Week in Review Volume 31

April 9, 2021 | Boyertown Middle School-East

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This week is National Assistant Principals Week 2021 and I would like to take this opportunity to honor the contributions and hard work of assistant principal, Mr. Marsch.

During this challenging past year, Mr. Marsch collaborated closely with principals, administrators, teachers, and support staff to meet the changing needs of our students.

Let’s celebrate Mr.Marsch for his commitment, and dedication to Boyertown Area School District.

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Paraprofessional Appreciation Day honors paraprofessional educators, who may also be known as paras, instructional assistants, or teacher's aides. . Paraprofessionals at Middle School East perform a variety of teacher-related jobs and often assist teachers in classrooms. They may work with students on supplemental enrichment activities, either in small groups or one-on-one. They may also help students complete assignments or practice reading. Paraprofessionals often work with students with special education needs and a variety of disabilities. Please join me in recognizing our paraprofessionals at MSE for all their hard work!

Upcoming Dates

April 21 - First day of in-person Wednesdays for all current in-person students

MSE PSSA/Keystone Information

Grab and Go Meal Program

Take home meals will continue to be available on all early dismissal days, including those on June 1 through June 4.

Important Clarifications About In-Person Learning on Wednesdays

This week, BASD sent out the letter below to all district families. There are a few pieces that we would like to clarify for our East families.


1. The in-person learning on Wednesday that starts on April 21 is for all current in-person learners, including both 4-day students and hybrid 2-day students. Dismissal will be at 11:35am on Wednesdays.


2. There are several Wednesdays that will be utilized for state assessments. Students must attend school in person on those days to complete the assessments from the building.


3. State testing schedules will be sent out after spring break. Current virtual students will receive information at that time as to when they must come to the building to take their assessments.


4. At the present time, we will not be making any further changes to students' blended learning assignments. As presented at the school board meeting, the middle schools are both close to capacity with current social distancing guidelines.

Honor Roll Certificates

Honor roll certificates were distributed for in-person learner who qualified. For families of virtual students who attained honor roll and would like to pick up their child's certificates, you may do so on Wednesday afternoons when picking your child up from PSSA testing at MSE.

GET TO KNOW YOUR STAFF

In an effort to connect and build community amongst our EAST family of students, faculty, parents, and community stakeholders, we will be highlighting a different staff member each week.

Scott Thomas

8th Grade English | Pioneer Team

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Mr. Scott Thomas has been an ELA teacher in the Boyertown Area School District for fourteen years, with this being his tenth at Middle School East. Prior to teaching 8th grade ELA, Mr. Thomas spent three years teaching seventh grade and four years teaching sophomores and seniors at BASH. Mr. Thomas grew up in our district, attending Colebrookdale Elementary School and Jr. High West before graduating from the High School as a member of the class of 2003.


At home, Mr. Thomas lives with his two favorite people, his wife of ten years and his four-year-old daughter. He spends most of his time away from school playing with his daughter and has amassed an extensive knowledge of Nick Jr.'s television shows. He is close with his extended family as well and each year looks forward to their annual summer trip to Cape May, NJ. His favorite time of the year, however, is fall, especially Sundays, where he spends a solid nine hours watching each week’s NFL action. He is a loyal fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. Mr. Thomas’s other interests include reading anything he can, creative writing, and playing classic video games, such as the early entries in The Legend of Zelda series. When he isn’t being sedentary, Mr. Thomas enjoys going for long walks and working in his flower gardens, where is constantly engaged in a losing battle against the deer that live in the woods behind his house.

Outsiders Book Pick-Up 7th grade

Any 7th grade students picking up The Outsiders book and would like to pick them up, please be advised that they will be available outside of MSE in a large green tote.

