District information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
May 29, 2020: Centre County moves to the green phase of reopening per approval from the state. That still, however, prohibits gatherings of more than 250 people even if the recommended six-foot of distance among individuals is enforced. There are different stipulations for establishments and institutions as set by the state.
May 21, 2020: A graduation plan for the Class of 2020 has been established. Please learn more in the district's Q&A found on the COVID-19 information page. A committee that oversees graduation has instituted a plan that takes into consideration needs and wants of seniors and their families and the safety and security of those involved, while abiding by state law.
May 8, 2020: Gov. Tom Wolf has lifted the stay-at-home order for residents of Centre County, which was placed in the yellow phase. Gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted. Social distancing practices are still encouraged. Childcare facilities and retail stores may open, but school districts are still under mandatory physical closure. See more, here: Opening guidance from the state
April 27, 2020: Planned instruction begins. This is a new mandate by the state Department of Education, and differs from the prior "enrichment and review" plan the district adopted in March, as per PDE's orders. See the district's Continuity of Education plan, here: COE plan
April 9, 2020: In a decision made by Gov. Tom Wolf and state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, schools across the commonwealth will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. That, however, doesn't mean educational efforts will stop. A menu of learning options for K-12 students will still be available with online and offline enrichment and review opportunities. See the district's full statement, here: Response to full closure
April 2, 2020: Bellefonte Area School District's Continuity of Education plan submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
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.
March 30, 2020: Continuity of education plan begins. See link for a menu of online and offline learning options for K-12 students: Enrichment and review. Special education teachers and related service providers will also reach out to parents of students with disabilities. 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 including enrichment and review. This option enables the district to be equitable in its delivery of education under Free Appropriate Public Education. Teachers and instructional coaches 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.
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. Bellefonte Area School District is continuing to plan for learning opportunities and ways our teachers can connect with students. Please see more information from the district, 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. At the end of the 10 days, the state will reevaluate and decide whether further closure is needed. Please see more information from the district, 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.
*Photo provided by CDC
- June 1, 2020: End-of-school update
- May 26, 2020: Holiday week update
- May 18, 2020: Calendar update
- May 11, 2020: Item retrieval information
- May 4, 2020: COE plan update
- March 28, 2020: State of the District
- March 23, 2020: Letter to families
- March 18, 2020: Preventative measures
- March 16, 2020: School closure update
- March 11, 2020: Coronavirus PSA
- March 1, 2020: Norovirus and coronavirus
- Feb. 5, 2020: Influenza and coronavirus
Learn more about how the novel coronavirus outbreak is impacting Bellefonte Area School District:
COVID-19 information is also available for ESL and diverse learners: Multi-language COVID-19 information
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*Information reported on the district's website about novel coronavirus come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and are attributed as necessary.