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    To our Community: 

    Now more than ever it is important to share that Bellefonte Area School District prioritizes the safety of our students and staff.  Our schools continually strive to provide safe and welcoming environments for teaching and learning.  Processes, protocols, and programs (educational and operational) address both social/emotional and physical components of school safety.  We continually look for ways (based in research and best practices) to address hypothetical situations as well as those elements that affect us on a daily basis.  We continually reflect on current processes and structures and update as needed to better support a pro-active approach.  Many of these processes, protocols, and physical structures will be evident to our community:  our school resource officers, interior and exterior cameras, secure entry systems, and regular training drills.  However, some of the practices, protocols, trainings, physical structures, and software will not be as evident and that is purposeful with intent to provide the security necessary to maximize student and staff safety.  

    Often parents/guardians ask how they can help.   Our response is simple - teach kindness and empathy.  Model respectful behaviors and encourage your child to be inclusive in his/her behaviors.  These simple actions can make a significant impact on the atmosphere of our schools as well as help promote healthy relationships.  Strong, positive relationships are critical to generating an environment that can help counter school violence. 

    Many of you may also be aware of the walk-out that occurred today, March 14th, 2018.  As student safety and education is our primary responsibility, we provided a safe place within the school for students to assemble and encouraged them to voice their concerns, text, email, and call their legislators during this time.  Approximately 60 students took advantage of this opportunity.  Additionally, we continue to encourage students to honor the lives of the 17 victims of the tragic event in Parkland by making positive connections with the "What's your 17?" slogan.  Students are invited to make 17 new friends, say a kind word to 17 people, perform 17 acts of kindness, or find 17 ways to help others.  Acts of kindness are one way to immediately impact change. 

    For those students who chose to walk out of the school, they will incur consequences as defined within the guidelines of the code of conduct.  Students and parents were aware of this prior to the walk-out.  Those who chose to engage in peaceful protest through civil disobedience did so with respect, maturity, accountability and full consciousness of their decision.  With fair warning approximately 50 students chose to publically, non-violently, and purposefully breach the rules in an effort to bring about change in our safety and gun laws.  As with any act of civil disobedience you submit to the consequences in order to make a political statement in the hope of affecting change.  Our students understand this.  We continue to be proud of our students and the maturity and thoughtfulness displayed today regardless of their choice.  

    Thank you for your continued support as we provide a safe learning environment for our students.  


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    Bellefonte Area School District
    wins national award,
    MAGNA - Honorable Mention,
    for their community literacy program - Bellefonte READS
    Bellefonte Area School District is one of five districts featuring the learning opportunities and initiatives that are 'making an impact' within Pennsylvania.  Take a few minutes and watch the Making An Impact videos focusing on our kindergarten and mindfulness pilots at Bellefonte Elementary: Click Here
    Bellefonte Area School District is a great place to learn and grow; we are Bellefonte proud! 
    The Bellefonte Area School District believes in an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people.  We embrace diversity and work to ensure all people have access to equitable opportunities for learning and professional growth.  Board policies #103 and #104 govern our practice:
    The Board declares it to be the policy of this district to provide an equal opportunity for all students to achieve their maximum potential through the programs offered in the schools regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin, marital status, pregnancy or handicap/disability.

    The Board declares it to be the policy of this district to provide to all persons equal access to all categories of employment in this district, regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin, handicap/disability, or genetic information. The district shall make reasonable accommodations for identified physical and mental impairments that constitute disabilities, consistent with the requirements of federal and state laws and regulations.

    Should you believe you have experienced an event or circumstance that is contradictory to our policy, please contact either our Human Resources department or the Superintendent's office.
    Helping parents meet the needs of our earliest learners is important to our district.  If you are interested in exploring any of the following pre-K opportunities - Head Start, Early Head Start, or PA Pre-K Counts, please call the Wingate office of CenClear at 814-353-0791 or reach them through their web address at:  www.cenclear.org 
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