COVID-19 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

BASD has partnered with the Medicine Shoppe in Boyertown to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Clinics are being held every Saturday and Sunday through the months of April and May and are in need of volunteers. Volunteers fill many roles and do not need to be a medical professional.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click on the following link:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSUZy6f_Jf4oVrSeY2wIsL_waKEKkG9mmxTiUiMFKmdezBKw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Student Council is proud to present Middle School East’s 2021 Virtual Talent Show! We are so impressed with all the talented students we have! Thank you to everyone who participated and submitted a video. Please enjoy viewing our Virtual Talent Show!

Attendance Reminder

Please remember that if your son or daughter is scheduled for in-person learning, it is critically important that they attend school in person on their assigned days. In the event that your child will not physically be in the building for any reason, the attendance office needs to be notified using the form below.


Virtual families should also continue to use the attendance form if your child will not be accessing classes virtually.

Student Appointment Pick-Up

As more students are re-entering our building as in-person learners, we would like to remind parents of protocols that are still in place


· We are still following limitations on the amount of people that come into the front office area. Therefore, we ask that only essential and necessary items be brought to school for students if forgotten. If something must be forwarded to a student, please have that item bagged with a note attached that includes the student’s name and grade clearly visible.

· When you arrive, please ring the doorbell and announce the reason for your visit. You will then receive further direction.

· Masks must be worn to enter the building.

· If you need to enter the vestibule area where there are tables and directions for various items for pick up and drop-offs, we ask that you remain in that area.

· Please do not enter the inside office area unless directed by our secretary.

· If your student needs to leave during the school day for an appointment, they must present a note to the office staff upon arrival in the morning. The note must include the name of the person picking up. Phone calls are not accepted.

· When you or the designated person arrives to pick up, a driver’s license MUST BE PRESENTED for identification. You will remain outside until identification has been verified and a staff member will escort your student to you.

· Visits to administration and staff are by appointment only.

TRANSPORTATION

If your child utilizes district transportation, please be reminded that masks are required on school buses for the entirety of the time. Additionally, please be advised that if there was a change to your child’s instructional model, that you check infinite campus for their transportation information. Students are expected to arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to their scheduled pick-up time.

LIBRARY UPDATES

Chromebook Chargers


The library has only nine Chromebook chargers that students can borrow if they forget to charge their laptops at night. Please encourage your student to charge their Chromebook nightly.


The Battle of the Books!


Sixteen books are battling to be the best of the books. We are down to the final two books! Students can vote for their favorite books through the link in the library’s Google Classroom. They can join GC using the code TBJ6L5D.


Library Open for Students in the Building


Students who are in the building may visit the library to browse and check out books during study halls,10th period, or during any free time. Books are quarantined for seven days once they are returned to the library.

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Library Books for Virtual Students


Virtual Students may select books through the digital East Library Guidebook, (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQSqKQEQg9GvvERVtyGyA3cUwSrdk62tuU7s3Yrel-54EEkVXTOgFX9oqfI2gL2D9Di1c3gNnkJsT6t/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.g8cee744244_0_770) which can be found on the East Library page. Click on the page to turn it or use the tabs to go to a specific section. Log on to your school Google account to order books here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQtNPvKvm2iD3n4NtFmKfLGNxP15TdNCzKSEk2EjWja4A6ZQ/viewform?usp=sf_link )


Virtual students will receive their books through Grab and Go Library Pickup from 7-4 on school days. Books are quarantined for seven days once they are returned to the library.


Audiobooks and eBooks available!


Students have access to eBooks and audios books through MackinVIA. This video explains how to login to MackinVIA. https://youtu.be/zibcfLyiz5c Kids can listen to audiobooks or read eBooks on their Chromebooks or other devices. Students can visit Mrs. Mento’s 10th-period Zoom with questions (link in library Google Classroom). Mrs. Mento is also available on virtual Wednesdays to help students with MackinVIA. Email her to schedule a time to meet.


Library on Instagram


The Boyertown East Library is on Instagram! Follow the library on Instagram @BoyertownEastLibrary https://www.instagram.com/boyertowneastlibrary/ to see new books, cool programs, featured readers, and more.

