District information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
In August 2020, the state changed COVID-19 levels per county to "low," "moderate" and "substantial" risk of community transmission, which replaces phases green, yellow and red.
Sept. 8-Oct. 23, 2020: Centre County has been placed in the "substantial rate of transmission" by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, however numbers only increased slightly in the two zip codes (16823, 16841) that serve Bellefonte Area School District. The district will continue with its current educational models. See more details in the weekly updates in the "statements" section of this webpage.
Aug. 25, 2020: First day of school for students. Students are enrolled at Bellefonte Area School District in three options in green phase for the 2020-21 school year -- full in-person learning, hybrid option and/or Bellefonte eLearning Academy. Heading into the first day, Interim Superintendent Tammie Burnaford has provided important information for families. You may find the update, here: Back-to-school information
Aug. 17, 2020: First day back to school for employees. This week includes professional learning, additional training, class and curriculum preparation, and more. The first day of school for students is Aug. 25.
Aug. 11, 2020: Deadline ends for Bellefonte Area School District families wanting to enroll their child in Bellefonte eLearning Academy or the hybrid option for learning in the 2020-21 school year.
July 30, 2020: The Bellefonte Area school board approved the final return-to-school health and safety plan for the fall. The first day of school is Aug. 25. Please note that information is subject to change as the state continuously alters guidelines. If anything changes, it must be board approved and the district will be in contact with the community.
July 23, 2020: In regard to families planning a vacation out-of-state, while school is in session -- Students returning from destinations listed on the state’s travel advisory are recommended to quarantine for 14 days following the return. A consultation with your health care provider is recommended, and documentation of medical clearance may be submitted to the district in lieu of quarantine.
July 23, 2020: District administrators created a hybrid learning option for students in the 2020-21 school year. Pending approval from the Bellefonte Area school board, this will accompany other options in the green phase for in-person learning and cyber education through Bellefonte eLearning Academy. This will allow students to learn remotely on certain days, while others will be physically in school on other days, and will help limit the number of students on buses and in buildings, allowing for the district to comply with guidance regarding distancing recommendations.
July 16, 2020: The state Department of Health issued an order on July 1 requiring face coverings be worn when in public. With guidelines from the state, "Children 2 years and older are required to wear a face covering (at school) unless they have a medical or mental health condition or disability, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA." This means if families choose to send their child to in-person school this fall, he or she will be required to wear a face covering unless a medical note is submitted from a healthcare provider.
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Learn more about how the novel coronavirus outbreak is impacting Bellefonte Area School District
2020-21 school year
2019-20 school year
COVID-19 general information
Public service announcements
COVID-19 information is also available for ESL and diverse learners: Multi-language COVID-19 information
- Oct. 26, 2020: Weekly update
- Oct. 19, 2020: Weekly update, Part 2
- Oct. 19, 2020: Weekly update
- Oct. 12, 2020: Coronavirus update
- Oct. 11, 2020: Additional coronavirus update
- Oct. 9, 2020: Coronavirus update
- Oct. 8, 2020: Reported coronavirus cases
- Oct. 5, 2020: Athletic updates and free meals
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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. Images are provided by the CDC and used with permission.