Tuesday, October 6th School Board Meeting Will Be Held Virtually in ZOOM
The Line Mountain School Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30pm will take place using the ZOOM Web Conferencing and Meeting application. Participants who wish to attend the meeting can do so by visiting zoom.us or use the Zoom Cloud APP on your smartphone or tablet.
SPECIAL Covid-19 ANNOUNCEMENT (9/16/2020)
Today, the Line Mountain School District received notice of one positive Covid-19 case of a student who attends our Middle School. The student was last in school on Tuesday, September 8th. The student is not involved in extracurricular activities or any school district sponsored athletics right now. Our health professionals and administration are working with the Department of Health through the process.
According to the Department of Health and State guidance, school is to remain open. However, we will have to quarantine the confirmed student and students that came within a 6 feet proximity for more than 15 consecutive minutes. The quarantine will run through Tuesday, September 22nd. The quarantined students as directed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health may return to school on Wednesday, September 23rd.
Protocol for an identified case or cases of Covid-19 can be found HERE.
We are grateful to our faculty, staff, and students for their diligence and focus on following our Health and Safety Plan throughout our first 17 days of school. We appreciate the support of the Department of Health and its detailed guidance. The two major items that continue to protect us as a school community is wearing face-covering and isolating/removing anyone with symptoms. We continue to encourage parents and/or guardians to follow through daily with the symptom monitor checklist that was mailed to all households and can be found on our district web-site at www.linemountain.com.
In these challenging and unprecedented times, it is reassuring to see our students on a daily basis diligently adhering to the safety plans. We look forward to our continued work with our faculty, staff, students, and community to provide as safe and as effective a learning environment as possible.
Beginning Monday, September 14th, 2020, the Line Mountain School District will operate each Monday until further notice on a 2 hour delayed start for students only.
Once again, for every Monday until further notice, the Line Mountain School District, for students only, will operate on a two hour delayed start. The district would like to thank the community for their continued support during the reopening of our schools.
Face Coverings & Identification of COVID-19 Cases
Face covering requirements were revised from a July 28th, 2020 release by the Pennsylvania Department of Education release on Monday, August 17, 2020; which now require face coverings be worn by students. PDE approved face coverings include: disposable surgical masks, cloth mask, neck gaiters, and face shields. Detailed clarification regarding approved face coverings can be found on our web-site.
Protocol for an identified case or cases of Covid-19 can be found HERE. When referencing the protocol on our web-site it is important to know that Northumberland County is currently categorized as a moderate level of Transmission County.
The district cannot stress and encourage parents and guardians enough to follow the symptom monitor checklist everyone received last week in the mail. This checklist can be found on our web-site. Strict daily adherence to the checklist is the single most proactive step for the maximum safety of our students and community.
Click Here For The Line Mountain School District Face Covering Protocols
All Schools Set To Re-open Monday, August 24th
The Line Mountain School Board on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 approved a revision to the School Districts reopen health and safety plan. The revision was necessitated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education release on Monday, August 17th, 2020 now requiring face coverings be worn by students. First day of school for all students is Monday, August 24th, 2020. All students in first (1st) grade through twelfth (12th) grade should report to school on Monday, August 24th, 2020.
Families wishing to use the Microsoft Teams online learning option should notify your student(s) respective office as soon as possible. Kindergarten parents have been contacted by the District and the instructions for reporting days remains the same. As we prepare for our reopening for all students on Monday, we want to stress and encourage parents and guardians to follow the symptom monitor checklist everyone received last week in the mail. Parents and guardians strict adherence to the checklist will be the most proactive first line of defense for our students.
Once again the Line Mountain district will open for the return of all students on Monday, August 24th, 2020.
Updated mask requirement released by the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health (8/17/2020)
The Pennsylvania Department of Education in cooperation with the Department of Health announced today, the requirement of all students to wear face coverings at all times, while in school. This is an update from the prior recommendation, in that, the requirement extends to instances when students and staff are able to maintain an appropriate six-foot social distance. The update is based on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) updated guidance strongly recommending children age two and older should wear face coverings at all times to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
For additional details, go to the PDE webpage – Answers to FAQs: Universal Face Coverings Order
Line Mountain Announces Guidelines To Reopen Sports
The Line Mountain School District, along with guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the PIAA has announced its guidelines to reopen sports and extra-curricular activities. Additional information will be available during the school board meetings on July 14th and July 28th.
Click HERE for the full guidelines and click HERE for the Covid-19 waiver form.
