Individual at Hambright tests positive for COVID-19

Penn Manor School District has become aware of one member of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

October 16, 2020
Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that a member of the Hambright Elementary School community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual will not be in school until he or she has recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with this individual in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not closing the school at this time.

    As a result of the positive case, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individual who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected individual and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about the individual, including his/her name, is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to this member of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

    For additional information about COVID-19, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website or Penn Manor’s COVID-19/Reopening Updates page.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

July update on Penn Manor’s plans for the 2020-2021 school year

Dear Penn Manor Families,

In the three short weeks since our last update on June 30, there have been significant developments in relation to the start of the 2020-2021 school year which is scheduled to begin on August 31, 2020. On July 1, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health modified previous guidance on the wearing of masks and issued a new order that requires students and employees wear masks in schools. Also, on July 16 the Departments of Health and Education issued new health guidance for schools to incorporate into reopening plans. 

Due to the evolving guidance for schools, the School Board and district administration are taking a thoughtful and deliberate approach to school reopening planning. Working in conjunction with the Penn Manor Education Association, the district is planning three scenarios: a full physical return to buildings, an alternating day hybrid schedule, and a fully virtual option which will be greatly expanded from the emergency remote learning students and families experienced in the spring.

On July 13th, the “Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan” was shared with the board of school directors and can be viewed here. The school board is scheduled to vote on that plan at its August 3rd  meeting. It is important to note that this plan is subject to change, based on updated information and guidance related to the health and safety of students and staff.

Penn Manor’s “Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan” includes physical distancing practices, health screenings, reduced student movement through buildings, enhanced cleaning protocols with green products, and other measures recommended by health professionals for safely resuming in-person learning.

In accordance with an order from the state health department, all students and adults will be required to wear face masks and/or shields in our school buildings and buses. Exceptions may be permitted for individuals with medical conditions, including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, mental health conditions or disabilities, and students who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance.

For parents who may not be comfortable with sending their child/children to school, the Penn Manor Virtual School program will be available for grades K through 12. The program, which has been successfully operating since 2011 for grades 7 through 12, is being expanded to a full-time elementary program for 2020-2021. Information on the 7-12 program is available here. Information on the elementary program will be available by July 28.

To keep you informed, we will continue to provide periodic updates about the 2020-2021 school year. You can expect to receive an update via email (also posted on the district website) on August 3. If additional information comes to light that should be shared with families, we will provide more updates through the same methods.

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Schools briefly placed on lockdown

Three Penn Manor schools were under partial lockdown Wednesday afternoon as a precaution while police searched for a suspect near Quarryville. Upon recommendation of police, Martic and Pequea Elementary and Marticville Middle School were placed on partial lockdown around 1 p.m. as state police were searching for a suspect in the 900 block of Lancaster Pike. The suspect was apprehended around 1:30 p.m., and the lockdown was lifted.

Early Dismissal for Manor Middle Due to Gas Leak

At approximately 9:30 AM, UGI detected elevated gas levels directly outside of Manor Middle School. The school took immediate action to evacuate and relocate students and staff to Hambright Elementary School. At this time, all students are safe and warm inside Hambright.

All gas has been turned off to Manor Middle School. The fire department has declared the building safe for occupancy. However, students will be dismissed early today due to a lack of heat in the building.

Buses will depart from Manor Middle School at approximately 11:15 AM. Due to the short notice, we encourage students to ride the bus home. However, if you have a special circumstance and must pick up your child, you must call Manor Middle School at 872-9510 by 11:00 AM. Pickup will occur at the normal side parking lot pickup/dropoff location.

Note: The early dismissal is for Manor Middle School students only.

Update regarding recent high school rumors

Earlier today the high school administration was made aware of a student who made inappropriate and threatening remarks directed towards the high school administration.  Working cooperatively with Officer Jason Hottenstein and Millersville Borough Police, the district and police have taken appropriate disciplinary and legal action. In accordance with school policy, any student disciplinary action taken is confidential. 

School is closed – Friday March 6

UPDATE: Penn Manor schools and offices are closed for Friday, March 6, 2015. The 7:30 p.m. performance of “Sound of Music” will proceed as scheduled Friday.

Update on School Status for Friday February 7

Municipalities in the Penn Manor School District are experiencing a large number of road closures.  After consulting with our bus contractor and township officials, the district has determined that enough of the major roads in Penn Manor will be cleared in order to open schools on Friday, February 7.  We realize that there are still a large number of secondary roads that may still be closed.  We encourage parents who live on impassable roads to consider either securing alternate student transportation or to contact your child’s school office regarding an excused absence.

In addition, we just learned that power to Marticville Middle School has been restored.  Since heat has been off for over 24 hours, we would encourage all staff and students at Marticville to dress warmly.

