COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates & Resources

We have created a website with important information during the COVID-19 school closure. You can view student assignments, district communication, food services, family resources and more. 

 

A Message from the Superintendent -- March 30

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Governor Wolf announced today that all Pennsylvania schools are “closed until further notice.” This means we no longer have a target date for reopening our schools this school year. While it may still be possible that we receive direction to reopen, we are also preparing for the possibility that our schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. 

We will continue to provide “continuity of education” -- enrichment and review. Elementary assignments will be posted to our website each week and secondary assignments will be sent to student email addresses by individual teachers. Students are encouraged to participate as much as possible. They may earn credit for participating, but they will not be penalized if they are unable to complete assignments. 

Our goal is to work toward “planned instruction” for all students, especially now that school is closed until further notice. Our plan is to start this for students in grades 9-12 first. If we implement planned instruction, this means students in grades 9-12 will be required to complete their assignments from home. The goal is to keep our high school students on track with their coursework and ultimately, enable our seniors to graduate this year.

Once we have implemented planned instruction in grades 9-12 we will be working on implementing planned instruction for additional grade levels. We will keep families updated when we begin to transition from “enrichment and review” to “planned instruction.”

In order to best meet the needs of our students during this school closure, our teachers are using various resources and platforms to offer instruction and support. This includes the use of Google Classroom as a way to facilitate the creation of classes, post assignments, and organize information for students. 

Please note that through this program, all students participating will be able to see each other’s names and student email address. If you are not comfortable with your child being added to a Google Classroom, please reach out to your child’s teacher/s to review other options of program delivery.  

Please take a minute to review our full confidentiality agreement, which is posted here: https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1654.

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility. 


Sincerely, 

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

https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1650

District Communication

All emails that have been sent to BASD parents/guardians can be found on this page with the most recent communication at the top.

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Elementary Assignments

We are preparing assignments one week at a time. We will continue to post common assignments for grades K-6 on our website each week. Teachers will email assignments for grades 7-12 directly to your child's school email address. Click to view assignments for March 30-April 3>

Secondary Assignments

Secondary teachers will email assignments for grades 7-12 directly to your child's school email address. Click to view assignments>

Center Avenue Assignments

Center Avenue assignments will be posted to our website each week. Click to view assignments>

Enrichment Opportunities

Our faculty has created a list of options for student learning activities that will help keep students engaged during our school closure. These activities are not required. These are enrichment resources for families to explore.

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Special Education Updates

Information specific to students who receive special education services can be found on our website. Click for more information>

Food service

All Butler Area School District students are able to order breakfast and lunch during our school closure.

Click here for more information and the order form>

School Board Letter

The Butler Board of School Directors wrote an open letter to the staff, students, parents and community of the Butler Area School District.

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BASD on BRN

Butler Area School District teachers will be on Butler Radio Network every weekday while our schools are closed.

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Resources for Families

This situation may significantly impact our families. If your family needs additional support during this time, there are organizations that can help, such as PA 2-1-1 Southwest and the Butler Center for Community Resources. 

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Volunteer to Help

We have had many people reach out and offer to help support our students and families during this unprecedented time. We sincerely appreciate the offers. At this time, we do not currently need volunteers. However, that could change at any time. 

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Meetings & Events -- Postponed

All meetings, events, activities and athletics are canceled as long as our school district is closed. 

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Talking to Kids about Coronavirus

We encourage everyone to think about how you are talking to your children about COVID-19. 

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More Information on COVID-19

Pennsylvania Department of Health>

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention>