2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR UPDATES
PHASED SCHOOL REOPENING HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN
Susquenita School District must create a Health and Safety Plan which will serve as the local guidelines for all instructional and non- instructional school reopening activities. As with all emergency plans, the Health and Safety Plan developed for each school entity should be tailored to the unique needs of each school and should be created in consultation with local health agencies. Given the dynamic nature of the pandemic, each plan should incorporate enough flexibility to adapt to changing conditions.
Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan - 07.31.2020
2020 - 2021 FINAL GENERAL FUND BUDGET
From Our School Nurses
Susquenita High School Musical
The Spring Musical Beauty and the Beast has been postponed. A final decision to reschedule has not been made. Tickets that have been purchased online will be refunded directly back to your account. Depending on processing time, this could take one (1) to ten (10) business days.
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.
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
SOCIAL MEDIA DISCLAIMER
The following viewpoint neutral guideline is applicable to all Susquenita School District social media accounts.
Posts will be removed if they violate the following viewpoint neutral guideline:
- No personal attacks
- No lewd, vulgar, or profane language or images
- No posts that identify students by name
- No posts promoting violence, or illegal content
- No posts promoting discrimination
Alerts for Events such as School Delays and Closings
The Susquenita School District uses Blackboard Mass Notification as its mass notification systems, to send email, text messages, and automated phone calls to Parents/guardians and community members. It allows us to effectively communicate with families on a large scale. Blackboard Mass Notification also gives registered users the flexibility to choose which channels to receive notifications through.
Parents/guardians do not need to sign up for email and phone notifications; Blackboard Mass Notifications pulls contact 1 and contact 2 information from PowerSchool. In order to make sure you receive emergency notifications, including weather-related school closings, always notify your child’s school if a contact phone number or email changes.
If you would like to receive messages at additional phone numbers, email addresses, or text messages, you will need to sign up for a Blackboard account. Login or S\signup in the "Message System" section at the bottom of this webpage.
In addition to the mass notifications, the Susquenita School District will also communicate to families and community members using our webpage and Facebook. With all of these channels for notification we understand that there may be times you may think you are being over informed. That said, we would rather you receive multiple notifications than take a chance of you not being notified at all.