Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades K-4:
We hope the school year is off to a great start for your child. If you have not already, please review the Student Handbook, Discipline Handbook and our Technology Policies (Click "POLICIES" top right -- Click the "800 OPERATION" section on the left -- Click 815 and 815.1.).
Once you have reviewed these documents, please complete this form one time for each child you have in grades K-4 by Friday, September 11, 2020. All parents/guardians must complete this form regardless of their child's Learning Pathway.
Parent Sign-Off Form: https://forms.gle/2FRF5XgW6754mNc89
Mrs. Theresa Cherry, Center Township Elementary
Mrs. Hope Hull, Connoquenessing Elementary and Summit Elementary
Mr. Matt Martinez, Northwest Elementary
Dr. Carrie Morgan-Davis, McQuistion Elementary
Mrs. Cassandra Pencek, Emily Brittain Elementary
We the school year is off to a good start for everyone! View photos from the first day of school.
We hope the school year is off to a great start for everyone. It has been so great to have students back in our buildings! We have a couple of updates that we want to share with you.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Cyber Learning Program orientation in person or attended a learning material pick up this week. If you have already received your child's learning materials, you may disregard this email.
We realize some families could not make it to the orientation or to the pick up times we offered. Therefore, we are offering one more opportunity for elementary parents to pick up their child's materials for the Cyber Learning Program prior to the first day of school.
This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to designate your child’s Learning Pathway in order for it to be in effect on the first day of school is today (Wednesday, August 19, 2020). We will temporarily pause all new enrollments and change requests from August 20-September 4. After September 4, you may change your child’s Learning Pathway.
Visit our website for more information about our Learning Pathways as well as the registration links and change request links: https://www.basdk12.org/news/660
Yesterday the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued additional guidance on when face coverings should be worn in our schools. Specifically, they are now requiring students to wear face coverings all day with very limited opportunities to remove them. According to the most recent guidance, students will NOT be able to remove their face covering even when they are seated 6 feet apart, unless they are taking a designated face covering break.
PDE’s guidance now states:
Schools may allow students to remove face coverings when students are:
Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart; or
When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task; or
At least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes.
As the district continues with preparations for the start of the new school year, we are updating Tyler, our Student Information System, so our technology applications can be ready for the beginning of the school year.
This week, you may have noticed a message in Tyler with information regarding your child’s teacher. If we begin the year in the “Enhanced Green” phase as expected, your child’s teacher(s) may change as we implement social distancing in our classrooms.
As we continue to prepare for the first day of school, we want to ensure that families have as much information as possible. You can view our Back to School plans here: www.basdk12.org/Content2/1766
However, within our back to school plans, there are important details about our Learning Pathways. We want to make sure we highlight that information so families are prepared to choose a Learning Pathway that best meets the individual needs of their family.
If you intend to enroll your child in the Online/Cyber School Model, Secondary Hybrid School Model or Secondary Flexible Traditional School Model, please submit your child’s registration by the end of the night on August 19th in order for their assignment to be effective on the first day of school. After August 19, we will be taking a Temporary Registration Pause, which is described below, to ensure we can accurately plan for the students first day of school.
We modified our school calendar at the School Board meeting on Monday, August 10. This change will only impact our secondary students at the Intermediate High School and Senior High School. All of our K-4 elementary schools, our Middle School and Center Avenue Community School will still begin the year as planned on September 1, 2020.
Dear Butler Area School District Community:
I hope your families are safe and well. As we continue to prepare for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, I want to provide our school community with an update. Our priorities for the 2020-2021 school year are:
To meet these priorities, we have found it necessary to revise our initial plans to put additional strategies and options in place to keep students and staff safe while meeting the needs of our students. Our initial plan had three planned strategies based on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Red, Yellow and Green designation. We have added another level, which we are calling "Enhanced Green" in our reopening plans.
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You can find all of this information on our website. https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1766
Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility.
We know you have many questions about the reopening of our schools on September 1, 2020. We are currently developing plans to provide all students with a learning environment that is effective, as familiar as possible, and aligned to all guidelines/mandates for the safe reopening of schools.
My goal is to share the details of our plan the first week of August. That will enable us to incorporate all of the most recent guidance and mandates from the state and hopefully still give our families time to process all of the new policies and procedures for the upcoming school year.
With that said, there are a few things we know right now.
Students with IEPs and the 2020-2021 school year -- what families need to know! Carole Clancy, Director, Bureau of Special Education, PA Department of Education will provide an overview for families of key components of the guidance being provided to school. This meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 12:00-1:30 pm.
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