Line Mountain Graphic Arts Team Wins 2020 State Championship
Line Mountain Graphic Art students Abby Walter and Kalina Pechart took first place at the state competition which was announced on May 27th. The team took first place in the Logo and Graphic Design Category and the artwork will be used in the promotion of the competition next school year for both the 2021 Regional Competition and State Competition. A monetary award will be split between the two students. This win marks the third time that a Line Mountain team won the State Championship in Graphic Arts. The competition was comprised of the 20 Intermediate Unit Regional Champions. Congratulations!
Line Mountain High School Prom 2020 Cancelled
The Line Mountain High School Junior Class regrets to announce that the 2020 Prom has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Junior Class would like to invite all 2020 graduates, along with an age appropriate guest, to Prom 2021 which will be held at the Silver Moon Banquet Hall on April 24, 2021.
Microsoft Teams Acceptable Use Policy
Just a reminder to all students, and parents of younger children, the Microsoft Teams Online Learning program is to be used for school related activities and studies only; which includes the chat functionality. Students must adhere to the district-wide Acceptable Use Of Technology By Students policy number 815.1. This policy can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Getting Started with Microsoft Teams
Mental Health and Crisis Management
With all the conversation surrounding COVID-19, we understand that it can cause students to feel nervous and anxious. It is important to help your student manage and cope with these feelings. The following link outlines how parents can help their child(ren) during this uncertain time.
Mental Health Resources
As a parent, you may be aware of changes in your teen’s behavior but may not know how to proceed. Crisis Clinic has put out Helpful Advice For Parents to help with communicating with your child.
The Superintendent’s Advisory Council recently met at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16 for their monthly meeting. The group of 16 superintendents reviewed all of the most current recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, The Center for Disease Control, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and met with a local health and emergency management official to discuss the current state of COVID 19, both locally and statewide.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
Tuesday, October 6th School Board Meeting Will Be Held Virtually in ZOOM
The Line Mountain School Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30pm will take place using the ZOOM Web Conferencing and Meeting application. Participants who wish to attend the meeting can do so by visiting the website https://zoom.us The ZOOM Meeting APP can also be used on your smartphone or tablet.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
For those families in the Line Mountain School District, you may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is a program that helps supplement your monthly grocery budget to help put nutritious foods on your family’s table. If your child(ren) receives free or reduced lunch at school, your household may be eligible for SNAP. For more information on the SNAP program, and to determine whether you qualify, click on the SNAP logo at the top of this page.
Line Mountain Cyber School
Superintendents representing 15 Schools in the CSIU 16 region reach out to local newspaper for help regarding Cyber School tuition rates.
Click Here for more facts when speaking to your legislatures about House Bill 526 and Senate Bill 34 regarding funding reform for Cyber Schools
Proposed House Bill (526) and Senate Bill (34) could save Line Mountain taxpayers more than a half-million dollars. A full presentation regarding the continued concerns with local tax payer funding of Cyber Schools can be found by clicking HERE. While there is nothing definitive to report currently, there has been a lot of discussion on the bills introduced by Rep. Sonney (House Bill 526) and Sen. Schwank (Senate Bill 34) that would require parents to pay that tuition if the school district of residence offers a full-time cyber program. Although there is a lot of momentum and discussion about cyber charter tuition, many don’t think either bill will make it across the finish line. Please talk to your legislators about bills introduced by Rep. Sonney and Sen. Schwank and support for those bills.
Line Mountain SD Homeless information
Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program was established to make sure homeless youth have access to a free and appropriate public education while removing barriers that homeless children face. Its goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while the children are in homeless situations. Some of the other main objectives of Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program are to inform local school districts of their responsibilities to homeless children and youth, to increase awareness about the needs of homeless children, explain current laws and policies, and provide practical tips for working with homeless children. Click Here To Read More….
Education for Homeless Youth
The Child Protective Services Law was updated to require school entities to display a poster with the statewide toll-free telephone numbers for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, along with toll-free telephone number relating to school safety. For more information, visit the PA Keep Kids Safe website
School Wellness Policy #246 – Annual Information
Wellness/Advisory Committee and Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment Report
Any parent or community member interested in serving on the Wellness/Advisory Committee, please contact Joanna Hovenstine at: firstname.lastname@example.org The Line Mountain School District Policy entitled: “School Wellness Policy #246” can be found at the following link: https://www.linemountain.com/policy-200 You can participate in the development, implementation, periodic review, and updating of this policy by filling out a suggestion form by CLICKING HERE. The Wellness Triennial Assessment Report can be found at the following link: Wellness Policy Assessment Tool And Report