Coronavirus  (COVID-19)


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus Information

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Friday, May 22, 2020:
Due to Memorial Day, breakfast and lunches will be served on Tuesday next week not on Monday.  They will also be served again on Thursday.  Have a great memorial day weekend!

May 27th at 10 AM BCHS will hold it's annual awards ceremony that can be viewed through this zoom link  https://zoom.us/j/98032271862
Meeting ID: 998 4587 7462
Dial In Number: +1 646 558 8656
We MUST follow all CDC recommendations with all the upcoming graduation activities.

May 27th at 1 PM BCMS will hold it's annual awards ceremony that can be viewed through this zoom link https://zoom.us/j/98032271862
Meeting ID: 980 3227 1862
Dial In Number:  +1 646 558 8656

Friday, May 15, 2020:
Here is an updated schedule for the remainder of the school year:
All new Google lessons and content will end on Friday May 22nd.  The week of May 25th - 29th will be enrichment activities as well as providing additional time for students to complete missing assignments.  We hope this extra time helps our students wrap up the year and reduces some concerns.   
The last packet pickup will be May 21st and all packet work must be returned on May 28th.   

Thursday, May 14, 2020:  
as early as next week, eligible families that have already qualify for free/reduced lunch program may be entitled to electronic funds from the federal government.  If you have not applied for free/reduced lunch, please email waltersj@bcasd.net to make arrangements for the application.  Please review the attached FAQ flyer from the PA Department of Education.

Friday, May 1, 2020:
We are pleased to announce that our Board of Directors suspended all grading policies and graduation requirements for the 19/20 school year.  Because of this, the administration had drafted the grading policy for the fourth nine weeks grading period (link below).  Hopefully this helps reduce the anxiety and stress of distance learning.  Please reach out to the building principals or counselors if you need assistance or have any questions. 


Friday, May 1, 2020:
On Friday, May 8, 2020 we will be distributing student personal belongings that were left in either the classroom or student locker.  Belongings have been bagged and labeled.  The schedule will be by last name. 

A-D 8:00-9:30  E-K 9:30-11:00  L-Q 11:00-12:30  R-Z 12:30-2:00

We ask families to pull up to the front of each building.  The belongings will be brought out.  If a child left something in one of the gym locker rooms a separate time and day will be set up for those items since it will require taking students into the building one at a time.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

Friday, April 17, 2020:
The Administration would like to share great news.  The High School principal & guidance counselor are working out details for a full commencement ceremony to honor our graduates of 2020.  With restrictions still in place, commencement will be held June 3, 2020 at Brownsville Drive-In.  It will be later in the evening than usual and will involve live and recorded video for display on the big screen, with audio streaming through the system's radio frequency into cars.  All details will be shared as soon as they are finalized.  We want to thank teachers, parents, and students for continuing to excel!

Sunday, April 5, 2020:
Planned instruction resumes tomorrow.  Students with internet access must log into all of their Google Classrooms each day at any time, but teachers can only be reached during their regular scheduled class time.  Attendance the first week will be used daily to identify the number of students that will need packets.  It's very important for students to log into their classrooms daily.  Those without access must call / email the teacher for a copy of packets to complete.  We will be reaching out to families midweek for students that have not logged in.  Details for packet pickup and completed packet drop off details will be sent midweek.  

Friday, April 3, 2020:
Please review the attached letter that outlines our planned instruction for distance learning effective Monday.   Have a safe and healthy weekend.  High school students should email their teachers if they do not have access to Google Classroom or request an equivalent packet. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020:
Tomorrow will be Flexible Instructional Day #2.  Students should complete activity #2 in the FID packet provided by the teachers. Please use your computer or toll free number / PIN to contact your teacher during the assigned times if you need assistance with your work.  
Beginning tomorrow all children residing in the district between the ages 2 to 18 are eligible for free meals.  Pickups are on Mondays and Thursdays form 11 to noon at the following locations:
East Bethlehem Fire Hall
Richeyville Fire Hall
Denbo Fire Hall
Marianna Fire Hall
Beth-Center ES

Monday, March 30, 2020:
Reminder students will be completing their FID packets for Days 1-3 beginning Wednesday.  A message will go out Friday with directions for next week.  Teachers are currently creating packets and Google Classroom for planned instruction to begin next week.  Please complete the link for the Technology Survey as we are planning how many paper copies of content to deliver.  Paper copies of the survey have been delivered to the food pickup locations for distribution on Thursday.   Please see attached FAPE letter for all families of the district 

Saturday, March 28, 2020:
We are happy to attach a letter from Atlantic Broadband offering two months of free internet and equipment to support qualified families during the closure.  This is intended to help students get access to distance learning.  Our Technology Director is also currently working on preparing all district laptop computers and devices for delivery to families in need. On Monday, a link to a technology survey will be sent to everyone through Remind.  Additionally, paper copies will be available at lunch pickup locations throughout the district.  Please see the offer.  Atlantic Broadband Internet Offer

Tuesday, March 24, 2020:
Governor  Wolf has announced that schools are now closed until April 7, with further delays in returning possible dependent upon the health crisis. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020:
Please see the attached letter from the Superintendent.  We will not be utilizing Flexible Instruction Days this upcoming week.  The district is anticipating vital information from the Department of Education on Tuesday morning.  Please don't forget that this week breakfasts and lunches for All district students can be picked up between 11 a.m. and noon Mondays and Thursdays.  Meals (breakfasts and lunches) for three days will be provided on Monday and four on Thursday.  Please open and review the attached letter for more detailed information.  Parent Letter 3-22

Thursday, March 19, 2020:
Please be advises that effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at noon district buildings and grounds are completely closed to all non-life sustaining employees.  Our food service director and cafeteria workers will be working Monday and Thursday to prepare and deliver meals to drop off spots for all Beth-Center students.  Administration and teachers are working together to develop plans for the continuation of learning for our students.  Although we do not have any concrete information, recent developments indicate the potential for extending the school closure.  We will update as new information is received.  

Thursday, March 19, 2020:
We just received word that approval was granted for our meal waiver.  We will now offer breakfast and lunch to all students i the district for all 7 days a week.  Starting next week, meals will be delivered twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.  on Monday, breakfasts and lunched for three days will be handed out and Friday for the remaining three days.   We also received word directly from the media that all standardized testing has been cancelled for for the school year.  No PSSA's or Keystones.  We will keep you updated, Bless you all!

Monday, March 16, 2020:
We hope this message finds you healthy and happy.  Our buildings are now closed to essential personnel only.  Meals are still being provided as curbside pickup at our elementary school in addition to the following locations between 11 a.m. and Noon:

East Bethlehem Fire Hall - 511 Front Street, Fredericktown, PA 15333
Richeyville Fire Hall - 14 Fire Hall Rd., Richeyville, PA 15358
Denbo Fire Hall - 415 Low Hill Rd., Brownsville, PA 15415
Marianna Fire Hall - 84 Broad Street, Marainna, PA 15345

If you are unable to pickup a lunch, please contact our office at lunchrequest@bcasd.net


Monday, March 16, 2020:
Reminder that Grab and Go lunches will be available at the Elementary School today between 11 a.m. and Noon.  Although this program applies to eligible free and reduced students in all grade levels, no hungry student will be denied a lunch.  We are currently working with county officials and organizations to expand our offerings in the coming days.   We sincerely appreciate the volunteers that have cone forward, thank you!


Saturday, March 14, 2020:
Grab and Go lunches will be provided to all students that qualify for free and reduced lunch beginning on Monday.  Eligible families can get their lunch at the elementary school between 11 a.m. and Noon.  More details will be available at the school on Monday.  Families unable to find transportation to pick up lunch should email lunchrequest@bcasd.net so arrangements can be made.

PRESS RELEASE

March 13, 2020

Governor Wolf Announces Closure of Pennsylvania Schools

Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

Governor Wolf made the following statement:

We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities.

First and foremost, my top priority as governor – and that of our education leaders – must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities.

As such, I am ordering that all schools in the commonwealth close for the next two weeks.

Be aware that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements.

The Department of Education will work with intermediate units and other stakeholders to support school districts with any continuity of learning plans they may be pursuing.

Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure. We will also work with schools to assist them with those plans.

We appreciate your collaboration as we work together to deal with this difficult issue.



Friday, March 13, 2020:
Please be advised that the Bethlehem-Center School District will be closing school effective after today Friday, March 13, 2020.  We plan a two week closure while we monitor developments of the health crisis.  Please check our website for updated details.  Flexible Instructional Days will not be used until they are announced on TV channels sometime AFTER the first week.  We will also use Remind App to communicate regularly.  Thank you for your patience as developments are rapidly changing.  Stay safe and healthy!






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