Local public schools issue Coronavirus updates

The following school districts have issued updated statements regarding the Coronavirus shutdown.

Below are excerpts of those statements. For full information, it is suggested to visit the schools' websites.

A-C Valley

The school district will remain closed to the general public until further notice. Our plan is to only have essential staff reporting to work to ensure that our buildings are cleaned and disinfected.

The school district will not be providing free breakfast and lunch to our students.

Our school district does not meet the 50 percent guideline required for free or reduced lunches outlined by USDA, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Since we fall below the 50 percent threshold, the A-C Valley school district is working in conjunction with the following businesses who do provide free meal service to the district's students:

4Welters Country Market, 104 North River Avenue, Parker.

4Little It Deli, 615 Main Street, Emlenton.

4Bob's Place, 103 North Wayne Avenue, Parker.

The following locations offer food pantry and food cupboard assistance:

4Emlenton Presbyterian Church, 508 Main Street, Emlenton.

4Ebenberg Presbyterian Church, 405 Main Street, Knox.

Clarion Area

Clarion Area School District Food Service will provide an opportunity for families to drive thru or walk up and pick up meals for children 18 and under at Clarion Elementary School, 800 Boundary St., Clarion beginning Wednesday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meal distribution will be set up outside of the main entrance under the canopy. Please note:

4Children must be present in order for meals to be provided per USDA requirements.

4If driving, please stay in your car and meals will be passed through to the driver based on the number of children in the car.

4Meals provided to all students regardless of meal eligibility.

4Children will be provided one breakfast and one lunch daily.

4No substitutions will be permitted.

4All meals will meet or exceed USDA nutritional requirements.

4Children DO NOT need to be CASD students; however, they must be 18 years old or younger.

4We ask that families not congregate in the parking lot

4Families will not have access to the building.

4While not required, parents are encouraged to complete a one-time meal request form by going to www.clarion-schools.com and clicking on the meal request form.

Grab and go meals will begin Wednesday, March 18 and will continue daily Monday through Friday until March 27.

In the event school is closed longer than two weeks, meals will continue to be provided.

Clarion-Limestone

The Giving Tree and Family Friendship programs are partnering with local churches to get a food plan together for our families who need it during this time.

More information will be shared soon.

Here is a fantastic link our counselor, Erin Hockenberry, has created.

It includes webpages with wonderful online free educational resources.

Also, on this link, you will find information on the coronavirus, and how to talk with your children about what is happening and resources on the coronavirus.

This site will be updated daily. Please share this with your child.

North Clarion

In order to facilitate communication and answer your questions regarding the COVID-19 school closure, we have established an email address that can be used to submit questions.

We will be happy to answer your questions as best we can with the information we are being given from the federal government, the state governor's Office, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the state Department of Education and the state Department of Health.

The email address is; info@nccsd.org

Keystone

The Keystone School District is working toward providing Child Nutrition Program Meal Services during the mandatory school closure.

Meanwhile, the Knox Ministerium is eager and willing to support the area's most vulnerable populations.

Prepackaged food and supplies are available from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 19, at Edenburg Presbyterian Church at 405 Main Street, Knox.

Anyone willing to contribute to these worthy initiatives, please feel free to stop at either location during hours of operation or contact Pastor Karen Parsh at 814-881-3266.

Redbank Valley

While school is not in session due to the state mandate, there will be no active instruction occurring. Education resources will be posted to our website and in the Google Classrooms for review, continuation, and enrichment.

If the district remains closed for an additional amount of time, further communication will be given concerning online instruction.

An email was issued to all parents on Friday, March 13, alerting them about the school closure. If you did not receive an email,please send an email toemailupdates@redbankvalley.net.

Include your current email address and all of the students that you have enrolled in the district. If you did receive the email, there is no need to send us any updates.

Union

Some parents have asked if Union School District will be providing distance education during the closure period. Guidance from PDE, local leaders, and our legal representatives have advised against utilizing distance education as a method of educating our students during this time.

This is because most local school districts do not have sufficient infrastructure and resources to offer the same quality of education in the home as they do within our buildings.

Union School District has decided to provide meals to students in need during the closure.

Currently, we have meal drive-thru service set up for Thursday March 19 at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday March 24 at the same time.

Delivery service will be provided only for students who do not have adequate transportation to pick up meals directly from Union High School.

Building access has been closed for the duration of this shutdown to all people other than those deemed essential employees.