• March 9, 2022 - Update

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    Last evening, the Central Bucks School Board voted to approve revisions to the district’s health and safety plan.

    The majority of the changes involve the removal of language that is no longer applicable given revised mitigation recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania departments of health and education. Spacing and distancing requirements for classrooms, cafeterias and other areas are no longer mandated; as a result, students may notice changes in the arrangement of desks and/or classroom layouts.

    Respectfully,

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


    February 27, 2022 - Update

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    On Friday, February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance specific to masking on public transportation vehicles (including school vehicles).  The updated CDC guidance now reads as follows:

    “Effective February 25, 2022, CDC does not require wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs.” (Review on CDC.gov.)

    “Effective February 25, 2022, CDC is exercising its enforcement discretion to not require that people wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/childcare programs. CDC is making this change to align with updated guidance that no longer recommends universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 schools and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 Community Level. School systems at their discretion may choose to require that people wear masks on buses or vans.” (Review on CDC.gov.)

    Beginning Monday, February 28, 2022, masking is now optional on all Central Bucks School District buses and vehicles.    

    Sincerely,

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


    February 18, 2022 - Update

    Dear Elementary Families,

    As the district continues to experience a steady reduction of COVID cases, we are in the process of reexamining many of the protocols implemented in our schools during the height of the pandemic. One of these areas is the seating configurations currently used in our elementary cafeterias.

    At present, our elementary schools have achieved the conditions that enabled all secondary schools to fully open cafeteria seating in the fall; therefore, our elementary schools will transition accordingly. Beginning Tuesday, February 22, 2022, all Central Bucks elementary schools will transition to the cafeteria seating arrangements utilized prior to the pandemic.

    Sincerely,

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


    January 2, 2022 - Reminder

    I trust you are enjoying the winter break and finding time to unplug from the frenetic pace of life. As a community, we certainly need it, given the past 22 months of a pandemic that continues to sweep the nation, and it is in this context that I am providing you with an update regarding our return to school plans for Monday, January 3, 2022.

    If you’ve been following the news and social media, it is literally impossible not to hear the word “Omicron,” the current variant igniting reactions at every point on the COVID continuum. While recommendations and other factors related to COVID mitigation continue to change, the evidence supporting the value of in-person instruction for students is clear. Moreover, given the rise in mental health issues across our district, an argument could be made that socialization and in-person learning outweigh the risk of transmission, which is why Central Bucks will return to in-person instruction this coming Monday.

    Given what we continue to learn about the impact of the virus on children, coupled with the availability of vaccines for students aged five and above, our health and safety planning efforts will focus on keeping our schools open, while minimizing the spread of COVID wherever possible. The seasonal spike in cases we are currently seeing will likely be the norm for the foreseeable future, and as the virus makes its transition from pandemic to endemic, there will always be some risk of exposure and contracting COVID. That said, schools are not the only places where the virus can be transmitted. Individual families must also share responsibility for implementing mitigation strategies and navigating their own unique circumstances and risk factors to reduce the risk of their child contracting and transmitting the virus outside of school. We also recognize there are immune-compromised students in our schools, and we will continue to work with these students and families, in conjunction with their healthcare providers, to make the most appropriate decisions while preserving the fidelity of their education.

    Due to the current omicron-related spike in cases across our community, we acknowledge that the district may face challenges related to staffing shortages. We will continue to monitor staffing, doing all we can to maintain high-quality in-person instruction, and communicate any changes as necessary.

    As currently outlined in the district’s health and safety plan, and in anticipation of returning to school on January 3, 2022, Central Bucks School District will proceed as follows:

    1. Masking will remain the choice of students and families. We encourage families to make decisions pertaining to masking in consultation with pediatricians and/or local healthcare providers.
    2. CBSD will report confirmed positive cases to BCHD for all COVID-19 related case investigations. The district will not perform contact tracing and has no authority to issue quarantine or isolation orders. The online dashboard will continue to be maintained.
    3. If any student or staff member is feeling unwell, experiencing COVID symptoms, or is COVID positive, they should stay home. No student or staff member should come to school or work when they are sick, in the best interest of the health and well-being of those around them.
    4. If symptoms persist, seek the advice of your healthcare provider regarding testing or other mitigation steps.

