• Update - August 19, 2021

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    As we move toward the first day of school for students on August 30th, 2021, the district continues to closely monitor all emerging information regarding the mitigation of COVID and the impact of the delta variant. This past Sunday, August 15th, the Bucks County Department of Health released reopening guidance and frequently asked questions to assist county school districts with their planning.  On August 17th, the county released a revision to this new guidance, updating Bucks County Health Director Dr. David Damsker’s August 15th guidance as it relates to masking in schools, based on newly acquired information from Bucks County hospitals. Specifically, the health department’s recommendation (linked above) reads as follows:

    Even under normal circumstances, hospitals in Bucks County have limited ability to treat severe pediatric cases of any type. As our hospitals must refer all serious cases to pediatric specialty hospitals in the region, many of those same specialty pediatric hospitals are already operating at close to capacity because of non-COVID illnesses and staffing issues. While our COVID-19 cases among school-aged children remain very low, hospitals are growing concerned that any pediatric COVID-19 cases could stress the system.

    Because of this, hospitals in Bucks County have recommended that schools begin the fall semester with a mask requirement.  

    As a result of this new information provided by our partner hospitals, we support their recommendation to follow CDC guidance on masking in schools. This is particularly important for students who are unvaccinated, which includes all students under 12. We continue to urge, in the strongest possible sense, that everyone get vaccinated. 

    The remainder of the county’s recently released guidance remains in effect. The Health Department will continue as an active partner with our schools and hospitals as we navigate through this ongoing fight.”

    In response to this most recent guidance, the Central Bucks Board of School Directors will convene a special meeting on Wednesday, August 25th at 6:45 p.m. to discuss revisions to the district’s health and safety plan and determine the appropriate integration of this guidance into the board-approved health and safety plan for the 2021-2022 school year. We ask for your support and patience as we review this new guidance, consider its impact, and carefully draft revisions for the board’s consideration.  Additional details regarding the August 25th meeting may be found on the homepage of the district’s website at www.cbsd.org.

    Respectfully,

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     Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
    Acting Superintendent of Schools


    Update - July 28, 2021

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    On July 27, 2021, the Central Bucks School District’s Board of School Directors approved a health and safety plan for the 2021-2022 school year. The adopted plan, developed in consultation with the Bucks County Health Department, is a fluid document that will take into consideration emerging guidance and recommendations from state and local officials, and utilize current data surrounding the trajectory of the virus at the local level to inform subsequent decisions. To ensure the effectiveness of the plan, it will continue to be a standing agenda item at monthly board meetings, at which time the board can revisit and revise the plan based upon the guidance of local and state health officials.

    When students return to school on August 30, 2021, our schools will offer in-person instruction, five days per week. The K-12 school day will return to regular arrival and dismissal times, and all teachers will be in-person, in classrooms. For K-6 students, an online-only instructional program option will be offered. Families are invited to click here for more information, including how to enroll. Interested K-6 families should complete the enrollment form before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

    Additional points for families to know as we continue to plan for the start of the 2021-2022 school year are as follows:

    • Masking will be optional when students return to school on August 30, 2021.
    • Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination will not be required of students or employees.
    • Distancing of at least three feet or more will be maintained wherever possible.

    The district has also prepared an infographic with key points for the 2021-2022 school year for families.

    We are excited to welcome back our students and staff this fall. While the past sixteen months have been challenging, we remain optimistic about the coming year and the many opportunities awaiting our students.  May you continue to enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, and please be on the lookout for upcoming communications from the district.

    Respectfully,

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    Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
    Acting Superintendent of Schools


    Update - July 20, 2021

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Over the past few weeks, we have received emails from parents anxious to learn more about our plans for reopening schools on August 30, 2021. As indicated prior to the close of school in June, our intention is to reopen with full day in-person education, including regular lunch and academic bell schedules, extracurricular activities, and sports, as was the case prior to COVID.

    To satisfy mandates from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the district must submit a draft health and safety plan for the 2021-22 school year by July 31, 2021.  Although the DOH and PDE will not be releasing separate state guidance or recommendations for the start of the 2021-22 school year, both the DOH and PDE continue to advise school entities to follow the revised guidance for K-12 schools released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, taking into consideration local levels of community transmission, vaccination coverage, and policies and regulations when creating and implementing mitigation strategies.

    Following this guidance, the Central Bucks School District’s draft health and safety plan for the 2021-22 school year, developed in consultation with the Bucks County Health Department and reviewed by Dr. David Damsker, remains available for your feedback. Masking will be optional in schools and on buses, and the district is not requiring proof of COVID vaccination.  The draft plan will be up for consideration at the upcoming July 27, 2021 school board meeting, and the 2021-2022 health and safety plan must be submitted to PDE no later than July 31, 2021.  Additionally, the board will discuss the feasibility of an elementary virtual option for families who indicated interest on a recent survey.  

    We acknowledge the decisions surrounding the opening of school on August 30, 2021 impact each of you and engender a wide variety of responses. After sixteen long months, the education of our 18,000 students is of utmost importance, and we acknowledge our awesome responsibility in setting the conditions for their academic and interpersonal growth.  COVID is something we will need to learn to live with, and will require us to move forward purposefully, and with determination to mitigate the risks of spread while simultaneously restoring the quality and continuity of education our students and families deserve. 

    While no one can predict what the future holds, rest assured our district team is prepared to come together to address any challenge, and we remain committed to making our schools fantastic places for students to learn and grow. Thank you, and may you continue to enjoy these weeks of summer.

    Sincerely,



    Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
    Acting Superintendent of Schools


    Update - July 7, 2021

    Thank you to those who completed the Elementary Online Program Interest Survey. Please note, the survey was only designed to ascertain whether enough interest in an online-only program option exists among our elementary families. In the event the program moves forward for fall 2021, an enrollment form will be distributed so that elementary families may convey a final choice for their child(ren).

    The feedback form for the draft 2021-2022 District Health and Safety Plan remains open, and may be found here.


    Update - June 28, 2021

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    We trust this letter finds all of you well and enjoying the first two weeks of summer break.  Currently, the district is finalizing its plan for a full five-day return to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.  Additional information regarding the plan can be found in this infographic.

    Due to the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 years of age or older, there will be no online option for secondary students (grades 7-12); however, we are seeking your input regarding an online option for K-6 students via the following interest survey.  Based on the results of this interest survey, the district will determine the feasibility of an online-only option at the elementary level, provided a minimum of 22 students indicate interest in the online learning academy at a particular grade level.

    In the event the district moves forward with an elementary online academy, it will function as a separate elementary school, as follows:

    • The CB Online Academy will operate from 8:50 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
    • Elementary parents who choose this option must commit to the online-only program until the end of the second trimester, March 10, 2022. If a student decides to return to in-person instruction after March 10, 2022, every attempt will be made to place the student in their home school.
    • Students will be taught by Central Bucks teachers utilizing Central Bucks curriculum.
    • Teachers may not necessarily be from a student’s current elementary school.
    • Classes will be formed by grade level and will include students from across all Central Bucks School District elementary schools.
    • If your child requires special education instruction (not gifted instruction) outside of a general education classroom environment, these services will only be offered in person.

    This survey will be open until 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30th.  We thank you for your time and input, and wish you a healthy and relaxing summer.

    Sincerely,

     

    Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
    Acting Superintendent
    Central Bucks School District