September 1 Update: Masks Required in K-12 Schools, Early Learning, and Child Care Settings to Keep Our Schools Open and Students in the Classroom, Stream Health Walk Postponed, and Skyview Upper Elementary Greeting

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Dear Neighbor, I hope you are well! I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on several happenings in the district and Harrisburg. As always, I hope you find this informative and useful. 
Masks Required in K-12 Schools, Early Learning, and Child Care Settings to Keep Our Schools Open and Students in the Classroom
Earlier today, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Alison Beam, announced that beginning September 7, 2021, masks will be required in schools, early learning, and childcare settings. This order focuses directly on protecting students and keeping them in schools. This order applies to everyone indoors at K-12 public schools, including brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers (CTCs), and intermediate units (IUs).
Stream Health Walk Postponed
Due to the remnants of now Topical Storm Ida that is expected to push through our area, the Stream Health Walk that was to be held tomorrow is postponed. A rescheduled date will be released soon!
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Offers Safety Tips, Urges Caution as Ida Approaches
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is urging caution as the remnants of now Tropical Storm Ida is expected to push through our area tomorrow. Simple, proactive steps can be lifesaving. Remember to prepare for power outages by keeping flashlights, batteries, food, and medicine nearby. Ensure your cell phone is fully charged as it will keep you in contact with utility providers in case you need to report outages and receive important updates.
Most importantly, use common sense and allow amble room for utility crews to perform necessary repairs, both for their safety and yours.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits program ending
A reminder to folks who have been receiving benefits through federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) that the final week of eligibility for payments under these programs is the week ending Sept. 4.

It's important to keep in mind that after the federal programs end on Sept. 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will continue to process eligible claim weeks that end Sept. 4th or earlier and have been filed but have not yet been paid. Individuals who have filed claims under these programs will also still be able to log into their accounts to view historic data, important documents, and other information.

A breakdown of these programs can be found here. The state's regular Unemployment Compensation program is not affected.

If you need assistance finding work, please utilize the services of the Montgomery County branch of PA Career Link. A link to its website can be found here: 
Skyview Upper Elementary Greeting
I was thrilled to be invited to welcome the students of Skyview Upper Elementary as they began their new school year yesterday. Many thanks to Principal Nicole Berical and Assistant Superintendent Che Regina for Skyview’s hospitality. I was even lucky enough to read the morning announcements! I hope every student has a safe and wonderful school year!
Emergency Rental Assistance Program 
If you are still struggling to pay rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are millions of dollars still available to be distributed to assist with rental and utility payments. A link to apply for the program can be found here: