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Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. As per updated requirements from the CDC, masks will no longer be required on buses and vans for public school systems. Therefore, starting tomorrow, Monday, February 28th, wearing masks will be optional for students and bus and van drivers in the Commodore Perry School District. We are encouraged as yet one more step to return to normalcy has been achieved in this long and difficult two-year battle of Coronavirus. Thank you for your patience and support as we journeyed through this unchartered territory of a pandemic and did our best to learn and grow with each new step and challenge. Have a great evening!
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. After monitoring the weather and consulting with road crews, we have determined that the conditions will not be safe to transport students to school tomorrow morning; therefore, the Commodore Perry School District will hold its third Flexible Instruction Day tomorrow, Friday, February 4th. Students are expected to report attendance and complete work for FID #3 according to the expectations on the website. All work for both Days 2 and 3 in the FID folders, whether they’re paper copies or electronic, will be due and should be returned on Monday, February 7th. While we would prefer to have our students in school, we want everyone to be safe! Have a safe evening, day tomorrow, and weekend, and we will look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday!
Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie. In anticipation of the dangerous weather conditions overnight and tomorrow, the Commodore Perry district will be using a Flexible Instructional Day tomorrow, Thursday, February 3rd. Students will be permitted to take home their Chromebooks at the end of the day; however, it is not mandatory as all work has been previously sent home in hard copy at the beginning of the year. They should complete FID #2 assignments. Please be reminded that every student is required to report attendance in one of the following ways: through the homeroom teacher’s Google Classroom; text student’s name to elementary teachers via REMIND app; or calling 724-253-3255 to record the student’s name: Ext. 1230 for Elementary; Ext. 1221 for High School; or Ext. 1240 if unable to access other extensions. Additionally, students are required to complete and submit assigned work (either electronically or hard copy) by the next in-person school day unless there are extenuating circumstances. We will continue to watch the weather and make a determination for Friday as appropriate. All of this information can be found under the Flexible Instruction Day Instructions and Expectations on our webpage. Thank you for your support as we continue to seek to keep our students and staff safe!
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. Due to the fact that some township roads are still impacted by the large amount of snow we’ve received, the Commodore Perry School District will use a Flexible Instructional Day tomorrow, Tuesday, January 18th. Students should complete Day 1 packets that were sent home in their FID folders in September. If students have access to technology, they may complete work on teachers’ Google classrooms as posted, otherwise, they should complete the paperwork that was sent home in their FID folders and return it to their teachers on Wednesday. Because Flexible Instructional Days have been approved by the PA Department of Education, we will not need to make up this day. You can find Flexible Instruction Day Instructions and Expectations on the home page of our website. Again, the Commodore Perry School District will use a Flexible Instructional Day tomorrow, and it will NOT need to be made up. Thank you, have a great evening, and stay safe!
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I hope that you had a good Christmas and New Year! After meeting with our administrative team, including our school nurse Mrs. Holtz, regarding the COVID isolation and quarantine guidelines, we have updated our protocols to reflect the CDC’s guidelines as well as our own CP data. First, as a reminder, an isolation occurs when a student tests positive for COVID or exhibits more than one COVID symptom and chooses not to test. A quarantine results from a close contact with someone who has tested positive. Anyone who tests positive or is displaying more than one COVID symptom will isolate for a minimum of 5 days. Close contacts will have an option to quarantine at home or stay in school as long as he or she consistently and properly wears a mask. If a student is identified as not wearing a mask at school, he or she will need to complete the quarantine at home. This information will be shared with families as necessary when a positive COVID case, COVID symptoms, or a close contact is identified. We will continue to track our data, and if we find these measures are not effective, we will adapt our protocols to more stringent isolations and/or quarantines. Perhaps most importantly, in order to protect our CP family and prevent the sharing of the COVID virus, the best thing a family can do is to keep students home when they are experiencing COVID or any other flu-like symptoms. If we all do our part to mitigate the spread of germs, we can continue to effectively educate our students in-person.
Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie. As many of you know the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the Acting Secretary of Health’s school masking order, effective immediately. According to Commodore Perry’s Health and Safety plan, because the mandate is no longer in effect, masks for students and staff will be optional. The CDC and the Department of Health continue to recognize the wearing of masks as a safe way to lessen the spread of COVID, however, wearing masks will no longer be a requirement. Please be aware that cases of COVID continue to increase in our county. We ask that every member of our CP family be diligent in doing everything possible to limit the spread of the virus to others. One of the most important preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID or any other illness is for both students and staff to stay home from school if they are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, runny nose, sneezing, headache, body aches, etc. Please be aware that we will continue to contact trace and quarantine students and staff as necessary. We will track our own data, and if there are increases in COVID cases that can be traced to the spread in school, additional measures will be put into place to assist in preventing the spread. Our focus will remain on keeping our students in school and providing them with the best education possible. Together we can achieve our goal!
Good Evening, this is Madelyn Eber, a senior at Commodore Perry High School. On behalf of the Commodore Perry student council, I would like to invite our veterans, their families, and community members to a Veteran’s Day assembly on November 11th. It will begin at 9 a.m. with an assembly to give thanks to our veterans, held in the elementary gym. Following that there will be a flag retirement ceremony and a light luncheon for our veterans and their families. The luncheon will be available to enjoy both in school or to go. Please remember that masks must be worn at all times while in the building. We hope to see you all there!
Good evening, I want to remind you that there is an Act 80 day scheduled for parent-teacher conferences this Friday, November 5th, so there will be no school for students. If you haven’t been contacted by one of your student’s teachers and would like to schedule a conference, please contact the teacher directly via email or call the elementary or high school office as soon as possible. Communication between school and home is very important, so if you have any questions or concerns you’d like to discuss, please take this opportunity to schedule a meeting for this Friday. We value your partnership! Have a great evening!
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I am calling this evening to request your assistance in providing feedback regarding how the Commodore Perry School District uses the funding that it has been allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act. These funds can be used in seven different ways that will be extremely beneficial to maintain, support, and improve what we do for our students and staff to keep them safe, healthy, learning, and growing. As a stakeholder, you will be asked to rate your top three priorities for the use of these funds. Please complete the brief survey on our website marked ARP Survey by the end of the day on Friday, October 1st. Again, please complete the survey by the end of the day this Friday, October 1st. Have a great evening!
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I am calling to share a new format that we will use starting on Monday to report positive COVID cases. A Weekly COVID Counter will be placed on our cppanther.org website that will be updated each time a new case is identified. Both students and staff will be updated at each building level when a positive case is identified during a one-week period. Each Monday the counter will start at 0 unless a case was identified over the weekend. Secondly, we will only report cases when one of our own students or staff members had actually been in the school building and was considered contagious by the DoH guidelines. Again, if a student or staff member was not in the building within their contagious period, they will not be reported. We hope that this will provide important information that will keep you informed as we all seek to keep our students safe. Thank you and have a good evening!
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. We were notified today that two students in the elementary school tested positive for COVID-19. The families of all students that need to be quarantined were contacted. Thank you and have a good evening.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. We were informed that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. There were no students or staff that needed to be quarantined. Have a good evening.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. We were notified today that a student in the high school and a student in the elementary school tested positive for COVID-19. All students that need to be quarantined were contacted. Please know that Mrs. Holtz, our school nurse, keeps careful track of positive COVID cases, quarantines, and the appropriate protocols for students to return to school. We are grateful for her commitment in following these procedures.
Second, the Commodore Perry School Board’s September meeting has been moved to next Monday, September 13th at 6:30 PM in the high school library. Face coverings will be required. Thank you and have a good evening.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I want to provide you with some information prior to Open House this evening. As many of you are aware, Governor Wolf announced a mask mandate from the PA Department of Health that will begin on Tuesday, September 7th. According to our Health and Safety Plan approved by the Board on July 7th and found on our website, Masks will be worn in accordance to requirements of PA DoH or PDE. Since masks were not “required” previously, they were optional for staff and students; however, the Department of Health is now requiring masks for each teacher, student, staff, or visitor working, attending, or visiting a school, and we must follow our plan. Both masks and full shields are acceptable. Students will not be required to wear masks during gym classes, recess, lunch, or participating in sports. While I know that there are very strong opinions around this mandate, I hope that you will join me in staying focused on what matters the most: helping our students learn here at school. We look forward to seeing you this evening at our CP Family Open House.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. We’ve had a great start to our new school year, and it’s wonderful to hear and see our students learning and growing together! I have two important pieces of information to share with you regarding the Technology Protection Plan and Open House. Any additional information regarding our Health and Safety Plan that is posted on our website will be addressed in a future robocall. First, I have an update regarding the Technology Protection Plan. We are still waiting for the Pay School company to complete the process for families to pay for the plan online. We are hopeful that this will be accomplished soon, and I will send a robocall when it is available. Once this process is complete, students that have chosen this option will then be able to take their Chromebooks home.
Next, as we prepare for Open House tomorrow, we have been reflecting on how grateful we are for the tremendous participation of our families who want to come and meet their children’s teachers. We are hopeful that this same excitement will be shared tomorrow; however, as a precautionary measure to limit the number of people in the rooms and hallways at one time, we’re asking parents to make their best efforts to attend during an alphabetically assigned half-hour according to their student’s last name. Students with last names beginning with A-H should attend between 6:00 and 6:30; students with last names beginning with I-P should attend between 6:30 and 7:00, and students with last names beginning with Q-Z should attend between 7:00 and 7:30. These times are posted on our website. This will limit the number of families in a room at one time and allow the teachers the opportunity to safely greet each one for a few minutes. If families would like additional time to socialize with other CP families, you are welcome to do so outside of the elementary or high school entrances. Also, just as we ask families each day of school to monitor their students’ health, we ask the same of our families tomorrow evening and ask that you not attend Open House if anyone is experiencing respiratory or flu-like symptoms. Our goal for this year is to help our students learn as “normally” and “safely” as possible. Following these two requests for tomorrow will help us accomplish this goal! We look forward to seeing you!
