergency message from the Greater Johnstown School District. We understand that some families received the telephone call, but not the email. If you did not receive the email message, but believe you should have, please contact the main office of your child’s school building to verify we have your correct email address on file.

Below is the message that the superintendent sent out via email this morning:

Good morning GJSD!

Since the beginning of this health crisis, you have heard me and others refer to Phase I planning.  We considered Phase I the time period March 13, 2020 – March 31, 2020, which was characterized by alerting everyone of the impending health crisis and mobilizing to shut down classes. We developed plans for student meals, distributing learning resources, and child care for families of all essential workers.

As of this writing we are working under the assumption we will be returning to normal operations on April 1, 2020, however it is important to plan for the chance we will not. This is what we call Phase II, a prolonged cancellation of classes.

Our faculty and staff have been busy planning for a shift from learning resources and skill practice to the possibility of providing instruction remotely. Should this become a reality for us, you will receive directions and information from us.

We have been holding regular Health Briefings with the nursing team, the administrators meet daily, and throughout the day various teams of teachers and staff are holding meetings. All are through Google Hangout/ Google Meets.  It’s the next best thing to being together.

We know it is difficult to be separated from each other, and we miss your students very much!  Check in with us on our web site for many helpful links for you and your family, and visit our Facebook page to read a story along with one of us.  We are doing what we can to stay connected.  For now, please maintain your social distancing and hand washing practices.

Stay safe and healthy!

Dr. Karen Geelan
Superintendent of Schools