*District information regarding COVID-19, otherwise known as novel coronavirus. Learn more, here: About COVID-19?
March 30, 2020: The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. See the state's announcement made on social media, here: PDE announcement
March 30, 2020: Continuity of education plan begins. See link for lessons and resources of at-home learning for students: Enrichment and review. Special education teachers and related service providers will also reach out to parents of students with disabilities to plan services and supports for their child. Learn more, here: Special ed plan
March 24, 2020: Bellefonte Area School District supports enrichment and review for its learning plan during the school closure. The state indicated that the district is required to offer continuity of education, which can be done in one of two formats – enrichment and review, and formal instruction. The enrichment and review option enables the district to be equitable in its delivery of education under Free Appropriate Public Education. Teachers and instructional coaches have met virtually to develop a menu of learning options, which will start March 30.
March 23, 2020: Under a new state order, all schools in the commonwealth will be closed until at least April 6. A report from the state said, "When it’s determined that students can return to school, administrators, teachers and other staff will be given two days to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return on the third day." See full statement from the state Department of Education, here: PDE response.
March 19, 2020: The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced the cancelation of all PSSA, PASA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year. The full press release from PDE can be found, here: State assessment cancelations. Bellefonte Area School District is continuing to plan for optional learning opportunities and ways our teachers may be able to connect with students should the closure continue. Please see the district's full statement, here: Testing cancelations
March 13, 2020: Gov. Tom Wolf announced that all schools in the commonwealth will be closed for 10 business days starting March 16. His administration will work with the district as it monitors COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. At the end of the 10 days, the state will reevaluate and decide whether further closure is needed. Please see full announcement, here: School closure
March 12, 2020: Gov. Tom Wolf issued a declaration that all state agencies postpone or virtually host planned large meetings, conferences, trainings or community events where there would be an attendance in excess of 200 people. Bellefonte Area School District will cancel all large gatherings until further notice. This does not include the regular school day. We will attempt to reschedule any events once the current health situation is behind us and/or as we receive additional guidance.
*Photo provided by CDC
- March 23, 2020: Letter to families
- March 18, 2020: Update and preventative measures
- March 16, 2020: School closure update
- March 11, 2020: Coronavirus concerns and PSA
- March 1, 2020: Norovirus and coronavirus
- Feb. 5, 2020: Influenza and coronavirus information
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