FOXBURG - On paper, the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District's plan to convert up to five snow days as remote instruction days looked like a good idea but in practice, it didn't turn out so well for the A-C Valley administration, staff, teachers and students.
When the plan was put in place, the snow make-up days normally put in the calendar were moved to the end of the school year in June. However, since the district agreed to place a moratorium on using the remote instruction days for snow days for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, there is an opportunity to insert a pair of snow make-up days into the calendar so the school year does not stretch too far into June.
The school board, upon recommendation from A-C Valley Superintendent Dr. David McDeavitt, voted to convert March 12 and April 1 into snow make-up days.
March 12 is scheduled as a winter break while April 1 is scheduled to be an off day as part of the school's spring break.
Later in the meeting, A-C Valley High School Principal Dr. William Jordan and Elementary Principal Lori Sherman both recommended continuing the afterschool tutoring program in their respective schools. Sherman recommended continuing the tutoring program through at least the end of the third grading period. Jordan wanted to continue the high school in a limited scope for certain students through at least the end of March.
Jordan also alerted the board that the senior trip organizers were looking for guidance for the senior trip as well as preliminary approval on a trip which will stay in Pennsylvania. Jordan stated the proposed trip is to spend three days in Hershey, Philadelphia and Gettysburg. Due to restrictions, Jordan doesn't believe the trip will happen until late May.
Originally, the senior class was scheduled to travel to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and a mandatory quarantine for the students on return, the out-of-state trip was scrapped.
McDeavitt asked Jordan how many students were planning on attending the current senior trip. Jordan said he didn't have an exact figure on hand but did relate not many students had signed up and he believes he knew the reason why not many had committed yet.
"A lot of students don't want to commit to something if they don't know what they are committing to," Jordan said.
McDeavitt stated he wanted to know how many students were attending to see if the district would have to provide a second bus for the trip to ensure social distancing. McDeavitt requested seeing an itinerary and a cost breakdown of the trip per student. McDeavitt also said he would like to poll the senior students to see how many plan to attend.
Also during the meeting, the board approved to alter the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) guidelines regarding out-of-state travel. The DOH guidelines only require students over the age of 11 to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantine for 10 days and be free of symptoms before returning to school after traveling out of state. The approved A-C Valley policy requires all students who travel out of state to provide a negative test or quarantine for 10 days.
In other business, the board:
4Approved adding Patricia Bell and Kristen Smathers as guest teachers pending receipt of all appropriate documentation.
4Approved a request by the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Band Boosters for use of the high school cafeteria March 31 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. for a pie fundraiser distribution.
4Approved hiring Mike Weigle as assistant baseball coach at a salary of $1,427 pending receipt of all appropriate documentation.
4Accepted the resignation of Mark Graf as school police officer effective March 21.
4Approved to advertise for the vacated school police officer position.
4Retroactively accepted the resignation of Tierra Page as a part-time custodian. Page's last day was Feb. 10.
4Approved advertising for two part-time light duty custodian positions.
4Approved DuWayne "Bud" Amsler and Mike Woodward to remain as volunteers to the baseball team for the 2020-21 season.
4Approved hiring William Strauser as assistant softball coach at a salary of $1,427 pending receipt of all appropriate documentation.
4Approved a request from Pamela J. Myers to add a 2012 Honda Odyssey touring van to the Myers Transportation fleet.
4Approved a request from Pamela J. Myers to add Steve Myers as a driver with Myers Transportation.