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COVID School Closure Update - May 23
Neidig Construction Update
Greetings Neidig Families!
It has been seventy days since the Neidig students last attended school. We continue to miss our students deeply, and we hope they are fairing well through this time.
I have an important update on the Neidig construction timeline. At Thursday night’s QCSD Facilities meeting, our construction management group, D’Huy Engineering, provided details about where we stand. Here we go…
Here is the essential question:
Will we start next school year at our new Neidig, or will we need to start the year back at Tohickon Valley?
At Thursday’s meeting, two options were presented as possible answers to this question.
I will do my best to share just the essential information, but it is important to understand some of the details here.
Almost two years ago, we made the decision to move our school to T.V. We did this for three primary reasons. First, to eliminate safety risks to our school community. Second, to significantly cut down on the time frame needed to complete the project. Third, to save the district close to one million dollars. The original plan was to move into the new building in August, 2020, so we were ready to start the 2020-2021 school year in the new building.
After we decided to move, the Tohickon Valley campus was sold to Faith Christian Academy (FCA.) They are eagerly awaiting full ownership of the building when Neidig moves out. When FCA purchased the building, part of the agreement of sale was to lease the building back to QCSD (for free) to allow Neidig to occupy the building during our construction project. As a safety measure, language was added into the lease agreement so QCSD could retain the use of Tohickon Valley until December, 2020. We never intended to use that ‘safety net,’ however, we also did not plan on the COVID 19 Pandemic. Nobody did.
One of the options presented at Thursday’s meeting DID include keeping the original timeline, which means starting the upcoming school year at our new building. However, it was not the first plan, it was Plan B. D’Huy Engineering also presented Plan A to the district administration. Plan A has a delayed move-in date. Plan A has us moving into Neidig in mid-September. The construction crews are actively working and doing everything they can to make up for the several weeks of lost time endured during the mid-March to early April shutdown. It will be a challenge for the crews to meet the original August move in date (Plan B) and they are trying to make that happen. In the end, our district team has the responsibility to plan for the different options.
The questions do not stop there! There is another layer to this situation. It is important to acknowledge that the pandemic continues to affect county, state, and national decisions. We do not know what the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year will look like. Will QCSD students be back in our brick and mortar schools to start the year? Will we remain in a virtual, online setting? As of today, May 23, we do not know the answer. That decision impacts our move in date as well. Time will reveal the answers.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?!
The Neidig and district team continues to monitor both the pandemic protocols and the progress of the construction project. We are hopeful that construction continues at its rigorous, yet safe pace. We are making plans for both Plan A and Plan B. The passage of time will provide more answers. As a next step, D’Huy Engineering has set an important date. On Friday, July 3, they will have a clearer picture of where the project stands. On that date, they will make a decision to proceed with Plan A or Plan B.
That is the up to the minute information. As more information becomes available, I will share it. I thank you for your patience and understanding. As always, please feel free to call or email me. I value your input, and would enjoy talking to you.
215-529-2362 (Please leave a message, and I will return your call.)
Student Materials Pick-Up - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
You will also receive the following information through an email, text, and School Messenger phone call.
Below, please find the process for reuniting students with their personal belongings that are still in the school. The Department of Health has issued “essential worker” status to school employees for the purpose of returning students’ personal items, so we are now able to enter our schools. To ensure these items are returned to you in a safe and organized manner, teachers and staff will be packaging students’ items (including their final report card) into paper grocery bags. Families will come to school to collect them via a drive-by pick-up format. Please note, we will be strictly adhering to all social distancing regulations. We ask that you arrive at school wearing a mask, as you will talk with Neidig faculty members. Student medications left in the health room will be added to the students’ packages by the school nurse.
