FRIDAY WILDCAT NEWS
January 8, 2021
Greetings Dallastown Community,
Now, more than ever before, I believe in the power of education as the eyes of our children are watching the events that occurred on Tuesday at our nation’s Capitol. This presents a very unique educational opportunity. Parents and educators have an important job engaging students in their learning in the midst of this uncertain, and often scary, time. Together, as the Dallastown community, we must continue to work together to do our very best to provide guidance and leadership to our students in this ever-changing world.

Children have endless questions, which they should be encouraged to ask. I urge parents and guardians to talk with their children about the events and issues we currently face as a nation. Navigating these conversations can be challenging, in which often times there are no clear answers. But it is through these conversations that many teachable moments will occur.

Sincerely,
Joshua A. Doll, Ed.D.
Superintendent
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
NEWS & UPDATES
DAHS STUDENTS GIVE BACK DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Wherever you look, the need for hope is apparent, perhaps more than ever. Nursing homes are no exception— in fact, the sentiment is even stronger. During this time, senior citizens are extremely isolated due to their vulnerability to COVID-19. What was once a season of celebration and gathering is now accompanied with a growing sense of anxiety and loneliness as families and friends cannot visit their loved ones in nursing homes and retirement facilities. This isolation takes an emotional toll on the residents.

With this in mind, DHS Health STAT Club President Lauren Garcia developed the project Cards of Hope for the Holidays with the goal of uplifting, encouraging, and providing hope and holiday cheer for senior citizens in the York community. This project was led by DHS Health STAT Club in partnership with DHS National Honor Society. A generous total of 1052 handwritten cards (when the goal was just 250!) is being distributed to every resident in 8 senior-living facilities this holiday season: Pleasant Acres (300), Country Meadows - Leader Heights (187), Country Meadows - York West (170), ManorCare Kingston Court (125), ManorCare York South (122), Rest Haven (50), SpiriTrust Lutheran (70), and ManorCare Dallastown (25).
DAEF HOSTS FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT DASD STUDENTS
The Dallastown Area Educational Foundation has partnered with locally owned, Mickey's Pizza to offer families a delicious meal to enjoy at home to support and enhance the Dallastown student experience.

Your support will enable us to continue providing resources, such as the following, to our student community:
  • Scholarships
  • Winter coats to students in need
  • Support for the senior class party
  • Field trips
  • Classroom materials
  • Student enrichment and support programs

The deadline to place an order is January 20, 2021.
LOGANVILLE-SPRINGFIELD ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF BUILDING PROJECT
Loganville-Springfield Elementary welcomed students back from holiday break with the fourth and final stage of construction complete.

This building project created new classrooms, support areas (nursing, guidance, etc.), cafeteria, multi-purpose gymnasium/auditorium (with community activities in mind), playgrounds and office spaces, along with an enhanced technology infrastructure for the classroom and building security.

After breaking ground in January of 2019, this District building project was completed on time and under budget.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a formal dedication ceremony will be held at a later date.
DAHS HOSTING VIRTUAL AUDITIONS FOR 2021 MUSICAL, FROZEN, JR.
The Dallastown Area High School 2021 Musical - Frozen, Jr. is looking for two elementary students to play the roles of Young Anna and Young Elsa in the spring production. Click here to learn more.
WEEKLY COVID-19 UPDATE
Currently Dallastown Area School District has 27 active cases within the District. This does not include the previous cases of which the individuals have recovered from COVID-19 and have returned to our buildings.

The District continues to work in collaboration with the PA Department of Health to conduct contact tracing investigations. As a result of these investigations, the District will notify those individuals who are considered close contacts and advise them to self-quarantine, accordingly.
BUILDING BREAKDOWN
Dallastown Area High
School
Positive Cases: 13
Dallastown Area Middle School
Positive Cases: 5
Dallastown Area Intermediate School
Positive Cases: 4
Dallastown
Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
Leaders Heights
Elementary
Positive Cases: 3
Loganville-Springfield Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
Ore Valley Elementary
Positive Cases: 2
York Township Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
Wildcat Compass Academy
Positive Cases: 0
DASD DAILY SCREENING TOOL
To allow guardians to quickly conduct daily health screenings, Health Services has developed a Daily Student Screening Tool to assist with symptom screenings and recommendations surrounding students returning to school.

If your student display's symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary health care provider and your student's school nurse.
DATES TO REMEMBER
  • January 14: Finance Committee Meeting
  • January 18: NO SCHOOL - Holiday
  • January 21: School Board Meeting
  • January 25: Building and Capital Projects Committee Meeting