Dear Lakeside Families,
On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf ordered Pennsylvania schools to stay closed for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees, and families.”
Based on this new directive given by Governor Wolf, Lakeside’s schools(Lakeside School, Lakeside Girls Academy, Souderton Vantage Academy and Upper Merion Vantage Academy) have announced the closure of its schools for the remainder of the school year.
We will continue to provide remote education and counseling support services to our students until the end of the school year.
We continue to work closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Montgomery County Department of Public Health and other agencies as we begin planning an event “to recognize the Class of 2020,” though the details are uncertain. Additionally, Lakeside will offer summer programs if the state’s social distancing order is lifted by then.
The school closure order applies to all public, charter, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units, as well as early learning program classrooms, including Head Start and Pre-K Counts. With current closures already stretching into April, “there’s no way schools would be able to prepare” to reopen this year, Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said.
The announcement comes as coronavirus cases and deaths in Pennsylvania keep growing, and as the virus has prompted states from Oregon to Virginia to shutter schools for the year.
Director of Community Relations