The Elizabethtown Area School District makes use of a paperless solution for its school to home communications known as the EASD Virtual Backpack (see link below). This way of sharing important information replaces the numerous letters, notifications, and other items of interest that are generated by the school district and sent to parents and guardians in backpacks or through the mail by placing the communications online. This initiative will allow for real-time communication with families whenever the District needs to share important, urgent, and/or critical information about the operations of our District.
Here is how it works. When the District generates an important communication for parents and guardians on a wide range of issues ranging from academic interests like PSSA testing, parent surveys, or school calendar updates to crisis communications like health or medical situations, school safety issues, or community incidents we will post the letter in the EASD Virtual Backpack. Once posted to the website, the District will send a text and email to our parents and guardians with a link to the posting. The Virtual Backpack can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from both the District and all seven school homepages. Contents will be added on an ongoing basis and maintained in the Virtual Backpack for the entire school year.
The Virtual Backpack solution will help to eliminate the risk of important notifications getting lost in transit, overlooked, or delayed in the mail, as well as save the District significant dollars for paper, printing, labor, and mailings. TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS COMMUNICATION INITIATIVE, EACH PARENT/GUARDIAN WILL NEED TO PROVIDE THE DISTRICT WITH AN EMAIL ADDRESS AND A TEXTABLE PHONE NUMBER. Each year, the District sends home a Student Demographic Form for parents/guardians to update important student information including adding/updating email addresses and textable numbers. Please make certain to add/update these two fields otherwise you will not receive a notification when items are added to the Virtual Backpack. Keep in mind, the District WILL NO LONGER send home district-wide notifications in paper form so you will need to provide an email and/or textable number to receive a notification of a posting. If you do not have access to the Internet, contact your child’s school office for further direction on how to receive important and time sensitive communications from the District.
The EASD Virtual Backpack does not replace regular communication from teachers. Teachers will continue to send home assignments and other materials so parent(s)/guardian(s) should check their child’s backpack frequently for school and classroom news. In addition, from time to time the District will have the need to send home a communication directly with students.
If you have questions about the EASD Virtual Backpack, feel free to contact Troy Portser, Director of School and Community Information, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (717) 367-1521, ext. 10024.