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04/9/2020

Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year

04/6/2020

Executive Education Academy Charter School Technology Update

Allentown, PA -Hello everyone, our school calendar has been adjusted due to the mandated school closure, We will be in session for virtual instruction Thursday, April 9th and Monday, April 13th. These were originally scheduled as spring break days, however we will only be honoring Good Friday due to the significant amount of instructional time missed.

03/23/2020

Executive Education Academy Charter School Technology Update

Allentown, PA – The technology department has an important document for EEACS community. Please click on the following links to view the important message. It is available in English and in Spanish.

Technology Announcement in English.

Technology Announcement in Spanish.

Parents Guide to Google Classroom in 2020

 

03/23/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Education Extends School Closures through at least April 6

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. When it’s determined that students can return to school, administrators, teachers and other staff will be given two days to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return on the third day.

Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said his decision to close all schools for the additional period aligns with the governor’s stay-at-home directive announced today for seven counties – Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

“Protecting the health and safety of students, families, teachers and all employees who work in our schools is paramount during this national health crisis and we must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus,” he said. “The number of positive cases increases daily and we’re seeing it spread to more counties. We must adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Extending the closure will help every community in its efforts to mitigate the spread.”

Today’s additional school closure will be for 14 days, beginning Tuesday, March 24.

To assist schools during the extended closure, Secretary Rivera said the state’s 29 intermediate units are ready to provide technical assistance to help develop continuity of education plans for all students.

“We know students are eager to engage with their teachers and return to learning,” he said. “Beginning tomorrow, all schools will be able to work with their local intermediate unit to develop instructional plans for all students, including those with disabilities and English language learners.”

Also today, Secretary Rivera cancelled standardized testing for students in career and technical education (CTE) programs for the 2019-20 school year. These include exams from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Last Thursday the department cancelled all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year, as well as the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA). The U.S. Department of Education approved Pennsylvania’s waiver request the following day, and further waived accountability and reporting requirements for the 2019-20 school year.

The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs. The guidance information is available at education.pa.gov/COVID19.

Please reference the K-12 Online Educational Resources, elementary, middle, and high school recommendations below and check these daily. They will be updated frequently over the next few days. Also, be sure to check our Facebook page regularly.

03/19/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Education Cancels Statewide Assessments

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).

“Our school communities are operating within unprecedented conditions,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Schools are making extraordinary efforts to remain connected to students and families, to provide food service and to put appropriate systems in place to continue student learning. Assessments should not be the focus of school leaders right now.

“To be clear, all assessments are cancelled for this year,” he added. “The department will submit the requisite waivers to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), but no schools in the Commonwealth will be administering these tests this year.”

PSSA testing was scheduled to begin April 20.

Keystone testing was scheduled to begin May 11.

The PASA testing window is open; however, all testing was halted on Monday, March 16, when all public schools closed.

Secretary Rivera said the department is monitoring emerging federal guidance, working with other states to advocate for flexibility, and will pursue appropriate waivers to the fullest extent allowable as soon as the USDE guidance is clarified. The USDE has already stated that it will consider a “targeted one-year waiver of the assessment requirements for those schools impacted by…extraordinary circumstances.”

Secretary Rivera added that PDE will continue to release information on the effects on accountability and school reporting as it becomes available.

The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs. The guidance information is available at education.pa.gov/COVID19.

03/16/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Education Closes All Schools for 2 Weeks. 

Allentown, PA – As per the governor’s order, during this 2 week closure, EEACS is not required to provide education to students. However, we would like to provide a recommended regimen to all students with resources they may access online while they are safe in their homes. Again, we are not requiring students to follow this regimen and we do understand that not all students have the same access to technology and internet, but we are recommending this to keep students engaged if possible. Please reference the K-12 Online Educational Resources, elementary, middle, and high school recommendations below and check these daily. They will be updated frequently over the next few days. Also, be sure to check our Facebook page regularly.

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