COVID-19 Communications

COVID-19 District Communications


3/30/20


Dear North Penn Families,

I planned to simply touch base this evening on the first day of distance learning here in North Penn to see how things went. Then, at 2 o’clock this afternoon, the Governor announced that schools must remain closed indefinitely until it is deemed safe to return. I am sure most of you already heard this news, news we did not want but realized was necessary.

So what does this mean? Well, nothing much different than the reality we faced these past weeks. We must continue to stay safe at home so that we can flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19. It makes me even more proud that we began distance learning today. As a reminder, the NPSD calendar for now remains unchanged, which also means that distance learning is on hold for spring break which will take from 4/8 to 4/13 for students. The last day of school is June 12 for grades kindergarten through 11 and commencement is June 11, details to be determined. As always, if things need to change you will be the first to know.

Now for the good news. I am hoping most of our students have completed today’s work and that everyone can enjoy some family time tonight. You deserve it. From many accounts, things went pretty smoothly. We received hundreds of pictures of students and staff geared up for the day. I also have no doubt that some experienced frustration today from logins not working to misunderstanding the content to adjusting to a schedule again. But here we are with one day down. What seemed impossible a few short weeks ago has been achieved.

We are still working vigorously to ensure all of our students have internet access and a digital learning device at home. Through a partnership among NPSD, the NPSD Educational Foundation and Comcast, I know we can achieve this important goal for equity and access. If you or someone you know may have some challenges accessing the internet, please contact your principal. We can help.

If you still need a device or your device is not working and you need to swap it out, a distribution will occur tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m at Inglewood (1313 Allentown Road, Lansdale), Kulp (801 Cowpath Road, Hatfield) and Knapp (698 Knapp Road, Lansdale) elementary schools.

Also as a reminder, we switched to distributing meals to students twice a week instead of daily. You can find information here. Today was our first day switched to Mondays and Thursdays, and we served much more than ever before. Unfortunately, even after preparing more meals, we ran out of food at some sites. We truly apologize for this and we are doubling what we can provide for Thursday’s distribution.

In closing, I must say thank you again. I am grateful for our teachers who quickly turned around online lessons and the staff members throughout NPSD who supported the implementation of distance learning. Thank you to our eager students who did their very best to engage today and to the families who made classrooms out of dining rooms, bedrooms and other spaces to help their children adjust to a new way of learning.

Please enjoy this slideshow of smiling faces from our first Spirit Day here and look to the district calendar and Facebook page for more fun ideas we have to get us through the closure.

Together we are #NorthPennStrong. Stay well.


Sincerely,
Curtis R. Dietrich
Superintendent




COVID-19 Communications Archive


Below are communications to the North Penn community from NPSD Superintendent Dr. Curt Dietrich regarding COVID-19 and school closure information.