• Elementary Program Enrollment Change Update - November 17, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks School District families,

    On November 11, 2020, we communicated a change to our program enrollment offerings at the elementary level with the elimination of the hybrid mode of instruction beginning in the second trimester. We sincerely empathize with the disappointment and concern expressed by our families who had hoped to remain in this model for the foreseeable future.

    Families have been asked to indicate a change in their child’s current program option by selecting their program of choice on the CBSD Elementary Selection Form before 4 p.m. this afternoon, November 17, 2020.

    While the reasons for this decision were shared in the previous letter, we would like to take this opportunity to answer some of the more frequently asked questions, and to provide some additional insight into this change in the context of the virus’s trajectory in our wider community.

    • With limited exceptions, classroom teachers will remain the same for students who transition from hybrid to the traditional 5-day program. When special circumstances result in a change of teacher, the principal will reach out to discuss the matter with the affected family directly. Those currently enrolled in the traditional 5-day program and those who migrate to the 5-day program will remain in their current school.
    • The district’s existing health and safety plan guidelines, including masking and social distancing measures, will continue to be enforced. When in class, students will be spaced by at least three feet (more whenever possible). Strict traffic patterns exist within the hallways and stairwells to limit contact among individuals. Social distancing will also be monitored and enforced in hallways, cafeterias, and other shared spaces.
    • Whenever students cannot attend school in person (i.e. following exposure to a positive case, or when quarantined), students may participate in instruction from home with their regular classroom teacher. All CBSD teachers have received professional development and access to technology to support both synchronous and asynchronous classroom instruction. Alternatively, the teacher may provide access to recorded and/or live lessons, depending upon what is developmentally appropriate for the student. Students who are not well enough to attend school in person are not expected to participate in schoolwork while at home, instead, they should focus on rest and recovery.
    • No additional district-wide program enrollment changes are planned for the remainder of the school year. The all-virtual program option will remain in place for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. Should a family wish to make a change after the second trimester begins, they may request enrollment in the all-virtual option or the traditional 5-day program by contacting the building principal. This may necessitate a change in classroom teacher or building.

    Many families have expressed concern with this transition amidst a rise in COVID-19 cases within our community.  Below is a summary of cases to date by grade level in Central Bucks: 

    positive covid cases by grade level

    We will continue to actively monitor cases in our district and within the wider community. We consider all guidance and recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Bucks County Health Department, and the CDC. Moving forward we will make every attempt to keep our class sizes at reasonable levels and inform our community if we experience any in-school spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Our faculty and staff are prepared to migrate to an all-virtual model if necessary.

    All concerns are recognized and sincerely considered as we continue to navigate this pandemic. We have confidence that our health and safety plan is effective and allowing us the opportunity to keep our schools open. While we understand the frustration some parents feel with the elimination of the hybrid model, it is no longer possible to offer all three models.  We ask our community to remain patient and supportive of our educational plans.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Elementary Program Enrollment Change Notification - November 11, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks elementary families,

    We once again thank our families for their patience and understanding as we reviewed the results of the program enrollment intention survey. Building principals and other administrators have been working collaboratively to consider the impact that these anticipated student movements will have within our schools.

    Our goal is to provide a safe, equitable, and high-quality educational experience for all students in our care. We know that our students and teachers want to be in school; however, we must also consider that as we deliver on the promise of our educational mission amidst a historic pandemic, our families’ individual circumstances demand that we provide them with choices wherever possible.

    When considering the feedback from those who participated in the survey, the following themes emerged:

    • Among those who indicated that they intend to make a change, the majority would elect to migrate to the traditional five-day program.
    • The majority also indicated that if making a change were to result in a change of current school, they would rather stay in their current placement. This was followed closely by a change in teacher.
    • When reviewing the data, less than a third of our buildings were able to accommodate the anticipated changes without eliminating a program model in its entirety, separating siblings by moving them to another school, or creating additional staffing challenges.
    • The fewest number of our families elected to remain in or migrate to the hybrid program option.