FACE COVERINGS

The CDC has updated their mask guidance on their website again this week. Masks must continue to be worn at all times in accordance with our district health and safety plan. Staff and students should wear masks that loop around the ears for the best protection. Gaiters are only permitted if a double layer is worn, per CDC guidelines.

AFTER SCHOOL HOMEWORK HELP

After School Homework Help (ASHH) is back! For those not familiar with the program, ASHH is a time when students may work on schoolwork from 2:45 to 3:45 PM every Tuesday (A Group and 4/5-day students) and Thursday (B Group and 4/5-day students) under the supervision of East teachers. Students must have transportation home at 3:45pm and will be dismissed to the front loop entrance area. Students do not need to sign up ahead of time, however they MUST make sure they have a ride home.


  • For virtual students, there will be an open ASHH Google Meet from 3:30pm to 4:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please Note: This virtual option may be expanded or reduced once we determine the number of students utilizing the sessions. Google Classroom Code: zikg65b

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION REGARDING ILLNESS AND TRIPS

As we are bringing students back to the building, we want to review recommended protocols for attendance, especially in light of the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our hope is that students are able to participate in their classes as they are scheduled whether it is in person or virtual. We recognize that there may be circumstances in which a child is unable to attend in person, but would be able to attend virtually. Please review the guidelines below as you make decisions regarding your child’s attendance in school in person and/or virtually. And, note the guidelines the building will follow for illness including Covid-19 symptoms or positive cases.



-Student cannot participate virtually or in person due to illness:


1. If your child is sick, not feeling well and unable to participate in classes whether it is in person or virtually, follow our typical attendance procedures by notifying the main office via the attendance email or completing the attendance form.


-Student is ill and cannot participate in person, but can participate in virtual instruction (e.g due to Covid-19 positive OR exhibits COVID-19 Symptoms for which quarantine is necessary):


1. If your child is ill or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms but feels he/she is able to participate in virtual instruction, please follow the steps below:

1. Email your child’s teacher and the attendance secretary stating that he or she will attend virtually for the day.

2. It is expected your child will participate virtually the entire day and in all classes to be marked present for the day.


-Student presents with Covid-19 symptoms at school:


1. If the school nurse sends your child home from school due to symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection, the parent/guardian will pick up the child from school. The parent/guardian will be advised to contact their medical provider to obtain a note to clear the child to return to school or follow the next steps of the medical provider which may include a Covid-19 test. If the parent/guardian chooses to not seek a medical provider’s guidance, then the child must participate virtually for 10 days. (See Options # 1 or #2 above)


-Exposure to “Close Contacts”:


1. Members of the same household are close contacts. If a member of a student’s household tests positive for Covid-19 or is symptomatic of Covid-19, please follow the steps outlined below.

2. A “close contact” can also be a non-household member. If the child has contact with a person within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, and the non-household person tests positive for Covid-19, please follow the steps outlined below.

1. Contact your school’s nurse so they can advise you to follow the current protocols in testing and length of quarantine.

2. Email your child’s teacher and the attendance line stating that he or she will attend virtually for whatever time period is appropriate.

3. If your child is well and able to participate in their classes virtually, they should login and participate virtually for the entire day and length of quarantine.


-Educational Trips:


1. Educational trips are still being approved for students who are attending BASD Virtual or returning to the school buildings. The protocols remain the same.

2. If your family is traveling outside of Pennsylvania, your child must produce a negative result on a Covid test completed within 72 hours prior to their return to PA or participate virtually for 14 days upon returning to Pennsylvania. This information should be included in your trip form request.

VIRTUAL EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS

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VIRTUAL EXPECTATIONS FOR PARENTS

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MSE IN-PERSON FAQ'S

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MSE VIRTUAL FAQ'S

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COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

Please be sure to visit our Community Bulletin Board at https://www.boyertownasd.org/domain/1321. During the pandemic, we are restricting the number of community flyers we are sending home. Instead, we are posting this information on this bulletin board. There you will find scouting information, PTO information, community information, and more. Be sure to visit the site frequently for updates.