Good evening! This is Kim Zippie. We had a great first day! Of course, there are always a few bumps along the way, and we learn and grow from them! There are two things that we need to remind and clarify for our families, one at the beginning of the day and one at the end of the day. First, a reminder. The doors will NOT open until 7:45 for students to enter the building. There was a glitch this morning, and the high school entrance was opened earlier, but it will NOT be opened until 7:45 for the remainder of the year. Second, to clarify, if parents are picking up their elementary children at the end of the day, they must send a note or call Mrs. Sindlinger to inform her that the student is being picked up and whether the child is being picked up one day or every day. If it is only for one day, a note should be sent every time the child is going to be picked up. Next, the person picking up the child should have the QR code that is registered for their child. If you have an issue printing your QR code, please contact the office or Mr. Dillaman. Thank you for helping to keep our students safe and have a great evening!
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. The entire CP staff family is anxiously awaiting our students’
return tomorrow. There has been an enormous amount of work accomplished in the school
building as well as the teachers’ preparation in the classrooms to help our students have a
wonderful start to the new school year. To that end, I have a few pieces of information to share
with you to get us started.
First, the Seamless Summer program will continue to provide free breakfasts and lunches for all
of our CP students. Only students who want to purchase extra lunches or ala carte items will
need to have money or an account through the Pay School systems that is posted on the CP
website under the Parent Tab. We hope your students will take advantage of this wonderful
Second, the Technology Protection Plan for those families that choose to have their students be
able to take their Chromebooks home on an as-needed basis will be sent home tomorrow. It is
also posted on our website. Parents who choose this option can send a check or pay through
an online payment option that will be available on our website. We are still waiting for the
company to open our account and will update the information on our website as soon as it is
available. Please keep checking!
Next, for a couple of safety and security updates. Parents who are picking up their elementary
children after school must bring a valid driver’s license for the first time to confirm their identity.
We have new families in our district and new staff members in charge of our after-school
dismissal. We want to verify each person’s identity to ensure our students’ safety.
Our new security entrances for both the elementary and high schools are almost complete.
Visitors will only enter through the secure entrances into a waiting area, and the secretaries will
address any needs or requests from there. Students arriving late or returning from an
appointment will also enter through the secure entrances.
Finally, we begin this year knowing that COVID challenges are still very real, and we absolutely
respect each family’s opinion on this issue. While masks are optional for staff and students in
the school, with the exception of busses where it is federally mandated, we encourage families
with concerns to have their children wear masks. Please know that anyone wearing a mask,
both students and staff, will be treated with respect and supported in his or her decision. We will
continue to follow quarantine protocols and will also monitor our data for indications that
additional protocols should be put into place. These protocols may include the implementation
of short-term mask-wearing until the data indicates otherwise. Of course, one of the best ways
to prevent COVID from spreading is to keep students home who may be experiencing any
COVID symptoms. If there’s any question, please keep your child home. Our goal is to keep our
students learning in person all year, and we can only achieve this by working together. As
always, if you have any health-related questions, please call Mrs. Holtz, our school nurse,
during school hours.
Thank you for your support and cooperation. And now…let the learning begin!
This is Athletic Director, Stacy Payne, calling with some important information regarding the upcoming school year. First, if you ordered JHVB, Cross Country, or Prom Pictures from last year, they are available for pickup in the District office between the hours of 8 and 2, Monday through Thursday.
Next, mandatory practices for fall sports will begin on August 16. All athletes must have completed the online registration at www.cppanthersathletics.org and uploaded the signature page from the doctor in order to participate in practices that day. Cross Country practice will be from 3-5, Volleyball practices will be from 5-7 in the high school gym, Soccer practice will be from 3-5 on the soccer field, and JH Girls Basketball practice will be from 7-9 in the high school gym. If you do not have your physical completed, you may not practice until it is complete and uploaded online, but you are still required to attend the practices.
Next, we are excited to share that our students have the opportunity to participate in football cheer at Lakeview this year. With that being said, we just received word that the Jr. High tryouts will be held tonight, 8/4, from 6-8pm and tomorrow, 8/5, from 5:30pm until tryouts are complete at the Oakview Elementary gym. Varsity tryouts will be held 8/12 from 5:30 – 8:30pm at the Oakview Elementary gym.
Finally, we will be recognizing all of our fall athletes at a Fall Meet the Athlete which will follow a reverse parade being hosted by the CP Faculty on 8/24. The parade will start at 6:00pm and end on the soccer field, where we will host an outdoor Meet the Athlete followed by a bonfire, music, and hot dogs/beverages. We hope to see you all there!
