Penn Manor School District: Procedures for Emergency School Closings

Dear Penn Manor families,

Happy New Year! Now that we are fully in the season of cold weather, we would like to share information on emergency weather-related school closings. 

You may also be hearing about staff shortages in schools and businesses around Lancaster as a result of the pandemic. Penn Manor and our bus companies are experiencing increased staff absences, and we want to share the procedures we will follow should your child’s school need to temporarily shift to full remote learning due to staff shortages. Closures of this type may impact only individual schools or all schools in the district.

Weather-related closures
School closings and delays will be posted on the Penn Manor website and Twitter, and reported on local radio and television stations before 6:00 a.m., whenever possible. When inclement weather conditions result in an early closing, parents will be notified via automated phone call. Phone calls will NOT be made for closings/delays announced before the school day begins. Parents and caregivers should confirm that their phone number and email contact information in Sapphire is accurate. Please see emergency information on the Penn Manor website for details on how to keep your contact information current, as well as modified delay schedules.

Penn Manor has committed to using built-in weather make-up days prior to using flexible instructional days (also known as “cyber snow days”) approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. We will communicate additional information should built-in weather make-up days be exhausted. 

COVID-related closures
While the school district will attempt to avoid virtual instruction related to the pandemic, it may be necessary to shift to full remote instruction (either individual buildings or the entire school district) in the event that staffing is not available to properly operate building(s).

If the district shifts to full remote, students and faculty will follow the Full Remote Schedule that can be found at the links below.

Elementary Full Remote Schedule: Elementary Remote Schedule

Secondary Full Remote Schedule: Secondary Remote Schedule

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s building principal.

Sincerely,

Penn Manor School District