LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT — Monday, May 25, 2020
As this challenging school year comes to an end, I would like to thank all of our students and families for their self-motivation and commitment to continuing with their school studies in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic. The resolve of this community is real, and we will surely be stronger for the effort when looking back at these times. As we approach the closing of the school year, I would like to share some dates and information. First, I would like our seniors and their families to know we are planning graduation activities. We were hopeful the pandemic would come to an end or at least allow for traditional type graduation ceremonies. As we move forward, we are ever hopeful but are planning some other options as well. The details and dates are not yet available. We will be releasing this information in a future correspondence. We also understand the COVID 19 restrictions came on quickly and students left school with the intentions of returning this year. Since this was not the case, many left personal items at school. We will be opening the school buildings on May 27th from 8:00am to 3:00pm and again on May 28th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Students will be allowed to enter the schools during the above listed times to recover personal items. We are also asking they return any school items they may have in their possession including books, iPad with charger, and any other items students may have taken home to complete school work. There will be specific instructions at each building covering how to pick up and drop off materials. We are asking families to limit the number of people entering the school building to the student and one guardian. In addition, we ask all to practice social distancing and wear masks while on school property. Final grades/report cards will be available for viewing on Sapphire June 2nd. Again, I would like to thank our students and families for their patience and hard work over these difficult weeks and wish each of you a safe and healthy summer.
Dr. Gary Dawson
JUNIATA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
FINAL BUDGET NOTICE AND PER CAPITA TAX NOTICE
Notice is given that the Proposed Final Budget for the General Fund of the Juniata County School District for the 2020-2021 fiscal year in its most recent form is available for public inspection at the school district offices, 146 Weatherby Way, Mifflintown, PA, and will be presented for adoption as a Final Budget at a meeting to be held at the district offices at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2020. The budget may be amended before final adoption.
Notice is also hereby given that persons eighteen (18) years of age or over who become residents or inhabitants of this school district and persons attaining the age of eighteen (18) years while a resident or inhabitant of this school district are required by law within twelve (12) months thereafter to notify the Juniata County School District Business Manager, 146 Weatherby Way, Mifflintown, PA (telephone 717-436-2111), of their having become residents or inhabitants or their attainment of age. This notice is given in connection with the per capita tax levied by Juniata County School District, and any person failing to comply with the requirements of this notice will be liable, in addition to the tax, for a penalty equal to the tax.
Polly S. Digon, Secretary
PARTICIPATION FEE REFUNDS — Updated 4/30/20 2:15 PM
JCSD families, Over the next couple of days, the school district will be mailing out participation fee refund checks. These fees were paid to the district for athletic and field trip activities that will no longer take place due to the COVID 19 pandemic. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will be making additional announcements about graduation and other end of year activities as information becomes available.
Stay Safe and Healthy, Juniata County School District Administration.
UPDATED ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
“BE THE LIGHT” CAMPAIGN — Updated 04/17/2020
On Friday, April 17, the Juniata County School District began to honor the Class of 2020 and supporting the nurses, doctors, and first responders on the front line of COVID-19 by lighting up our high school stadium at 8:20 pm (2020 hours).
Schools from our area and across our nation are taking part in the “Be the Light” Campaign.
Each Friday at 8:20 pm through the end of May (graduation), our scoreboards will display the score as 20-20 in honor of this year’s graduating class.
Please note that supporting residents are NOT permitted on stadium grounds during this time and should remain at home. If people are compelled to support this initiative from their homes, get your favorite noisemaker (cowbells, horns, etc.) or rally towel, poms, etc. and take a selfie picture or video, post it to your social media site and tag on Twitter @JCSDAthletics, @EastJuniata, @JuniataHS or on Facebook “JCSDAthletics”, “East Juniata Junior/Senior High School”, “Juniata County School District”
We cannot stress this enough, supporters of this initiative should NOT travel onto school district property. Thank you!
JCSD SCHOOL YEAR INFORMATION —
Updated 4/9/20 — 7:30 PM
Governor Wolf announced today that Pennsylvania schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. We were certainly hoping the schools would be able to reopen this year, but with this announcement, we must prepare to move forward. This means your teachers will continue to provide review and enrichment activities through virtual and other formats as we finish this year’s school calendar. Again we ask that if you are having difficulties receiving your assignments, please contact your school office.
GOVERNOR WOLF’S SCHOOL CLOSING STATEMENT
CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION PLAN SUBMISSION —
Updated April 6, 2020
TECHNOLOGY HELP — Updated 4/2/20, 6:00 PM
As we continue to offer educational programming virtually, we have tried to minimize possible problems but some are sure to come up. With this in mind, we have put together several documents to help you navigate these issues to the best of your ability and provide guidance should the problem require intervention from our IT staff. Attached to this email are six documents covering an assortment of questions. Please look through each and familiarize yourself with the information available so you will be able to refer to the appropriate help section if needed. The documents provide information covering basic troubleshooting and setup, cleaning and care, locations for drive through download, and several with information should you need additional help from our IT staff. Some of the information provided may change or update as we move forward so please continue to monitor your email for further information when it becomes available. These documents will also be made available on our website.
Please remember, we are in this unprecedented situation together and help is available should the need arise. Please stay in regular contact with your teachers. They can help guide you through any school issue you are having. In addition, our administrative staff are available to help as well. Please contact your local school office if needed.
Stay Safe and Healthy
Gary Dawson, Superintendent
Setting up your iPad
JCSD Wireless Locations — Corrected Copy
iPad Exchange — Corrected Copy
How to Submit a JCSD Helpdesk Support Ticket — Corrected Copy
Important iPad Care
TRANSLATED (Spanish) COVID-19 RESOURCES
CDC Spanish What to do if you have COVID19
CDC Spanish Coronavirus Factsheet
DOH Spanish Coronavirus Factsheet-2
DOH Spanish Coronavirus Factsheet-3
DOH Spanish Coronavirus Factsheet-4
DOH Spanish Coronavirus Factsheet
DOH Spanish How to Get Tested
“THE ACADEMY” INFORMATION — 3/31/20, 11:00 AM
Please click on this link — https://www.theacademy.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Academy-Parent-Letter.pdf — if you are a student attending “The Academy” in Mifflin County. Thank you!
UPDATED INFORMATION — 3/29/20, 2:45 PM
Good evening JCSD students and families,
Linked below you will find information that will help you to better understand the process for schooling starting tomorrow. As you know, this is completely new for everyone and the process may change over the next few days and weeks. If you have any questions, please reach out to your teachers, principals or guidance counselors. Stay healthy!
Christie Holderman, Assistant Superintendent, Juniata County School District
UPDATED INFORMATION — 3/27/20, 12:30 PM
Beginning Monday, March 30 enrichment materials will be available for students on their digital learning platforms. Students are encouraged to begin checking their emails for news regarding these assignments. If you have trouble receiving these materials, please reach out to your child’s school directly and leave a message with your child’s name and grade.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE NOTES
ATTENTION PARENTS: If your child needs a note sent to school, you now have the opportunity to send them electronically. Simply send the excuse note to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
STUDENT DROP-OFF and PICK-UP INSTRUCTIONS (updated Aug. 19, 2019)
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