Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Posted on 03/31/2020
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On March 23, 2020, Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera gave Pennsylvania school districts guidance for moving forward.  Secretary Rivera indicated that, as the result of the spread of COVID-19, school districts would remain closed until April 6th and that this closure may extend beyond April 6, 2020. 

After receiving word from Secretary Rivera, the South Eastern School District has made the decision to continue this closure until after the Easter Holiday and have students and staff return to their buildings on April 14, 2020.  This prolonged closure will mean that teachers and students will start a distance learning experience beginning on March 30, 2020 and ending when we are allowed to return to our buildings.  We will initially plan for a 2-week closure which will take us to April 14th but assume that this closure may last longer. 

As we move to a distance learning format, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has charged districts to focus on continuity of education.  This simply means that the SESD will continue to educate our children during this prolonged closure.  Pennsylvania Department of Education has also given us the following guidance, “districts will, provide appropriate and reasonable instruction and operate in good faith.”  We interpret this as a charge to do the best that we can under our current conditions.  We agree with this flexibility and understand that each student circumstance is different and we will work with all students to ensure their education continues during this period of physical closure. 

If you are not aware of the bullet points below, please make sure that you read each point thoroughly.  If you have not completed the Google Forms below, due to a lack of access, please feel free to email Dr. Van Deusen directly at

  • Buildings and Grounds
    • In light of the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with federal and state guidance, the South Eastern School District will not allow trespassing on the district’s property for anyone other than individuals deemed essential personnel or for families picking up meals or materials.  All athletic fields, elementary playgrounds, and the track will be closed until the district reopens on April 14, 2020.  We apologize for the inconvenience; however, the district must make every effort to ensure the safety of our community.  
  • Technology (Internet and Devices)
    • The District understands that Internet access is problematic in some areas of our District.  For this reason, it will be imperative for us to know which families have Internet access and which do not.  If you have NOT completed this survey indicating that your family does NOT have access to the internet, please complete this short survey.  Survey for those who do NOT have access to the Internet.
    • What should a student do if their district- issued device is broken?
      •  If a student device is not working, please submit a request using the Student Device Repair Form.
      •  If you are unable to access the Student Device Repair Form email or call 717-382-4843 x6333.
      • Parents can pick up devices at the established grab and go meal sites
  • Nutritional Support
    • We realize that this time may be difficult for many families.  If you need nutritional assistance, please click on the confidential link below and support will be given. We will continue to  provide grab and go breakfast/lunches on the following dates: 3/31, 4/3 and 4/7.  The schedule for pick up will be 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM at Delta Peach Bottom Elementary (side door adjacent to the cafeteria), Kennard Dale High School (door adjacent to the cafeteria), and Stewartstown Elementary (side door adjacent to the cafeteria).  If you will be picking up grab and go breakfast/lunches, we ask that you:
    • Please stay in your vehicles.  Our goal is to ensure the safety of our parents and our staff.  When you park at one of our locations, a staff member will come to your vehicle, identify your need, and give the appropriate number of bagged breakfast/lunches.
    • Please bring your own plastic bags.  We are currently in short supply of bags and boxes (these bags will help us carry multiple lunches to your vehicle).

  • Superintendent Questions and Answers
    • If you have questions about this virus and or school closures, please click on the link below. All questions will be answered within 24 hours, and answers will be posted here.
    • Q&A Link
    • Superintendent Q&A - Posted 3/31/20
    • Please click here to view the Superintendent's message for 3/31/2020. 

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and PA Department of Health (DOH)

We will continue to add additional links and resources, so be sure to check back for updated information.

The goal of the South Eastern School District is to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
  We appreciate your willingness to work with us to protect the health and safety of our students and community by staying home and following precautions that will stop the spread of COVID-19.  Thank you for your continued support.