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2021 Virtual FAB Showcase is Here! FAB Showcase

The 2021 Virtual FAB Showcase is here!  Please use the following link to access the Virtual FAB site on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. 

Let the Show Begin . . . it’s only a click away! Click to access the 2021 Virtual FAB Showcase

 

A Message from the Superintendent -- April 9, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

As we enter the final nine weeks of the school year, I want to thank you for your flexibility and assistance in helping us to try and operate as normally as possible.  We continue to need your help. Butler County’s covid numbers have increased to the substantial range for the last two weeks. My ask of you is if your child feels ill or has symptoms that could be COVID related, please keep him or her home until you consult with a medical professional.  

Family Code Night! Code Night

Elementary School families are invited to attend a free virtual Code Night on April 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm. This is a free, fun and valuable experience for students in grades K-5 and their families. No sign up is required. No coding experience is needed. Just join the livestream and get ready to have some fun! 

Emily Brittain Dine and Donate at Texas Roadhouse Texas Roadhouse Dine and Donate

Emily Brittain is holding a Dine & Donate fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse (Clearview Mall location) on Wednesday, April 7 from 5 pm - 8 pm. 

Friends of Emily Brittain can dine in or order take out from Texas Roadhouse between 5 pm and 8 pm on Wednesday, April 7th. Show this flyer and 10% of your order will be donated to Emily Brittain Elementary School!  

Click to view the flyer.

Learning Pathway selection for Grades K-6 Grades K-5 Learning Pathway

As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year, we want to ensure we are in the position to meet the individual needs of all of our students and families. This includes once again offering a traditional brick and mortar in person instruction learning pathway as well as the BASD Cyber Learning Program, which is fully online. 

Learning with Lambs learning with lambs

Mr. Dave Andrews, BASD Instructional Coach for Student Engagement, is passionate about creating unique learning opportunities for our students and making learning fun! As part of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, students were rewarded for their positive behavior with a visit from Mr. Andrews and his lambs! 

2021 Very Special Arts Gallery Virtual Art Show

The 2021 Very Special Arts Gallery is now available!

The Very Special Art Exhibit event that is hosted annually by Midwestern Intermediate Unit 4 was held virtually this year. You can now see the artwork that was included in the exhibit. Beautiful works of art created by Butler Area School District students are featured on slides 8-17. 

Click to view the virtual gallery

Operating Status -- Five Days a Week operating status

Butler County remains in the Moderate Level for Community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our mode of operation for students in the in person learning pathway for the week of March 29, 2021 will be: 

  • Elementary students (Grades K-6): Elementary students will attend school in person five days a week. 
  • Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Secondary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

This will be our operating status as long as Butler County remains in the moderate range. If something changes, we will notify families. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- March 25, 2021 High Wind Event

As you may be aware, the weather forecast for tonight into Friday calls for wind gusts exceeding 50 mph.  With rain also in the forecast, this could lead to power outages and connectivity issues.  As we plan for this forecasted severe weather and the potential impacts, we are sending learning materials home with students as a precautionary measure. Please note the learning activities will not require computer-based applications.

Health Screenings for Cyber Learning Program and Homeschool Students School Health Law

Listed below are the state mandated health screenings for all Pennsylvania students.  These screenings are provided during the school day by our school nurses.  If your child is enrolled in the BASD Cyber Learning Program or they are homeschooled, they are still entitled to these screenings. You may contact your building nurse to make arrangements to bring your child into the school.  You may also choose to decline these services.

FAB Showcase Drop Off at Butler Radio Network FAB gift baskets

Butler Radio Network has graciously opened their doors to the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.'s FAB Showcase Raffle. 

You may now drop off your FAB forms and payment at the station Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. The last day to drop your forms and payments is Thursday, April 1, 2021. https://www.goldentornadoscholasticfoundation.org/fab-baskets 

A Message from the Superintendent -- March 19, 2021 A Message from the SUperintendent

Butler County remains in the Moderate Level for Community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our mode of operation for students in the in person learning pathway for the week of March 22, 2021 will be: 

Elementary students (Grades K-6): Elementary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Secondary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Have a great weekend!