    We understand this may be disappointing for some families who wished to stay in the hybrid learning model or those who had hoped to migrate into hybrid.  We did consider clustering hybrid students at one or more schools; however, this would be contrary to the clear priorities that our families expressed – maintaining current school placement and preserving their current teacher wherever possible.

    Therefore, Central Bucks is eliminating the hybrid program and is now asking families to choose between the traditional five-day program or online-only program options. This decision will allow siblings to stay together and for students to remain in their current school.

    We invite families to indicate a change in their child’s current program option by selecting their program of choice on the CBSD Elementary Selection Form on or before 4 p.m. on November 17, 2020. Please complete the form once for each child. It is not necessary to complete the form if you do not wish to make a change to your child’s program. Families whose children are currently participating in the hybrid program model will be placed in the traditional 5-day program (by default) unless they indicate a change to online-only on the elementary selection form.

    Principals will review all program enrollment changes. Final placements will be visible within the parent portal by 4 p.m. on December 2, 2020. Program changes will take effect the first day of the second trimester on Monday, December 7, 2020. No additional program enrollment changes are planned for the remainder of the school year.

    Since we closed our doors in March, our students and teachers have met the challenges of this pandemic with fortitude and grace. Our families have been patient and encouraging. We will continue to honor this support by approaching every decision with the best interests of our students firmly in mind.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

    nadine garvin

    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education


    Communication Update - October 12, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    We have completed the first month of the 2020-2021 school year and I wish to commend our families, faculty, staff, and especially our students for your flexibility, grace, and positive attitude.

    We are introducing a new process for the communication of positive COVID-19 cases within the school community. Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 will be communicated as follows:

    • Applying the criteria for close personal contacts as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (i.e. Individual who has had close contact <6 feet for > 15 minutes), the district will identify those who have come into close personal contact with the positive individual while engaged in school related activities, in-person instruction, or on the bus. The district will report the positive case to the Bucks County Health Department (BCHD) and complete the close personal contact worksheet as required by the BCHD to aid with the contact tracing process.
    • All those students and staff whom the district identifies as having come into close personal contact with a positive individual will be notified by the building principal and receive communication regarding when they may return to in-person instruction. They may also be contacted by a representative of the BCHD as part of the contact tracing process.
    • The positive case will be added to the district’s website, including the building and the date on which the case was reported to CBSD.

    We are confident that this process will promote transparency within the wider school community while ensuring that affected individuals are provided with necessary information related to their personal health and well-being. We will continue to enforce our mitigation procedures and monitor any new cases as outlined within our health and safety plan.

    We also appreciate the ways in which our families support our efforts in school by practicing social distancing and other measures recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while outside of school.  

    Stay Well,
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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Athletic Spectator Guidelines - October 6, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families, 

    Earlier today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf amended his guidelines on safe crowd gathering limits in the commonwealth 

    These changes are now reflected in our procedures for attendance at athletic events. Among other revisions, spectators will be allowed at tennis, golf, field hockey, soccer, cross country, football (marching band and cheerleading), and volleyball events. Student athletes and other student participants (ie. band) will receive 2 passes per family to allow entry into the extra-curricular event. 

    We will continue to monitor commonwealth regulations, adjust our procedures accordingly, and inform our community when changes are made.   

    Stay Well, 

     john kopcki

    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D. 
    Superintendent of Schools 


    Athletic Spectator Guidelines - October 2, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    On October 1, 2020, a ruling from Pennsylvania’s Third United States Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request from Governor Tom Wolf to reinstate crowd gathering restrictions.

    As you know, the Central Bucks School District recently approved new procedures for attendance at athletic events. After consulting with local authorities and our district solicitor, we have been advised that the crowd limitations designated within the order must be enforced on our campuses.

    Tickets will continue to be issued to parents of students where crowd limitations can be enforced. The number of students participating in the Central Bucks High School West home football game this evening versus Pennridge High School will meet the threshold of 250 individuals. Therefore spectators, including students, families, and community members, will not be allowed to attend.

