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Immediate Change in Learning Model

for the Jr/Sr High School

9/29/20 UPDATE


Dear Student and/or Parent/Guardian:

 The Portage Area School District has been cooperating with the PA Dept of Health as contact tracing occurs for anyone in close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual. A close contact is considered anyone who was within six feet for more than 15 minutes .  Department of Health representatives have begun reaching out to anyone deemed a close contact. Those individuals deemed close contacts will be quarantined for 14 days from the date of exposure.


Students of the Portage Area Jr/Sr High School will remain as remote learners until at least Friday, October 2nd. How the school district proceeds next week is still unknown at this time. There are many factors that will be used to guide that decision in the coming days including the number of students in quarantine, any additional positive cases that are identified, and/or forthcoming recommendations from DOH. The health and safety of our school community is of utmost importance.


Any student, staff member, or community member who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19. Seek assistance from your physician.  Please visit the PA Department of Health web site for more information on COVID-19.


I would like to commend the students, staff, and community for your understanding, work effort, and support as we move forward. I would also like to express gratitude to the PA Department of Health officials who are working for the health and safety of our school community. -z-


Thank you,

Eric Zelanko, Superintendent

Portage Area School District




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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


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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


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 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:
* Meals for students:
* Groceries for low-income households:
*Food for women, infants, and children (WIC):
Call 800-WIC-WINS or apply online
*Meals for older adults:
Find your local aging agency and request meals

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