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***New Spectator Guidelines for Extra-Curricular Events.***

 

JR/SR High School Wednesday PM Schedule for all grades 7-12

 

Grades 9-12 Green & White TEAMS Schedule

 

 

 

Notice Regarding Return to School

 

As the beginning of the academic year approaches, the Portage Area School District wishes to address the challenges associated with returning to in-person instruction for our District staff, students, and parents. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is extremely contagious and continues to remain a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact and has had severe consequences for those that are especially vulnerable, such as senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies have made numerous recommendations over the past months to fight the spread of infection, including increased handwashing and social distancing measures to limit contact with others.

 

The District has put in place preventative measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Wolf’s Executive Orders, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other agencies, as more fully outlined in the District’s Health and Safety Plan, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to allow students and parents to feel comfortable about returning to in-person instruction within the school setting. Even with preventative measures in place, there are inherent risks as the risk of infection for COVID-19 exists and is difficult to control.

 

We need families, parents and students to understand the contagious nature of COVID-19 and the risk of infection and injury associated with use of District transportation, in person instruction, and participation in District programs and activities. We cannot guarantee that you or your children will not become infected with COVID-19 as a result of the aggressive nature in which this virus may spread. Families, parents and students must understand the potential for infection, injury, or even death as a result of COVID-19 that exists when using District transportation or participating in District instructional programs and activities. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present.

 

We understand your concerns, and the School District has taken enhanced health and safety measures to create the safest environment feasibly possible during this pandemic. We require that all students and their families follow all posted instructions as provided by the School District’s Health and Safety Plan for the health and well-being of all.

 

Parents that are uncomfortable with in person instruction should contact the building principal to discuss available options for the academic year, such as remote learning model.

 

Let’s keep each other healthy and safe. -z-

 

Eric Zelanko, Superintendent

Portage Area School District

 

Letter to Parents/Guardians

 

*NEW: Parent Press Release

 

Version 5 Information

Health and Safety Plan v5.0

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated School Calendar

Click here to submit your questions about the reopening of schools. 

 

 

 

Employment Opportunity

 

Are you looking for a work schedule that allows you to be home when your children are home?  Ignite Education Solutions is hiring aides now to work in schools in Portage Area School District.  

Apply today by calling Jona at 814-262-0732 ext. 224 or visit us at

 

Ignite Learning and click on "Apply Now".

 

 

PASD Athletic Department
Resocialization of Sports Recommendations

 This guidance is preliminary; as more public health information is available, the administration may work with impacted entities to release further guidance which could impact fall, winter, or spring seasons.

Resocialization of Sports Recommendations | Student-Athlete Waiver

 

School Phone Number:  814-736-9636
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High School Teacher Contact  Elementary Teacher Contact

 

 Electronic Benefit Transfer Program for the National School Lunch Program
      The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides temporary benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), to families of school-aged children who would receive free or reduced-priced meals if school was in session. For each day school is closed, families of school-aged children certified as free or reduced eligible will receive the equivalent of the free high rate for lunch and the severe need rate for breakfast. Specifically, a family will receive $5.70 for each eligible school-aged child in their family for each day school has been closed since March 16, 2020. Click here to learn more about the program. 

  

2nd Grade Time Capsule 
 
      Students in Mrs. Single’s class were busy creating a 2020 time capsule that will be opened in the year 2030 when they graduate from high school. The students were to include items relating to the present time and their experiences outside of the classroom. They included two current news articles, the name of a popular song from the radio, a small toy, and a 2020 penny. Students also added their names written in cursive, which is a skill they learned in 2nd grade, and paper cut-outs of their hand and foot to see how much they grew in 10 years. Mrs. Single also had the students create a Coronavirus journal to document what the students have been doing during this time to be included in the capsule. Mrs. Single told her class, “I will collect these and when you graduate in 2030 we will remember our time together in 2nd grade.” (More)

 

 

Assitance Resources

      If you are a Pennsylvanian who needs help accessing food, there are many resources available:

* Local food pantries: on.pa.gov/2Ue5aKV
* Meals for students: on.pa.gov/2y9TFgt
* Groceries for low-income households: on.pa.gov/3d03Zq3
*Food for women, infants, and children (WIC):
Call 800-WIC-WINS or apply online on.pa.gov/3d04hgD
*Meals for older adults:
Find your local aging agency and request meals on.pa.gov/2KHpIHo

More information on COVID-19 resources for Pennsylvanians: pa.gov/covid-19

 

 

 

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