• Answers to frequently-asked questions

    In a decision made by Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, schools across the commonwealth, including Bellefonte Area School District, remained closed for the 2019-20 school year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Q&A can be found below -- separated by school year -- to learn more about how this affects Bellefonte Area School District during the closure and the reopening of the 2020-21 school year. Administrators, school board members and others respond to frequently-asked questions. Please note that information constantly changes, but the district will work diligently to provide the community with as much information as possible as it becomes available.

    You may also find information about COVID-19 as is impacts the district in a series of links found, here: COVID-19, 2020. All novel coronavirus information can be found in the “Health, safety and security” section in the “School News” tab of the district’s website.

    Question and answer
    *Created March 16, 2020. Updated 8:14 p.m. July 14.

  • 2020-21

  • Q: As it begins to reopen, will district buildings be open to the community this summer?

  • Q: The 2020-21 calendar revisions were approved by the school board on June 16. What are some important changes to note?

  • Q: Does the district have a plan for how to start the 2020-21 school year?

  • Q: What educational options are available if families don't feel comfortable sending their child to school physcially?

  • Q: Will students have access to Chromebooks provided by the district, if they opt for virtual education through the district?

  • Q: What student learning options are available for the 2020-21 school year?

  • Q: Does the district have plans for education in other phases of the pandemic if it changes from green status?

  • Q: What does the return-to-play plan look like for school athletics?

  • Q: On July 1, the state Department of Health announced it is re-requiring the use of all face coverings be worn when people are in public places. Does that mean student athletes involved in optional workouts this summer must wear one when training with school teams?

  • Q: Will kindergarten registration continue for the 2020-21 school year?

  • Q: What are sanitation plans for district buildings and grounds?

  • Q: What guidance is the district’s nursing staff following for the 2020-21 school year, during the pandemic? What steps are the nursing staff following to ensure the health and safety of students when school is back in session?

  • Q: Will there be any flexibility on attendance or sick days if a student is confirmed or has signs of novel coronavirus?

  • Q: How has the pandemic affected the budget?

  • Q: How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact planning of the proposed elementary project?

  • 2019-20

  • Question: The closure is a decision that came from the state. Is there an option to neglect the governor’s orders and continue with school anyway?

  • Q: Does this also mean school board meetings will be canceled?

  • Q: Has the closure impacted the superintendent search to replace Dr. Saylor who is retiring at the end of the school year?

  • Q: How will this closure impact planning of the proposed elementary project?

  • Q: How is this unprecedented time impacting the district’s budget?

  • Q: How will this closure impact the remainder of the 2019-20 school year? The last day of school for students was scheduled for June 9, and in general, there is a 180-day school year requirement from the state.

  • Q: Will the district provide alternative learning options for students during this closure?

  • Q: Under the state's order, the district must provide a required learning program for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, called "planned instruction," which introduces new, graded material. What does that look like at each building level?

  • Q: Why did the state make the change from allowing schools to provide optional enrichment and review to requiring planned instruction?

  • Q: How can families gain access to subject material if they don't have the means at home?

  • Q: What could this mean for high school seniors specifically?

  • Q: How will graduation work for the Class of 2020?

  • Q: How can students learn more about grades?

  • Q: Is Bellefonte eLearning Academy available to students not already enrolled in the program during this closure since it's the district's primary cyber education program?

  • Q: What are the effects of this pandemic and school closure on career and technical schools such as CPI that serve Bellefonte Area students?