Continuity of Education

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Continuity of Education in Pennsylvania Schools 

With COVID-19 related school closures extending until at least April 30, 2020, it is essential that all schools revisited their Continuity of Education (COE) efforts.

Continuity of Education (COE) is the overarching term for any educational practices that occur in the event of a prolonged school closure. It is important that students have the opportunity to develop and maintain skills while away from the customary school environment. This can be achieved through a variety of ways. The Southern Columbia Area School District has decided to use the option of Planned Instruction to meet the Continuity of Education Requirement.

Planned Instruction is formal teaching and learning similar to that which occurs in a classroom setting. Within this process, teachers use planned courses of instruction of new concepts/skills aligned to grade level standards.

Please follow these steps to ensure COE Planned Instruction is being implemented:

Step One: Report your attendance using the COE Attendance Form located in Sapphire. A link to the Attendance Form will be posted the morning of each COE and will expire at 11:59 PM that evening. 

  • All students in grades 5 to 12 must log on to the Sapphire Community Web Portal using their Student Account and complete the COE Attendance Form. 
  • Parents of students in grades K to 4 must log on to the Sapphire Community Web Portal using their Parent Account and complete the COE Attendance Form on behalf of their children.
  • In the event you do not have internet access, attendance must be telephoned in to the Main Office of the school you attend. Please follow this script in reporting your attendance. This is (state your first and last name). I am a student in grade ( state the grade you're in). I am calling in to report my attendance for the Flexible Instructional Day of  (state the date).  Parents calling in on behalf of their children should adapt the script so it applies to a parent calling in. Parents with children in multiple schools must report their child's attendance to the school of each child. The telephone numbers to report attendance are:  G.C. Hartman Elementary (570) 356-3250;   Middle School (570) 356-3400;  High School (570) 356-3454
  • In the event internet or telephone service is not available during a Continuity of Education Day, parents are required to send a note in to their child's school the next school day explaining what their child did to complete the COE requirements. This step must be completed in order for the child to receive credit for school attendance.
  • If a child is sick on a COE, parents must send an excuse note to their child's school just as they would on a regular school day.
  • COEs will count toward truancy proceedings. If attendance is not recorded by one of the above means, the student will be marked with an unexcused absence. 

Step Two: Complete the assignments posted in your Sapphire Student Portal and/or telephoned home to you on the morning of the COE. 

  • Students in grades K-5 (Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade) will receive their COE assignments through the Parent Portal or student email. If you do not have internet access or technology, packets will be made available for you to pick up from the elementary school between the hours of 9:00 and 3:00.
  • Students in grades 6-12 will log onto their Sapphire Student Portal for instructions on completing that day's COE assignments.
  • All work is expected to be completed during the COE. It may be submitted electronically or turned in the next day per the directions of each teacher..
  • Students who are ill during a COE or who cannot access or complete the assignment due to a power outage, internet outage and/or similar problems that may occur during inclement weather,  have two school days following the COE to submit COE assignments.

Step Three: Contact your teacher via e-mail if you have questions about your COE assignment. Each teacher's e-mail is listed on the Staff Directory of  the District website.

  • Teachers are available to answer questions regarding the COE assignment from 9:00 AM until 12 noon and from 1:00-3:00 PM during each Continuity of Education Day.
  • Students can also call their teacher's classroom telephone number and leave a voice message with their question(s). While teachers will check their voice messages throughout the day, feedback can only be provided via e-mail or through an existing classroom message board.