ATTENDANCE PROTOCOLS

PDE has provided direction and clarity regarding attendance taking procedures while in a virtual/ hybrid world. The state has clarified that just showing up on-line is NOT enough to justify marking a student “present.” The student must provide an artifact or evidence of some sort to track engagement. The term “Access” is used to indicate that a student has connected with the class, or basically joined the Zoom or Meet. The term “Completion” is used to indicate that the student participated and was engaged in class, which would allow you to mark them as present.

A few suggestions as to how East teachers will accomplish gathering this Completion evidence in a simple/useful manner (this is not an exhaustive list):

    • response to a Question of the Day
    • exit ticket
    • participation in a discussion via ‘chat’ feature
    • participation in a poll
    • assignment completion after the lesson (posted in Google classroom/Seesaw)
    • Regarding Access- teachers shall change a students’ attendance from “Absent” to present should a student provide the Completion of artifacts within 5 days of the class that was not accessed. Teachers would need to notify Carol Sue Bullick to make these changes when appropriate.
    • Should a student regularly not show up to class (more than three times), please contact Mr. Buck or Mr. Marsch to assist you in following up with the student and parent who chronically does not access class.
    • The chart below may help you better understand the different scenarios:
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The attendance expectation is the same for classes that are double periods. If students are not engaged (present) and completing work for the second half of the double period, they will be marked absent for the second half of the period. Additionally, it’s important to be reminded that absence forms must come from parents and not students.


Please be advised that absence forms must come from a parent or guardian and not students.

PERSONAL LAPTOPS/TABLETS NOT ALLOWED

Please note that students should not bring personal laptops and tablets to school.Only district-issued Chromebooks should be used in the building.

PARENT DROP OFF/PICK UP GUIDELINES DURING HYBRID A/B MODEL

This communication is intended for parents who will be dropping off their children at Middle School East during the morning hours, along with those parents who will be picking up children in the afternoon beginning on Monday, October 12th.


Thank you for your cooperation with our staggered, grade level, arrival/dismissal procedures. We recognize that during these times, it is likely that we will have an increase in commuting families thus guidelines were put in place to ensure the safety of all our stakeholders.

We will continue with these same procedures in the morning, however, due to your tremendous cooperation at dismissal we can move up the 7th and 8th-grade parent pick up by 5 minutes. Please review the times below to see the slight change.


SAFETY ALERT:


ALL CARS MUST EXIT RIGHT ONTO 73 BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:15AM - 7:35AM and 2:30PM - 2:55PM.


Please be sure to follow this as it is designed to prevent potentially dangerous situations. Please see the map below for a visualization of the traffic pattern.


Morning Drop-off Guidelines:


Please make every effort to drop your child off during the times indicated below. Your efforts help us manage traffic and keep the students safe. (If you have children in multiple grade levels choose the time that works best for you.) All students should be dropped off between 7:15am -7:30 am.


6th Grade: 7:15am-7:20am

7th Grade: 7:20am-7:25am

8th Grade: 7:25am-7:30am


ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF BY 7:30AM


Afternoon Pick up Guidelines:


Please make every effort to pick up your child from school during the times indicated below. Your efforts help us manage traffic and keep the students safe. Please note that students are dismissed by grade level, thus if you arrive early and are in line, you may be asked to loop around to keep traffic moving. (If you are picking up children who are in multiple grade levels, please arrive during the time slotted for your child in the lowest grade level). All students should be picked up between 2:30pm - 2:50pm.


6th Grade : 2:30-2:40pm

7th Grade 2:40-2:45pm

8th Grade: 2:45-2:50pm


ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE PICKED UP BY 2:50PM

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DAILY STUDENT ATTENDANCE

As we are bringing students back to the building, we want to review recommended protocols for attendance, especially in light of the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our hope is that students are able to participate in their classes as they are scheduled whether it is in person or virtual. We recognize that there may be circumstances in which a child is unable to attend in person, but would be able to attend virtually. Please review the guidelines below as you make decisions regarding your child’s attendance in school in person and/or virtually. And, note the guidelines the building will follow for illness including Covid-19 symptoms or positive cases.