Our GTSF Basket and 50/50 Raffle are now even more FABulous! fab baskets

Just To Make Our Basket and 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales More FABulous

Anyone who has purchased to date, or will purchase a basket and/or 50-50 raffle ticket(s) through Saturday, March 20, 2021, will automatically be entered into a chance to win one (1) of eight (8) Spot Prizes valued at $100 to $600!

Payment for raffle tickets must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2021 to be eligible for the Spot Prize drawings.

Please visit our website or use the attached flyer to purchase your tickets today! GoldenTornadoScholasticFoundation.org/fab-baskets. As always, thank you for your generous support!

Sincerely,

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.
Board of Directors

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A Message from the Superintendent -- March 12, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

Butler County remains in the Moderate Level for Community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our mode of operation for students in the in person learning pathway for the week of March 15, 2021 will be: 

Elementary students (Grades K-6): Elementary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Secondary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Please note: We have a previously scheduled professional development day on Friday, March 19, 2021. Students will not have school on March 19. 

Butler Radio Network Earns Recognition for their Education Series Broadcast award

When the state closed all schools at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not well situated to quickly pivot to an online learning environment. We had thousands of students who did not have access to a device or the internet. 

Butler Radio Network opened their airways to us for an hour every day. BASD educators created elementary and secondary lessons that could be broadcast on the radio to reach all of our students.

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters recently named WISR/WBUT's educational broadcasts that were done in collaboration with BASD an award winner in the "Outstanding Radio Feature/Series." 

Congratulations to Butler Radio Network and everyone at BASD who created content for this series last spring on this well-deserved honor! 

A Message from the Superintendent -- March 5, 2021 a message from the superintendent

Butler County remains in the moderate level for community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our mode of operation for the week of March 8, 2021 for all students who are learning at school in person will be: 

Elementary students (Grades K-6): Elementary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

*NEW* Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Secondary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- February 26, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

Butler County remains in the Moderate Level for Community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our mode of operation for the week of March 1, 2021 will be: 

Elementary students (Grades K-6): Elementary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Secondary students will attend school in person four days a week with Friday being a remote learning day.  

A Message from the Superintendent -- Make-Up Days calendar update

Dear BASD Families: 

As you know, we had two traditional snow days last week. Therefore, we have to make up the days. The make up dates are scheduled for: 

  • Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • Monday, April 5, 2021

As a reminder, you can find a link to our one page calendar overview here: https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1454 

You can also see our interactive event calendar here: https://www.basdk12.org/calmonthview.aspx?schoolid=0&t=1:24:32:51:52:53:54:55:56:57:58:59:60 

Thank you for your flexibility. 


Sincerely,
Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District

A Message from the Superintendent -- February 19, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

The data for the week is in and we are in the moderate range for COVID-19 community spread for the second week in a row. This means we can put the plan I shared on Wednesday into action. 

Here is the plan for the week of February 22: 

  • Elementary students (Grades K-6): Beginning on Monday, February 22, elementary students will be able to attend school in-person five days a week. No more voluntary closures on Friday.

  • Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Beginning on Wednesday, February 24, Cohorts will end and students will be able to attend in-person instruction four days a week with Friday being the only remote learning day.  

A Message from the Superintendent -- February 17, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

We are once again facing possible inclement weather.  

Earlier this week we had two traditional snow days and did not engage in remote instruction. At the elementary level, we must distribute devices to all students who need them every time we move to remote instruction. That did not occur at all schools last Thursday. Therefore, we were not in a position for all of our students to engage in remote learning.  

Digital and Remote Student Learning Guidelines remote learning guidelines

As students transition into the start of the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, we want to remind students, parents, guardians and learning coaches of the expectations associated with digital distance learning, including cyber education, live-streamed (synchronous) courses, and recorded (asynchronous) instruction. The streaming of courses includes delivery of instruction from one classroom to another classroom within the district, and/ or streaming instruction from the classroom to BASD students who are learning remotely. In order for students to participate in digital distance learning, please review the following guidelines.

