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.
DRUGS 101: WHAT PARENTS AND KIDS NEED TO KNOW
What: Two part program for parents and students: 1. A program to education parents about the various forms of drugs and the peer pressures that students face. 2. A program for middle and high school students that explore the realities of living with addiction. For more information read the flyer.
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 6:00-8:30 PM
Where: Susquenita High School
How: Register Online at https://pennstatehealthnews.org/event/drugs-101-101519/
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.