School Closure

March 23, 2020

Dear Golden Eagle Students and Families:

At 2:08 PM today, we learned that the Governor has extended the COVID-19 school closure up to and including April 6, 2020. We know this entire closure is an unprecedented event that has left everyone with many, many unanswered questions about education and other matters.

Students and parents/guardians should be aware that PSSA, Keystone, NOCTI, and NIMS exams have been canceled for this year. This is the one piece of concrete information schools have received. We have yet to be given details about whether the State will require missed student days to be made up by June 30, 2020. We are hopeful that is not the case; however, even though various states of emergency have been declared, this question remains unanswered.

Our first free lunch service began today, with 197 lunches being picked up at the Junior High School entrance. We are happy to be able to provide this service as part of the National School Lunch Program. Beginning tomorrow, breakfast will be included with lunch. In addition, pickup locations are being considered.

Students should know that their teachers, staff members, and administrators miss them. We are particularly concerned about members of the Class of 2020, whose senior years are certainly not going as planned. Please know that as soon as the District is permitted, we’ll do our best to give you at least some of the wonderful senior year experiences everyone wishes for you.

We will continue to keep our Golden Eagle Community updated as often as possible, via our electronic call system (ECS), the District’s Facebook page, and the District website. Please look for upcoming information about opportunities the District will provide to provide continuity of education for our students.

Golden Eagles: We miss you and sincerely hope you are staying healthy. We are looking forward to seeing you as soon as school is permitted to reopen!

Krista S. Mathias
Mrs. Krista Mathias and the SASD Administrative Team
Somerset Area School District