Fine Arts & Beyond Showcase's Annual Basket Raffles fab baskets

The Fine Arts and Beyond Showcase’s annual 50/50 and Basket Raffles have begun! BASD schools and community members donated 16 wonderful baskets. Visit the Foundation's website to see the baskets and virtually put your tickets in for your favorites! GoldenTornadoScholasticFoundation.org/fab-baskets

A Message from the Superintendent -- February 1, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

Try as I might to create a consistent plan for families, mother nature had other plans. Since today was a remote learning day, we will shift this Friday, February 5 to an in person day. 

All students in grades K-6 should report to school in person for the rest of this week, including Friday, February 5. 

All students in grades 7-12 should operate on their COHORT schedule for the remainder of the week. Since the White COHORT missed in person instruction today, they will report to school in person on Friday. Here is the COHORT schedule for the remainder of this week. 

Food Service for Cyber/Remote Learning Students 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. 

 

A Message from the Superintendent -- Important Calendar Update A Message from the Superintendent

We are tentatively planning to start our voluntary shift to remote instruction/ school building closures in February on the following dates: 

  • Friday, February 5 -- Remote instruction, school buildings closed

  • Friday, February 12 -- Scheduled Act 80/Professional Development Day, no school for students

  • Friday, February 19 -- Remote instruction, school buildings closed

  • Friday, February 26 -- Remote instruction, school buildings closed

I Am Wall I am wall

Students at Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School recently reviewed their school's PBIS-SOAR expectations and discussed the importance of celebrating differences. Then, each student had the opportunity to write their own "I am..." statement, which is something they are proud of about themselves. The statements were posted together to form the school's "I Am" wall. 

COVID-19 relief packages available through free/reduced meal application

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

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 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.

BASD Calendar Update 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. 

School Based Mental Health Services 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

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! 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! 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)

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. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- December 31, 2020 A Message from the Superintendent

I hope everyone has had a nice winter break. We are preparing to reopen in the following manner on Monday, January 4, 2020.

Kids Weekend Backpack Program Kids Weekend Backpack Program

The Kids’ Weekend Backpack Program was created with the goal of fighting hunger by supplying weekend food for children in need. Today there are 280 Butler Area School District elementary students who are enrolled in this program.

The Kids’ Weekend Backpack Program is an initiative of The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation that is run by about 40 volunteers made up of community members and retired teachers.

Thank you to everyone who helps make this program possible for our students!

Community Partners make Emily Brittain Christmas Wishes Come True volunteers

It will be a very merry Christmas for all of the students at Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School this year! 

Thanks to Inspired Hearts and Hands (IH2), every student had the chance to share their Christmas wish list. The Inspired Hearts and Hands organization worked with local businesses and community members to fulfill every student's wish. 

In addition, each family will receive a basket full of food they can use to make a special holiday meal. The food baskets even include a gift card to purchase a ham or turkey to complete the meal. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- December 18, 2020 A Message from the superintendent

Our winter break officially begins later today. I hope you will all take some time to relax and have fun with your family. Everyone has been working so hard to keep up with remote learning. It’s time for a much needed -- and much deserved -- break. 

When we return to school in January, we will be operating under a new set of guidelines related to when we will be in remote learning and when we will be having live in person instruction.

No In-Person Instruction or Transportation on December 17

Due to inclement weather, we must cancel all in person instruction that takes place in our BASD school buildings for December 17, 2020. 

All students K-12 students who are currently participating in remote instruction will continue as planned on December 17, 2020.  

BASD transportation to private/ parochial schools will not be provided on December 17, 2020. 

No In-Person Instruction or Transportation on December 16

Some special education students are still reporting to school for in-person instruction while the majority of our students K-12 are learning remotely. Due to inclement weather, we must cancel all “in person” instruction that takes place in our BASD school buildings for December 16, 2020. 

If your child is a part of a special education specialized classroom and he/she has been attending school in person, you will be contacted by your child's special education teacher or building principal on Dec. 16 with more information. Some students may have the opportunity to learn remotely on December 16 while others will not have school at all.

All students K-12 students who are currently participating in remote instruction will continue as planned on December 16, 2020.  

BASD transportation to private/ parochial schools will not be provided on December 16, 2020. 

Thank you. 

Santa Virtually Visits Butler! santa

Santa virtually visited our self-contained elementary classrooms across the district to read a special story to students. In addition to reading, Santa also talked to students about the importance of hand washing, social distancing and properly wearing a mask.

