COVID-positive case reported at Penn Manor HS

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

February 23, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

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

    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 person and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about an individual who tests positive 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.

 For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases because only those involving individuals who were physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    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.

Sincerely,

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

COVID cases reported at HS, Manor, Conestoga, Central Manor & Hambright

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

February 22, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Central Manor, Conestoga and Hambright Elementary Schools, Manor Middle School and Penn Manor High School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

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

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

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members 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.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    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.

Sincerely,

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

Virtual Snow Day for Friday, February 19

Due to icy road conditions, all Penn Manor schools will shift to Virtual Snow Day status following a two-hour delay for all students on Friday, February 19.

All district transportation and activities are cancelled for today. School buildings are closed.

Teachers will communicate to students online through their Google Classroom, Moodle, or Seesaw pages assignments to be completed by the end of the Virtual Snow Day. Students will sign in and follow the teacher’s expectations for the class.

Students’ attendance will be based on completion of assignments by midnight of the Virtual Snow Day. 

If special arrangements are needed for students, parents should contact their child’s school principal via email.

Virtual Snow Day for Thursday, February 18

All Penn Manor schools will shift to Virtual Snow Day status for all students on Thursday, February 18. We plan to resume in-person learning on Friday, February 19, weather conditions permitting.

All district transportation and activities are cancelled for today, Thursday, February 18.

Teachers will communicate to students online through their Google Classroom, Moodle, or Seesaw pages assignments to be completed by the end of the Virtual Snow Day. Students will sign in and follow the teacher’s expectations for the class.

Students’ attendance will be based on completion of assignments by midnight of the Virtual Snow Day. 

If special arrangements are needed for students, parents should contact their child’s school principal via email.

COVID-positive cases reported at Central Manor & Pequea Elementary

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

February 17, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Central Manor and Pequea Elementary Schools have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

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

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

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members 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.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    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.

Sincerely,

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

Free dinners offered through Healthy Communities program

A new program is offering free dinners to Penn Manor families each week from the Pequea Township Police Department parking lot.

The Penn Manor Healthy Communities Crisis Meals program is a partnership of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and the Steinman Foundation.

The program provides residents and families with five healthy dinners — pre-cooked individually packaged meals in microwave- and dishwasher-safe containers — along with fresh fruits and snacks for each member of the household.

The meals will be distributed at Pequea Township Police Department, 53 Marticville Road, Lancaster 17603, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (or until they are gone) on the following dates:

  • Sunday, February 21
  • Friday, February 26
  • Wednesday, March 3
  • Monday, March 8
  • Saturday, March 13
  • Thursday, March 18
  • Tuesday, March 23
  • Sunday, March 28
  • Friday, April 2
  • Wednesday, April 7
  • Monday, April 12
  • Saturday, April 17
  • Thursday, April 22
  • Tuesday, April 27

The dinners, prepared by Fuel Madness Meals, are available to any resident of Penn Manor who is in need, regardless of income. Pre-registration is not required, and recipients do not need to leave their vehicles to receive the meals.

Meal distribution is held every five days to assure that participants have fresh meals without any gaps. 

During the first distribution on Feb. 16, 1,000 meals, plus fruit and snacks, were distributed to Penn Manor families.

Penn Manor approves 2021-2022 school calendar

The Penn Manor Board of School Directors has approved the district calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

The first day of school for students will be Monday, August 30, 2021, and the school year is scheduled to end on June 3, 2022. You can view and download the full calendar here.

COVID cases reported at Conestoga, Eshleman, Hambright and Pequea

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

February 16, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Conestoga, Hambright, Eshleman and Pequea Elementary Schools have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

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

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

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members 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.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    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.

Sincerely,

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

COVID cases reported at HS, Manor, Pequea, Martic & Hambright

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

February 12, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School, Manor Middle School and Pequea, Martic and Hambright Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

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

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

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members 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.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    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.