    In the interim, any tickets issued for football or volleyball games cannot be honored at this time as a result of the Pennsylvania’s Third United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

    We realize that this news will be met with disappointment, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we determine the impact of these continually changing guidelines and recommendations.

    Stay Well, 
     
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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Secondary Schedule Reminder - September 30, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks secondary families,

    We look forward to welcoming those students who will be returning to in-person instruction within our school buildings this week. Attached is a schedule for the first days, shared as a reminder for your convenience.

    Transportation Notes

    • Bus schedules are accessible via the “Find my Bus” site, or within the parent portal (Click "More" on the left navigation bar and then select, "Transportation.").
    • Students will load buses from the rear to the front and siblings are asked to sit together. All students will be required to wear a mask, per the commonwealth’s order requiring Universal Face Coverings.

    Breakfast and Lunch Program Notes

    • All grab-and-go meals (a meal consisting of an entrée meeting grain and protein requirements, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable, and a milk) will be offered at no cost at this time. 
    • On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, a free breakfast will be provided for all students at each school. Additional food will be available in the morning if students need it for their snack times. (A snack and wellness break will take place at 10:35 a.m. at the middle schools, and at 10:09 a.m. at the high schools.). 
    • On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons, a free grab-and-go lunch will be provided upon dismissal. Time to pick up the grab-and-go lunch will occur between class dismissal and boarding of buses.

    Thank you in advance for your patience, flexibility, and grace during this time. Find questions and answers, the “Return to School 2020-21,” guide, and more on our website at www.cbsd.org/2020-21.

    Stay Well,
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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

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    Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education


    Elementary Schedule Reminder - September 29, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    We look forward to welcoming those students who will be returning to in-person instruction within our school buildings this week. Attached is a schedule for the first days (for all elementary schools with the exception of Butler Elementary School), shared as a reminder for your convenience.

    Transportation Notes

    • Bus schedules are accessible via the “Find my Bus” site, or within the parent portal (Click "More" on the left navigation bar and then select, "Transportation.").
    • Students will load buses from the rear to the front and siblings are asked to sit together. All students will be required to wear a mask, per the commonwealth’s order requiring Universal Face Coverings.

    Breakfast and Lunch Program Notes

    • A meal consisting of an entrée meeting grain and protein requirements, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable, and a milk will be offered daily at no cost at this time. Other items will be available for purchase. Grab-and-go breakfast will also be available to all students at no cost during this time.
    • On days when Hybrid Group 1 and 2 students are online, meals will be available for pickup at each of our three high schools on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. The student does not need to be present at pickup.

    Thank you in advance for your patience, flexibility, and grace during this time. Find questions and answers, the “Return to School 2020-21,” guide, and more on our website at www.cbsd.org/2020-21.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

     nadine garvin

    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education


    Return to School Guide - September 24, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Next week, many of our students will return to our schools for in-person instruction. In order to help our families prepare their students for this transition, we will communicate a great deal of information. The 2020-21 Return to School document we are sharing with you today is designed to act as a guide – find it at www.cbsd.org/returnguide. It combines details and clarification of our health and safety plan document, recent communications, and other important reminders and tips. Please review it carefully, and send any feedback or questions to our director of communications, Angela Linch, at alinch@cbsd.org.

    In addition to this document, video resources are also being prepared, along with building specific resources distributed by principals and teachers. We will make every effort to continue communicating all of our information in a clear and concise manner. With that said, not every resource is one size fits all. Please feel free to reach out for clarification and support. We will get there together! 

    Thank you for your messages of encouragement and support. Your efforts to welcome our teachers back to school and gestures of kindness were inspiring. We look forward to seeing our students in person!

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    September 23, 2020

    Elementary Schedule Notes and Reminders - Synchronous/Asynchronous Instruction - First Days of In-Person Instruction


    September 22, 2020

    Secondary Schedule Notes - Synchronous/Asynchronous Instruction - First Days of In-Person Instruction


    Return to School Update - September 14, 2020

    Elementary School Families

    Butler Elementary School Families ONLY

    Secondary School Families


    Elementary Schedule Update - September 11, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks elementary families,

    We have reached the end of the first week of school! Recently, we shared how proud we are of our teachers for their patience, perseverance, flexibility, creativity and more – and each of these sentiments goes double for our students and families.

