• STUDENT RESOURCE PICK-UP AND
    PARENT TECHNOLOGY SURVEY INFORMATION

    This letter was mailed to each student on 3/19/20

    March 19, 2020

    The purpose of this letter is to 1) provide information for the pickup of materials for students and 2) ask members of the school community to provide information about access to technology within the home in an effort to prepare for the possibility of an extended school closure beyond the original March 29th, 2020 date.

    Both Mercer Elementary School and Mercer Middle-High School will be open for the pickup of student materials (textbooks, workbooks, etc.) and personal belongings on Thursday, March 26th based on the following schedule:

                                    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                   Students with last name beginning with A – G
                                    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                      Students with last name beginning with H – N
                                    4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                      Students with last name beginning with O – Z

    In order to minimize the flow of people in and out of the buildings, we request that only one (1) parent/guardian accompany their student to pick up materials. Students in grades K-6 will report to their homeroom to gather materials & belongs from their desk & cubby area. Students in grades 7-12 will gather materials & belongings from their locker.

    This pickup process will not require social interaction. We ask that all involved practice social distancing while in the school building. Once you are in possession of the materials, we ask that you exit the buildings immediately. 

    Additionally, we are asking families to provide information related to the access to technology within the home in an effort to determine what resources are necessary to continue learning during a period of extended closure. We are asking parents/guardians to notify the school district of the following:

    • Do you have internet access within your home?
    • Do you have the ability to send & receive emails?
    • Do you have access to a device(s) within your home (desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet, etc.) that could be utilized by a student(s) for learning within the home during an extended period of closure?

    Parents/guardians that can answer “YES” to the three (3) questions above should send their responses via email to mercertechinfo@gmail.com by Thursday, March 26th.

    Parents that answer “NO” to any of the three questions listed can use the attached questionnaire and either mail the completed form back to the school, call the school district (724-662-4120 ex. 31) between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. next week (Monday – Friday), or return it on Thursday, March 26th during the time that the building is open for pickup of materials & personnel belongings (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.).

    Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation during this period of national concern. Our goal has been and will continue to be for all of our students to have any and all opportunities to continue learning during this time.

    Sincerely,

    Ronald R. Rowe Jr.
    Superintendent, Mercer Area School District

    HOME TECHNOLOGY SURVEY

    (Please complete & return to the school district in the mail or return it during the time that the Elementary & Middle-High School are open on Thursday, March 26th.)

    Person Completing the Survey: ________________________________________________

    Student Name(s) & Grade Level(s) 

    Name:                                                                 Grade:

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    Do you have internet access within your home? (circle one)                          YES                 NO

    Do you have the ability to send & receive emails? (circle one)                       YES                 NO

    Do you have access to a device(s) within your home (desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet, etc.) that could be utilized by a student(s) for learning within the home during an extended period of closure? (circle one)                                                                                                         YES                 NO

    Most up-to-date phone number(s) for contact during period of school closure:

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