Thank you for visiting Santa! View more photos.

A Message from the Superintendent -- December 11, 2020 A Message from the Superintendent

We will remain in remote learning for the week of December 14-18.  Our winter break officially begins after school on Friday, December 18.  

It is my desire and hope that the COVID-19 active cases, staffing issues or any future orders from the Governor will not impede us from returning to live instruction on Monday, January 4, 2021.  Our tentative plan for when we are able to reopen will be:

  • Elementary - Enhanced Green -- Live in-person instruction for all students. 

  • Secondary - Hybrid - COHORT -- Live in-person instruction for ½ students in cohorts

  • Center Avenue Community School -- Live in-person instruction for all students

  • Special Education Specialized Classrooms -- Continue live in-person instruction for all students.

BASD IMPORTANT UPDATE -- December 4, 2020

My goal has been and remains to find a way to safely return to school in person. After making our announcement regarding our transition back to live in-person instruction for our students, we have experienced tremendous staffing challenges. 

In addition, I have been in frequent communication with Dr. David Rottinghaus, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Butler Health System. We spoke again today. He informed me that based on what they are now seeing at the hospital along with conversation with his colleagues, their updated recommendation is that we remain in remote instruction until the end of the winter break. 

Caring Angel Program caring angel

We're proud to support the Caring Angel Program!

The Caring Angel Basket Auction is live online! View the baskets in detail and submit your order digitally then mail or drop off your check. Or, print the attached form and mail or drop it off with your check. Checks should be made payable to BHS Foundation and all forms and payment must be received by 6 pm on December 9th.

50/50 Tickets available - current total over $900 and growing!

Mail to: BHS Foundation, One Hospital Way, Butler, PA 16001

Drop box location: Butler Radio Network Offices, 252 Pillow Street in Butler. 9 am - 5 pm weekdays through Wednesday December 9th.

Drop and Drive: Sunday, 12/6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drive under the canopy of the Brady Street Lobby entrance and drop your form and payment off. Foundation team will be on site to manage a contactless drop off.

A Message from the Superintendent -- December 2, 2020 message from the superintendent

Last week Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine updated their guidance for schools.  One component of the updated guidance was issuing parameters for schools to operate when the county COVID-19 community spread level is substantial.  They have issued charts that guide the operating status of each school based on the number of active COVID-19 cases among students and employees actively attending and working at each school.

In-Person Instruction for Special Education Specialized Classrooms -- Canceled Dec. 1, 2020

Some special education students are still reporting to school for in-person instruction while the majority of our students K-12 are learning remotely. Due to inclement weather, we must cancel all “in person” instruction that takes place in our BASD school buildings for December 1, 2020. 

If your child is a part of a special education specialized classroom and he/she has been attending school in person, you will be contacted by your child's special education teacher or building principal on Dec. 1 with more information. Some students may have the opportunity to learn remotely on December 1 while others will not have school at all.

All students K-12 students who are currently participating in remote instruction will continue as planned on December 1, 2020.  

BASD transportation to private/ parochial schools will not be provided on December 1, 2020. 

Thank you.   

POSTPONED! Free COVID-19 Testing Site in Butler Dec. 2-6

** This testing site has been postponed. We will share updated information when it becomes available. **

The PA Department of Health will bring a COVID-19 test site to Butler for five days beginning Wednesday, December 2, and running to Sunday, December 6 at Michelle Krill Field, 100 Pullman Park Place, Butler, PA 16001. The site is both a drive-thru and indoor walk-in testing clinic and will be open each of the above days from 9 am until 6 pm. Up to 450 patients can be tested per day. Mid-nasal passage swab PCF tests will be performed. Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is completely free to all patients. Patients must be ages three and older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. No appointment is necessary. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID or insurance card. Registration will also be completed on-site. The turn around time for testing results is two to seven days after testing. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- Friday, November 27, 2020 super message

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we have once again exceeded our thresholds to have live in-person instruction next week. We will continue to operate our elementary, secondary schools and Center Avenue Community School to Remote Instruction as we did this week.

