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Palisades slates meeting on schools’ reopening

Separate plan will be issued for athletics and marching band 
With detailed health and safety guidelines from the Bucks County Department of Health in hand as a primary reference, the Palisades School District is moving to reopen schools in the fall of 2020 “in the least disruptive way possible for students, families, faculty and staff.”
A special, single-topic, public school board meeting has been scheduled for July 15 to consider adoption of the district’s own health and safety plan.
The need to schedule the special meeting was part of a “next steps” presentation by Superintendent Bridget O’Connell during the dial-in June 17 public school board meeting.
The day before, she had sent out an email to the district’s distribution list that included links to the county guidelines, as well as a link to a separate plan for the district that is targeted to athletics and marching band activities. The latter plan was adopted at the June 17 meeting, and is also available on the district website via the meeting agenda.
The diversified stakeholder team working on the overall health and safety plan is reminiscent of the team that works every few years on the district’s comprehensive plan. This time, they will be especially concerned with developing comprehensive budget needs, including taking advantage of support from federal aid; procuring supplies; addressing facilities and training needs; and clearly communicating educational program options for students.
Meanwhile, district services already in place to continue over the summer months include a variety of learning opportunities; an anonymous safety tip line; reopening outdoor facilities for community use; and creating meal programs for students and the community at large.
Meal distribution for district children will continue on from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in front of Palisades High School, with no sign-up required. Meals for the community at large are available at the high school from 3 to 5 p.m. on Fridays, with sign-up required via the Palisades Community Foundation website.
O’Connell thanked the foundation for nearly $15,000 in contributions toward a COVID-19 relief fund, with the contributions supported by donations from the Palisades Education Association; the Tinicum, Springfield, and Durham-Nockamixon PTAs; the Tinicum Civic Association; and “many individual private anonymous donors,” toward distribution of 2,000 meals by the end of the school year.
In addition, she acknowledged the foundation and the Class of 2020 for donations through the Lord’s Pantry in Ottsville, and also saluted donations from the Giant Markets, to bring the total meal distribution so far to nearly 28,000.