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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
March 25, 2020

            Classes in the Upper Perkiomen School District are expected to resume March 30, even though teachers and students will not be in the schools. Administrators and teachers will be ready to offer a continuity of educational services for all its students, according to an email message from Superintendent Allyn Roche to the UPSD community.

            On Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced an extension of the mandatory school closures due to the COVID-19 virus through at least April 6. District officials will continue working to prepare e-learning for the final Monday of the month, according to a text from Mike Elliot, Vice President of the Upper Perkiomen School Board.

            "Knowing today does bring clarity to the district's focus this week," Elliot wrote in a text on Monday.

            Teachers and administrators have been working for several weeks to create meaningful online activities for students, according to School Board President Raeann Hofkin. She wrote in a March 23 email message that the members were planning to discuss the issue during the March 12 meeting, but the governor ordered the current two-week closure before the plan was completed.

            Beginning on March 30, all students will ...

Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
March 25, 2020

Quakertown Food Pantry also adjusting


           The Open Link has seen an increase in demand for supplies from its Community Food Pantry due to the impact of COVID-19. The pantry is fully operational and is meeting the needs of our community, according to Kelly Chandler, the organization's Development and Communications Manager.

            However, the multi-service agency serving the greater Upper Perkiomen Valley anticipates seeing more need as time goes on. The economic impact related to the novel coronavirus could force it do more, according to Chandler.

            "We believe as more people are out of work, and for extended periods of time, the number of people reaching out for help will obviously go up," she wrote in an email to the Town and Country received last week. "We may also see an increase in need with isolated seniors."

           Through its offices at 452 Penn St. in Pennsburg are closed to the public, the staff remains available to deliver all the organization's services. According to Chandler, a team mentality has allowed the staff to maintain good attitudes and focus on the mission to help those who need it.

           "People needing services have also been very understanding and ...



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