Happy Thanksgiving to our BASD Community thanksgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I find myself giving thanks for all of you -- the people who make our school district and our community a place of excellence, success and hope. 

This year has been unlike any other. Yet, despite the many challenges, all of you continue to show up to support our schools and our community. 

My preference is to have our students physically in school where they can learn and grow with their teachers and peers. It’s not ideal to implement remote distance learning for all students. Quite frankly, it’s incredibly difficult for many. I want you to know that we understand the struggle and we are committed to doing everything we can to support you and your children while we are operating remotely. 

Inspired Hearts and Hands (IH2) and MSA Adopt Emily Brittain for the Holiday baskets

Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School students each received an amazing holiday basket thanks to Inspired Hearts and Hands (IH2) and MSA. This includes both students who are enrolled in the Traditional School Model and the Cyber School Model.

IH2 and MAS partnered with the school to make this incredible gift possible. A very special thank you to both IH2 and MSA for adopting Emily Brittain for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Check out all of the baskets! 

BASD Meal Order Form weekly meal order form

Families are able to register any BASD student or child (18 and younger) who resides in the Butler Area School District for free breakfast and lunch while students are learning remotely for any reason. Whether your child is enrolled in the BASD Cyber Learning Program, their school is temporarily learning remotely, they must quarantine at home or they are not yet school age, we would be happy to provide him/her with breakfast and lunch for free. 

 

BASD Health Alert -- November 20, 2020

An individual from our Intermediate High School community self-disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. There were not any close contacts. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

As a precaution, we are sanitizing the areas of our schools that these people came in contact with. This is in addition to the cleaning procedures that are already in place on a daily basis. 

BASD Health Alert -- November 19, 2020

An individual from our Connoquenessing Elementary School community self disclose that they have tested positive for COVID-19. There were not any close contacts. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

As a precaution, we are sanitizing the areas of our schools that these people came in contact with. This is in addition to the cleaning procedures that are already in place on a daily basis. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- November 19, 2020

I want to begin by thanking everyone for your support and understanding as we transitioned to remote learning at the elementary level and continued remote learning at the secondary level. Unfortunately, we have already exceeded our thresholds to have live instruction next week. We will continue to operate our elementary and secondary schools as we did this week. It is also necessary to transition Center Avenue Community School to Remote Instruction.

Butler County Holiday Community Resources holiday resources

There are several holiday resources available to families throughout Butler County. Click to see the list.

BASD Elementary (K-6) Live (Synchronous) Instruction

Dear BASD Elementary Families,

Today is our first day of live (synchronous) instruction for students in grades K-6. Our goal is to provide this instruction balancing best practices and flexibility. You should have received information from your child’s teacher regarding their schedule. We also wanted to share some additional information with you for a smooth transition.

BASD Health Alert -- November 16, 2020

An individual from our Center Township Elementary School community self disclose that they have tested positive for COVID-19. There were not any close contacts. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

As a precaution, we are sanitizing the areas of our schools that these people came in contact with. This is in addition to the cleaning procedures that are already in place on a daily basis. 

Family Code Night BASD Graphic

Save the date! Butler Area School District's elementary families are welcome to participate in National Code Night on November 23rd at 7pm. 

You can attend our district’s Family Code Night from home! This is a free, fun and valuable experience for you and your children. While anyone can participate, this is most appropriate for students in grades K-5. No sign up, no coding experience needed. Just join the LiveStream!

Watch a short video to learn more or view the flyer for our school. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- November 12, 2020 message from the superintendent

Unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 continues to increase in our community.  It is impacting more families and employees. This directly impacts our ability to operate our schools. The number of employees excluded because of COVID-19 continues to grow.  At this point we have over 30 employees excluded from work.  Additionally, based on the data we have already received, we have crossed the threshold of substantial spread of COVID-19 in our community this week. 

Happy Veterans Day Veterans Day

So many celebrations, events and remembrances have been altered by COVID this year.  Many of which we pass by and hope for more normalcy next year. Today, on Veterans Day, it is hard to just move on.

Veterans Day is a unique and special national holiday that allows us to pay respect to those who have served, those who are serving and those who have given their lives for our freedom.

