COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED
HIGH SCHOOL AIR QUALITY TESTING
The Upper Dauphin Area School District, like many other public school districts in central Pennsylvania, is dealing with the potential effects of heavy rains over the last several weeks.
An Upper Dauphin Area High School science teacher recently had students complete air testing as part of a classroom assignment. The teacher shared test results regarding building air quality levels with the District administration. After receiving this information, the District immediately contacted an air quality testing company to begin testing in the high school to determine the air quality levels in the building. The air quality testing company shared preliminary results and advised the High School air quality levels are currently safe for people to be in the building.
A detailed report from the air quality testing company indicated that the building is still safe for people: however, there are rooms that require detail cleaning. That detail cleaning will be completed this weekend. The same common types of fungi and molds were found both outside and inside the building, which shows that much of the problem is related to environmental conditions; namely, a wet and humid summer. The air quality test did find elevated levels of common molds present in the earth.
The District will continue air quality testing in the High School as needed. The District is prepared to comply with the recommendations of the air quality testing company to ensure the safety of students and staff. As always, the District appreciates continued support and understanding as it strives to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of students and staff. The District will provide additional updates as necessary.
COOPERATIVE SPORTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been developed as a result of the initial meetings held regarding the potential cooperative sports program with Millersburg. These FAQs will be updated following each meeting as new information becomes available.
UPPER DAUPHIN DISCUSSES COOPERATIVE SPORTS
As many residents may be aware, the Millersburg Area School District and the Upper Dauphin Area School District have been engaged in discussions related to forming a sports cooperative that would serve the students of both districts moving forward. Part of the process in deciding whether or not to proceed with the cooperative sport program is engaging stakeholders of the program in discussions about the program and how it would be operated. As such, the following meetings have been set up to meet with various stakeholder groups. Each meeting will include a presentation based on the below presentation and an open time for questions and comments from the stakeholders involved.
July 17th – 6:00 PM @ UDA Middle School Auditorium – Coaches, Marching Band Staff and Youth Coaches
July 24th – 6:00 PM @ UDA Middle School Auditorium – Booster Officers and Members
August 6th – 6:00 PM @ Millersburg High School Auditorium – Public Meeting (Parents, Community Members and Students)
August 13th – 6:00 PM @ UDA Middle School Auditorium – Public Meeting (Parents, Community Members and Students)
We understand that it is summer and that people may have vacations scheduled. Coaches who cannot make the meeting on July 17th are invited to attend any of the other meetings. The public meeting at Millersburg is open to anyone (not just Millersburg residents). The public meeting at UDA is also open to anyone (including Millersburg residents).
We also understand that this proposal is a very large change for each of our districts. Most people involved in Upper Dauphin and Millersburg athletics growing up have been filled with a tribal mentality which is steeped in rich tradition and rivalry. Now we are asking everyone to set those feelings aside and move forward with what we believe to be the best solution for our current and future students. The proposed plan will be implemented over a 10 year period. It will not happen overnight. We ask two things as we move into these discussions. First, an open mind based on the desire to meet the ongoing needs of current and future students. Second, the recognition that if we do not do something, that someday in the not so distant future we may be making rapid decisions in a reactionary mode that may include the dismantling of certain athletic teams. In no way are we minimizing the past athletic histories of either school. Our hope is to continue to pay respect to those histories while creating a new tradition in a cooperative manner that meets the needs of both districts.
Within the attached presentation is a lot of information. It is important to understand that this is a draft of a roadmap and not set in stone. That said, everything in the presentation was based on discussion and negotiation with the senior leadership of both school districts. Part of a cooperative program is discussion and negotiation and each side must be willing to accept some level of change for the program to be successful. As you read the presentation, please recognize that the above meetings are an opportunity for you to provide your insight into the process. Once the meetings are complete, the senior leadership will then present a final plan to the joint boards in September and a vote will occur in October if the boards agree to move forward with the final plan.