Good evening. This is Kim Zippie. As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, it seems appropriate for us all to breathe a collective sigh…. not just of relief that we made it, but a sigh of satisfaction that we have all learned much and grown much in ways we never expected or thought possible. It took all of us in the CP family…staff, students, families, and community partners to persevere through a very challenging time in national and CP history…and both prevail and thrive to the end. We would like to say a very special thank you to all who were patient, flexible, and supportive throughout this year.
Now for some updates. Information about the Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program in Mercer County has been posted on our website. Anyone with a need to pay either rent or utility bills can contact the Mercer County Housing Authority for assistance over the next 12 months. Also, please continue to check our website from time to time during the summer for updates and new information, including access to our school board meeting and any special meetings that may be scheduled. We are hopeful that the June 21st board meeting will be the last “live-streamed” meeting, and we can welcome our partners back in person. Finally, as a reminder that students will be dismissed at 1:16 tomorrow on their final day. I hope and pray that you have a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation, learning, and lots of good memories.
This is Athletic Director, Stacy Payne, calling to inform you that sports physicals will once again be offered through Commodore Perry School District for a fee of $15 on July 9 and July 16 this summer. If your child will be going into grades 7-12 for the upcoming school year and will be participating in a fall, winter, or spring sport, he/she may sign up to get a sports physical at the school on July 9 or July 16 by accessing the 2021-2022 Sports Physical link under the Recent News tab on the district website at www.cppanthers.org. Payment can be brought into the school next week and given to Dr. Payne. We do ask that prior to arriving for you physical that you please fill out the necessary paperwork and submit it online by going to www.cppanthersathletics.org and clicking on the online registration link. This link will be available next Tuesday, June 8. You will need to take a copy of the physical form to the doctor, so those forms are available outside of the Athletic Director’s office and need to be completed prior to your arrival at your scheduled physical date and time. Additionally, fall sports signups will be available outside of the Athletic Director’s office starting Monday, June 7. Have a safe and healthy summer and we look forward to seeing you all next year.
Good morning, this is Kim Zippie. We were notified that a student in the high school tested positive for COVID-19. The Department of Health was contacted. There were no students in close contact with this student so no one needs to be quarantined. Let’s all stay vigilant to do what we can to contain any COVID spread. We’re almost to the finish line!! Thank you.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I have a few pieces of information to share with you regarding broadband service, vaccine availability, and music concerts. First, in an effort to identify the level of Internet access and connectivity that residents have within our school district community, we are asking that you complete a short survey that is found on our website. The data collected will greatly assist our school district with obtaining local, state and federal broadband funding to provide additional resources to our students and families. Thank you in advance for taking your time to take this survey!
Second, if any families are interested in vaccinations for their children 12 years and older, a link has been placed on our website to a scheduling opportunity at Walgreens. This is only for informational purposes only and not a requirement.
Finally, we are excited to share that we are able to have live band and choir concerts next week. The elementary band and choir concerts will be held on Tuesday, June 1st at 6:30 PM and the jr high band and choir concerts will be held the same night at 7:15 PM in the high school auditorium. The high school band and choir concerts will be held on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM, also in the high school auditorium. In keeping with the Governor’s orders for schools, masks are still required for attendance. Also, both events will be live-streamed through a link accessed on our website. Thank you and have a nice evening.
We were notified that a student in the high school tested positive for COVID-19. The Department of Health was contacted. All students who were in close contact with this student were notified and quarantined from school. This information will be sent to parents this evening.
Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie. I want to update you on the progress of our cold water tank installation. So far, things are going well for Chris and the plumbing crew with only a few challenges along the way; however, they needed to lay a cement pad for the new tanks, and they must allow time for it to cure before placing the tanks on it, finishing the plumbing, and flushing the line; therefore, we are going to need to use Tuesday as a remote day, and I wanted to give you as much time as possible to make necessary preparations. The goal is to return to school on Wednesday, April 7th, for in-person learning but will update you if anything changes. We are grateful for those working so hard this weekend to improve our water system and for your patience and support as we work through these necessary renovations. Have a blessed Easter and enjoy the beautiful weather that is on its way!
Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie. After a long day of difficult work, Chris Gillingham and the plumbers were able to clean the hot water tank and get our faucets and toilets working again. Thanks to their tremendous efforts, we can plan to be at school in-person on Monday. Students should return with their Chromebooks and chargers. Please know that this is a temporary fix and plans are underway to get ready for permanent solutions. The cold water tanks will be installed over the Easter break, and we will again send the Chromebooks and chargers home with students on Wednesday to be prepared in case an extension of time is needed. Have a great rest of your weekend!
Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie. As you know, we have been working through our water issues trying to make it to Easter break so that our students can continue in-person learning and the renovations can begin on the cold water tank. Thankfully, through the hard work of Chris Gillingham and the assistance of our plumbers, we have successfully made it through another week. However, the rust in the hot water tank is now causing additional problems as it is clogging up the touchless sinks and toilets we recently installed. If left alone this will ruin these devices. Starting tomorrow morning, Chris and the plumbers will work to clean out the hot water tank. We are hopeful that they can create yet another temporary solution to get us through the three days next week; however, if they cannot, we will move to remote learning. Therefore, in order to be prepared, we are sending the Chromebooks home with students at the end of the day. I will send another call tomorrow to confirm what we will do on Monday. Because this may take a few minutes longer for our Career Center students to get their Chromebooks when they return to school today, buses may be running a few minutes late; this will also delay the start of our student pick-up at the elementary school. If your student was absent today, and it’s necessary to move to remote learning, we will provide a time for your student to come into the building to get his or her Chromebook on Monday morning.
Finally, I need to inform you that a high school student tested positive for COVID. Any student that was in close contact with the student has been quarantined. This serves as a reminder that we need to stay diligent with our COVID protocols.
Thank you for your continued patience and support as we deal with challenges beyond our control.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. After a long week of waiting for water test results and approval from the PA Department of Education, we have finally received approval to bring students back to school on Monday. Our plan is to replace our cold water tank over the Easter break. While the DEP and an engineer have assured us that our water is safe, out of an abundance of caution we are going to provide bottled water for students and staff until the Easter break and the water tank can be replaced. Please know that we are very aware of what a difficult week this has been for everyone. Be assured that we have done and will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that our water is safe and the water system is working properly so that our students can learn. We want to give a special thank you to our Supervisor of Building and Grounds, Chris Gillingham, for all the work that he has done to make our return possible. Thank you and have a great weekend!
Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date information regarding our water situation, I have been waiting to get additional information as to what our options are for returning students to the building as soon as possible. As I originally reported, we submitted a water sample as recommended by the plumber and Microbac, and it came back clear today, which is great news; however, we since learned that we were required by the DEP to do two additional tests beyond the initial water sample. The second one was taken today, the third will be taken tomorrow with results expected on Friday. We will update you as to the results as soon as possible. In the meantime rather than use both of our final Flexible Instruction Days, we will use our fourth day tomorrow and provide remote learning on Thursday and Friday. This means that if any student does not have this or her Chromebook at home, he or she may either come to the school and pick it up from his or her homeroom between 9:00 and 2:00 tomorrow or parents may request it to be delivered tomorrow afternoon between 12:30 and 1:30. The request for delivery must be completed via the survey posted on the website by 9:00 tonight. Again, anyone who needs a Chromebook may pick it up in the student’s homeroom between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM tomorrow or request that it be delivered between 12:30 and 1:30 PM. Please know that we are working diligently to find solutions to our water situation and return students back to the building as soon as possible.
Good morning, this is Kim Zippie. In an effort to productively use our day off yesterday and an empty building to complete necessary updates to our water system, additional issues were discovered that have been resolved. However, as a result of these updates, the plumbers and Microbac, our water inspection company, strongly recommended that our water be tested to ensure it is safe for drinking. We absolutely agree that this is a necessary step to ensure the safety of our staff and students. Unfortunately, the water samples cannot be taken until Monday, and the results will most likely not be available until Tuesday. This means that we will need to use Flexible Instruction Days at least on Monday and Tuesday until we receive the results. FID materials have already been sent home for Monday, and they are also posted on teachers’ Google Classroom pages for those who have access to technology; however, because the second day was unexpected, if you do NOT have the technology to access the second set of FID materials on Google Classroom pages, hard copies can be picked up between noon and 3:00 at the central office on Monday afternoon OR they can be delivered to your homes at the end of the normal school day on Monday between 3:00 and 4:00. If you need these hard copies, please complete the FID Material Request Survey on our website or call the elementary office or high school office and leave a message by 8:00 AM Monday morning. Again, if you need hard copies of FID materials for Tuesday, you must complete the FID Material Request survey or call the school at 724-253-3255 by 8:00 Monday morning and leave a message. You can pick them up or we will deliver them to you. If you have any questions regarding expectations for the Flexible Instruction Days and attendance, please see the Flexible Instruction Day Instructions and Expectations link on our website.
For Mercer County Career students, transportation to the career center will still be provided. Career Center students will need to arrive at CP by 11:25 am to ride the bus. Students may ride the busses home since FID materials will be delivered on bus routes.
Staff members should check their emails for additional information.
I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this causes, but please know that the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us. This past year has been full of twists and turns and we are very hopeful that this is just one small bend! We promise to bring our students back just as soon as safely possible! Thank you once again for your continued support.
Good evening this is Kim Zippie. In order to keep you informed, I want to share some information with you. At the end of the day today we were made aware of a situation by our Supervisor of Facilities and Grounds related to hot water in the building. As a precaution, we had our students in grades 7-12 take their technology home and checked with our elementary students to make sure another round of FID folder material went home. Our goal was to ensure our students were prepared so that a day of instruction wouldn’t be lost in case the situation couldn’t be resolved. At this time, we believe the situation has been resolved, and we are planning on holding school as scheduled tomorrow; however, we felt it necessary to explain why students brought their technology home. This was truly an effort to be prepared in case a Flexible Instructional Day was necessary. Thank you and have a good evening.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie with some important information. The Commodore Perry School Board voted this evening to move from the hybrid model for students in grades 5-12 to in-person learning five days a week beginning next Monday, February 22nd. This means that all students in grades K-12 will be attending school five days a week. Those who choose to remain remote will be attending school synchronously five days per week. The hybrid schedule will no longer be an option. Again, students will attend school in-person five days per week or be remote five days per week. Remote learners will receive an additional call with further instructions.
As a reminder, while the Board has voted to return students to in-person instruction five days per week, Mercer County is still in the substantial designation, and we must continue to abide by the requirements of the attestation agreement to wear masks at all times, report and track contacts for all COVID cases, and close the school for cleaning for 2 or more positive COVID cases. Although the county’s data numbers are improving, we are not yet in the moderate designation. Thank you and have a great evening.
Good evening, remote learners, this is Kim Zippie. You are receiving this call because you have been learning remotely five days a week. Because the Board has voted to bring all students in grades Kindergarten-12 back to school for in-person instruction five days a week, you have the opportunity to change your mode of instruction if you would like to return to in-person learning. A survey will be posted on the website after 9:00 tonight for you to indicate your choice of staying remote five days a week or returning to in-person instruction five days per week. Please make your choice by noon tomorrow, Wednesday, so that appropriate accommodations can be made. Again, please complete the survey by tomorrow at noon. Thank you and have a great evening.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. Due to the current winter storm warning that is in place and the icy conditions that have started, we are going to use our first Flexible Instructional Day tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16th. Five Flexible Instructional Days were approved by the Department of Education that allow us to count instruction provided at home as a day of instruction in school in the case of an emergency closure. This means that we will not need to make up this day. Packets of work were sent home with students in January, and a letter of explanation was mailed to each family. In this letter there were three things that were required by the Department of Education. We must track attendance, provide learning, and offer access to health care. First, for attendance, all students must report attendance by 8:00 AM in one of three ways: login to their Google Classroom to report attendance, text their names to the elementary teachers’ remind apps if available, or call the school at 724-253-3255 and leave a voicemail at either the elementary or high school offices. Second, students must complete work that was sent home in FID folders, or found on their teachers’ Google Classroom pages marked Flexible Instructional Day or FID. Students must submit completed work electronically or return it to their teachers the day they return in person. If students have questions, teachers will be available through email on their Google Classrooms from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Third, if you have any health-related questions, you can contact Mrs. Holtz by email, at email@example.com or call the school and dial her extension at 1229. All of this information can be found on our website under Flexible Instructional Day. Because this is the first time using a FID day, we realize there may be some glitches along the way; however, we will work together to resolve any issues. Thank you for your continued support and please stay safe.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I want to inform you that a staff member tested positive for COVID 19. There were no close contacts during school hours, and anyone that was in close contact outside of school hours has been alerted and quarantined. Again there were no close contacts during school hours, and anyone that was in close contact has been quarantined. Thank you.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. We were notified today that a student in the high school tested positive for COVID-19. The Department of Health was contacted, and there were no students that needed to be quarantined. Thank you and have a good evening.
This is Dr. Payne calling to inform you that, while you child was originally scheduled to take the Keystone exams in the Spring of 2020 and those had been rescheduled to January 19-22, 2021, the recent passing of Act 136 states that any student who was in a Keystone target course for the 19/20 school year, was scheduled to take the Keystone exam for the first time, and passed that course will be deemed proficient on the exam that they were scheduled to take in the Spring of 2020. Therefore, your child does not need to take the Keystone exams next week and has been marked proficient for the tests that they were scheduled to take last spring. Thank you!
Good Evening this is Mr. Ledebur with an important reminder to all CP students in grades 5-12. Please make sure that each of you are going to your Google Homeroom each day. Fill in the attendance form that your homeroom teacher has posted there, and submit the attendance form by 8:01 am. If you are following a hybrid schedule you will complete this attendance process each day, whether you are in-person or remote. If you are a fully remote student, you should also complete this process each day. It is important that you do not skip a step, you must fill in the form and submit the form. This is the evidence of your attendance. Daily attendance is critically important to the success of each of our CP students. Additionally, please make sure that you are completing your daily assignments and submitting them to your teachers. If you find that you have a question or need additional help please do not hesitate to reach out to your teacher and set up a time to Meet.