BASD Health Alert -- November 10, 2020

We have had two individuals self disclose that they have tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • One individual is from our Center Township Elementary School community. It was determined that there were not any close contacts.

  • One individual is from our Senior High School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 

Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- November 9, 2020

We have had three individuals self disclose that they have tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • One individual is from our McQuistion Elementary School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 
  • One individual is from our Connoquenessing Elementary School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 
  • One individual is from our Senior High School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 

Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- November 8, 2020

We have had three individuals self disclose that they have tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • One individual is from our Middle School community. There were no close contacts in this situation. 

  • One individual is from our Connoquenessing Elementary School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 

  • One individual is from our Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 

Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD One2One Device Protection Program BASD Device Protection

We have opened up enrollment for our one-to-one device protection program. 

Butler Area School District is partnering with One2One Risk Solutions to provide accident and loss protection for our district's one-to-one device program. Registering with One2One and purchasing a damage waiver will protect you from the full cost to repair or replace your child's district-issued device and limit your responsibility to per-occurrence deductible, should loss occur. 

More information is available on our website. https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1824

The deadline to enroll in the device protection program for the 2020-2021 school year is December 1, 2020. 

BASD Health Alert -- November 6, 2020

One individual from our Intermediate High School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. All close contacts have been notified by the school district. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.

A Message from the Superintendent -- November 5, 2020

I know you have received a lot of communication from me so far this evening and this school year for that matter. I apologize for three emails in a row tonight. However, my goal is to keep you all informed and ensure you know what I know. 

If you want the Cliffs Notes version (short and sweet), here it is: 

Our operation status for next week (Nov. 9-13) is the same as it was this week. 

  • Elementary - Enhanced Green (in-person instruction)

  • Secondary - Remote Learning

  • Center Avenue and Self Contained Special Education Classrooms - Enhanced Green (in-person instruction)

BASD Health Alert -- November 5, 2020

One individual from our school district community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. This individual may have had close contact with others on the school bus.  This  bus has a small number of students who receive specialized services at an out of district location.  Everyone who is a close contact has been notified by the school district. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- November 5, 2020

One individual from our Center Township Elementary School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The district has determined that this individual did not have any close contacts at school. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- November 2, 2020

One individual from our Center Township Elementary School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The district has identified anybody who may have had close contact and notified them. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

A Message from the Superintendent -- Move to Remote Learning for Secondary Students

As of Tuesday, November 3, 2020, we are moving to remote instruction at the secondary level (grades 7-12). This operating status will remain in effect until at least Friday, November 6, 2020.  As a reminder, Monday, November 2 is an in-service/ Act 80 day, so students do not have school.

BASD Health Alert -- October 27, 2020

One individual from our McQuistion Elementary School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been at school since last week. It was determined that they did not have any close contacts at school. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- October 27, 2020

One individual from our Intermediate High School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. All individuals who were determined to be close contacts in this case are adults. They have all been notified and are not present at our schools. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

Elementary Pollinator Gardens pollinator gardens

For the 2020-2021 school year, Butler Area School District received a PA Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education grant to install pollinator gardens at the six K-4 elementary school buildings.

BASD Health Alert -- October 25, 2020

One individual from our Intermediate High School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  What we can share is that it was determined that this individual did not have any close contacts with other individuals at school. 

BASD Health Alert -- October 23, 2020

One individual from our school district community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Although we have not yet received official notification, we have consulted with the Pennsylvania Department Health. This individual interacts with people from multiple schools.  Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  What we can share is that all individuals who are considered a close contact have already been notified.

School calendar Updates school calendar update

The Butler Area Board of School Directors adjusted the 2020-2021 school calendar at their meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020. This time is necessary for our teachers to manage our different Learning Pathways.

The update includes three additional Act 80 Days. The Act 80 dates are:

  • November 2, 2020
  • January 25, 2021
  • March 26, 2021
General Richard Butler Chapter, NSDAR Donates Supplies to Emily Brittain EB Donation

The members of the General Richard Butler Chapter, NSDAR recently donated school supplies and masks to Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School. Their generous donation included markers, crayons, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, kleenex packs, disposable face masks, silicone mask cages for staff, and face shields for students.  

A special thank you to General Richard Butler Chapter, NSDAR for their donation to our school!

