Dear Lakeside Families,
On the afternoon of March 23, 2020, Governor Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for seven counties in Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).
In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6.
Based on this new directive given by Gov. Wolf and due to the current spread of COVID-19, Lakeside’s schools (Lakeside School, Lakeside Girls Academy, Souderton Vantage Academy, and Upper Merion Vantage Academy) tentatively plan to be back and functioning after spring break on the week of April 13th. In the meantime, schools will continue to provide remote learning and counseling support services to students.
Under Governor Wolf’s order, personnel at all educational entities in all 67 counties who are providing life-sustaining services, including, but not limited to: administration, food preparation and distribution, housing, security, information technology, building maintenance, and operations (e.g., payroll) can continue to be deemed essential and are permitted to continue their work, provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if the cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. Unfortunately, we are located in a high incidence area of COVID-19. It is our hope that the current curve of positive testing of COVID-19 will level but there is no way to know when or if that will happen.
Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is cancelling standardized testing for students in career and technical education (CTE) programs for the 2019-20 school year. These include exams from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
Here are two links to the CDC information regarding COVID-19;
How Coronavirus Spreads:
15 Days to Slow the Spread:
The safety of our students remains at the forefront of our planning We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate this unprecedented time together. Please partner with us to keep our students and school family calm and safe.
Director of Community Relations