Update on COVID Impact in Our Schools

January 4, 2022

I am writing with an update on how COVID-19 is impacting our school community here in Souderton Area School District. As you know, positive cases have been on the rise locally and across the country. We have been monitoring and responding to these developments continually since before the winter break. One significant challenge we face is related to staff absences. This is compounded by a shortage of substitute teachers - a problem we share with other districts statewide.

You may have heard of other local schools having to switch to fully virtual instruction this week due to similar staffing problems. Our high school is currently experiencing these shortages and will conduct instruction virtually for the next two days. More information about the schedule for high school students has been sent to those families and is available on the SAHS Web site.

As we progress through the next few weeks, we will respond to new developments and shift resources as needed. If we are unable to adequately staff a particular school, we may need to switch to virtual instruction at that school for a brief period. While I am hopeful that this will not be necessary, we will be prepared for any eventuality and will communicate promptly with parents.

As we work through these challenges together, we will maintain our commitment to keeping schools open for students and staff as long as we can safely do so. Our schools are filled with excellent, dedicated staff members who are working hard every day to provide the outstanding education and support our district families deserve. I am also grateful to our students and families, and encourage them to continue communicating with us about any illnesses or issues related to COVID-19. It is vital that students stay home when they are sick. Families should also be aware of important health and safety resources on our District Web site.

Thank you for your partnership as we navigate new challenges.  I am confident that we will get through these difficult times together as a school community.

Sincerely,

Frank Gallagher

Frank T. Gallagher, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools