County Order Shifts Schools to Full Virtual for Nov. 23-Dec. 6

November 13, 2020

Today, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health instituted an order requiring all public schools in our county to transition to fully virtual instruction during the two-week period from Monday, November 23rd through Sunday, December 6th, 2020. The order also applies to all special education students and all school-sponsored extracurricular activities.

County health officials have told public schools that the two-week move to virtual instruction is prudent given a surge in rising COVID-19 case counts and an increase in hospitalizations. As always, the safety of our students and staff remains our priority. As we continue to move through a challenging school year, we are relying on the advice and support of local medical experts to help guide our decisions. This shift to fully virtual instruction will ultimately give schools a stronger chance at remaining in-person after the holiday.

Accordingly, all District school buildings will be closed to students for the two-week period (November 23rd through December 6th). Because there was no school scheduled for students during the week of November 23rd for parent conferences, the period of fully virtual instruction is planned for only one week: Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 4th. Virtual parent-teacher conferences will continue as scheduled on November 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Schools will reopen for in-person instruction on Monday, December 7th, 2020.

During the week of virtual instruction, students will participate in synchronous lessons following their normal daily school schedules, and complete any asynchronous schoolwork assigned by their teachers. Students will be expected to log in to their Schoology accounts to confirm their attendance at the start of each school day, and then engage with their teachers and classmates for the duration of the day using Microsoft Teams. Breaks will be provided between classes, during the scheduled lunch period, and during times of independent work.

There will be no athletics or other extracurricular activities during the two-week period.

There will be no changes to the schedule and routines for Souderton Area Online Academy students.

You will receive additional information next week regarding daily schedules and expectations for students during the week of virtual instruction.