MCMS: Virtual Learning Toolkit

November 23 - December 4th

Virtual Learning 11/23 - 12/4 (Message from Dr. Aiken and Dr. Flannery)

Dear Parents and Guardians of Manheim Central School Learners,

As a district, we have been tracking our county and district COVID data since the return to in-person learning this fall. In the last two to three weeks we have seen a consistent rise in COVID cases. Additionally, the number of COVID cases in our school district has been consistently on the rise.

We have consulted with Lancaster General Hospital/Penn Medicine throughout the fall and they have confirmed that the last two weeks of COVID data puts our county in the “substantial” level of spread. This data is not isolated to the city of Lancaster like the spring but represents a spread in all communities in the county. Additionally, they have prepared us to anticipate an increase in spread in the upcoming weeks as a result of the holidays and students returning home from colleges.

As a result, our administration and school board has decided to take preventative action to mitigate the risk of spread and transition to virtual instruction (Red Phase of our Instructional Plan) for learners at Manheim Central School District from Monday, November 23 through Friday, December 4, 2020. We will continue to monitor data during this time, but expect to be able to resume in-person instruction on Monday, December 7, 2020.

We will monitor our data throughout the month of December, and if COVID rates do not improve, we could transition to virtual instruction again from January 4 through January 8, 2021. We wanted you to know this now for your planning purposes but will not make a final decision until the end of December.

Information will be coming from your individual school buildings later this week as we transition to virtual learning. During this phase, please continue to notify your school building administrator and/or school nurse as soon as possible if you or anyone in your household becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID. This will allow us to continue to monitor our local data.

COVID-19 Website and Data

Please access the COVID-19 tab on the Manheim Central School District website for case counts and COVID updates. The link below will take you to this site directly.

Virtual Schedule for Learners

Learners will follow the Red Phase schedule outlined in the link below. They should access Schoology for all Zoom links for their classes.

Red Phase Schedule:

Please note that on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020, learners will have a half-day. The half-day schedule is also outlined below.

Red Phase Half-Day Schedule (11/24/20)

Online Learners

If you are enrolled in the Manheim Central Virtual Academy, you will continue on with your classes.

How is attendance taken?

Daily Attendance:

In order for a learner to be marked as "present", they must attend the class via Zoom and complete all of their work for the class. There are asynchronous work times built into the schedule for learners to complete work for their classes.

Wednesday Work:

Wednesdays are fully asynchronous work days. This means that learners will not log onto Zoom for their classes, but they will complete assignments on Schoology at their own pace. All work must be submitted by 11:59 PM that evening in order for a learner to count as "present." All facilitators will hold office hours on Wednesday. THis is a great opportunity for your child to ask questions and get help if needed. Please access your child's facilitator's office hours via Schoology.

November 25th, 26th, and 27th

These days are days that we do not have school. Learners are not expected to log in or complete any asynchronous work over this time.

Virtual Learning Etiquette/Rules

Just like in class, there are certain rules that learners should follow to ensure that a professional learning environment is maintained.

Please see the Learner/Family Streaming Notice below for details, in regards to expectations for learners and families in the areas of preparation, connection, participation, engagement, attendance, and safety.

The essential items to note are:

  • The camera MUST be on and facing the learner.

  • Learners should only use a Manheim Central background - no distracting or inappropriate backgrounds should be used.

  • Learners should be in a quiet private location.

  • Learners must be fully and appropriately dressed.

  • In order to be present, learners must log on to Zoom and complete the assigned work.

Zoom Problem Solving

If your child experiences problems accessing Zoom they should try refreshing the page and attempt to log on again. If it is still not working, then the learner should try to restart their computer.

If they are still unable to access Zoom, please have your child message their facilitator immediately so that they can help them problem solve the issue.

It is recommended that they access their classes early so that they can troubleshoot if an issue might arise.

EBook Access

Mrs. Corrao is our new media specialist and she supports both the middle school and the high school. She has compiled a list of easy to access resources for your children! Please access that attachment below for resources on how to access EBooks for your children over the time of the closure. Thank you!

Technology Issues?

If a learner requires assistance with a device or connection, immediately contact the helpdesk by calling 717-664-1865 or emailing

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will still occur at our normally scheduled time. Please access our Meet the Teacher program to complete a video conference with your child's learning facilititors. Please contact Manheim Central Middle School's main office with any questions.

Meal Distribution

If your family needs to be connected with meals, please contact Sara Payne 717-665-8816 or

Medication Needs

Angie Forwood, the middle school nurse, will be at the Middle School throughout the closure. Please contact her if you have any medication concerns or needs (717)664-1705 or

Important Dates

November 18th, 2020: Report cards will be available via the Home Access Center at 3:00 PM.

November 23rd - December 4th MCSD Completing Virtual Learning

November 23rd, 2020: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (5:00 - 8:00 PM)

November 24th, 2020: Half-Day for Learners - dismissal at 11:45 AM

November 24th, 2020: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (12:30 - 3:30 PM and 5:00 - 8:00 PM)

November 25th, 26th, 27th: No School (learners do not need to log on)

December 7th, 2020: Learners back at school for Face-to-Face learning