How long will schools be closed?
The Governor has ordered the closure of all Pennsylvania public schools for two weeks, which will extend through March 27, 2020. The Governor’s Office will determine if additional closure is necessary. We will communicate directly with families as the District receives additional notifications.
Will you re-evaluate the situation before students are required to return to school?
The Governor will continue to monitor the situation and issue notifications on the status of the State-wide closure. When the Governor, determines that the closure will be lifted, the District will also make a separate determination as to our local readiness to return to school.
Are we required to make up the missed days?
The Governor has indicated that school districts will not be penalized for the two-week closure. In other words, the State does not expect that these days be made up.
Our District prides itself on the education of students and recognizes the importance of instructional time spent with students. We will assess the valuable instructional time lost and make decision on missed days once we have a better idea on the scope of the closure.
Are there instructional expectations during the closure?
During the initial two-week closure, there will be no instructional assignments that are graded.
If a closure extends beyond the initial two weeks, then the District may need to provide more structured learning opportunities for students (via online learning models, more detailed assignments, etc.).
How can I retrieve my child’s medication from school?
Call Mr. Mudry in the middle school to make arrangements to pick up medication if needed. (814) 267 – 4621.
Will students have access to meals during the closure?
We are planning to begin a meal service on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the middle school gym from 10 AM – 12 Noon. Lunch and breakfast pickup for the following morning will be provided. Parents should contact the district (267 – 4621) if interested in participating in order to prepare enough food on each pickup day. In addition, students who participate in the “Backpack Program” will be able to pick up their food for the weekend during the Friday meal distribution time. Additional details are located on the district website.
How can our Community support students in need?
We have received an outpouring of support from individuals and organizations within our community. As we assess our needs we will engage groups such as the local ministerium who have offered support.
Will prom and graduation continue as scheduled? What about other school events?
A decision has not yet been made on the continuation of events like Prom and Graduation. These decisions would be influenced by the potential spread of the Coronavirus and recommendations issued by State and Local Authorities. We recognize that these are important events for students and their families and will communicate any changes as they become known.
All events are currently canceled through March 27, 2020. Individual buildings will communicate the status of scheduled events for any events outside this window.
Will there be a spring sports season?
The PIAA has not made a final decision on the status of the spring sports season. In the meantime, all athletic and extra-curricular activities have been postponed until further notice.
What does the closure mean for AP exams, standardized tests (PSSA and Keystone Exam), and SAT/ACT/AP?
The PA Department of Education will provide guidance regarding the requirements to administer the PSSA or Keystone Exam. We are awaiting further guidance on schedules related to these tests.
Currently we know the following:
The April 4 ACT has been rescheduled for June 13, 2020.
The May 2nd SAT administration is cancelled.
School Day SAT information will be shared when available.
Advanced Placement (AP) information will be shared when available.
We will communicate any further changes to the schedules for SAT, ACT or AP as they become better defined. These organizations have acknowledged the emergency situation and are preparing options as a result of school closures across the United States.
What are BBSD office hours during the closure?
The district offices may be contacted by phone from 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon on Monday thru Friday by phone at (814) 267 – 4621.