Penn Manor updates COVID quarantine requirements

Penn Manor School District has updated its COVID-19 quarantine requirements in accordance with recent updated guidance from state and federal public health agencies. These requirements take effect immediately.

In all cases, parents of a student who has contact with someone who tests positive or who tests positive themselves for COVID-19 must notify the student’s school nurse and/or principal as soon as possible, even when school is not in session.

Due to recent updates to COVID-19 quarantine protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the PA Department of Health, Penn Manor is implementing the following updated self-quarantining requirements for students who have been exposed to and had direct contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

  • If the student had direct contact with a family household member who tested positive, the student must complete a 10-day isolation period, followed by a 10-day self-quarantine before returning to school.
  • If the student had contact with a COVID-positive individual who is not a member of his/her household, the student must complete a 10-day self-quarantine and remain symptom free before returning to school. Families must monitor for symptoms on days 11 through 14. 

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be advised by a medical professional on their isolation protocols.

As of March 1 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Health lifted the travel mitigation order for travel within the United States. International travelers must follow CDC guidelines.

Parents who have questions about these requirements should contact their child’s school nurse.

COVID cases reported at Central Manor, Pequea and high school

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.

March 25, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School and Pequea and Central Manor 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

Penn Manor HS to present musical ‘Now. Here. This.’ April 9, 10 & 11

​​Penn Manor Productions will present the spring musical Now. Here. This. – Flexible Version in a virtual format April 9, 10 and 11.

The musical follows the evolution and adventures of a group of friends as they journey through time – from the present to the past and back again. They share stories about friendship, hiding, laughing, living, dying and school, leading to the elusive “present moment.”

There is no charge to view the performance, but viewers must provide an email address to receive a digital “ticket” to a specific show time – 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11.

Reservations can be made beginning Friday, March 26, at this link.

In addition to acting in the musical, Penn Manor High School students helped direct, film or assist the choreographer with many scenes and created a video tour of the theater facilities at the high school to show at the end of the musical.

The show is in movie form because of pandemic restrictions, and the director, John Matusek, said the change from live theatre was an opportunity to empower students to find new ways to be creative.

For instance, students were tasked with planning a full musical scene from start to finish – developing the concepts, storyboards, timing cues for camera angles and music, and directing student filming.

They also created Now. Here. This. masks for all the cast members, high school administrators and school board members. And the day before the play goes live to the public, the cast and crew will participate in a socially distanced red carpet event that will feature a “behind the scenes/bloopers” video that was created by a cast member.

“I tried to take what could have been considered a negative experience and bring it to a new level of engagement and student empowerment,” said Matusek, a high school gifted support teacher.

Emily Witmer, a Penn Manor junior, said, “Being a part of this musical was an experience unlike any other for me. Since so many opportunities were canceled for high schoolers this year, I wasn’t expecting to even have a show this year, but I’m so glad that we did.” 

Shows will begin at the specified times only and will not be available for viewing after the performance has concluded. Viewers will be able to access the show program during each performance.

Now. Here. This – Flexible Version is based on the book by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen. It is presented through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals Inc. 

COVID cases reported at high school and Hambright 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.

March 24, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School 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

Manor Middle School shifting to remote learning Wednesday through Friday

Penn Manor is shifting to online remote learning for all Manor Middle School students, effective Wednesday, March 24, and continuing through Friday, March 26. The building will be closed on Wednesday, March 24, until further notice. 

No schedule changes are planned for any other Penn Manor schools.

This decision was made as mandated by the state in response to the recommended framework from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for actions necessary following the identification of active COVID-19 cases. 

During this time, students and faculty will follow our Full Remote Schedule that can be found here. Classes will begin at 7:30 a.m.  

Regular, in-person classes for students will resume on Monday, March 29, unless the school district learns of additional information that would require an extension of the closure to assure the safety of the school community. 

We encourage parents and staff to monitor the district website for updates regarding this situation. All families and faculty will receive a follow-up email from principal Dana Edwards regarding expectations for online learning.

During the closure, we expect students to act responsibly by practicing social distancing, wearing masks in public and monitoring their health. If you or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, email the school nurse at gretchen.ayres@pennmanor.net, so we can identify any other individuals who may have been in close contact in the school setting. 

As a community, we all need to do our part to assure that in-person learning can safely resume for Penn Manor students.  
For more information on the district’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.pennmanor.net

COVID cases reported at high school and Letort 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.

March 23, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School and Letort 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. High school students are scheduled to return to full in-person instruction on Wednesday, March 24.

    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 Manor, Marticville and Letort

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.

March 22, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Manor and Marticville Middle School and Letort 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

High school shifting to remote instruction for Monday and Tuesday, March 22 & 23

PIease read this important message from Penn Manor superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter regarding COVID-19 cases impacting the operation of Penn Manor High School.

Dear Penn Manor Family:

Over the weekend, we learned that additional individuals in our Penn Manor High School community have tested positive for COVID-19, with the most recent notification received on Saturday, March 20. The district is shifting to online learning for all Penn Manor High School students, effective Monday, March 22, and Tuesday, March 23, as required by the state. 

