• Update - August 5, 2020

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

    Stay Well,
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    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. 

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    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. 

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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