1. Students cannot participate virtually or in person due to illness.


  • If your child is sick, not feeling well and unable to participate in classes whether it is in person or virtually, follow our typical attendance procedures by notifying the main office via the attendance email or completing the attendance form.


2. Student is ill and cannot participate in person, but can participate in virtual instruction (e.g. due to Covid-19 positive OR exhibits COVID-19 Symptoms for which quarantine is necessary


  • If your child is ill or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms but feels he/she is able to participate in virtual instruction, please follow the steps below:
- Email your child’s teacher and the attendance secretary stating that he or she will attend virtually for the day.
- It is expected your child will participate virtually the entire day and in all classes to be marked present for the day.


3. Student presents with Covid-19 symptoms at school:


  • If the school nurse sends your child home from school due to symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection, the parent/guardian will pick up the child from school. The parent/guardian will be advised to contact their medical provider to obtain a note to clear the child to return to school or follow the next steps of the medical provider which may include a Covid-19 test. If the parent/guardian chooses to not seek a medical provider’s guidance, then the child must participate virtually for 10 days. (See Options # 1 or #2 above)


4. Exposure to “Close Contacts”.


  • Members of the same household are close contacts. If a member of a student’s household tests positive for Covid-19 or is symptomatic of Covid-19, please follow the steps outlined below:


A “close contact” can also be a non-household member. If the child has contact with a person within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, and the non-household person tests positive for Covid-19, please follow the steps outlined below:


- Contact your school’s nurse so they can advise you to follow the current protocols in testing and length of quarantine.

- Email your child’s teacher and the attendance line stating that he or she will attend virtually for whatever time period is appropriate.
- If your child is well and able to participate in their classes virtually, they should log in and participate virtually for the entire day and length of quarantine


5. Educational Trips


NOTES FROM TECHNOLOGY

Chromebooks:


  • Please remember that students are responsible for maintaining their Chromebooks (no physical damage, no loose or missing parts) and chargers. -

  • Students should not be writing on or placing stickers on their Chromebooks.


  • District supplied protection cases MUST always be kept installed on the Chromebook. If damage occurs to the Chromebook and the cases are not installed, students are subject to additional repair costs due to removal.


  • Chromebooks should be charged daily. They should not be allowed to drain the battery completely as this will shorten battery life and cause damage to the Chromebook. Never use the Chromebook to charge phones as this too causes damage to the battery and life of the Chromebook.


  • Please ensure you Shut Down your Chromebook at the end of use – not just close the lid. This will help with the performance of your Chromebook.


If you have an issue with your Chromebook:


Face to face: please stop in to see Mrs. Marshall in the Tech Office located in the East Library

Virtual or issues during a virtual day: please call 610-473-3972


Please visit us online for more technical advice and assistance: https://www.boyertownasd.org/Page/5970

Here you will find links to sign up for an appointment as well as technical tips.


Please Note: *** The Acceptable Use Policy for technology is in effect. Students are expected to use their devices and technology resources in accordance with the policy. This includes refraining from engaging in "Zoom bombing". Violations of this policy will be addressed in accordance with the discipline code up to and including the involvement of law enforcement.

https://go.boarddocs.com/pa/boyr/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AF4GGF433A3C

STUDENT COUNCIL VIRTUAL EVENTS

Student Council is planning some virtual events and activities for you to participate in this year! In order to have all the information and details about each event, you will need to join your grade level “East Activities” Google Classroom using the codes below:


6th Graders: lk3ko7w


7th Graders: ysplaok


8th Graders: ujon6km


If you have any questions, please contact Miss Young at jyoung@boyertownasd.org.

