This page is a supplement to information posted on the main page of our website, which outlines the plan in place to continue instruction for students during the school shutdown due to COVID-19. New instruction for all EHS students began on Monday, April 6th and Marking Period 4 began on Monday, April 20th.
Please take a few minutes to view THIS VIDEO created by Mr. Mihalik in our Office of Teaching and Learning for additional insight into the reasons for the decisions that have been made in East Penn.
This page was last updated on 5/14/20 and will be updated frequently as more information becomes available.
Will seniors graduate on time?
The last day for seniors is Friday, June 5th. We will do everything we can to ensure seniors who have met their credit requirements or were in the process of meeting their requirements at the time of the closure will graduate on time. The graduation ceremony is scheduled for June 14th at the PP&L Center and, as of now, has not been cancelled or postponed. Should it become necessary to reschedule, we have tentatively arranged an alternate date of Sunday, July 26th.
Will senior prom be cancelled?
Senior prom, originally scheduled for May 22nd, has been postponed. We have tentatively arranged an alternate date of June 20th and a second alternate date of July 17th. We recently surveyed students regarding their interest in and availability for the alternate date and will incorporate those results into our planning.
How can seniors return books, Chromebooks, and other district property prior to the end of the year? How can they retrieve items from their lockers and other areas of the school? When will they pick up their caps and gowns?
Senior students will be able to pick up belongings and return district property on Friday, June 5th or Monday, June 8th. Instructions and information about when and where to report will be sent out on Friday, May 15th. Note: Chromebooks are property of the school district and must be returned at the end of senior year.
Information for college-bound seniors from the EHS counseling office:
The following information is also being sent out to seniors through our Naviance system.
Any students who would like to participate in the EHS Scholarship program must follow the updated procedure and deadlines listed on the EHS Counseling Website.
College admissions offices continue to remain open and admissions counselors are available via phone and email. If you have questions, you are strongly encouraged to contact colleges directly.
Colleges recognize that family financial situations may be changing due to COVID-19. If your situation has changed, you should contact the financial aid office at your school. Colleges may not have additional funding to provide, but should be aware of changes to your situation in case they can be of assistance.
Numerous colleges have moved the acceptance deadline from May 1st to June 1st. For a listing of those schools, visit https://www.acceptgroup.org/extended-deadlines or contact your college directly.
Many colleges are adapting their requirements for final transcripts for seniors as they recognize grades for the 3rd and 4th marking periods may look different this year. Again, please contact your college of interest for questions regarding specific adaptations being made.
Please reach out to your child’s counselor via email should you have questions.
What is the status of sports practices and competitions?
Sadly, all sports practices and competitions are cancelled for the remainder of the school year and all of our indoor and outdoor athletic facilities are closed. Click HERE for the most recent update from the PIAA, which is the organization that governs athletic competitions in Pennsylvania.
What is the status of school clubs?
Clubs can meet virtually, hosted online in Google Meet by club advisors/officers. We would love to see our student leaders actively do what they can to engage and support their club members and the student body in general during these isolating times.
What is the status of proms?
Junior prom, scheduled for May 16th and Senior prom, scheduled for May 22nd, have both been postponed. Alternate dates for both events have been identified and students have been surveyed regarding their availability and interest in attending on those dates.
Senior Prom Alternate Date – June 20 or July 17; Junior Prom Alternate Date – August 7
What about other events?
Sadly, all events at Emmaus High School that were scheduled to be held, up to and including the end of the school year are cancelled.
Will my child be prepared to take their Keystone Exams, PASA Tests, and AP Exams?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently announced that all state testing, including PASA, PSSA and Keystone exams are cancelled for this year as a result of COVID-19.
We are confident that the plan we have in place for continuation of learning will support students who wish to earn college credit through their AP courses. The College Board has made significant modifications to the exam format/timing/content this year. More information can be found HERE.
My child attends LCTI in a half or full-day program. What will their program look like?
LCTI has completed own continuity of learning plan, and there is legislation currently being considered at the state level that would free up career and technical education students from some of their requirements. HERE is a link with instructions on how students can access some of their LCTI coursework from home.
My child attends a classroom at EHS run by the Intermediate Unit. What will their program look like?
The IU is working on its plan for continuity of instruction and parents of students in our IU classrooms should have received a communication with details directly from the IU program supervisors.
My child is taking a dual enrollment course through LCCC. Will they still be able to earn college credit?
Yes. If your child completes the learning activities posted by their teachers beginning on April 6th through the end of the school year, they will still be able to earn dual enrollment credit.
How will we make up academic time lost during the three closure weeks prior to the start of new learning on April 6th?
We are fortunate to have had several snow make-up days in the calendar that were not utilized due to weather during the winter months. Additionally, Keystone Testing has been cancelled by the Department of Education, which normally leads to six days of disrupted instruction for students in May. Final exams will also not be given this year, resulting in two weeks gained that would normally be used for exam review and administration.
Will my child be ready to move on to the next course in each subject next year?
Yes. The learning activities that will be provided beginning on April 6th will be focused on the essential content/skills necessary for your child to remain on pace with classmates and be successful in their coursework next year.
How will this year’s grades be calculated? How will they be reflected on student transcripts?
This information is contained in the E-Blast outlining Phase 3 of our Continuity of Learning Plan that will be sent out on the afternoon of 4/16 and posted on the main page of our website.
My child was approved to exempt a course by way of Testing Out. Will my child still be able to Testing Out during the Summer Session or will he or she need to apply for Testing Out during the next school year?
We will make testing out available during summer session this year. If your student wishes to request to test out or has already made the request, we ask that they complete the new, electronic version of the Request to Test Out Form. Students must contact their school counselor to obtain access to the form. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2020.
As a parent, I have a job that is not closed during this time. Will there be accommodations? Are there any tips you can give for older kids working still? (Some may work in grocery stores or fast food restaurants)
Our plan for continuity of instruction does not require students to log in at specific times during the day to receive their instruction. Assignments will be posted on Mondays, and students can structure their work time to meet their needs and those of their families and compete their assignments by the end of the week. Teachers will have scheduled office hours on Tuesdays through Fridays during the school day to provide help and answer questions, but student attendance during those sessions is not required. Many teachers will also be available to conference with students outside of those hours as needed and students should contact them directly to set this up.
Other School Functions
We have received several inquiries regarding when students will be able to come into the school building to retrieve belongings. Our buildings are currently closed due to the state-wide stay-at-home order and will not be opened for access to the public until the order is lifted. At that time, we will send out a notification to all families with procedures that you can follow to safely and securely retrieve belongings.
On April 17th, the PA Department of Education issued updated guidance on issuing working papers while our school buildings are closed. CLICK HERE for procedures.
Social Security Paperwork
If you have social security benefits paperwork, please scan and send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Mrs. Annie Tisi at email@example.com. If you do not have email access, you can call the counseling office temporary line at (628) 246-1749.