Dear Vanguard Families, 

We are happy that we successfully re-opened campus this week! It has been so nice to see students and staff safely back in classrooms. 

You may have heard that we might receive significant snow Monday evening into Tuesday of next week. In anticipation of that winter storm, we are sharing information on how the storm may impact your child’s instruction. 

If the weather prevents The Vanguard School campus from safely opening and educating students on campus, we will utilize a campus-wide snow day.  This school closure will apply to all students and staff regardless of your child’s assigned learning platform for that day (virtual or in-person).  In other words, if your child is remote on a snow day, instruction will not take place for any student on that day.  This applies to Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

We know this might be frustrating news since we have been providing instruction through a virtual platform for many months now. Please understand that our virtual learning and hybrid learning plans have been approved by The PA Department of Education (PDE) under the “Instructional Models During COVID-19 Pandemic” clause. This means we are only approved to provide virtual instruction for COVID-related reasons. We are not approved to provide virtual instruction for any other reason, including weather-related closures. 

As you are aware, the campus is closed on Wednesdays for cleaning purposes. We are still able to provide virtual instruction on Wednesdays for a weather-related event because virtual Wednesdays are part of our PDE-approved COVID plan. This is also why we were able to offer virtual instruction early this winter when many surrounding school districts were closed; we were already in a full virtual platform for COVID-related reasons and therefore we were able to continue with programming for that day. 

Please know the requirements for instructional days and instructional minutes have not changed. Therefore, if we need to use a snow day, we will make up that day by adding a day at the end of the school year. By doing this, we still meet the required 180 days of instruction in an academic year. 

Let’s hope that this predicted storm on Monday night does not come to fruition and does not force a school closure.  But if it does, we hope this message gives all of you ample time to prepare accordingly.  If school is closed due to a weather-related event, you will be notified through our automated voice messaging system, website and Facebook page.  Again, we will make up any missed school days due to weather-related school closures.

Take care and stay safe,

Lisa Wood
Director of Education
Darren G. Levin, PhD
Director of Clinical Services
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