Return to School 2020-2021


This page will be a resource for the General McLane School District community, families and parents that we will use to compile our plans for returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have questions about the return to school or wish to make comments/suggestions, please email or call 814-273-1033.

Our plans

Read through the General McLane School District plan that will be submitted to the state of Pennsylvania as approved by the General McLane Board of Education on August 5, 2020.

GMSD School nurses released this letter explaining their planning for parents/guardians/families ahead of the school year.

This info-explainer will also help parents understand what sort of policies and procedures we’ll have in place at school.

The half-day model plan for General McLane School District

More on the half-day model at General McLane High School

School schedules

School will start on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Daily COVID-19 Health Screening Tool

Parents/Families/Guardians: Please use this tool in order to ensure a healthy school year.

This tool was created by our school nurses and our Assistant Pandemic Coordinator to help you determine when your student(s) should stay home and when they should come to school.

Face masks vs. face shields

We’ve had many parents ask if they are able to send their student(s) to school with a face shield instead of a face mask.

Our medical team, which includes our Assistant Pandemic Coordinator and school nurses, created this document to specify where General McLane stands on face coverings.

How to Order School Lunches

We are promoting a cashless point of sale for all cafeteria lunches that need to be ordered this year. For students/staff members that need to place lunch (or breakfast) orders, here are step-by-step instructions on how to do that through our new SchoolCafe system.

To begin, we’ll share a video that details how meal service will work to start the year:

SchoolCafe is available in Android or iOS app, or via web browser. Instructions on how to create an account:

Instructions on how to place an order:

GM Cyber

We’ve gotten many questions about the GM Cyber Program. We have around 400 students signed up for the 20-21 year.

This page shares all of the pertinent information you need to know about the program.

GM Cyber to In-Person Learning

This flow chart is provided to show the complexity of the return from cyber request so it is understood why it may take some time in some cases to arrange it.  

If the decision tree follows the left side (parent provided transportation and can attend morning OR afternoon) the will happen the quickest.

See the flow chart by clicking here.

Informational Videos

Superintendent Rick Scaletta continues to share videos on the overall risk and benefit of returning to school and the different phases and the planning that the district has undergone to prepare for each.

Half Day Plan:

Risk & Benefit:

More information for families from the IU5:

Parent Update on Covid-19 from Northwest Tri-County IU5 on Vimeo.

McKean Elementary:


Edinboro Elementary:

Procedures/policies/social distancing

Parker Middle School:

Last minute information: Buses, Schoology/PowerSchool, GM Cyber, Picture day

Where to Find Information

Half-Day In-School Introduction

GM Cyber expectations


Student schedules/Drop-off/Pick-up

Welcome to the 20-21 Year

Answering Your Questions

We’re also recording weekly live Q&A sessions with Superintendent Rick Scaletta that we’ll share on our website. We’ll continue to post them here.

August 19, 2020

August 12, 2020

August 5, 2020

July 29, 2020

More parent resources


CDC school decision-making tool for parents, guardians and families

Face Coverings

We’ve gotten many questions regarding face coverings and what we will and will not be requiring. We are following state-mandated guidelines as they relate to face coverings, which were updated on Monday, August 17.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is requiring students wear face coverings at all times while in school, even when six feet of social distancing can be achieved.

Read more here:

Cleaning for the 20-21 Year

We realize cleaning procedures will be of the utmost importance for the 20-21 year. Below, you’ll find an attached list of ALL cleaning products used by General McLane School District.

Additionally,  all GM classrooms will have two hand sanitizers: the DEB Instafoam Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitizer and alcohol-based Lavender Hand Sanitizer. All GM teachers will also have Hillyayd ReJuvNal disinfectant to be used on hard surfaces as needed.

List of GM chemical products used