FROM THE NURSE'S DESK

We are pleased to be back either in-person or in a virtual learning classroom. This year has certainly been a challenge for everyone. The purpose of this note is to summarize the health room procedures and related resources.


Covid-19 information


As per the BASD Health and Safety Plan, please complete a symptom and temperature check PRIOR to your child boarding the bus or arriving at school. For more information, click here for an overview of health room changes, and here for general school reopening updates.


If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms of Covid-19, you will be notified to come and pick them up. It is our expectation that you will be at school in a relatively short period of time. Please understand that the symptoms of Covid-19 are like other illnesses, such as allergies/colds/flu/asthma. Therefore, children will be sent home for suspected symptoms.


*CDC resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html


Medication Information


Click here for medication guidelines.


Medication Dropoff: The medication authorization form and or action plans are available on the district website and must be completed by your primary health care provider before medications can be accepted. Once the documentation is complete, call, or email the school nurse to schedule an appointment for medication drop-off. The medication must be in a labeled container. Parents will not be permitted into the building to drop off medication.


Immunizations


Click here for immunization requirements.


Mandated Health Services


Click here for mandated health service requirements.


All current state mandates are still in effect and will be required to be submitted.


Returning Paperwork: Please return immunization records, private dental or physical forms either by fax, photograph, or email to the nurse at the building your child attends. Your school nurse can be found by going to the BASD website, choosing the school your child attends, clicking on resources then choosing Nurse.


Thank you for your cooperation,


The BASD Nurses

TECHNOLOGY REMINDERS

Here are a few important technology reminders for students and families:


1. If you are having technical issues, please notify your teacher and attempt to reconnect. If there is an issue with your device, please reach out to the IT department at https://www.boyertownasd.org/Page/5970 .


2. The Acceptable Use Policy for technology is in effect. Students are expected to use their devices and technology resources in accordance with the policy. This includes refraining from engaging in "Zoom bombing". Violations of this policy will be addressed in accordance with the discipline code up to and including the involvement of law enforcement. http://go.boarddocs.com/pa/boyr/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AF4GGF433A3C

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

  • The school counseling office is up and running virtually for you and your child(ren)! Need to talk to a school counselor in a virtual setting? Please have your student visit the Virtual Counseling Office to video conference during school hours.


We understand that families are experiencing financial and emotional stress right now. Below are some local resources that may be helpful for you and your family during this difficult time:
  • Salvation Army | 409 S Reading Ave Boyertown, PA 19512 | (610) 367-4089
  • Boyertown Area Multi-Service | 301 Spring St Boyertown, PA 19512 | (610) 367-6957


Please also reach out to your school counselor if you need any assistance with food, clothing, etc. as they have a more extensive community resource list.
  • Angela Bellino | Grade 6 School Counselor

Phone #: 610-473-3990

Abellino@boyertownasd.org

  • Charlee Malfaro | Grade 7 School Counselor

Phone #: 610-473-3987

CMalfaro@boyertownasd.org

  • Stephenie Williams | Grade 8 School Counselor

Phone #: 610-473-3991

SWilliams@boyertonwasd.org

WEBSITE QUICK LINKS

We've created shortcuts on our website where you can get to some of the important information quickly.

FREE & REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION

Please be reminded to complete the free and reduced lunch application. You will need to apply in order to avoid disruption in benefits. This will not roll over from previous years, so new applications will need to be completed.


Click here to read full details:


https://www.boyertownasd.org/cms/lib/PA01916192/Centricity/Domain/40/2020-2021LettertoHousehold.pdf

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

For technical support during remote learning, please call the IT Help Desk

610-473-3500, Option 1.


If you are experiencing issues with Infinite Campus Parent Portal, Student Portal, or Messenger, please contact

CampusPortalHelp@boyertownasd.org

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFO

Middle School East Main Office: 610-754-9550

MSE Attendance Office: 610-473-3904

Nurse’s Office: 610-473-3970


*Voicemail is available to leave a message at any time of the day or evening.

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