Dear Exeter Township School District Community,

    According to the updated guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), there are preliminary guidelines that are designed to address the health and safety considerations that districts need to review, and specifically, assist in the development of a countywide Health and Safety Plan. PDE indicated that a template for the Health and Safety Plan will be available on their website by the end of this week and that additional guidance regarding teaching and learning, student wellness, equity, and organized sports will be forthcoming later in the month. We will be adding these health and safety guidelines to our website for your review when we receive the finalized copy.

    Collectively, the 18 Berks County school districts, the two Career and Technology Centers, and the Berks County Intermediate Unit are committed to the development of a countywide roadmap for reentry. The goal is to make collaborative decisions and implement protocols consistently across Berks County schools. Reentry plans will be based on feedback from key stakeholders, as well as guidance from federal, state, and local governing agencies.

    The focus is to reopen buildings and schools and bring back staff members and students in a healthy and safe manner that complies with the guidance from governing agencies. Superintendents and job-alike leaders will be discussing the procedures and protocols and meeting with administrative teams to finalize the reentry roadmap and health and safety plans. Once these have been drafted, information in the plans will be reviewed and finalized with staff members, board members, and the local community.

    I would be remiss if I did not make some comment concerning the tremendous event that took place last night, “The Exeter Senior Victory Lap 2020”. What a great event to be at and be able to witness the proud looks on the seniors faces as well as their families and friends. I saw plenty of smiles everywhere and it was surely a memorable event. I would like to thank all the teachers, staff, and community that came out to help us celebrate with the seniors along with our partners from the Police, Fire, and EMT. This made the event what it was a special community celebration for our seniors. Finally, I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of Mr. Tom Campbell, High School Principal, his staff, and the team that worked so hard to organize the senior events.

    Remember tonight is the streaming of our graduation ceremony and I invite everyone to go to our website for information needed to view the ETSD Virtual Graduation Ceremony.

    Stay safe,

    Dr Robert Phillips, Superintendent of Schools