March 18, 2020
Good Evening Upper St. Clair Families:
We are on day three of the governor’s mandated closure of all Pennsylvania public schools. I hope you and your family are doing well in the midst of these uncertain times. Our curriculum leaders and administrators have developed an online resource hub for optional educational opportunities for students and their families to use during our current school closure. While these resources are entirely optional and do not replace instruction, we hope they will help to keep our students engaged during their time away from school.
Click here to access the OPTIONAL School Closure Resources.
Our Optional USC School Closure Resources are intended to support families throughout our school closure. While there are still many unanswered questions and the Pennsylvania Department of Education continues to issue guidance, we are planning for other educational options including the possibility of fully remote instruction in the very near future. Please know there is a great deal of planning taking place to ensure the most appropriate continuing learning opportunities are made available to all students as soon as possible.
There has been discussion in the media in regard to Flexible Instruction Days (FID). These days (a maximum of five) were approved through the Pennsylvania Department of Education with the intent of not having to make up snow days and were never intended to replace classroom instruction for an extended period of time.
While school districts have needed to close short-term for a variety of issues – the extended closure we are currently experiencing is most certainly unexpected and unprecedented. We don’t have all the answers, but we are moving forward in developing a plan to continue to meet the needs of our students and their families, our staff and our community throughout this worldwide pandemic.
School Meal Distribution
Yesterday, an email was sent to all Upper St. Clair families who qualify for free or reduced priced meals. A to-go meal package that includes a lunch as well as a breakfast for the following day is being offered to all qualifying families. Meals will be available for curbside pick-up on weekdays, beginning tomorrow. Families are asked to pre-order via an online form. If you qualify and did not receive an email, please contact Lauren Madia, assistant director of student support services, at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make sure you receive any assistance you may need.
Everyone’s health and safety are what’s most important. Please continue to follow the recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect you and your family during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thank you for your continued support. We will continue to communicate with you as new information is available.
John T. Rozzo, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools