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BMS Morning Announcements Apr 2, 2020 BMS Announcements

You can watch the BMS Morning Announcements from home. Mr. DeHart will share the morning announcements on his page each day. Click to view the BMS Morning Announcements>

COVID-19 relief packages available through free/reduced meal application Jan 20, 2021

COVID-19 relief packages recently passed by the United States Congress contain numerous benefits for families financially impacted by the pandemic. Some of these benefits are available to students who are eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals. 

Automated Attendance Calls for Grades K-12 Jan 19, 2021

This week we will begin notifying parents/guardians of their child’s absence during the day through our automated phone system. 

Parents and guardians of students who attend the Senior High School, Intermediate High School, Middle School and Center Avenue Community School should have received an automated phone call/ message around 11 am today if their child is absent from school. Moving forward, this call will go out at approximately 11 am on the day a student is absent. 

Beginning on Friday, January 22, parents and guardians of students who attend Center Township Elementary, Connoquenessing Elementary, Emily Brittain Elementary, McQuistion Elementary, Northwest Elementary and Summit Elementary will receive a phone call/message from our automated system if their child is absent from school. This call will go out at approximately 11 am on the day a student is absent. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- January 16, 2021 Jan 16, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

Many of our families have seen first hand how disruptive quick school closures can be for our students, staff and the community we serve. Connoquenssing Elementary School, McQuistion Elementary School, Center Avenue Community School, the Middle School and the Intermediate High School all had to quickly shift to remote learning this week, per the state’s most recent mandates for schools. Several other schools are only 1-2 positive COVID-19 cases away from having to do the same.

Middle School -- Remote Instruction Jan. 14-15 Jan 13, 2021

We have been notified that 6 members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19. Any close contacts have already been notified. 

According to the mandates issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Education, we must temporarily close a school when the number of positive COVID-19 cases over a 14 day period reaches the thresholds the state outlined on their charts. 

At the Middle School, 6 positive cases is the threshold. Therefore, we will move to remote instruction for all students at the Middle School as of Thursday, January 14, 2021. This includes all special education self-contained classrooms. 

BASD Calendar Update Jan 12, 2021 calendar update

We have made some changes to our school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year in an effort to both maximize in-person instruction for our students and still provide our teachers with the time they need to manage everything they need to do to accommodate multiple learning pathways. 

Food Service for Cyber/Remote Learning Students Jan 9, 2021 food service

All BASD students are eligible to receive two meals a day, five days a week for free through the remainder of this school year. In addition, any child under the age of 18 who resides in the Butler Area School District may also receive free meals. Learn more.

Students who attend school in person will receive their meals at school. Students who are learning remotely may pick up their meals. Students who are in the secondary COHORT model will receive their meals at school on the days they are learning in person and may choose to pick up their meals for the days when they are learning remotely. 

 

School Based Mental Health Services Jan 7, 2021 School Based Mental Health Services

Butler Area School District has partnered with Glade Run Lutheran Services to offer school based mental health services to our students. This partnership enables students to receive mental health services at school, which reduces barriers like transportation and parent work schedules.

BASD Receives Grant to Support Grieving Students Jan 7, 2021

Butler Are School District secondary and elementary schools have been designated a “Grief-Sensitive School” by the New York Life Foundation.  Each school will receive a $500 grant to help create a bereavement support plan and encourage ongoing staff development as part of the national Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative.

Welcome Back -- January 4, 2020! Jan 3, 2021 Welcome Back

As we prepare to welcome our students back to school, we know we have shared quite a bit of information with families over the last few weeks. Here's a brief summary all in one place to help you prepare for Monday, January 4. 

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.'s New Year Newsletter! Jan 2, 2021 GTSF Newsletter

Our students, staff and schools are so fortunate to have the dedicated support of The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. In the midst of a global pandemic, the Foundation was still able to show up in a big way for our school community. Thank you to everyone who got involved and supported the foundation through generous donations, volunteer work or both. We'd also like to extend a very sincere thank you to all of the Foundation Board Members for their hard work and commitment to Butler Area School District. 

Click to read the GTSF's New Year Newsletter

Returning Remote Distance Learning Materials (BASD Grades K-6) Jan 2, 2021

Dr. White sent an email on December 31 detailing the district’s plan to reopen. The plan for elementary students is below:

Elementary (Grades K-6) - Enhanced Green -- Live in-person instruction for all students beginning on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Thank you for your support during remote distance learning. As your child returns to in-person instruction, he or she will need to return the following items. 

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