Seneca Valley School District students can pick up their school-issued laptops this week. Meanwhile, the district has made changes to the beginning of the school year in light of COVID-19 limitations.
Students in kindergarten through sixth-grade can pick up their laptops from their respective school buildings Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Seventh- and eighth-graders at Ryan Gloyer Middle School can pick their technology up from the school, Monday through Wednesday, from 8to 11 a.m., and again from noon to 3 p.m.
Seneca Valley Intermediate High School students are scheduled to receive laptops Tuesday through Thursday, from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m., and senior high school students can pick theirs up Wednesday through Friday, from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.
Full-time cyber students are able to pick up their laptops at the same times and places as in-person students.
The district asks students, parents and guardians to bring a driver's license or student identification while retrieving the technology, and only the student, parent or guardian can do so.
At least the first four weeks of school will be taught following the district's “yellow” phase plans, which includes opening up under a cohort model.
Beginning Sept. 8, students with a surname beginning with the letter A through L will attend school in-person Mondays and Wednesdays, while students with a last name starting with M through Z will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays.
On days when students are not in school, they will learn remotely, and all students have the option to check in with their teachers on Fridays.
This change was one of several approved by school directors at the Aug. 10 school board meeting, in which the board also approved a change to the first physical day of school.
Students will have their first “virtual school day” Sept. 2, but the first cohort day will be Sept. 8.
While no decision has been made for the dates beyond the first four weeks of the school year, the district says parents will be informed by Sept. 25 of the district's plans for Oct. 5 and beyond.