Bellefonte Area School District believes it is their responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students. We also believe it is our responsibility to provide information and resources to broaden the knowledge and deepen the understanding of issues that affect our students and our community. Please click here to view the powerpoint presentation from the June 28th School Board meeting. Click here to view the accompanying video and audio to the powerpoint.
With the start of school, it is inevitable that we will experience warm weather during the first few weeks. The Bellefonte Area School District has an extreme weather policy and guidelines in place to ensure our students remain as comfortable as possible We have procedures in place to help lower temperatures in our buildings that do not have air-conditioning and most of the time this can get us through the short periods of time in which we experience these warm temperatures.
However, with the current forecasted temperature being above 90 degrees several days this week, we may reach our benchmark heat index (guidelines can be found attached to policy 804: https://www.boarddocs.com/pa/bellasd/Board.nsf/Public?open&id=policies# which could indicate an early dismissal should our regular procedures not be able to accommodate all of our students. Should this be necessary, you will be notified via our regular media outlets as well as our school messenger system as soon as we make the decision, most likely between 10:30 and 11:30 AM. Due to transportation logistics, all elementary students would be dismissed early, not just our Bellefonte Elementary and Benner Elementary students. Secondary students would be dismissed at their regularly scheduled time. As this would be an early dismissal it would count as a full day and not require a makeup day.
Again, we hope that this isn't necessary, however we do not want to subject our children to prolonged periods of exposure to a dangerous heat index. Thank you for your support and patience as we navigate these first few weeks of school.
You can now donate to the Bellefonte Area School District through the Bellefonte Education Foundation. Please list in the Paypal description where you would like your funds directed to.
The Bellefonte eLearning Academy (BeLA) provides a form of free public education that students attend from home or from another location outside of a traditional classroom.