Pottsgrove Directors Deal Tuesday with Pandemic Issues
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Pottsgrove school directors are scheduled Tuesday night (July 14, 2020) to tackle education-related problems created by the coronavirus pandemic. They propose to temporarily suspend any existing school district policies that conflict with pandemic plans. They’ll consider approving a health and safety plan offered by district administrators for athletics to proceed.
But the most interesting portion of the board agenda could be its end-of-meeting “new business” section, in which nothing specific currently appears.
Superintendent Dr. William Shirk during the past four months has used “new business” time to discuss how the district is responding to the perils of COVID-19. Tuesday’s meeting presents an opportunity for him to preview what, in a letter publicly circulated Sunday (July 12), is being referred to as “three platforms of instruction” on which Pottsgrove may rely in reopening its buildings this fall:
- Face-to-face instruction;
- A Blended/Hybrid program; and
- A full Pottsgrove Virtual Academy.
The board’s virtual live-streamed meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. on the Zoom conferencing platform, here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mRYMDJYXRVWBIp6pOzmj-Q. Visitors will be asked to register before being admitted to the session.
Shirk’s letter did not offer details on any of the three. Instead, an unveiling of the administration’s “overall Health & Safety Plan for the entire district” will occur on Pottsgrove’s website “by the end of this week,” he wrote, and then will be open “for board and public review.”
Board members likely will know specifics of the plan well before the public sees them. Portions may have been discussed during safety-related executive sessions directors held July 1 (Wednesday) and July 7 (Tuesday).
“Once each of these plans has been posted … we will again answer questions that require additional clarity and explanation,” his letter added.
“This is all of our first time through these extraordinary circumstances,” Shirk noted. “We will continue to place the safety and well-being of our staff and students first, and deliver a high-quality educational program in the format that fits best for Pottsgrove.”
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