• Update - July 17 ~ 6 p.m.

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    I write this evening to share that families in the district will be asked to choose one of two program options, hybrid or online only, as the district plans for the start of the 2020-2021 school year on August 31, 2020.

    While our planning teams were working to finalize plans to offer families a traditional option that would have students in school five days per week, revised recommendations and procedures were released from the governor and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As a result, it became clear to our leadership that given the space limitations within our 23 schools, it would be impossible to offer a traditional option and meet the social distancing requirements included in the orders.

    The “hybrid” option will have students receive in-person instruction two days per week, and a combination of live and online instruction during the other three days. A “cyber” option will also be offered, wherein students will participate in 100% online instruction five days per week. Students with Individualized Education Plans will have the option to attend in person four or five days. Detailed information on each program will be provided for families, who will be asked to choose an option through a registration process beginning July 22, 2020.

    The district will release the final draft of the administration’s completed health and safety plan, in keeping with the requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), on Monday, July 20, 2020. Plans are for our Board of School Directors to consider the approval of the plan during a special meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

    Planning teams including administrators, teachers, numerous district community stakeholders and other members of district staff have been conducting meetings on a daily basis to develop a health and safety plan for the district while considering the guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Bucks County Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and advice from local medical doctors.

    PDE’s health and safety template requires the district to formulate detailed plans in four primary areas, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting and ventilation; social distancing and other safety protocols; monitoring of student and staff health; and other considerations for students and staff. These guidelines largely inform the district’s programming options, as they determine how the district may make use of the available classrooms and other space in its 23 schools.

    Stay Well,

    John Kopicki Signature

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


     

    Update - July 6 ~ 9:30 a.m.

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    In order to continue to gather important feedback to inform our planning, we would like to invite our families to participate in a survey designed to more specifically ascertain your thoughts on returning to school in the fall of 2020.

    Please complete the survey once for each child in your family. This survey may be found at www.cbsd.org/survey, or at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=j0gLqp78hUGl4zhCIN8jyoGvupuOzEFApRkALVthLAtURUwxWk1DOE1BV1M5QVVHMk1PWUZVM1pKUC4u.

    When accessing the survey, you will be prompted to enter a Microsoft Username and Password. When taking the survey for each child, enter their school username and password. If you do not know this information, you may find student usernames within the parent portal as below.

    1. Log in to the parent portal.

    2. Click "More."

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    3. Click "Family Information."

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    4. Find student email under each student's name. Note: You will need your child's password.

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    The survey will remain open until July 13. Questions about the survey may be directed to Angela Linch at alinch@cbsd.org.

    Thank you for your continued support.

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


    Update - June 30 ~ 9 a.m.

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Please find the latest information we have received in working with Bucks County Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in a list of Frequently Asked Questions that we believe will be helpful to families. These questions are a companion to the department’s “Proposed Guidelines for the Reopening of Public Schools,” posted within the CBSD Preparing for 2020-2021 area of our website.

    The FAQs provided will also help to inform and support our continued work as we prepare for our fall reopening. Our goal remains to continue working through the details necessary to allow our students to be physically present in school this fall. We are currently working on plans that include a return to in-person instruction and an online option for families who are not ready to return.

    As we prepare our final recommendations, we would like to invite our families to share additional feedback. You should expect a survey intended to gather this information by week’s end.

    A draft of our district’s fall plans will be finalized for the board’s review in the coming weeks in anticipation of presenting a document for the board’s approval at their July 28, 2020 meeting. We are thankful for the patience and support the Central Bucks community has given to all of us.

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


    Update - June 25 ~ 12 p.m.

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Our seniors graduating on June 12, 2020 marked the end of another school year in the Central Bucks School District. We express our gratitude to our teachers, principals, and parents for their efforts to connect with students, take end of year pictures, celebrate graduations and work through everchanging schedules and circumstances as this milestone came to fruition for our seniors. All the best to our graduates as they set out on their new and exciting journey!  

    As we complete one school year, our focus begins on the upcoming 2020-2021 school year and those efforts are concentrated on providing a safe environment for our students and staff to return to in the fall.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education released preliminary reopening guidance to all 500 school districts on June 3, 2020, mandating the creation and implementation of a Health and Safety Plan for school reopening. This initial guidance stated that:

     “Each school entity must create a Health and Safety Plan which will serve as the local guidelines for all instructional and non-instructional school reopening activities. As with all emergency plans, the Health and Safety Plan developed for each school entity should be tailored to the unique needs of each school and should be created in consultation with local health agencies.”

