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UPDATE: COVID-19 Breakfast/Lunch/Backpack Project Weekend Meals Information

This information document is directly related to the recent closure of the Greater Johnstown School District as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Please know that the Greater Johnstown School District is committed to providing the best possible service to our students in this very difficult time. Updates are being provided to us on an hourly basis and we will continue to provide our families these updates as we receive them. We will provide breakfast and lunch to all children under the age of eighteen (18) beginning March 17, 2020. We will also provide the Backpack Weekend Meals Project to students who had previously signed up for the program. Please see the attached information for locations and times.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships have been released by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. For information, please go to, find scholarships, and search Greater Johnstown. Scholarships will come up for our students. You can apply for any scholarship that you qualify for.

School Closure

The Governor has determined that due to the concern of COVID-19, we are closing our schools and postponing all activities beginning Friday, March 13 through , Sunday, March 29, 2020. We want to ensure that our families have plenty of time to prepare for this untimely event. We will remain in constant contact with the Department of Education, Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. We will provide updates via our district website and social media sites. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this difficult time.The GJSD has applied for a waiver in order to provide lunches at various locations throughout the city. As soon as we receive approval we will inform you as to the time and locations. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Coronavirus Information and Resources

The Greater Johnstown School District, in an effort to keep our parents and students informed, is providing a link for information regarding the Coronavirus


IMMEDIATE RELEASE To: All Local Media Outlets From: Amy Arcurio, Superintendent Greater Johnstown School District A teacher at the Greater Johnstown High School, who works as an employee at Conemaugh Health System, believed they may have been in contact with a person who was in contact with a patient suspected of having COVID-19 last evening while at work. With the best of intentions, this employee reported to our high school today, donned a surgical mask, and told our students to refrain from close contact. After conversation with Conemaugh Hospital officials we have learned that there has been no confirmation of COVID -19 and that our employee had no direct contact with any suspected patients. The advice from Conemaugh Health System is to continue to follow universal precautions such as frequent hand-washing, avoid touching your face, and cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow. At no time did they direct our employee to self-quarantine, refrain from public places, report off work, or wear a mask. Again, we appreciate the effort of our employee but fully recognize the immediate concerns this caused within our schools and community.

LEA Public Posting Statement - PASA Testing

LEA PUBLIC POSTING STATEMENT - PASA TESTING: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the PASA does not exceed one percent of the total number of all students in the state assessed on the statewide assessments. Each local educational agency (LEA) must complete and submit the PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification to BSE if it anticipates that more than 1.0 % of its students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 will be assessed using the PASA. A list of LEAs who anticipate exceeding the threshold will be made publicly available on the PDE website, in accordance with 34 CFR 200.6 (c)(3) regulations. LEAs must also make the document publicly available upon request, removing any personally identifiable information. The Greater Johnstown School District anticipates exceeding the 1.0 percent threshold for PASA participation for the 2019-20 testing cycle. The necessary justification information has been submitted to the Bureau of Special Education. Questions on the Greater Johnstown School District participation rates should be directed to Amie Lumadue, Director of Special Education.

SAT Testing and College Fair

Juniors and Seniors who are returning to school, and who need to take the SAT tests, should stop in TCAP, JHS Room A228, to sign up for the testing and for more information. Juniors and Seniors interested in attending the college fair should also stop in TCAP, JHS A228, to request a permission slip and to sign up. There is limited space available, and this will be on a first come first serve basis. Please make sure to have a hall pass when visiting TCAP.

Registration Available

Pre K Counts Registrations are accepted by appointment at Greater Johnstown Central Admin, 1091 Broad Street. For an appointment, please call (814) 533-5670. For information regarding our program, please call the Morrell Neighborhood School at (814) 262-8184

Transportation Update

Please remember to contact your child's school during the summer months if you have any of the following: Address Change, Phone Number Change, Daycare or Babysitter Transportation Request (Please see the form on the website). A new Daycare/Babysitter form is required to be completed each year for every student. This information is not transferred from year to year. If you have any questions, please contact your child's school.

Safe2Say Something

In June, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed school safety legislation as part of a response spurred by the February 2018 horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people. Act 44 mandates the establishment and use of the "Safe2Say Something" (S2SS) Anonymous Reporting System by every Pennsylvania school entity beginning January 14, 2019. Safe2Say Something is now available on our website under the Parents and/or Students tabs. To submit a tip, please click on the link and scroll down to the "Submit a Tip" section of the webpage.

Trojan Pride

Penn Highlands Graduates

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, Penn Highlands Community College celebrated its 24th graduating class. Members of the Johnstown High School class of 2019, who earned an Associate's Degree while in High School were among those who graduated. Congratulations to our students who earned this amazing achievement!

UPJ Visits Johnstown High School

Pitt-Johnstown Admissions Counselor Matt Gueguen, (right), speaking to GJHS seniors about the opportunities offered at Pitt-Johnstown. Matt visited GJHS 04-02-2019.

Trojan Tradition

Cochran Class of 1933

Cochran Junior High School held its promotion exercises, to promote tenth grade students to the High School, on May 29, 1933, at 8:00 pm, at the Cochran auditorium. The class colors were blue and white, the class flower was a rose, and the class motto was "Crescat Scientia--May Knowledge Increase"

Cochran Class of 1932

Cochran Junior High School held its promotional exercises on May 31, 1932, at 8:00 pm, at the Cochran Auditorium, to promote tenth grade students to the High School. The class colors were green and white, the class flower was a rose, and the class motto was "Through Tribulation to Triumph". There were 249 students promoted.

Cochran Class of 1931 1/2

Cochran Junior High School held its promotional exercises on January 21, 1932, at 8:00 pm, at the Cochran Auditorium, to promote tenth grade students to the High School. The class colors were blue and crimson, the class flower was a snapdragon, and the class motto was "Perseverance overcomes everything". There were 81 students promoted.