April 17, 2020
Dear Students, Staff, Parents, and Community,
As we continue to operate under the Continuity of Education Plan, our thoughts must be with those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gateway School District especially appreciates the many healthcare workers, first responders, and other members of the community who are helping to care for people in Monroeville and Pitcairn, along with the surrounding region. Our local hospitals, Forbes Regional and UPMC East, continue to bravely deal with these unprecedented situations and must be acknowledged. To those fiercely dedicated essential workers, we say thank you!
On April 9, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf made the anticipated decision to “physically” close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. While we as a district continue our remote learning platform, we must remain committed to the challenges being dealt to learners at home. Our children continue to have many questions associated with this shutdown, and I’m sure a lot of anxiety surrounding our economy and health as a country. Please remember to speak with your child and reassure him/her that our incredible staff and administrators are there to support and assist.
Our seniors, the Class of 2020, who have endured so much during this pandemic, must also not be forgotten. They deserve every opportunity to finish their thirteen years of formal public education and be acknowledged. Though for many, you may not be able to gather and say your formal goodbyes, as a district, we remain committed to offering you a chance to celebrate; something you’ve earned! With that said, I would like to announce the following adjustments to the school calendar and senior related milestones:
As a district, we will continue to monitor the fluid situation regarding the pandemic and its effect on scheduled or postponed events. Mr. Stephans will communicate with seniors in the coming days to provide further information regarding district plans for graduation, and the subsequent “Senior Celebration” event. Please be well and stay safe.
William Short, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools