2020 Yearbooks are still currently on sale to honor and celebrate such a special year for $68.00. Orders can also be placed online through the following link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ Enter order #13298.
All orders need to be placed by Friday, April 24th.
Frequently Asked Questions
(Please note the answers to these questions are subject to change)
Update – April 3, 2020
How long will schools be closed?
The Governor has ordered the closure of all Pennsylvania public school buildings for students indefinitely. We know that our buildings and facilities in general will be closed at least through the end of April 2020. The Governor’s Office will determine if additional closure is necessary. We will communicate directly with families as the District receives additional notifications.
Are there instructional expectations during the closure?
Even though school buildings are closed, the educational process continues. Teachers have planned instruction to continue meeting grade level and content course standards throughout the building closure period. Our goal is to prepare students to move to the next grade level for the 2020-2021 school year as close to the grade level standards as possible.
Will students receive grades for Marking Period 3?
YES!! Berlin Brothersvalley School District closed out Marking Period 3 on Tuesday, March 24. Marking Period 4 officially began on Wednesday, March 25. Grades are being calculated by teachers and report cards will be mailed to students/families when the process is completed.
Will students continue instruction during Marking Period 4?
YES!! We distributed work for students on Monday, March 23 to begin our Flexible Instruction Days on Monday, March 30. On Thursday, April 2, 2020 another instructional material pickup day was scheduled to continue the learning process from home. Students are responsible for completing work assigned by their teachers. Teachers will assess learning using a variety of assessment techniques and issue a grade at the end of Marking Period 4. Teachers have been communicating with students/parents and it is the responsibility of students/parents to be involved in the communication process and completion of assignments.
If a closure extends, then the District will provide more structured learning opportunities for students which would include additional assignment drop-off and instructional material pickup. Many teachers (especially at the high school level with Chromebooks) are utilizing technology for online learning. Submission of previous hard copy assignments will be collected on the next instructional material distribution date later in April. Our next date is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
My child has an IEP and is having trouble with the school work, what do I do?
All special education teachers have been in contact with their students and/or parents. If you are still having trouble getting help, email Mrs. Maria Murphy, email@example.com or contact the district at 267 – 4621 and she will provide assistance.
If I am having problems communicating with teachers, what should I do?
Contact your principal if there are problems communicating and they will resolve the issue.
What is happening with end of the year activities such as fieldtrips, prom, graduation, etc?
All activities scheduled for April have either been cancelled or postponed. We are still approving activities for the month of May in hope that we may return prior to the official end of the school year.
When is the end of the 2019-2020 school year?
Berlin Brothersvalley School District will conclude the school year on Monday, June 1, 2020.
When is graduation for the Class of 2020?
Graduation is scheduled for the evening of Monday, June 1 pending Board approval.
What does the closure mean for AP exams, standardized tests (PSSA and Keystone Exam), and SAT/ACT/AP?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).
Berlin Brothersvalley Advanced Placement (AP) teachers have been working with students to prepare them for the AP exams. This interaction will enable students to submit work assigned prior to the closure and access online instruction and review of essential material in preparation for the AP exam. The test is being revised by the AP organization and teachers are receiving information regarding the changes which will be communicated to students.
What is the Continuity of Education (CoE) Plan?
The CoE plan is the district plan for continuing education through distance learning in order to get credit for student attendance and continued learning through the closure. Most of the questions answered above are related to the plan for continuation of learning through MP4 and meeting the timelines to authorize that students have met the requirements for graduation as well as sufficient learning standards for promotion to the next grade level.
Will students be able to continue picking up lunch and breakfast at the school?
YES!! There will be a daily pickup through April 10, 2020. Beginning on Monday, April 13, 2020 pickups will occur on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.
The Backpack Program will also distribute food on Thursdays during the regular meal pickup.
What can students and families do to help?
It is critical that the teaching and learning process continue through April and May 2020. Communication with teachers is vital for every student. Learning requirements will be reasonable to meet the goal of moving to the next grade level. All students will be assessed in regard to their progress at the end of the school year. Communicating with teachers about expectations for learning is key to student success.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Governor Wolf announced that all schools will remain closed until further notice as we work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all Pennsylvanians.
Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission was recently awarded a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to complete an analysis of broadband needs in the region. The study will inventory existing broadband assets, identify gaps in service, and develop a plan for improving connectivity throughout the region. As part of the study, SAP&DC is conducting a survey to assess current levels of broadband service and needs.
The results of this survey will help guide SAP&DC on how best to ensure that residents and businesses in the region have affordable and adequate access to broadband internet. Participation is important, as it will help support future grant applications that can fund improved broadband infrastructure.
Take the survey in less than 5 minutes by visiting one of the follow websites:
For Your Home: https://tinyurl.com/BroadbandHOME
For Your Business: https://tinyurl.com/BroadbandBiz
Dear Berlin Brothersvalley Community,
In recent weeks, our nation has experienced heart wrenching and physically devastating violence. We want to acknowledge the toll that these events have taken on schools across the country. In the wake of these events, we want to reassure you that BBSD continues to provide a safe environment for our children to learn.
BBSD is vigilant in our efforts to ensure our schools are safe. We have a detailed emergency operations plan that lays out specific plans and responses related to prevention & mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. We conduct regular drills that provide practice to our students and staff on how to best respond to emergency situations. Also, we continue to work closely with law enforcement and other security professionals to maximize our safety efforts.
Please know that BBSD continues to be proactive in our safety measures. We encourage the community to work with the school district and local police departments, and to report any issues that may cause you concern. If you see something, please say something, and encourage your children to do the same.
Berlin Brothersvalley School District has the ability to send out text alerts and messages. In order to participate in this service, your cell phone number must be in our student database AND you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone.
*Although Berlin Brothersvalley School District does not charge for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.