As always, school delay and cancellation information will be shared through our website and local television and radio stations.  Please check one of those sources tomorrow morning; initial schedule decisions are made by 5:15AM. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this challenging winter.

Notice Regarding High School Rumors

We have received numerous contacts about rumors involving violence at Penn Manor High School allegedly to occur on Friday, December 21.  Since hearing of this rumor, the high school administration has made every effort to verify the source. Administrators and Millersville Borough Police have talked to students and searched various social media sources. While there is no evidence to indicate that this rumored threat is credible, it is being taken very seriously.

Unfortunately, the Solanco School District did have a credible threat in the past few days, to which the Pennsylvania State Police have responded and have made an arrest. While postings on Facebook, texting and other forms of social media communication have caused the rumor to spread very quickly, there is no evidence that it is credible or in any manner linked to any school in the Penn Manor School District. Additionally, district officials have been in communication with administrators and police in Solanco School District.  They have verified that other school districts were not mentioned in the Solanco situation.

Student safety is, and will always be, a top priority in the Penn Manor School District. The district has safety and security procedures in place in each of our schools to protect students and staff. The procedures were developed with input from police, fire, ambulance and other emergency responders. Administrators and teachers frequently review the procedures so they can be quickly implemented whenever they may be needed.

Part of any school-wide safety effort is the duty and responsibility of students, staff, parents and community members to report any information of a possible safety threat to a school.

Dr. Philip Gale
Principal
Penn Manor High School

Chorus & Orchestra Basket Bingo Relocated To Manor Middle

The Penn Manor High School Chorus & Orchestra Vendor/Basket Bingo Event is being relocated to Manor Middle School due to the recent fire and subsequent building closing on Friday, November 9th. All vendors, workers and public patrons should report to Manor Middle School: 2950 Charlestown Road, Lancaster PA 17603.  The event will still be held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, with doors opening at 6:00pm for the public.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door. Tickets are $20 for 20 rounds of bingo. The winner of each game will receive a basket donated by a vendor worth no less than $50. There will be food for purchase and the venders will be ready at 6:00pm for shopping before the games.

High School Online Course Information For Parents and Students

Current sophomores, juniors and their parents are invited to attend a special meeting on Thursday March 1 at 7:15 p.m. in the Penn Manor High School Library to learn about the new Open Campus online course offerings. The Open Campus initiative provides students with opportunities to take online classes during the 2012-13 school year. Penn Manor High School teachers have been busy collaborating with teams from Hempfield and Manheim Township to develop the new virtual courses. Join us to discover more about this exciting new program!

Martic Evacuation

Martic Elementary School was evacuated on Friday February 24, 2012 due to a smell of propane in the building.  The Rawlinsville Fire Department responded.  After investigation, fire officials could find no leak or gas release on school property.  At no time were students and staff in danger.  Shortly afterwards, Lancaster County Emergency Management reported that the smell was due to a major release (app. 200,000 gallons) of a petroleum product in New Jersey.

Commencement 2011 Webcast

Penn Manor High School’s Class of 2011 Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast live starting at 6:30 PM on Tuesday June 7th. Viewers may  watch the live video on the district Ustream channel: https://www.www.ustream.tv/channel/penn-manor-graduation-webcast-2011. We recommend that families test their computer’s ability to receive Ustream video before the live broadcast.

This year’s webcast is Penn Manor’s 12th consecutive live commencement broadcast. The 2010 Commencement Ceremony video is available here: https://www.pennmanor.net/techblog/?p=650

Severe Weather Update

Beginning at 8:40 A.M. today, parts of western and southern Lancaster were placed under Tornado Warnings by the National Weather Service. In response to the warnings, all district buildings were placed on alert.  Impacted schools implemented severe weather procedures.  As Tornado Warnings were lifted, impacted buildings returned to a normal schedule.

High School Safety and Drug Search

Dear Parent:

The Penn Manor School District firmly believes in and works hard to provide a safe and secure learning environment for your child. As one facet of providing safety and security for our students, we have taken measures to prevent illegal drugs from being present in our schools. Within our curriculum, we provide anti-drug, tobacco, and alcohol instruction. The district also has a drug screening program that is mandatory for students who are involved in co-curricular activities and voluntary for other students.

On February 18, 2011, the district took an additional step to provide for a drug-free environment. With the support of the Millersville Borough and Southern Regional Police Departments, a search of all lockers, bathrooms and locker rooms was conducted with the use of drug detection canines.

Our fervent hope is that students continue to be part of the solution in helping to make our schools safe places to learn by reporting any drug use to an adult; the use of the drug detection canines adds an additional element of security for all students and adults at Penn Manor High School. Your support of our endeavors adds to ensuring a safe school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 872-9520, ext. 1809.

Sincerely,

Philip B. Gale Principal

Dr. Michael Leichliter, Superintendent