    We are especially proud of our students’ hard work, enthusiasm, and determination. Seeing their smiling faces brings us so much joy and reminds us of our overall mission – helping them to learn and grow. This first week of school has been focused on building relationships, establishing routines, and gaining comfort with our technology resources. On Monday, September 14, we begin instruction.

    On our website here, families will find grade level schedules that will begin next week. As you review your child(ren)’s schedule, please note the following:

    • A common lunch period has been preserved across grade levels.
    • This schedule applies to all CBSD elementary schools. It represents a standard schedule, established across A/B/C schools. Please take note that the end-time has been advanced by 15 minutes.
    • Specials – art, library, music, health & physical education, and QUEST will take place once per week, asynchronously.
    • Special education pull-out groups will begin on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 and related services will begin on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
    • Many IEP revisions have been completed for our students to ensure we have the appropriate specially designed instruction in place.  Due to the three modes available to all elementary families, students may have one special education teacher who oversees their IEP (the case manager), and a different special education teacher who delivers their pull-out instruction. Case managers will be in touch with more information about this for your child.
    • During the period of online-only learning to begin the 2020-21 school year, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch will be available to all students at no cost. The student does not need to be present at pickup. More details on meal distribution at www.cbsd.org/food.
    • A schedule of virtual back to school nights may be viewed on our website here.

    We continue to make progress toward resolving our staffing shortage and we are deeply grateful for the patience and support of our CBSD families. Please reach out for help if you need it.

    Stay Well,

     john kopicki signature

    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

     nadine garvin signature

    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education


    Update - September 3, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Please find the next issue of "Return to School 2020," a newsletter designed to organize information, resources, and updates for families as we prepare to return to school on September 8, 2020. This issue includes details on the school breakfast and lunch program, the first week of school elementary schedule, the district music program, and technology training resources for families.

    Find it at www.cbsd.org/return_news.

    Stay Well,
    John Kopicki Signature
    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Tech Support Update - September 2, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks Families:

    We are currently working to ensure all students have a device for next week. To ensure a smooth start on the first day of school, we are providing some technology recommendations.

    1. Device Set-up:  Please be sure to test that your laptop and/or iPad turns on prior to school. Restart devices a few times to get the latest updates. 
    2. Teams Practice Call:  All students should test their web cam, microphone, and speakers today. Visit this site for information on how to test your equipment and how to use Teams: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/63271
    3. Student Username and Passwords:  All students should log in prior to the start of school. All students K-12 will be prompted to input additional security information upon logging into any Office365 programs. This is required and activates the ability for students to reset their own password when necessary. Please visit our Password Guide to learn more about this topic: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/63155
    4. Getting Support: We have multiple layers of support available for students.  Please try to test all equipment today so that you have time to receive support prior to the first day of school. If you are missing any items, please purchase them on our site. Visit our tech support page to learn about all levels of assistance we will provide:  https://www.cbsd.org/Page/63431
    5. Virtual Workflow for Students:  It is important that all students know how to access their first Teams call for the first day of school. The workflow for accessing Teams calls for all students is explained in this graphic: https://tinyurl.com/yyxo3686
    6. iPad Troubleshooting: All K-2 iPads were set up over the summer and then shut down. Some apps are still trying to install upon connecting to home WiFi. In this process, we are finding some iPads have one or more apps that are “stuck” installing. Please follow these trouble-shooting steps to resolve this issue: https://tinyurl.com/yxfzkcql

    Thank you for all of your support during the start of schools.  Visit https://www.cbsd.org/1to1 frequently to receive updates on our program.

    Sincerely,

    Jason Jaffe
    Director of Technology and Innovation


    Schedule Reminders - September 1, 2020

    ELEMENTARY

    This email serves as a reminder that elementary (Grades K-6) student teacher assignments will become visible within the parent portal at 2 p.m. tomorrow, September 2, 2020. Please read the following important student schedule notes.

    Navigating the Parent Portal – All K-6 Families

    Once logged into the portal, you will find your child’s classroom teacher under the “Schedule” option on the left-navigation bar. If you see, “TBD” where the teacher name should be, it simply means that the district is finalizing the hiring process for your child’s classroom teacher. We hope to have all teacher names populated within the portal on/before Friday, September 4.

    Checking Program Selection – All K-6 Families

    As you know, the district is planning to return to the planned models of instruction approved by the board in July (traditional 5-day in person/hybrid/online-only) on or before November 11, 2020. Even though we are beginning online-only district-wide at this time, students have been assigned to dedicated teachers based on their family’s July program enrollment selections.

    Parents/Guardians will see one of four schedule assignments within the portal. These assignments will be in place when we return to in-person instruction on/before November 11, 2020:

    • Hybrid 1 – Students assigned to this model will attend school in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    • Hybrid 2 – Students assigned to this model will attend school in-person on Thursdays and Fridays.
    • Traditional – Students assigned to this model will attend school in-person five days per week.
    • Online Only

    In order to ensure these selections are accurate, we ask that you check this program assignment within the parent portal and notify your child’s elementary school of any errors. Find your child’s program enrollment assignment on the PDF version of the schedule under, “Documents” on the left-navigation bar. 

    Grades 1-6 Online-Only Students

    In order to ensure that our online-only students are assigned to dedicated classroom teachers, families who selected “Online-Only” as their program of choice in July may be assigned to a Central Bucks teacher who is NOT assigned to their home school. In some cases, they may be in a class that contains online-only students from a number of Central Bucks elementary schools. However, they will not be mixed with students from other grade levels, and they will remain a part of their “home” school for all other purposes (principal, school counselor, social events, etc.).

    Kindergarten Students

    Our kindergarten students may be assigned to a “blended” class. In this case, your child’s teacher may be assigned a combination of online-only and traditional 5-day in person OR online-only and hybrid students when we return to in-person instruction on or before November 11, 2020.

    We look forward to returning to school on September 8, 2020. As always, we thank our families for their patience and understanding as we navigate the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year together. 

    Thank you,

    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

    SECONDARY

    This message serves as a reminder to our secondary school families (grades 7-12) that secondary school student schedules will become visible within the parent portal at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

    If you have forgotten your username and/or password, find Infinite Campus parent portal resources on our website here.

    Thank you,

    Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education


    Update - August 28, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Please find the next issue of "Return to School 2020," a newsletter designed to organize information, resources, and updates for families as we prepare to return to school on September 8, 2020. This issue includes an overview of virtual learning from a secondary perspective, as well as middle and high school bell schedules.

    Find it at www.cbsd.org/return_news.

    Stay Well,
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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - August 26, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Please find the next issue of "Return to School 2020," a newsletter designed to organize information, resources, and updates for families as we prepare to return to school on September 8, 2020. This issue features the revised 2020-2021 instructional calendar, details on virtual learning from an elementary perspective, updates on revisions to the athletic health and safety plan, and a list of back to school night dates and times for all schools.

    Find it at www.cbsd.org/return_news.

    Stay Well,

    John Kopicki Signature

    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Device Distribution Update - August 24, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Device distribution information for the 2020-21 school year may be found here for grades K-12: https://sway.office.com/u2g1qX20BqFrsYlm?ref=Link

    NOTES:  

    1. Students in grades 7 and 10 will pick up their devices the week of 8/31 at the ESC Services Building located 16 Welden Drive in Doylestown. You must register for a time here: CB Grade 7 & Grade 10 Laptop Deployment
    2. Students in grades K-6 will pick up their device at their home school during the week of 8/31. Look for an email from your building principal with more details.

    Sincerely,

    Jason Jaffe
    Director of Technology and Innovation


    Update - August 19, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Please find the next issue of "Return to School 2020," a newsletter designed to organize information, resources, and updates for families as we prepare to return to school on September 8, 2020. This issue features updates on the broadcast center, tips for preparing your home learning spaces, a device distribution update, reminders for families of students with special needs, and more.

    Find it at www.cbsd.org/return_news.

    Stay Well,

    John Kopicki Signature

    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - August 14, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Please find the first issue of Return to School 2020, a newsletter designed to organize information, resources, and updates for families as we prepare to return to school on September 8, 2020. This issue features updates on distribution of student devices, the Canvas learning management system, and the daily school schedule.

    Find it at www.cbsd.org/return_news.

    Stay Well,
    John Kopicki Signature
    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - August 10, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks School District families and staff,

    Over the past two months, CBSD administrators have been working to prepare conditions for a safe return to school for students and staff.  Undeniably, planning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year has been an arduous task.  In addition to the many perspectives and recommendations put forth by governing entities at the national and state level, the realities at the local level have been stark.  From the onset, it has been our intent to bring our students back into our school buildings to start the new school year, and all efforts have focused on the careful creation of a reopening plan committed to providing a safe educational environment for our children.

    As you are aware, on July 21st, our school board approved our plan, which included three options at the elementary level: an in-person, hybrid, or an online choice as well as two options for our secondary students: a hybrid or online choice. Over the last month, parents informed us of their instructional preferences through our program enrollment form. Results of those decisions are identified below.

    ELEMENTARY OPTION RESULTS  

    49% - In-Person Option 

    25% - Hybrid Option 

    26% - Online Option

    SECONDARY OPTION RESULTS                                                               

    81% - Hybrid Option

    19% - Online Option

    Upon receipt of these responses, we applied the data to our educational models and began to prepare teacher placement to deliver the various options. As our administrative staff interpreted the data and fulfilled our educational plan with faculty and staff assignments, it became quickly apparent that we do not have adequate staff to safely open school.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people struggling to find a balance between safely returning to work while maintaining personal health and well-being.  Our faculty and staff are no different than our community in that many of our employees are struggling with countless issues and individual circumstances that prevent them from returning to our schools in person. Once this information was provided to us, we re-examined our proposed school reopening plan and explored each option, navigating possible solutions.

    Unfortunately, Central Bucks School District will need to begin the school year on September 8th in a 100% online instructional model for all students, grades K-12.  As of today, we plan to deliver our K-12 instructional programming in a 100% virtual format until the end of the first marking period on November 11, 2020. In the interim, we will continue to evaluate our staffing and immediately seek to employ the appropriate number of personnel to achieve our original goal of implementing all options of our reopening plan as soon as possible.  While we start school remotely, the administration will continue to work on solutions to bring our students back into their schools under the selected choice parents chose. Our goal is and has been to reopen our schools and operate in a safe environment while providing the best education for our students.

    This pandemic has been an incredible challenge for everyone, and we recognize the community’s desire for our education plan to be fulfilled as written and adopted by our Board of School Directors. This delay and subsequent transition to an online environment beginning on September 8th represents another challenge that we administrators must work through together to resolve.

    Attached to this correspondence is a brief document that establishes the primary objectives of our virtual learning program. Over the next week, we will distribute additional communications that will further explain details for both elementary and secondary students. On August 24, 2020, families will receive instruction on the distribution of devices and other materials that our students will need to be successful in accessing our educational program. Teacher assignments and secondary student schedules will become visible within the parent portal on September 2, 2020. Families may expect related communication on scheduling from building principals and counselors.

    Our special education department will send a detailed communication today informing all parents of the specific educational plans we have developed for our students to ensure the delivery of a free and appropriate public education.

    I empathize with the disruption this news will cause many of our families.  The challenges we are facing as a school community have never been more dire, and I ask for your continued patience and understanding now and through the start of the school year. We will continue to communicate and work through every problem, and to support our families and students by providing all necessary resources that address the many needs of our children.  We are dedicated to the task of implementing our education plan and the options presented. We remain committed to reopening our schools.

