FRIDAY WILDCAT NEWS
September 25, 2020
NEWS & UPDATES
DALLASTOWN ELEMENTARY NAMED NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
Please join us in congratulating Dallastown Elementary School for receiving the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award.

On Thursday September 28th, the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the winners - 367 schools nationally - with Dallastown Elementary receiving “Exemplary-High Performing” status.

Mr. Patterson states “The Dallastown Elementary family is very excited about being named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School. Our entire staff goes above and beyond to connect with each child and their families. We truly are a “School Family” at Dallastown Elementary and feel that our positive environment sets us apart from most schools. This environment has enhanced learning experiences for our students and that has led to their academic success. It’s exciting to be recognized for our efforts by receiving this award!”

Congratulations Dallastown Elementary!
DALLASTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL SELECTED AS 2020 NATIONAL BANNER UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOL
Last week, the Special Olympics announced that Dallastown Area High School was one of 121 schools throughout the country to be selected as a 2020 National Banner Unified Champion School.

Becoming the first in York County to receive this award, DAHS demonstrates a commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence. This includes having an enriching and nurturing climate which promotes collaboration, engagement, and respect for all members of the student body and staff.

Congratulations DAHS for being leaders in the Unified Generation!
DAIS ONE WORD DAY
Love, strong, brave, creative, athletic, hope, courage, persevere… DAIS students and staff celebrated One Word Day at the beginning of the school year. They chose a word that represents themselves and honored this day by wearing a shirt with words on it!
COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION
Since the start of school, the Dallastown Area School District has been focused on the health and safety of our students and staff. The District continues to conduct daily reviews of any COVID-19 related illnesses and make the necessary decisions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As we become aware of positive COVID-19 cases within our buildings, the District closely considers the established state guidelines when determining if a school or schools should be closed for a specific period of time. This recommended chart serves as a guide in the decision making process, not a hard and steady parameter. 

Each case is unique and many factors come into play which guide our thoughts related to school closure. For instance, we also assess the inter-relational nature of the cases so that we can be prudent in ensuring the continuity of education for all our students, in addition to their health and safety. Some of the cases within the District have been more isolated in scope, while others have been more interrelated. These are all factors that are critical when assessing the recommended guidelines. 

Although the number of total cases within a building have a major bearing on the decision, it is equally as important to take into consideration other factors related to connectivity of the positive cases. 

It is our hope that we do not have to close a specific school. The District continues to strongly encourage our district families to be prepared and establish a plan should this be warranted. Regardless, should we face an unfortunate school closure, please know it will be our goal to return students safely as soon as we are able to do so. 
BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS VACANCY
At its Thursday, September 17th, meeting, the Dallastown Area Board of School Directors regretfully received the resignation of School Director John Hartman, effective Saturday, October 31st. We are sincerely grateful for his service to the school board and Dallastown community since December 2013 and offer our best wishes for his future endeavors.

As per Board Policy 004, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by a majority vote of the remaining members of the board, within thirty (30) days of the occurrence of the vacancy. In this case, eligible candidates must reside in Region 1 of Dallastown Area School District, which includes the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Wards of York Township, and be available for a public interview on Monday, November 9th, at 6 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria (or virtual). The successful candidate will take his/her oath that same evening and be appointed for the remainder of the unexpired term until December 2021.

Between 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 21th and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5th, please submit a detailed letter of interest and resume to: School Board Secretary, District Administration Building, 700 New School Lane, Dallastown, PA 17313.

For additional details regarding qualifications for this vacancy and additional steps, access the School Board section on the District website.
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.
DATES TO REMEMBER
  • October 14 - 16: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 15 - 16: HS/MS/IS/ES Schools Closed
  • October 17: PSAT Exam