Thank you for determination and flexibility during this challenging time.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. We are anxious to begin our next phase of learning on Monday for our students whether in-person or continuing remote. In preparation, I have some important information. First, if your student is returning in-person, please be sure to send his or her Chromebook and charger the day that he or she returns. It would be helpful if it has been charged over the weekend. The next piece of information addresses the distribution of breakfasts and lunches. I want to first extend a huge thank you to both our cafeteria staff and our transportation contractors and bus drivers for providing exceptional meals that were delivered right to our students’ homes. Moving forward all Commodore Perry families with students ages 18 years old and under will continue to be able to receive meals at no charge. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to deliver meals to homes; however, students who are remote may pick-up meals each day that they are not attending in person between 1:30 and 2:00. Families who would like to request meals must complete the Commodore Perry Breakfast & Lunch Order Form on our website by 8:00 AM on Monday, January 11th. Again, families who want to request meals must complete the Breakfast & Lunch Order Form by 8:00 AM this Monday, January 11th. Finally, a reminder of expectations for students in grades 5-12 will be posted on our website by Monday morning. As always, thank you for your continued support as we navigate our educational journey!
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. This evening the Board voted to approve a hybrid model of learning beginning next Monday, January 11th. The hybrid model offers opportunities for in-person learning for those who choose it. It will also reduce the number of students in the building lessening the possibility that the school will need to be closed due to positive COVID cases. This model provides all students in grades kindergarten through 4th grades five days of in-person learning per week. Students with IEPs who have chosen in-person learning in grades 5-12 will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and will learn remotely on Wednesdays. Students in grades 5-12 who have chosen in-person learning will attend either Monday and Tuesday OR Thursday and Friday, and all students in grades 5-12 will learn remotely on Wednesdays and the other days they are not in-person. A robocall will be sent tomorrow, Thursday afternoon, to inform families of 5th – 12th grade students which days their students will attend. The lists will be developed based on grade levels as well as consideration of household members. Every effort will be made to have all students in grades 5-12 in the same household attend on the same days. In order to determine the final lists, it’s important that we know the final selections of families as to whether their students will stay remote until the county moves to the moderate designation or if they will attend in-person based on the hybrid model. If you have not completed the “Substantial Designation Learning Choice” survey or you selected “haven’t decided” or you want to change your selection, please do so by tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM. The survey can be found on the district website by clicking the link “Substantial Designation Learning Choice.” Again, please complete the survey by 9:00 AM tomorrow morning. Thank you and have a good evening.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. First, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New year and am hopeful for what this year has in store for our students and their learning. I have two important pieces of information. First, the Commodore Perry School Board will hold a special board meeting on Wednesday, January 6th at 5:30 PM to discuss next steps for delivering instruction. Community members may participate virtually; however, in order to make the meeting as efficient and effective as possible there is a new format that will allow community members to register to speak rather than use a chat box. This will require community members to pre-register by clicking on a link that will be available tomorrow morning, Tuesday, January 5th at 10:00 AM. Those choosing to participate either by just viewing the live-stream or speaking during it will click on the link and complete the registration form asking for a name, email address, whether he/she is requesting to speak, and the topic he/she would like to address. You may either use a computer microphone or a dial-in number. We believe this will allow our Board members to hear directly from community members and be able to speak directly to their concerns. We ask those who choose to speak to keep their comments to 3-minutes. In order to be sure we have prepared the list of speaker requests, please register by 4:30 PM on Wednesday prior to the start of the meeting. You may register to view the live stream up until the start of the meeting.
Second, if you did not complete the Substantial Designation Learning Choice Survey, we ask that you do so by clicking on the link at the bottom of the homepage of our website. Your choices for learning are to stay remote until Mercer County is in the moderate designation, return to in-person learning for as much as is offered, and undecided. If you already completed the survey, please do not complete it again unless you have changed your choice. We appreciate your assistance as we gather information for our next steps.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. This announcement is only for those families that were NOT remote prior to our school closure prior to Thanksgiving. In order to help the administrators and Board make informed decisions as to the next steps for student learning, we need information from our families as to how they would like their students’ to learn during Mercer County’s substantial designation for positive COVID cases. To help families make this choice, it’s important to understand the two requirements that the PA Departments of Education and Health place on schools in order to return to in-person learning while the county is in substantial COVID designation. First, everyone must wear a face covering at all times, including physical education classes and recess. Second, the school must close for 3-14 days if there are two or more positive COVID cases in a building. This includes cases of both students and staff. The more positive cases, the longer the school will be closed. We are asking families to complete a brief survey found on our CP Panther web page to commit, if it has been decided, to a choice for their student(s)’ learning while Mercer County is in the substantial designation. The choices include staying remote, returning to in-person learning as much as possible, and undecided. If you have more than one student, and you are choosing different options, please complete a separate survey for each student. Again, this survey is only for families whose students were learning in-person prior to Thanksgiving. Thank you for your assistance in helping us to make informed learning decisions for our students.
This is Dr. Payne calling with some important information regarding the spiritwear fundraiser that occurred at the beginning of the school year. If you ordered any spiritwear at the beginning of the school year, orders will be available for pickup in the high school vestibule tomorrow, Dec. 10 from 3pm – 5pm. Please know your teacher’s name when coming for pickup.