Pick-up times will be on Friday, June 5, 2020, during the times listed below. At your assigned time, you will enter the main driveway at the Tohickon Valley campus, turn right into the bus loop, and follow the signs. Please wait patiently in the line, stay alert, and drive slowly. All student materials will be in paper grocery bags under the main entrance awning. This will be a "no contact" pickup. An adult will be present at the main entrance directing you from a safe distance. When you arrive at the awning, you will be directed to put your car in park, exit your car, pick up your child’s bag, and immediately return to your vehicle to leave the campus. The next car will then pull up.
Please stay in your vehicle and wait in line.
PICK UP SCHEDULE - FRIDAY, JUNE 5:
Last Names A - M - 8:30 AM – 8:55 AM
Last Names N - Z - 8:55 AM - 9:15 AM
Last Names A - M - 9:30 AM – 9:55 AM
Last Names N - Z - 9:55 AM - 10:15 AM
Last Names A - M - 10:30 AM – 10:55 AM
Last Names N - Z - 10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
Last Names A - M - 11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Last Names N - Z - 11:55 - 12:15 PM
Last Names A - M - 12:30 PM – 12:55 PM
Last Names N - Z - 12:55 - 1:15 PM
Grade Kindergarten (Full Day and Half Day)
Last Names A - M - 1:30 PM – 1:55 PM
Last Names N - Z - 1:55 - 2:15 PM
Anyone who could not pick up materials during their assigned time
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Note #1: Your child does not have to be in the car to pick up materials and you can have other people pick up materials for your child. The person picking up the materials must have your child’s name and grade level. If you know that you are picking a friend’s materials up for them in advance, email Mrs. Clymer (email@example.com) and those items will be gathered in advance to speed up the process.
Note #2: For families who have students in multiple grades, please come during the time established for your oldest child. We will gather families by the oldest child.
Note #3: We will only be collecting a limited number of materials from our 5th graders and students who are leaving QCSD. We cannot accept any other items. Please deposit these materials at the assigned location in the vehicle line on this drop off day. Items being collected include:
School-owned band instruments
Neidig Library books
Technology devices ONLY for students who are leaving QCSD. All other students are keeping their devices at home for the summer.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you, from a distance of course! Any questions please feel free to reach out to the school office by emailing Mrs. Clymer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Godshalk at email@example.com.
Teachers' Office Hours Page
Greetings from Mrs. Grube!
Would your child like the opportunity to connect with other students in their grade level?
Families, if your child would like to connect with me via Google meet, along with other students in their grade level, please send me an email to let me know. I will be organizing these opportunities to help our students feel connected to each other, despite our social distancing. Also, if you feel your child would benefit from learning coping strategies for dealing with this difficult time, please email me as well. I do plan to organize these informal meetings, to review coping skills with students. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities to Increase Children’s Social Emotional Learning
Make a list of all the things you are grateful for that happen today or yesterday. For example, some items on my list were sunshine, lunch with my family, a walk in the park, and making yummy brownies. Another idea is to create a gratitude journal to write in daily.
Scavenger Hunt Activity
Try to complete as many items on this list as you can! I would love to hear from you if you complete some of these activities. Have a wonderful day.
The newsletters below contain useful information for you and your children:
April 27 Newsletter - Great videos for students to watch about managing their emotions.
April 20 Newsletter - Helping children cope with change, mindfulness, and resilience.
April 6 Newsletter - Journal writing and mindfulness.
Ongoing Community Resources
QCSD Distance Learning Page - Use these resources to help manage online learning options.
Technology Support - Is your child having issues with their Chromebook or iPad? Please click here to fill out a work order. Someone from our tech office will be in touch with you!
Parent Support for Distance Learning - At home learning is not easy! Click this link for helpful and useful information.
Some Updated Pictures of Neidig!
Leader in Me Family Resources
The Leader in Me is not a program. It is a philosophy for school and life. There is so much we can all benefit from right now. We want to support you with Neidig routines that your children can teach you! Check out these amazing LIM FAMILY RESOURCES. You will find activities, lessons, and videos. This is a great site!