Dear TSD Families, Just a reminder that Wednesday, November 24th will be an early dismissal for all TSD students leading into the Thanksgiving vacation. Elementary and secondary schools will dismiss at 12 noon and 1PM respectively. School will resume for students on Wednesday, December 1st. Have a restful, joyous, and safe holiday! TSD Proud, Mr. B.
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November 15, 2021 Dear TSD Families,, As you probably know, there were several “volleys” recently regarding the Department of Health’s school mask mandate. Once again, it puts schools in the middle of a very tricky situation... Last week, we were informed that the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision invalidating the Face Covering Order issued by the PA Acting Secretary of Health. That decision immediately voided the Department of Health (DOH) issued mask mandate, which has required masking in school buildings since September. Decisions regarding masking would have returned to local school boards. However, following that decision, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) notified all school districts that the state has filed an appeal of the Court’s ruling. The appeal has triggered a stay of the Court’s ruling, which means the order issued in September 2021 remains in effect. In addition, PDE has advised that the current mask order should be followed throughout the duration of the court’s proceedings. Based on the rapidly changing – and conflicting – directives and guidance regarding masking, we will continue to follow the masking order in place since September 2021 until we receive additional guidance. Tuscarora SD will continue to honor the exemption forms as we have been doing since the mandate took effect. We are monitoring this developing legal situation so that we can provide our faculty, staff, students and families with accurate information and clear direction. We will continue to share any updates as they become available. Further out, Governor Wolf has indicated that the mask mandate may expire on January 17th, 2022. Thank you for your continued support. TSD Proud, Mr. Benedick
Dear TSD Families, This week's district-wide total was 11 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. Along with the DOH, we are working through the contact tracing process. The families of any students and staff who are determined to be in close contact will be contacted directly. Thank you.