This is Dr. Payne calling to share some important information for both sophomores and juniors.
Any sophomore who sold Dirusso’s sausage can be drop off orders in the district office tomorrow and Friday, 12/11 before noon. If you are not able to drop your order off during the school day, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for me to get your order. Please remember that money is due with your order and I must have all orders by noon on Friday to ensure delivery stays on the scheduled date.
To all Juniors, information will be forthcoming on candy bar pick up for juniors who will be selling Daffin’s candy bars over the Christmas break. Please remember to check the stream in your Junior Google classroom for this information.
As always, stay healthy and safe.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I have two important announcements.
First, at last night’s Board meeting, the Board made the very difficult decision to stay in remote learning until January 11th. The extension to the 11th is to reduce the chance that COVID cases will rise during the holidays. On January 4th, the Board will meet in a special Board meeting to review the data in order to make an informed decision as to next steps for both safety and education. Please know that our CP Board takes these decisions very seriously, and they have committed an immense amount of time, thought, and energy in regular and special Board meetings trying to meet the challenges and issues that COVID has demanded…knowing that there are no easy solutions.
Second, meals will continue to be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of full weeks. The week of Christmas, only a Monday delivery will be made. If you haven’t signed up for meals, and you would like to do so, please complete the Meal delivery request survey on our website. Thank you, and have a good evening.
Good evening families who are receiving meal deliveries, this is Kim Zippie. Because remote learning will continue through at least Tuesday, meals will be delivered tomorrow, Monday, December 7th, for both Monday and Tuesday. Please watch and listen for the bus to arrive with your meals or place a tote, box, or cooler at the end of your driveway in which the meals may be placed. Again, meals will be delivered tomorrow, Monday, December 7th for both Monday and Tuesday. Thank you.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I have some important information to share with you. Our original decision to move to remote learning prior to Thanksgiving was based on PDE’s guidance and our local and school COVID data. As I stated in my original announcement, we would review our data prior to our return and make a decision moving forward. Last week Governor Wolf ordered all schools in counties of substantial COVID designations to submit an attestation form declaring how they would provide learning. Because we were currently in remote learning, our form declared that we would be remote; however, our hope was that after Thanksgiving our data would indicate that we could revise that plan and return to in-person learning. As the week has progressed, it has become clear that the Board needs to review the latest data and make a decision as to whether to re-submit a new form to PDE to change our plan or remain remote. Therefore, we are extending remote learning through at least Tuesday, December 8th in order for the Board to review local and county data at their reorganization meeting on Monday, December 7th before making a decision as to the next steps. Again, remote learning will continue through at least Tuesday, December 8th. I apologize for the inconvenience, but please know that we take this decision very seriously and need to review all of the information in order to determine the best and safest way to proceed for both our students and staff. Thank you and have a good evening.
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I hope that you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving with whomever sat at your table. While the impending winter storm that is arriving tomorrow will NOT interfere with our students’ learning, it will affect meal delivery. Meals will be delivered on Wednesday and Friday this week instead of Tuesday and Thursday. Please be sure to watch for the deliveries on Wednesday instead of tomorrow and place a tote or cooler at the end of your driveway if you aren’t readily available to retrieve them when the bus comes. Again, we are looking forward to seeing your students tomorrow with their same schedules of learning as before Thanksgiving, but meals will not be delivered until Wednesday and Friday. Also, please be sure to call or email Mrs. Holtz our school nurse if your student is quarantined or has tested positive for COVID so that we can keep track of dates and required information. You can find her information on our website at cppanthers.org. Thank you and have a good evening!
Good evening families who are receiving meal deliveries, this is Kim Zippie. As meals continue to be delivered tomorrow and next week, it is necessary to be sure that families are receiving them as expected and not returned to school. We ask for you to do one of two things. First, please watch and listen for the bus to arrive with your meals so that the drivers and delivery volunteers aren’t delayed in moving to the next stop. We are hopeful they may be a little earlier tomorrow due to “early dismissal”. Second, if you are not readily available to retrieve your lunches, please place a tote, box, or cooler at the end of your driveway in which the meals may be placed. This will ensure that you receive the meals and the deliveries can continue on time. Thank you for your assistance and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Second, under the new order of the Department of Health, individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth from any other state or international location must either have a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 14 days upon entering. Our extended remote learning should help with these quarantines, but if your child needs to quarantine beyond our December 7th return, please let the office know.
Next, the district needs to continue to track students and staff that have been tested for COVID or have had a positive test confirmed. If this happens over the holiday, please use the COVID reporting link on the website. Mrs. Holtz will contact you the first day we return to remote learning on Tuesday, December 1st to discuss quarantining requirements.
Finally, this Wednesday, November 25th, our remote learning will finish at 1:16 PM as was previously scheduled as an “early dismissal.” We hope that all of our Commodore Perry families enjoy a special time together giving thanks…especially in challenging times!
COVID Reporting Link