Full-Day Virtual Schooling Under Way Across Pottsgrove

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – With additional training now completed for teachers working with Pottsgrove School District students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the district on Tuesday (Sept. 8, 2020) begins virtual full-day classes for all learners. By coincidence, the Board of School Directors will mark the occasion by conducting its first scheduled meeting of the month.

Elementary educators taught pupils last week (Monday through Thursday, Aug. 31-Sept. 3) only during morning sessions, and used their afternoons to become more familiar with a district learning management system called Schoology. The online platform is new to them this year, but well-known in the middle and high school where it’s been in use for four years.

Extra elementary training time was granted by the school board at the request of the teachers’ union, which claimed some members felt unprepared to begin their duties. In the secondary grades (6-12), full-day sessions ran during all four days. The district was closed Friday (Sept. 4) through Monday (Sept. 7) for the Labor Day holiday.

More Schoology training, both for teachers and the public, is being offered virtually Wednesday (Sept. 9) starting at 7 p.m. on the Zoom conferencing platform, according to the district calendar. A link to the session is available here.

Full school board, Operations Committee scheduled to meet

School board members will take to Zoom on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for their first meeting of the month. A copy of their seemingly light agenda is available for download from the district website, here. The directors’ sole surprise may be the appointment of their new Pottsgrove High junior class representative, whose name is being withheld until the vote.

During recent meetings, however, board agendas have demonstrated looks can be deceiving. Agenda items – like that covering proposed new business – have occasionally consumed hours of discussion even though no specific topics are listed in advance.

The full board meeting will be preceded online at 6:30 p.m. by a meeting of its Operations and Facilities Committee, which covers district budgeting and spending, as well as capital improvement projects. Its agenda includes an update on 2019-2020 capital projects, and a discussion of front hill landscaping at Pottsgrove Middle School.

Revised meals distributions scheduled Tuesday morning, evening

Because Tuesday represents the first day of the vacation-shortened school week, the district is providing, under a federally funded program, free meals for the week for all Pottsgrove students age 18 and younger. Their status as free, reduced-price, or full-pay school lunch consumers will not matter, the district said.

Learn more about meals program changes here.

As a result, grab-and-go food packages will be handed out Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 6-7:30 p.m. at both Lower Pottsgrove (Buchert Road) or West Pottsgrove (Grosstown Road) elementary schools.

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