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SUSQUENITA HIGH SCHOOL NAMED APPLE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL
Susquenita School District is pleased to announce that Susquenita High School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 for its implementation of the 1:1 iPad Initiative, which provides iPad to every student attending Susquenita High School. Through intensive staff development, teachers are utilizing iPad to assist in providing students with transformative learning experiences, which will help them as they prepare to transition to the next phase of their lives - wherever that may lead.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
SHINE YOUR SMILE DAY
Susquenita School District is hosting Smile Programs...the Mobile Dentists February 18-21, 2020. We have invited the Smile Programs…the Mobile Dentists to coordinate on-site dental care at our school because we know how important dental care is to your child’s health.
Best of all, your child can receive dental care at no cost to you, as Medicaid, CHIP, and most other insurances cover 100% of prevention treatment.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic and infectious disease among children. In addition, kids with oral disease can suffer with pain and difficulty eating.
The dental team will set up a mini-dental office in our building and provide dental services for all children who return completed forms. Completed forms are due by January 17, 2020.
Dental services can be provided to families at a subsidized fee for those who choose to pay for preventive care.
The Smile Programs have been servicing schools, and creating healthy smiles, for over 16 years. All dentists are state licensed and will conduct a complete dental exam.
If you presently have a family dentist, continue with that provider. If your child has not seen a dentist in the past 12 months or longer, Smile Programs…the Mobile Dentists would like to serve your child.
Signing up your child to see the mobile dental team is an easy way for him/her to get necessary dental care. If you want your child to see the dentist on “Shine Your Smile Day,” just fill out the permission slip and return it to the school nurse.
You can learn more about Smile Programs...the Mobile Dentists by going to mobiledentists.com and watching the short video about the dental care program. You can also signup online for services at: www.MySchoolDentist.com
If you have any questions about the SMILE PROGRAM please contact your child’s school nurse.
School will be in session on Friday, March 13, 2020. This day is being used as the make-up day for our emergency school closing on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
FLEXIBLE INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved the use of “Flexible Instructional Days” (FIDs), which provide continuity of instruction through flexible means, on days when the school is traditionally closed due to inclement weather or emergency - think “Cyber Snow Days”.
Authorization: Act 64 of 2019: Section 1506 – Flexible Instructional Days
Act 64 of 2019 amended the Public-School Code to allow public school entities to develop a Flexible Instructional Day (FID) program as an alternative approach to delivering instruction when circumstances prevent the delivery of instruction in its customary manner or location. The FID program may be online, offline, or a combination of the two. Act 64 defines a school entity as a school district, intermediate unit, area vocational-technical school, or charter school or regional charter school, as defined under section 1703-A.
The District is not required to “makeup” FIDs. They are deemed a school day by the state and count toward the total number of instructional days required by the Public-School Code.
Flexible Instructional Days are permissible under the following circumstances - not exceed 5 total days during any school year:
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Disease epidemic
- Law enforcement emergency
- Inoperability of school busses or equipment necessary to the District's operation.
- Damage to a school building
- Other temporary circumstances rendering any portion of a school building unfit or unsafe for use.
NOTE: It remains our goal to have students in school as often as circumstances permit.
FID Introduction Letter from Mr. Kent Smith, Superintendent
PA CHANGES COMPULSORY SCHOOL AGE
Act 16 of 2019, which was signed in June, made two significant changes in the Public School Code regarding attendance. The following changes will take effect on August 2020.
1) Compulsory School Age: all children from the age of six (6) through the age of eighteen (18) must comply with compulsory school attendance requirements. To meet these requirements, parents must ensure that their child between the ages of 6 and 18 is attending or participating in one of the following: a public elementary, middle, or high school; a public charter or cyber-charter school; a private licensed academic or private religious school; home tutoring by a certified teacher; or an approved program of home schooling. Children may be excused from compulsory attendance for documented medical or other compelling reasons as outlined in District attendance policy and procedures.
2) Full Academic Year Requirement: a student who is absent for 20 percent or more of his or her days of enrollment will not be considered to have met the “full academic year” requirement for purposes of school accountability testing (PSSA and Keystones). This new rule is effective for the Spring 2021 administration of the PSSAs and for any 2020-2021 administration of the Literature, Algebra, and Biology Keystones.
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CHILDREN IN PA
CHIP covers uninsured kids up to age 19 in Pennsylvania. It doesn’t matter why your kids don’t have health coverage right now; CHIP may be able to help. Most kids receive CHIP for free. Others can get the same benefits at a low cost.
CHIP is brought to you by leading health insurance companies who offer quality, comprehensive coverage.
For more information visit the website: https://www.chipcoverspakids.com.
VIDEO INTERCOM SYSTEMS
As part of the Susquenita School District’s continuing effort to make a safe environment for our students, staff, and community, we have installed video intercom systems at each of the main entrances. Starting on Monday, August 20, 2018, anyone entering the buildings must present themselves at the camera. We ask that you initiate the system by pressing the silver button on the device, stand behind the painted line to ensure our staff can see you, and then wait for the staff to assist you.
The Susquenita School District has completed the process of migrating PowerLunch and MySchoolBucks student accounts to a new system called SchoolCafe. All student funds remaining from last school year have been transferred to accounts within the SchoolCafe system. SchoolCafe is now available for parents/guardians to deposit funds and monitor student meal accounts and you may create an account here: https://www.schoolcafe.com
You may also still fund your child’s account by sending, checks or cash into school with your student. Please be aware, if you decide to fund your child’s account through SchoolCafe by means of a credit card, there is a 5% convenience fee that the company applies.
Features of SchoolCafe:
- Prepay using your Visa or Mastercard
- Available 24 hours, 7 days a week
- View account balances and payment history
- Receive e-mail notice when account balances are low
- Set up free automatic payments
- Highly secure
- Accessible from any internet ready computer
- Toll-free phone and e-mail customer support
- 5% Convenience Fee
- View student meal accounts