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2020-2021 School Year Proposed Reopening Information

Dear CASD families,

We are excited to announce proposed plans for all District schools to open for in-person instruction in the fall for the 2020-2021 school year. As the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority, the reopening will include a variety of safety measures that follow guidelines set by the PA Department of Education. The specifics of the reopening plan will be released in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we are pleased to share that:

  • Elementary and middle school level students (K-8) will attend every day
  • High school students (9-12) will attend on an alternating schedule: 2 days in person and 3 days virtually each week. 1/2 of high school students, “A” group will attend on Monday and Thursday and the other half, “B” group, on Tuesday and Friday, with Wednesday being for office hours, virtual meetings, and 1:1 student support. Students will be broken up into groups based on their last names (high school students in the same household will be kept in the same group).

We certainly understand that some parents/guardians might be apprehensive about their children returning in the fall. As such, we have revamped our C3 Online Learning program into a fully functioning online learning option available to all CASD students. This new program, called Chambersburg Area Virtual Education (CAVE), will give each child the option to learn online full-time. For more information, please contact program director Miss Gail Schuyler at

I also want to sincerely thank each parent/guardian who took the time to fill out our recent survey regarding reopening. We received over 2,200 responses in less than 24 hours, with 53% of respondents indicating support for having all children come back full time. We will continue to review your responses as we finalize reopening plans, and the results of the parent survey will be placed on the district website in the very near future

We ask for your continued patience and support as we do our utmost to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for CASD children. We will provide more details on the proposed reopening plan in the coming weeks, including a section of our CASD website dedicated to your questions and concerns. 

Lastly, please view the following video of just a few of the District highlights and accomplishments from the 2019-2020 school year: 



Dr. Dion Betts
Superintendent of Schools
Chambersburg Area School District