This decision was made in response to the recommended framework from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for actions necessary following the identification of active COVID-19 cases. 

We have notified the Pennsylvania Department of Health and our contacts at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. The individuals who may have been in close contact with the individuals who tested positive have been notified and instructed to quarantine, following Department of Health guidelines. All contact tracing and notifications have been completed.

All co-curricular activities are temporarily cancelled pending the conclusion of contact tracing. Advisors/coaches will notify students when activities and practices will resume. The high school building is closed to students and staff.  

On Monday and Tuesday, students and faculty will follow our Full Remote Schedule that can be found here. Classes will begin at 7:40 a.m.  Students will receive daily live, video instruction on these days. Students will sign in to the Google Meet provided by their teacher through Google Classroom and follow the teachers’ expectations for the class.  Students are to be prepared for learning, have all class materials, work in a space that is free from distractions, and be actively participating during the class.

Full-day CTC students will continue to report to the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (CTC). Transportation will be provided from Penn Manor High School in the morning and return to the high school in the afternoon. Half-day CTC students may report to the CTC during this time, while also participating in their Penn Manor classes. A shuttle bus will transport students to and from the high school; students will need to be at the cafeteria entrance by 10:45 am. Half-day CTC students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the high school.

Regular, in-person classes for high school students will resume on Wednesday, March 23, unless the school district learns of additional information that would require an extension of the closure to assure the safety of the high school community. We encourage you to monitor the district website for updates regarding this situation. All families and faculty will receive a follow-up email from principal Baron Jones regarding expectations for online learning.

During the closure, we expect students to act responsibly by practicing social distancing, wearing masks in public and monitoring their health. If you or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, please contact the high school nurse at 717-872-9520, ext. 1356, so we can identify any other individuals who may have been in close contact in the school setting. As a community, we all need to do our part to assure that in-person learning can safely resume for Penn Manor students.  

For more information on the district’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.pennmanor.net.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

COVID-positive cases reported at Penn Manor 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.

March 19, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school community at 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

Martic Elementary shifting to online learning for Monday, March 22

Penn Manor is shifting to online remote learning for all Martic Elementary School students for Monday, March 22, due to COVID-19 cases in the school community.

This decision was made in response to the recommended framework from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for actions necessary following the identification of active COVID-19 cases. 

During this time, students and faculty will follow our Full Remote Schedule that can be found here. Classes will begin at 9 a.m.  

Regular, in-person classes for students will resume on Tuesday, March 23, unless the school district learns of additional information that would require an extension of the closure to assure the safety of the school community. 

We encourage parents and staff to monitor the district website for updates regarding this situation. All families and faculty will receive a follow-up email from principal Dr. Sugra regarding expectations for online learning.

During the closure, we expect students to act responsibly by practicing social distancing, wearing masks in public and monitoring their health. If you or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, email the school nurse at lisa.heisler@pennmanor.net, so we can identify any other individuals who may have been in close contact in the school setting. 

As a community, we all need to do our part to assure that in-person learning can safely occur for Penn Manor students.  

For more information on the district’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.pennmanor.net.

Marticville dismissing early today, shifting to remote instruction Monday

Marticville Middle School is dismissing all students at 12:20 p.m. today, Friday, March 19, due to multiple COVID-positive cases that have impacted staffing at the school. Marticville also is shifting to remote learning for Monday, March 22, for all students.

Students will be transported home today on their regular buses.

This decision was made in response to the recommended framework from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for actions necessary following the identification of active COVID-19 cases. 

On Monday, students and faculty will follow our Full Remote Schedule that can be found here. Classes will begin at 7:30 a.m.  

Regular, in-person classes for students will resume on Tuesday, March 23, unless the school district learns of additional information that would require an extension of the closure to assure the safety of the school community. 

We encourage parents and staff to monitor the district website for updates regarding this situation. All families and faculty will receive a follow-up email from the principal Christine Smith regarding expectations for online learning.

During the closure, we expect students to act responsibly by practicing social distancing, wearing masks in public and monitoring their health. If you or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, email the school nurse at gretchen.ayres@pennmanor.net, so we can identify any other individuals who may have been in close contact in the school setting. 

As a community, we all need to do our part to assure that in-person learning can safely resume for Penn Manor students.  

For more information on the district’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.pennmanor.net.

COVID cases reported at high school, Martic and 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.

March 18, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School and 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

COVID-positive cases reported at Marticville Middle and high school

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.

March 17, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School and Marticville Middle 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

Pequea Elementary to reopen Wednesday, March 17

Pequea Elementary School will reopen for students and staff on Wednesday, March 17. The school will be following its regular schedule.

Pequea was closed Tuesday morning as a result of a water main break that has been repaired. Many thanks to the Penn Manor buildings and grounds crew for quickly responding to the situation.

COVID cases reported at HS, Central Manor and 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.

March 16, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Penn Manor High School and Central Manor 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