COVID-19

 

April 9, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, I received notification that the PA Secretary of Education issued an order under Act 13 of 2020 to close all public schools through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, as defined by the local school calendar. Additionally, Governor Wolf is ordering all K-12 schools and programs, public and private, to be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. All of these decisions were made in consultation with the Secretary of Health, based on the most recent information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to the health, safety, and welfare of students, school staff, and communities.

This announcement was just received, so we will now transition into discussions about the many questions this news has raised. Please stay tuned for a more detailed update. In the meantime, as a reminder, beginning Tuesday, April 14, all DCTS student assignments will be graded for the 4th marking period while we continue to use the online learning environment. We ask all of our families to encourage your student(s) to log into Schoology and check their DCTS email to see what their teachers have provided for them so that they can earn a grade for the 4th marking period.

Please refer to the DCTS Continuity of Education Plan for additional details.

Stay healthy and safe,
Karen Pflugh, Ed.D.

Additional updates can be found below...

Family update links
May 26, 2020 - End-of-Year Pickup of Items
May 4, 2020 - Senior Recognition Drive Through
April 24, 2020 - Graduate Recognition
Continuity of Education Plan
April 3, 2020 - Moving forward with Online Instruction
March 26, 2020
March 19, 2020
Please see the Nurse's page for health related infomration

Ever wonder what it's like at DCTS when the students aren't there?

Special Education Information

March 25, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students Receiving Special Education Services:

On Monday, Governor Wolf expanded the school closure until April 9th for students. Based on this expansion, I would like to share with you a few items related to special education programming and what you can expect from your teachers and administration at Dauphin County Technical School.

Your child’s education is important to us. Based on federal and state regulations, we have considered how to continue your child’s education during this closure and how to give you the assurance that the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) established for your child will continue to be implemented.

  • ONLINE LEARNING - We are moving to an online format for educating your child whereby teachers will be sharing lessons through Schoology, perhaps having some live lessons on Zoom and Google Hangouts, maybe using Google classroom, Quizlet, Kahoot and other tools with which your child is already familiar. Many of these online tools have accommodations already embedded within them, such as text-to-speech, speech-to-text, closed captioning, enlargement, highlighting, and other useful supports.
  • TEACHING SUPPORT - Your child’s special education teachers, case manager, resource room teacher, career and technical education facilitator, and school counselor will continue their same active roles in your child’s educational programming. Communication will occur regularly, just within a different format. DCTS staff will use their DCTS email to communicate with your child using his/her DCTS email. Staff will also communicate through direct online communication such as Zoom and Google Hangout, sometimes individually, sometimes as a group/class of students. You are always welcome to monitor these interactions. The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines permit your child to be part of online classrooms. Based on FERPA, your child may not record the live class; teachers are permitted to record their own lessons and present them to the students online for repeat viewing.
  • MODIFICATIONS - Your child’s case manager will collaborate with your child’s teachers to assure the Specially Designed Instruction (SDIs) and accommodations will be carried out in the virtual setting. The case manager will contact you if any SDIs or accommodations needs to be adjusted in the virtual setting.
  • IEP MEETING - If your child’s IEP review is due between now and the end of the year, your child’s case manager will be in touch with you about holding a meeting via Zoom or phone. The IEP will be a reasonable representation of your child at this time. When we are back to normal, we can hold a meeting to update the IEP, if you would like.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s IEP, SDIs, accommodations, the online tools, or anything else during this school closure, please contact me or your child’s case manager so that we can take care of things. I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (717) 652-3170 x.7125

We look forward to connecting with you and your child online!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jan L. Zeager
DCTS Special Education Director

Dauphin County Emergency Resources

The following information has been compiled for Dauphin County Residents.

PA State Resources

PA State Resources for Indivisuals

Financial

If you have seen a reduction in pay due to COVID-19 and are struggling to make your rent, mortgage, credit card, or loan payments, contact your lender right away. Explain your situation and ask about hardship programs that may be available. Regulatory agencies have encouraged financial institutions to work with customers impacted by the coronavirus.

Unemployment Benefits-It is recommended you apply online for fastest results and processing.

