COVID-19 and Thanksgiving Break


covid and thanksgiving break

General McLane School District will observe Thanksgiving Break starting Wednesday, November 25, 2020 through Monday, November 30, 2020. There will be no school for any district students on these dates.

Starting December 1, 2020, all General McLane students will be doing virtual learning for one week. Students are expected to return to in-person learning on Monday, December 7, 2020 for grades K-8. Since GMHS students are doing virtual learning on Mondays, they are expected to return to the building on Tuesday, December 8.

Any questions about any of this information should be directed to the Superintendent’s Office at 814-273-1033 ext 5901.

Please call our Assistant Pandemic Response Coordinator, Kristen Donnelly, with questions or reports of COVID-19 at 814-899-3363.

What will happen Dec. 1 through Dec. 4?

Please view this document that shares the sociological basis, medical background, what will happen December 1 through 4 and more important district information for those dates.

*Please note that it is still highly critical that the district be informed of any parent or student who tests COVID-19 positive over the holiday so we are aware of proper quarantine dates. Please call our Assistant Pandemic Response Coordinator, Kristen Donnelly, with questions or reports at 814-899-3363 (please not on Thanksgiving Day).

Travel guidelines

Updated 11/30/20

Individuals aged 12 and older traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other state or commonwealth or international location must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 14 days upon entering. View more information here.

If you plan on traveling for the holidays or for any purpose, please fill out this form and return to your school building’s front office as soon as possible.

*Note: This order was revised as announced by Mr. Scaletta on 11/30/20. It now only applies to persons age 12 and older. See more exemptions and find more information regarding that information here.

Meal Ordering Information

We will continue to provide free meals for all children 18 years and younger while the school buildings are closed 12/1-12/4. Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesday 12/1 and Thursday 12/3 from 11:00-1:00pm and you will get meals for two days at each pick up.

There are two pick up sites: In front of the High School and in front of McKean Elementary. For the High School – Pull up to the front of the school, stay in your vehicle and someone will come out to you.

For McKean Elementary – Meals can be picked up at the side entrance to the cafeteria accessed by the driveway closest to Country Fair (we will have signs!!). Also stay in your vehicle and we will come out to you. Please order meals through the Microsoft Form. Orders can NOT be placed through School Cafe when the buildings are closed. Instructions and the order form are linked below. Please direct any questions to Amy Skladanowski at (814) 273-1033 ext 2618 or

Form for ordering is available here:


Q: Will we still be following the AM/PM schedule for our virtual learning week? 

A: Instead of half-day virtual/half-day in-person learning, this will be all day virtual learning. Each student will receive specific instructions from his/her teacher if the student will be required to log in to our online platforms (SeeSaw for elementary; Schoology for MS/HS) at specific times for class meetings or participate in any live or synchronous learning. Otherwise, students will be able to complete virtual work at their own pace throughout the day.

Q: How will you be enforcing travel restrictions? 

A: We are hoping for honestly and prudence among travelers. We can not know the plans of each and every student, faculty and staff member. It is our hope, that if there is has been a concerning interaction over the holiday (or anytime), those individuals will remain out of school for the required time. If a family opts to not stay out of school following this interaction, please diligently monitor for symptoms and have a test should any symptoms occur.

This is not a GM School District mandate, but a state of Pennsylvania mandate. It is a legal requirement. Anyone who does not abide by this mandate could be fined between $25 and $300. We have notified all GM families, parents, teachers and staff members and have asked that if any of them know of families or students who did not abide by this mandate to immediately excuse the student to the building’s School Nurse’s office and to ask the parent to pick up the student ASAP.

Q: What about travelers coming into the state of PA from out of state? 

A: The latest guidance from the state of PA orders that anyone who visits from another state have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the commonwealth or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania, an order which took effect on Friday, Nov. 20.

Q: When a student completes their quarantine do they just go back to school the day after? Do they need any documentation or an excuse?

A: Our Assistant Pandemic Coordinator Kristen Donnelly sends dates to the principals, nurses and attendance secretary for each student in quarantine. No further documentation is needed. If the quarantine date changes, because of new symptoms or additional family member with symptoms, the parent should contact the school nurse or Kristen Donnelly. All quarantines and positive cases must be fever free without fever-reducing medications and symptoms greatly improved to return to school.

Testing resource

Having trouble getting a test? There is free testing available at these sites.