    Further instruction stated:

    “A school entity’s Health and Safety Plan must be approved by its governing body and posted on the school entity’s publicly available website prior to the reopening of school. School entities should also consider whether the adoption of a new policy or the modification of an existing policy is necessary to effectively implement the Health and Safety Plan. Each school entity should continue to monitor its Health and Safety Plan throughout the year and update as needed. All revisions should be reviewed and approved by the governing body prior to posting on the school entity’s public website.”

    We are making a great deal of progress planning for the coming school year. Our administrators, teachers, and community members are working on the Health and Safety plan with the intention of conducting both in-person and online instruction in the fall. We will continue to update our community on these plans over the summer months and communicate final decisions as we firm up all considerations and establish a Health and Safety Plan that meet the requirements set forth by the commonwealth.

    Again, our intent is to welcome students and staff back to school on August 31, 2020. The primary focus is to ensure a safe, orderly transition back to school, while providing families with a choice to attend in-person or rigorous online programming. I will communicate our plans over the summer months as these final decisions are reached and details completed. I remain grateful to our wonderful community for all your support. {Additional updates below.}

    Stay Well,

    john kopicki signature

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

    Additional Updates

    COVID-19 Athletic Health and Safety Plan

    School districts in Pennsylvania must create a separate health and safety plan that more specifically addresses the needs of athletic programs, some of which begin during the summer months. Our plan has been completed and was approved by the board on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The Central Bucks School District COVID-19 Athletic Health and Safety Plan allows our students to begin participating in athletic practices on July 6, 2020.

    This document represents a six-week plan for the phased resuming of our high school fall athletic programming. Thorough, detailed, and flexible, the plan integrates information gathered from expert resources, and has been reviewed by both our district physician, Dr. Louis Marino and the county’s director of health, Dr. David Damsker.

    The plan employs a phased approach that coincides with the commonwealth’s reopening of the state. This is important, because it enables us to respond quickly in the event that the virus’ trajectory changes and ensure that we’re utilizing data to drive our decisions. It also presents clear expectations for athletes, families, coaches, and other district staff – because our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and our community calls upon all of us to do our part.

    District 2020-21 Planning Survey and Overview of Progress

    The board was also presented with an update on the planning efforts for the fall, with a focus on the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) health and safety template. The final plan will be subjected to review and approval by the board and submitted to PDE, as well as published on the district's website.

    Planning teams that include administrators, teachers, parents, community members, and other members of district staff are meeting as committees and subgroups. Discussions are centered around instructional goals for the district's educational programming efforts including tools and strategies, clear expectations for attendance, issues of equity, considerations for special needs and gifted support students, and more. In addition, efforts must be made to accommodate those who are unable or uncomfortable returning amidst the continued threat of COVID-19, and so a robust, high-quality online learning model will be designed and ready to deploy.

    An overview of the results of the planning survey distributed to families on June 12 was also provided. This feedback, which may be reviewed on our website, will serve to inform these planning efforts. We are grateful for the time and consideration that our parents and guardians gave to this effort. Additional opportunities to provide feedback are forthcoming.

    June School Board Note Newsletter – Budget Update

    The June edition of the Board Note newsletter is now available. In addition to providing more details on the presentations noted above, it also includes details on the board’s approval of the 2020-2021 budget, which was balanced without a need for a tax increase. Review a detailed final budget presentation.


    Update - June 12 ~ 4:30 p.m.

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Members of our administrative team are closely reviewing information from the governor’s office, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

    While the process is certain to evolve as additional guidance emerges and cases of COVID-19 are closely monitored throughout the summer months, your input is important and valued as we develop plans that take the needs and concerns of our families into consideration. To assist us, we are asking our families to complete a brief survey for each child enrolled in Central Bucks School District schools.

    This survey may be accessed at www.cbsd.org/familysurvey and will remain open until Tuesday, June 23.

    As with the results of our distance learning survey, the results will be shared with the community, along with updates on our planning throughout the summer. Look for this information to appear within a new section of our website entitled, “Preparing for 2020-2021,” at www.cbsd.org/2020-21. In addition, we expect to invite teachers and families to provide additional feedback as we finalize our efforts.

    As I said in my May 29 letter to families, I continue to be committed to the following:

    1. All decisions will be made with the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff foremost in our minds.
    2. We will invite, welcome, and consider input from our families in our decision making.
    3. We will dedicate ourselves, as we always have, to providing exceptional educational programming to our students.

    The first step in this process is the preparation of a “Health and Safety Plan” that is in keeping with the guidelines set forth by the commonwealth and working with recommendations from Dr. Damsker, the Bucks County Health Department Director. When completed, this plan will be approved by our board of school directors and then submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The final document will be posted to www.cbsd.org/2020-21.

    Stay Well,

    john kopicki signature

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

Last Modified on July 22, 2020