Alerts and Notifications

School Messenger Communications

Penn Manor School District utilizes the SchoolMessenger communications service for mass phone communication in the event of early school closings and other emergencies. SchoolMessenger is occasionally used for non-emergency communications.

Our system places two phones calls for each student based on school district emergency records. The first call is to the home phone number for the contact who lives with the child and receives mailings.  The second call will be to the mobile phone number of the first contact who lives with the child and receives mailings.

Please note that the district Emergency Information Hotline, TV, Radio and other media outlets will continue to be notified in the event of weather related emergencies. AlertNow simply provides one more method for reaching our community during times when information must be rapidly disseminated.

Parents’ Right to Know

Parent Right-to-Know Information

as Required by The Elementary and Secondary Education Assistance (ESEA) [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)] and the Every Student Succeeds Act [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)]

08/18/2016

Dear Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s):

Your child attends a Penn Manor school that receives Federal Title I funds to assist students in meeting state achievement standards.  Throughout the school year, we will be providing you with important information about this law and your child’s education.  This letter lets you know about your right to request information about the qualifications of the classroom staff working with your child.

At Penn Manor, we are very proud of our teachers and feel they are ready for the coming school year, and are prepared to give your child a high-quality education.  As a Title I School, we must meet federal regulations related to teacher qualifications as defined in ESEA.  These regulations allow you to learn more about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials.  We are happy to provide this information to you.  At any time you may ask:

  • Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching,
  • Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and
  • What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher hold, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.

You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional.  If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed into law in December 2015 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA), includes additional right-to- know requests.  At any time parents and family members can request:

  • Information on policies regarding student participation in assessments and procedures for opting out, and
  • Information on required assessments that include:
  • subject matter tested,
  • purpose of the test,
  • source of the requirement (if applicable),
  • amount of time it takes students to complete the test, and
  • time and format of disseminating results.

Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond.  That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals meet applicable Pennsylvania state requirements.

If you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher or paraprofessional, please contact your building’s principal or email me at carly.mcpherson@pennmanor.net.

Sincerely,

Carly V. McPherson
Federals Program Coordinator