    As your superintendent, I realize that there is no joy in this announcement. However, it is an honest and difficult communication to our community explaining that COVID-19 has complicated our reopening by bringing about staffing shortages.  We are actively enacting the process of securing the necessary staff to resolve this issue and remain steadfast in our goal to provide for the safe return of students and staff as soon as possible.

    Stay Well,
    John Kopicki Signature
    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - August 5, 2020

    Please find today's "5 Daily Facts" here. Today's facts are focused on social distancing. 

    Stay Well,
    John Kopicki Signature
    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - August 4, 2020

    Please find today's "5 Daily Facts" here. Today's facts are focused on cleaning and sanitization. 

    Stay Well,
    John Kopicki Signature
    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - August 3, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    During the Board meeting on July 28, we indicated that it was our intention to confirm elementary school assignments for our families today. We completed a careful review of the responses to our program enrollment survey. Our next steps involve aligning our staffing requirements for each model selected to ensure accurate teaching placements. We ask for your continued patience as we attempt to work out all of the logistical concerns.

    Stay Well,
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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - August 3, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Please find today's  "5 Daily Facts" here. Today's facts are focused on school lunches. 

    Stay Well,
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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - July 31, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    As our families complete the program enrollment process today, we continue to work to address questions in order to support this decision making.

    We have prepared an additional podcast, this one featuring a conversation with Ms. Allison Kuchler, Director of Special Education. Listen here, and find all of these podcasts at www.cbsd.org/2020-21

    In addition, you may find today's  "5 Daily Facts" here.Today's facts are focused on the online education experience for students. Finally, review questions and answers at www.cbsd.org/help

    Stay Well,
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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - July 30, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    As our families continue to send questions about the program enrollment options, we are working to answer them in creative ways in order to support your decision making.

    Yesterday, we shared a podcast that was focused on the online option. Today, we have two more to share - featuring conversations with Dr. Nadine Garvin, assistant superintendent for elementary education, and Dr. Abe Lucabaugh, assistant superintendent for secondary education. These conversations explore some of the more commonly asked questions focused on the elementary and secondary program options. 

    Elementary Program Options Podcast

    Secondary Program Options Podcast

    They can also be found on our website at www.cbsd.org/2020-21. Families will also find new additions to our question and answer page at www.cbsd.org/help.

    Stay Well,
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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - July 30, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Attached is a document that is intended to communicate five quick facts from our health and safety plan. Families may expect to receive similar communications Monday through Friday, between now and the start of the school year. Combined with the regularly updated content at www.cbsd.org/2020-21, it is our hope that families will continue to be well informed.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - July 29, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    During last evening’s school board meeting, the board approved a revised start date of September 8, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. This revision was proposed primarily to allow for additional preparation and staff development time for administration, faculty, and staff.

    The administration will now revisit the remaining instructional calendar, presenting any additional changes to the board for their review in August. This change will establish a specific date when families may request a change to their program enrollment selection.  This date, on or about the end of the first semester (end of the secondary school second marking period) must be the same date for both for the elementary and the secondary level in order to assist families by ensuring that elementary and secondary students are grouped by household when assigning hybrid program schedules. This represents a revision to our question and answer page at www.cbsd.org/help.

    Questions and Answers

    The questions and answers section of our website is being updated regularly. We thank our families for their patience as we prepare responses. Many questions have been received and we continue to work through responding to your emails. We encourage our families to check www.cbsd.org/help regularly to review new responses to questions.

    Enrollment Form

    Thank you to the thousands of families who have already completed the program enrollment form at www.cbsd.org/programoptions. As I said in the video we shared with families on Friday, the decision we are asking families to make by Friday, July 31, is necessary to our efforts to plan and deploy personnel and other resources in the most effective and equitable way over the six weeks that remain in the summer break. 

    CB Online Academy

    We are committed to ensuring that the 100% online choice that we offer our families is well planned and aligned with our curriculum. Many of your emails are focused on gathering more details on this program. Our communications director, Angela Linch, recorded a podcast discussion with Central Bucks’ director of technology and innovation, Jason Jaffe, and supervisor of instructional technology, Lindsay Smith to better answer these questions. Listen here.

