Butler Area School District remain open in the following manner -- as long as COVID-19 community spread in our area is NOT in the substantial range AND we have the staffing to operate.
PDE's COVID-19 Threshold Charts
View PDE's COVID-19 Threshold Charts
We are going to update a COVID-19 Dashboard that will show the number of active positive COVID-19 cases among our faculty, staff and students at each school. The COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated daily, as we receive information. We will no longer send a message every time we are notified of a positive COVID-19 case.
The COVID-19 Dashboard can be found here: https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1832
If your child's school reaches the thresholds defined by PDE, you will receive an email, phone call and text message about the temporary closure.
The COVID-19 threshold charts were released/revised by PDE. Schools must adhere to the guidance regarding active cases provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This provides guidance on the operational status based on both the community transmission level and the number of active cases attributed to students and employees assigned to a specific school.
Up until January 2021, we have always determined our mode of operation as a district by grade level, with the exception of our self-contained special education classrooms and Center Avenue classrooms. When our elementary students went remote, all six of our K-4 elementary schools followed the same path.
Unlike the blanket community based recommendations, this new guidance is school specific. This means at any given time, we could have some schools operating remotely while others are able to operate in person. For example, it’s possible that some of our K-4 elementary schools may be able to remain open while other K-4 schools (including self-contained special education classrooms) must operate remotely.
Please be aware that we may have to shift our mode of operation at a building quickly without advance notice. It will only take two (2) positive COVID-19 cases among our students and staff at our smaller elementary schools to force the building into remote learning. If we were to be notified of a positive COVID-19 case at one of our smaller schools late in the afternoon, we will have to pivot quickly and temporarily move to remote instruction immediately for the next instructional day.