Utility Assistance-If you are struggling to pay your utility bills, contact your service provider right away. Many utility service providers offer emergency assistance programs at this time. Additional information and press released can be reviewed at the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs 1-866-452-6152

Housing/Emergency Assistance

2-1-1 United Way - Call: 2-1-1

HELP Ministries: sometimes referred to as "The HELP Office," is a social service hub in Dauphin County, providing a comprehensive approach to homelessness and poverty alleviation through crisis resolution, emergency aid, and housing assistance.

Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness: The Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness “CACH” utilizes its resources to help our region's families and friends who are homeless or are dangerously close to becoming homeless.

Where To Go When You Need Help: A comprehensive document compiled by CACH with local resources on a variety of concerns

Valley Youth House, Synergy Project: emergency support and coordination for youth under 21 displaced from permanent housing; includes case-management and street outreach support, as well as supported living program

Food

COMPASS, for SNAP Benefits/Food: COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information. Or, apply by phone: HELPLINE 1-800-692-7462

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank -717.564.1700 o 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109
     -Food is provided by the Central PA Food Bank via Community Partners. If you are experiencing food insecurity, utilize the Find Food page to find the nearest agency partner in your area or call our HELPLINE: 1.877.999.5964 for more information.

FoodPantries: Food pantries in Central PA (not comprehensive); please call ahead as hours/ protocol may have been updated

FoodFinder app: Free resource for finding free meals close to your location; available via web browser, or App store/ Google play stores

School districts have individual plans for distribution of school lunches. Please note that locations/ dates may change, so it’s helpful to check weekly. For accounting purposes, many school districts are requiring that the child be present during the meal pick-up. Additionally, some may require signing up in advance so that adequate supplies are available. These websites may also include additional local resources.

Additional resources: PA Sheetz stores providing free bagged meals for minors https://www.sheetz.com/news/kidzmeals

Safety
Domestic/ Interpersonal Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline: available online or by phone: 1-800-799-72331-800-787-3224 (TTY).
     -You may also text LOVEIS to 22522. You are not alone!

YWCA of Greater Harrisburg: Dauphin County domestic violence intervention and prevention services, as well as Rape Crisis Center. 24-hour crisis hotline: 1-800-654-1211

Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-888-772-7227

Child Abuse/ Neglect

Keep Kids Safe PA: Suspect abuse? Report it- Call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313

Health

***DISCLAIMER***
These resources are for informational purposes only and DO NOT TAKE THE PLACE of evaluation or treatment by healthcare professionals. Please do not hesitate to call 911 in the case of an emergency.

COMPASS, for Medical Assistance application: COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information. Or, apply by phone: HELPLINE 1-800-692-7462to apply

Hamilton Health Center: Multicultural, multilingual, family-friendly, community health care center in Harrisburg, Pa providing Medical, Dental, and Behavioral primary health care services to individuals, regardless of their income status. 717-232-9971

PA Department of Health

Drugs and Alcohol

***DISCLAIMER***
These resources are for informational purposes only and DO NOT TAKE THE PLACE of evaluation or treatment by healthcare professionals. Please do not hesitate to call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Commission: Service delivery for county residents shall provide accessible and comprehensive care for both adolescents and adults that are in need of treatment, prevention, and/or intervention services. 1100 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2531. Phone: (717) 635-2254

Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357

Online Group (12 Step) Meetings: AA meetings around the world

In the Rooms: online recovery tools

Mental Health

***DISCLAIMER***
These resources are for informational purposes only and DO NOT TAKE THE PLACE of evaluation or treatment by healthcare professionals. Please do not hesitate to call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Crisis Intervention: Crisis Intervention Program,100 Chestnut Street, Harrisburg, PA.

  • Phone number (717) 232-7511 or 1-888-596-4447
  • Fax number is: (717) 780-7074

 

Crisis Intervention is the 24 hour emergency mental health service provided by the Dauphin County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Program. Crisis Intervention staff provide supportive counseling, outreach, assessment, and referral information to individuals experiencing an emotional crisis or difficulty in coping with a personal problem.

PA Care Partnership: statewide System of Care cooperative agreement and one of many System of Care communities throughout the country working to bring youth leaders, family leaders, and system leaders together in equal partnership to integrate the child-serving systems.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454

Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741

Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

Accessing a mental healthcare provider:

  • contact the member services number on the back of your insurance card, or consult the website listed
  • Psychology Today- search for a clinician in your community

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

CDC Recommendations on Stress and Coping

Opinion piece- That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief