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DISTRICT NEWS

Positive cases over the past seven days: 13

Oct 8 - Oct 14 , 2021

This Friday, October 15th, the school district will hold a vaccine clinic for those seeking the Pfizer vaccine or the third Pfizer booster shot.

Pre-registration is required to receive the vaccine.

 

Interested people can pick up and submit the required forms in the administrative office.  The deadline to indicate you want the vaccine is Thursday at 3:30 pm

Attention: Face masks now mandated in schools.

Please read below for further details.

Updated PASD Health and Safety Plan  2021-2022 School Year

Click HERE to read the updated plan. (approved 28 July 2021) 

10-8-2021

Dear Student, Parent/Guardian, Staff Member,

 

Last school year, the Portage Area School District hosted three vaccine clinics for the community.  Over 500 people took advantage of this easy access for vaccination. As a service to the community, the Portage Area School District is considering hosting another Pfizer vaccine clinic for students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members if there is interest to warrant such actions.

 

I am asking for your help.  Please follow the link below to a Microsoft Forms survey to share your level of interest for your children/children, yourself, and/or other community members. Please submit your response by Friday, October 15th.

 

If there are over 50 positive responses, the school district will proceed with scheduling a vaccine clinic as quickly as possible.

 

https://forms.office.com/r/HhyccvjhXn

 

Our Frequently Asked Questions has been updated to reflect new information on quarantine for those who have had a documented case of COVID-19 and antibody testing. One question that is difficult to answer is for students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, whether at home or at school.  According to the PA DOH and CDC, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more transmittable than the original virus. While the school district recognizes the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to many other illnesses, the safest action is to isolate and be tested for the virus.

 

After peaking at thirty positive cases of COVID-19 in our zip code on September 20th, the 7-day rolling count numbers are lower but on the rise. At the time of this writing, the zip code has thirteen cases in the past week but appear to be rising again. 

 

In addition to the many protocols we have in place to prevent the spread of this virus, the school district has placed Corsi-Rosenthal air filtration systems in each classroom and office. The research indicates the system helps filter the virus and other allergens from classroom air. Special kudos are extended to our Technology Education teachers Dennis Link and Bill Bearer and their students as they constructed over 100 of these devices. The district has received local, national, and international recognition for our efforts.

 

The school district is also in the process of instituting VOLUNTARY testing for the COVID-19 virus. On August 12th, we will conduct “pooled testing” for a limited number of volunteer employees. Once we are comfortable with the testing procedures, I will share more details of this program.

 

Thank you for your support during these difficult times. Stay safe and healthy. -z-

 

 

Eric Zelanko, Superintendent        

Portage Area School District

84 Mountain Ave.

Portage, PA 15946

(814) 736-9636 ext 1560

 

Advance Child Tax Credit

Low-income families still have time to sign up for advance child tax credit payments

It's not too late for low-income families to sign up for advance child tax credit payments.

The IRS urges anyone who normally isn't required to file a tax return to explore the tools available on IRS.gov. The Eligibility Assistant can help determine eligibility for the advance child tax credit. The Non-filer Sign-up tool can help people file a simplified tax return to sign up for these payments. Some non-filers may also be eligible for the $1,400 per person Economic Impact Payments and the recovery rebate credit. People can get these benefits, even if they don't work, have no income or don’t have a permanent address.

For these families, each advance CTC payment is up to $300 per month for each qualifying child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child ages 6 through 17.

Payments are generally issued on the 15th of each month through December 2021.

Here are more details and information about how to get the payments:

• The IRS sends advance child tax credit payments to eligible families who filed a 2019 or 2020 income tax return. This includes people who successfully use the Non-filer Sign-up tool for advance CTC, available only on IRS.gov. People can access the Non-filer Sign-up tool or the step-by-step guide for using it on IRS.gov.

• Aside from filing a simplified return from the Non-filer Sign-up tool, families don't have to do anything else if they are eligible to receive monthly payments.

• The Non-filer Sign-up tool is available until October 15, 2021. Using the tool by 11:59 p.m. ET on any month’s deadline will apply to the next month’s payment.
 
• Families who receive their first monthly payment in any month after July will still receive their total advance payment for the year. This means that the total payment will be spread over fewer months, rather than six months, making each monthly payment larger.
 
• The IRS encourages people to request payments by direct deposit, which is faster and more secure than other payment methods. People who don't have a bank account should visit the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation website for details on opening an account online. They can also use the FDIC's BankFind tool to locate an FDIC-insured bank.

• Finally, BankOnAmerican Bankers AssociationIndependent Community Bankers of America and National Credit Union Administration have lists of banks and credit unions that can open an account online. Veterans can see the Veterans Benefits Banking Program for financial services at participating banks.

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2020-2021 P-EBT CARDS 

If you have NOT received your P-EBT card for the 2020-21 school year (last school year), please complete this form.  All questions must be answered.  Information is being forwarded to DHS.  Please use the address that your child resided at last school year. Complete a new form for each of your school aged children including last year's graduates (2021).Thank you!

 
 


 

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Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary subsidy program from the Federal Government designed to help low-income households connect to the Internet and stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis. Qualified households can receive a temporary monthly credit of up to $50/month (up to $75/month for customers in Tribal lands) toward their Internet service and leased Internet equipment until the program's funding runs out.

 

Link: https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/ebb

 

Internet Essentials

 

Low-cost, high-speed Internet access for qualified households.

 

Link: https://apply.internetessentials.com/

 

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Melissa Gerber

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814-262-0732 ext.289
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