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Education

Schools close for academic year

Pennsylvania schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Gov. Tom Wolf made the announcement on Thursday morning. In making the decision, Wolf was quick to note that the closure “doesn’t mean learning will stop in ...

All-County High School Art Show must go on

The show — the Warren County School District All-County High School Art Show, to be exact — must go on. Submissions for the art show are being accepted, despite the closure of the art show’s venue and the inability to bring people together. “We are excited to still be able to give ...

Briefs…

Senior closings Experience, Inc. and all community senior centers in Warren and Forest counties will be closed April 10 for Good Friday. Military Share “Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and adhering to social distancing guidelines, stay-at-home orders, and other recommendations from the CDC ...

Her art tells a story

Hope Hefright is one of six students whose artwork will be displayed in efforts to raise awareness for Mental Health Month. Her artwork will go on display starting April 13 and will run until May 10 along Rt. 62 near Aldi’s. Hefright is a senior at Eisenhower High School, and has had a ...

Tidioute Charter getting students laptops, iPads ‘as needed’

Tidioute Community Charter School is shifting from enrichment to planned instruction. Chief Educational Officer Dr. Doug Allen told the Times Observer that the plan is to make the switch on April 20. Acknowledging that it is unclear when students will be returning, he said in a virtual ...

WCSD: 3-day meal pickup on Thursday

The Warren County School District Grab-and-Go meal distributions will be heavier than normal on Thursday. Due to the scheduled district holidays surrounding Easter Weekend, there will not be distributions on Friday nor Monday. According to Director of Business Services Jim Grosch, ...

‘Up in the air’: WCSD has funding concerns, but streams available

Warren County School District is doing what it must to continue educating its students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new education environment is putting the board and administration in a new funding environment. “The fiscal picture going forward isn’t rosy by any means,” ...

Graduation will stay June 5, but be ‘virtual’

The committee didn’t take any public comment during the meeting, but officials did address a host of community concerns. The current plan for the Warren County School District is to stick to the calendar. “We’re going to adhere to the calendar as established at the beginning of the ...

Next up for district’s education plan, Phase 2

Putting some kind of educational materials in the hands of Warren County School District students last week was an undertaking. That was Phase One of the district’s continuity of education plan. Delivering materials specific to the classes students are taking is the next step. “Phase ...

Self-explanatory

Collage submitted to Times Observer It’s self-explanatory. Teachers at Sheffield Area Elementary sent their students a message, from left, by row, on Friday. They posted it on Facebook, but the Times Observer is sharing it as well as people are finding more and more unique ways to stay ...

St. Joseph School’s enrichment day

In the name of continuity of education, St. Joseph Catholic School families picked up materials from students’ desks on Friday. School officials set up a drive-up school resources pick-up. Workbooks, papers, and other resources were bagged and hand-delivered by personnel wearing gloves. ...

Seniors, still

We’re all aware of how much students are being impacted by the school closure. Obviously, education is first and foremost. But high school seniors are missing out on memories they will never get back, possibly their last prom, or graduation ceremony. WAHS Guidance Counselor Lori Hahn is the ...

WCSD committee meeting Monday online only

School board members will be back online at 6 p.m. Monday, April 6, for its Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Committee meeting, conducted via teleconference. The public may join the meeting online at https://wcsdpa.zoom.us/j/861899164, or via phone by dialing 1-301-715-8592. If ...

Special delivery

A Tuesday morning bus tour kicked off Phase One of the Warren County School District’s continuity of education plan. The district’s buses made their first runs in weeks - probably also their last runs for weeks. One driver said he was just happy to be back to work - even if only for the ...

Virtual full house: School board meeting reaches cap of 300 online

Officials at Warren County School District expected a good turnout. The cloud-based meeting platform they selected handled the 300 people who virtually attended Monday’s school board special meeting admirably. “I’m really impressed with the amount of people that are on,” board ...

Schools close indefinitely

School and non-life sustaining businesses throughout the Commonwealth will now be closed indefinitely. “Business and school closures will no longer have a set date to resume normal operations,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a Monday press briefing. “(I am) going to leave the date ...

WCSD calendar: ‘We just don’t know’

It’s too early to say for certain, but schools could be out for summer. One of the items on the agenda for Monday’s special meeting of the school board related to adjusting the Warren County School District calendar in response to COVID-19. During a discussion of the schedule, ...

Virtual Spirit Week invites photos

In case you didn’t know, Warren County School District students are celebrating “Spirit Week” this week through Friday. Virtual Spirit Week. “As we all continue to practice social distancing and self-quarantine within our own homes, the Warren County School District would like to ...