Kinsa's FLUency School Health Program for Grades K-6 Kinsa

This year Butler Area School District is partnering with the Kinsa’s FLUency School Health Program. The mission of the program is to prevent the spread of illness during cold and flu season at schools. Family participation in this program is voluntary and open to families with students in grades K-6. Participating families will receive a free award-winning Kinsa thermometer to take their child’s temperature each day. The program also provides an app that families may use to help detect and respond to spreading illness. It is free for families to participate.

School Nurse October Newsletter School Nurse

The goal of keeping everyone healthy involves us all! Click to read the latest from our school nurses

A Message from the Superintendent -- Oct. 7, 2020

Dear Butler Area School District Community: 

We recently provided parents/guardians with the opportunity to provide “start of the year” feedback. In addition, our faculty and staff have been assessing what is working well and what needs to be revised. As a result of this feedback, I have several updates, reminders and changes that I would like to share with you. 

First, thank you to everyone who submitted their feedback over the past few weeks. We are using the information that was collected to help ensure each of our Learning Pathways are as effective as possible for the remainder of the year. 

A Special Visit for Cyber Learning Students 2nd grade guidance counselor

Miss Erb’s second grade cyber students recently had a special visitor! The guidance counselor, Mrs. Schnur, read a story to students about how to be a bucket filler. Then students shared how they can be bucket fillers in cyber school. Thank you for virtually stopping by the second grade cyber class, Mrs. Schnur! 
 

K-4 Parent Sign-Off Form

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 HandbookDiscipline 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

Thank you!

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

Back to School Photos First Day of School

We the school year is off to a good start for everyone! View photos from the first day of school

A Message from the Superintendent -- Sept. 2, 2020

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. 

BASD Cyber Learning Program Orientation

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.

Cyber Learning Program -- Elementary Registration Deadline

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

A Message from the Superintendent -- August 18, 2020

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.

Tyler Update for BASD Elementary Families

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.

Learning Pathways -- Important Update (Aug. 12, 2020)

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.

BASD "Soft Opening" for the IHS and SHS

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. 

BASD: Fall 2020 Reopening Plans reopening plans

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:

  • Stay safe. We will do all that we can to keep everyone in our school community safe.
  • Reopen our schools. Unless the Governor issues a mandatory closure, we intend to open our schools.
  • Provide options. This situation is constantly evolving as are the individual needs of our students. Our goal is to provide our families with several options as well as the flexibility to move between the learning options as needed.
  • Support our students. We will continue to strive to support our students academically, socially and emotionally.

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. 

Click to read our Fall 2020 reopening plans>

You can find all of this information on our website. https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1766

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility. 

Sincerely, 

Brian 

A Message from the Superintendent -- July 23, 2020

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 2020-21 School Year -- What Families Need to Know Students with IEPs

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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Click to register>

Click to submit your questions> 

BASD Cyber Learning Program -- Register Today! desk

A few months ago we asked for your input on which pathway would be best for your child. As we continue to plan for the upcoming year, we are asking families who would like to enroll their students in the Cyber Learning Program or Hybrid Learning Program to officially register.

Visit our website for more information, including upcoming dates and registration: www.basdk12.org/Content2/clp.

Food Service Celebration food service

Since our schools physically closed on March 17, our food service team has been working to provide meals to our students. Did you know that as of this week they prepared over 200,000 meals? This calls for a celebration!

On Wednesday, June 3, the school district recognized and celebrated the hard work of 40 food service employees.

The Butler County Commissioners issued a proclamation at a ceremony. In addition, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank presented a plaque to Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School for their exceptional results in the Southwestern Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge. The goal of this challenge was to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program throughout our region. Emily Brittain had a 17% increase in School Breakfast participation in October 2019 compared to October 2018.

Fun Facts

  • Total meals served each day -- more than 2,000
  • Total meals served to date -- just over 200,000
  • Total meals delivered to front doors -- about 185,000
  • Number of food service employees – about 40
  • Number of School Police -- 24 (for meal delivery)
  • Number of miles traveled on the delivery routes each day -- almost 250 square miles

We would like to thank all of our food service employees, our school police officers and the Nutrition Group for making this possible! 

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