Sincerely,

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

Deadline is Feb. 19 for input on superintendent’s performance

This is a reminder that Penn Manor is seeking input from parents and community members on the performance of superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter.

The online survey is available here via the Survey Monkey tool, which is easy to use and includes an open-response area where community members may share their opinions directly with the superintendent and Penn Manor board of school directors.

All nine school directors will review the comments and summary scores.

Even those who do not feel they have had enough interaction with Dr. Leichliter to fully evaluate his performance are urged to take this survey to share their overall impressions of Penn Manor School District.

Surveys should be completed no later than February 19.

Thank you for your participation!

Hambright teacher to participate in Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship

Congratulations to teacher Katie Harnish, who has been selected to participate in the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, a professional development opportunity made possible through a partnership between the National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions.

Harnish, who teaches fifth grade at Hambright Elementary School, is one of only 50 educators in the United States and Canada selected for the program.

As a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, she will embark on a voyage aboard a Lindblad Expeditions ship to one of the world’s most remote and rich environments, such as the high Arctic, southeast Alaska, Central America or the Galápagos Islands.

She and other Grosvenor Teacher Fellows will work with marine biologists, geologists, historians, undersea specialists and National Geographic photographers to learn more about these environments, returning home with curriculum resources to share with their students and colleagues.

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellows were selected to participate through a competitive application process based on their “impactful work to further students’ understanding of the planet and its people, empowering them to generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future,” according to National Geographic.

In recent years, Harnish has introduced her students to new technology while exploring the wetlands, woodlands and farmland surrounding Hambright in a research project titled “The World in Our Backyard.”

She also led a teaching unit on refugees in which her students invited recent immigrants living in Lancaster to Hambright to hear their stories firsthand. Students also Skyped with a refugee in a camp in Kenya and interviewed refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Nepal and Nicaragua.

This year, her students are participating in a project called “Watershed Explorers: Examining and Protecting Our Local Waterways,” funded by the Lancaster County STEM Alliance. Students are conducting research on the human impact on the ecosystems of nearby waterways and raising 200 rainbow trout from eggs to be released into a local stream.

“Through projects and classroom activities like these, Mrs. Harnish strives to provide her students with a global education,” said Hambright Elementary principal Eric Howe. “Mrs. Harnish teaches them about different groups of people, different cultures and the world around them, helping her students understand the importance of conservation and the impact it has on our community.” 

“It is a pleasure to work with Katie and witness firsthand the impact she has on her students. We are excited to see how the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship will enrich the experiences of our students at Hambright.”

Congrats to Katie Harnish, and best wishes on her upcoming adventure!

  • Mrs. Harnish and student participate in a stream study.
    Mrs. Harnish and her students conduct a stream study earlier this year.

Virtual snow day for Thursday, February 11

Due to weather conditions, all Penn Manor schools will shift to full remote learning status for all students on Thursday, February 11. We plan to resume in-person learning on Friday, February 12.

Teachers will communicate to students through their Google Classroom, Moodle, or Seesaw pages assignments for students to complete by the end of the day. Students will sign in and follow the teacher’s expectations for the class.

Students’ attendance will be based on completion of assignments by midnight of the virtual snow day. 

If special arrangements are needed for students, parents should contact their child’s school principal via email.

COVID-positive cases reported at Marticville, Pequea and HS

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

February 10, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School, Marticville Middle School and Pequea Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

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

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

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members 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.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    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.

Sincerely,

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

New COVID cases reported at HS, Manor, Conestoga and Central Manor

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

February 9, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School, Manor Middle School and Central Manor and Conestoga Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

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

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

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members 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.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    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.

Sincerely,

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

COVID cases reported at HS, Marticville, Pequea, Conestoga & Central Manor

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

February 8, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School, Marticville Middle School and Central Manor, Conestoga and Pequea Elementary Schools have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

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

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

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members 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.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    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.

Sincerely,

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