    What can families expect?

    Over the coming weeks, we will be preparing videos that show families what the experience will be for students when they return to our schools in the fall. We hope this helps our families gain greater comfort with what the health and safety plan’s measures look like in practice, while providing families with a useful tool to help prepare children for their school experience in the fall.

    We will continue to share updated information with our families while addressing your feedback and questions. This continues to be a very fluid situation, and we continue to monitor advice and direction from local and commonwealth health authorities so that we may respond accordingly. As always, we appreciate your messages of support as we continue to work together as a community.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Update - July 24, 2020

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    As the next step in our program enrollment process for the fall of 2020-21, we have prepared a series of videos designed to assist families in their decision.

    The videos include information about the implementation of the health and safety plan, details on the elementary and secondary program options, and additional options for students with IEPs.

    Follow these links to watch:

    In addition, the program enrollment form is now open at www.cbsd.org/programoptions. Families are asked to make their selection on or before Friday, July 31.

    1. You will need to complete this form once for each child attending Central Bucks schools in your household, and you will need to know your student’s ID number in order to complete the form. Directions on where to find this number within the parent portal are attached.
    2. Please note – quick descriptions of the program options for all students may also be found on the district’s website here: Elementary | Secondary.

    We have received a number of questions at backtoschool@cbsd.org. These questions are being reviewed and organized for reply. In addition, families may find that that their questions are answered once they review the video, or that they may be addressed on the question and answer page found on the "Returning to School 2020-21" web page at www.cbsd.org/2020-21. This letter, as well as video links, and archived correspondence may also be found there for future reference.

    Once again, we thank our families for their patience and continued support as we prepare for our students’ return to school.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Last night, the Central Bucks School District’s Board of School Directors approved a health and safety plan that meets the detailed requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This document may be reviewed in its entirety on our website here, along with a comprehensive list of questions and answers designed to help families navigate this detailed information.

    In addition to approving the health and safety plan, the board approved the following programming options for the 2020-2021 school year. An overview of the elementary and secondary options may be found in the “CB Return to School 2020-21” (www.cbsd.org/2020-21) section of our website here: Elementary | Secondary

    Elementary Students (Grades Kindergarten-6)

    • Online Only - Students will participate in 100% online instruction five days per week.
    • Hybrid - Students receive in-person instruction two days per week, and a combination of live and online instruction during the other three days. Students will have a consistent weekly schedule.  Students will be distanced at a minimum of six feet where feasible.
    • Traditional In-Person - Students will receive in-person instruction five days per week and will be distanced at a minimum of three feet (more where feasible).

    Secondary Students (Grades 7-12)

    • Online Only - Students will participate in 100% online instruction five days per week.
    • Hybrid - Students receive in-person instruction two days per week, and a combination of live and online instruction during the other three days. Students will have a consistent weekly schedule.  Students will be distanced at a minimum of three feet (more where feasible).

    What can families expect?

    With these important decisions made, families may expect a series of important communications within the next week.

    1. An overview of the program options for all students will now be finalized and distributed to families. This will describe in detail what the student experience will be in each option, as well as how the health and safety plan will be enforced and executed in our schools.
    2. A form to allow families to enroll each of their children in their chosen model will be distributed via email. Families will have one week to make their decision.

    Other important items to note.

    • In order to effectively support instruction in any delivery model, the district will be executing a 1:1 initiative by issuing devices to all elementary students.
    • A dedicated email address, backtoschool@cbsd.org, has been established for families to ask questions and receive a response. These questions will also be used to continuously build the questions and answers section of our CB Return to School 2020-21 webpage.
    • The process of communicating teacher assignments for elementary students has been paused as we enroll families in their selected model. Once the program selection process is complete, elementary principals will revisit all teacher assignments and provide updated information to families.

    This is, without question, one of the most challenging times in our school district’s history. While each family must ultimately make the decision that is best for them, please know that we are here to support and guide you throughout this process.

    Please stay safe and take care of one another.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

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