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: http://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

Superintendent Survey 2011

Dear Member of the Penn Manor Community,

The Penn Manor School Board is once again asking each and every member of the Penn Manor community to participate in an online evaluation of the superintendent. The Survey Monkey tool is easy to use and an open response area gives you the opportunity to communicate directly with all 9 School Board members. They review all scores and comments. Please take the time to respond at the sites listed below.

I value the feedback that you can provide. Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey. All responses are anonymous: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LMPPJCZ

Even if you do not feel you have enough interaction with me to fully evaluate my strengths/weaknesses, I would encourage you to take this opportunity to share any comment you may have about the overall impression you have of the Penn Manor School District.

Thank you for your time.

Mike

Dr. Michael G. Leichliter
Superintendent of Schools
http://blogs.pennmanor.net/leichliter/

Whooping Cough Information

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, has been reported in Pennsylvania, with recent cases being noted in Lancaster County.

Because of this increase, parents are advised to be on the “look out” for symptoms and signs of this disease.  Pertussis starts with symptoms of the common cold but after a week or two, severe coughing begins.   Prolonged and/or persistent coughing, particularly if it develops into “coughing fits,” may indicate pertussis. People with pertussis may feel exhausted after fits of rapid, severe coughing, which may end with vomiting or a high, pitched “whoop.”  Please keep in mind that fully vaccinated people can develop pertussis, although it may present in a milder form.

Pertussis is a bacterium, which is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes in close contact with others, who then breath in the disease-causing bacteria.

Pertussis is a vaccine preventable disease.  The recommended pertussis vaccine for children is DTaP.  The Tdap vaccine protects adults and adolescents.  Both vaccines give protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.  Children should receive five DTaP shots for best protection against these diseases.  Adults should receive a Tdap vaccine every ten years.  It is best to check with your family doctor concerning the immunization status of your family and to make any necessary appointments to update immunizations.

Please remember that protection from vaccines can fade over time and there is a chance that a fully vaccinated person may develop pertussis. Should you or your child develop cold symptoms associated with a severe cough and or prolonged cough, it is best to contact your family doctor.

More information about Pertussis and how to protect your family best can be found at the following web sites:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/pertussis/

To hear the cough of Pertussis:  http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.html and click on Pertussis

http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/whooping_cough.html

If you should have questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact the nurse in his/her school building.

Note: A copy of this information was sent home with student on December 15, 2010.