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 email@example.com or call 814-273-1033.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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
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
July 29, 2020
More parent resources
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.
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.