• Answers to frequently asked questions

    In a decision made by Gov. Tom Wolf and former 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 BASD during the closure and reopening for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. Administrators, school board members and others respond to frequently asked questions. Please note that information constantly changes, and 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 pandemic

    Question and answer
    *Created March 16, 2020. Updated 9:01 a.m. Oct. 22, 2021.

  • 2021-22

  • What is the difference with masking options?

  • What do the experts say about different types of masking options?

  • What type of mask complies with the order?

  • What are the different kinds of masking options?

  • Will Bellefonte Area School District comply with state mandates?

  • What happens if the district defies a state order?

  • Explain when an at-home COVID test and a doctor-administered COVID test are acceptable forms of proof of positive or negative results.

  • 2020-21

    In August 2020, the state changed COVID-19 levels per county to "low," "moderate" and "substantial," which replaces phases green, yellow and red.

    Updated Dec. 18, 2020

  • As it reopens, will district buildings be open to the community in the summer?

  • How will board meetings operate in the new school year under the state's mandates?

  • Are COVID-19 limitations impacting the proposed elementary building project?

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

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

  • How will distancing work while students and staff are in the classroom and other areas of the building?

  • What will class changes look like for those grade levels that switch classes during the day?

  • Will students use lockers?

  • What will time such as lunch and recess look like?

  • Will students be able to borrow books from the library?

  • Assuming water fountains will not be permitted, if the supply of water students are sent to school with runs out, will they be provided a bottle of water?

  • What educational options are available if families don't feel comfortable sending their child to school physically in the first semester of school?

  • Who oversees Bellefonte eLearning Academy?

  • How is BeLA different from other cyber education programs?

  • Who is BeLA available to?

  • 2019-20

  • 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?

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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?

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

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

  • What could this mean for high school seniors specifically?

  • How will graduation work for the Class of 2020?

  • How can students learn more about grades?

  • 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?

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