COVID -19 Update, 05/01/2020

Colonial Strong banner on a fence

Dear Colonial Families,

I hope you are well as our community continues to cope with the challenges of COVID-19. We have all seen the daily reports of the virus’s impact on local communities and across the Commonwealth. The daily headlines can dominate our lives and we hope to hear more good news each day. While we certainly did not anticipate the school year concluding in this manner, it is important to recognize the successes within the Colonial Community.

The PWHS Class of 2020 deserves our recognition. Please click here to view the senior spotlights rotating on top of the high school home page. Spotlights include seniors’ favorite memories, teachers and accomplishments. Dr. Bacani has continually praised this class for their achievement and dedication. Soon we will be announcing our plans for graduation.

  • Shortly after the school closure was announced, Ridge Park Elementary families painted the banner above (alternating turns and practicing social distancing).
  • Colonial Food Service workers have prepared 3,700 meals per week for families in need. Administrators, school board members, teachers and parents help with the distribution each Monday and Wednesday.
  • The Colonial Middle School concert band recently released one of their pieces. Congratulations to Mr. O’Neil and our students. Click here to see the virtual performance on YouTube.    
  • Conshohocken Elementary School continues weekly Friday morning news that is led by our 3rd grade students and coordinated by our teachers. Each week culminates with pictures of CE students sending positive messages to their peers.
  • Whitemarsh Elementary families and CES teachers have been making masks for health care workers, first responders, SPCA employees and essential workers.
  • Elementary students across the District celebrated Earth Day by reusing recycled items to make something new and other activities. Click here to read about projects at Plymouth Elementary, and click here to read about students and their plants at Whitemarsh Elementary.
  • At Plymouth Elementary, kindergarteners reused and recycled items to make something new in honor of Earth Day. Click here to read more. Additionally, each Friday all PE student receive a video of Health and Wellness Teacher Janette O’Keefe reading a story that concludes with a short discussion about a strategy that can be used or a question for the students to answer privately or with their family.
  • Construction on the new middle school has resumed with approved safeguards in place. Handwashing stations have been provided to workers and an industrial hygienist is on site to monitor employee health and safety measures each day.

These are is just a few examples of the strength of the Colonial Community. I have received a multitude of emails from community members, parents and staff asking how they can volunteer. While it is greatly appreciated, we must continue to emphasize the local and state orders to stay at home. We all have many questions regarding the coming months. I am hopeful we will be able to return to classes this fall but we must recognize that our traditional school setting may look different. We have started planning for a safe return in the fall which is clearly dependent upon local and state mandates and social distancing guidelines. I look forward to gathering input from our staff, parents, guardians and community members so that we maintain the safest environment possible for our students. We miss y(our) students!  

Stay safe and healthy,

Dr. Mike Christian
Superintendent of Schools