    COVID has engendered a wide array of emotions and responses across our community, and regardless of the course of action we take, there will be those who are upset, as there are no perfect responses to the plethora of challenges created by COVID. As a district, we will continue to take steps to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff; however, it is time for Central Bucks to return its collective focus on what has historically defined our success: providing high quality teaching and learning experiences, engaging students in school climates replete with co-curricular and extracurricular offerings, and fostering a sense of pride in the programs and services that create enduring opportunities for all our students. I am confident that by working together, we can achieve this mission, and do so in a safe and supporting manner.

    Sincerely,

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


    December 13, 2021 - Reminder

    Regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to lift the acting secretary of health’s mask mandate for schools, this decision does not impact the federal directive to require all passengers and drivers to wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems.


    December 12, 2021 - Update

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    This past Friday afternoon, December 10, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the Acting Secretary of Health’s school masking order is no longer in place, effective immediately. 

    Due to that ruling, and in accordance with the district’s Health and Safety Plan, masking is now optional in the Central Bucks School District beginning Monday, December 13, 2021.  Families and staff should report any positive COVID test results to their school nurse, and the district will continue to work in consultation with the Bucks County Department of Health regarding all COVID related matters.

    Central Bucks School District will continue to inform families when a confirmed positive case is reported in one of their child’s classrooms, and update our COVID dashboard each week.  As always, please monitor your child for any flu-like symptoms and do not send your child to school if they are not feeling well.  Families are encouraged to consult with their personal medical provider for any specific health related questions.

    Thank you for your time and understanding regarding these changes.

    Sincerely,

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


    September 20, 2021 Update

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    This letter is to inform our families that we have launched a COVID-19 case tracking page on our website at www.cbsd.org/cases. This page, which will be updated weekly, is intended to provide families with information related to the number of COVID-19 cases reported to the district. Some important points to note:

    • The information is not an effective means of measuring the positivity rate in a particular area. Families are encouraged to consult the Bucks County Health Department or Pennsylvania Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboards to gain a deeper understanding of the COVID-19 transmission rates in our community and beyond.
    • Figures include both employees and students.
    • Figures will be updated each Monday.
    • Figures represent only those cases that are reported to school district nurses and administrators.
    • Cases are listed in the week they were reported to the district, not the date on which an individual tested positive.
    • Cases listed may or may not have been in school while contagious. In some cases, students or employees may already have been at home as a result of an ongoing exposure before reporting the positive test result to the district.

    Perhaps most importantly, parents and guardians are reminded that they will be notified if their child comes into close personal contact with a student who has tested positive for COVID-19. After a communication is distributed to affected families, an email will be distributed to all those students who share a classroom and ride the bus (if applicable) with the positive individual. Please note - a separate communication will be sent to ALL those who came into close personal contact. The Central Bucks School District will define close personal contact according to the criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as recommended by the Bucks County Department of Health.

    Thank you for your patience as we developed and discussed the process for reporting this data to our families.

    Respectfully,

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


    September 3, 2021 Update

    Dear Central Bucks families,

    During the August 31st board of school directors meeting, the board voted to approve revisions to the district’s health and safety plan. The revised plan, available for review on our website here, will go into effect on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. This plan includes face covering provisions in accordance with the Order of the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Face Coverings in School Entities.

    There are two primary goals guiding the district’s plan: the health and safety of our students and community, and the provision of full-time, in-person instruction, including all extracurricular activities. Our students learn best when they are physically present, interacting with one another in our schools. To that end, we ask that families review the key components of this plan, including the frequently asked questions, located on our website.

    When our students return to school on Wednesday, September 8, please note the following as it pertains to the use of face coverings in our schools:

    • The acting secretary’s order requires the use of face coverings in schools as follows: “Each teacher, child/student, staff, or visitor working, attending, or visiting a School Entity shall wear a face covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except as set forth in Section 3.” (Order of the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Face Coverings in School Entities)
    • The use of face coverings is included in the district’s revised plan as prescribed by the acting secretary’s order, until such time that the order expires.
    • When the order expires, the plan includes required face coverings for elementary school students (grades K-6), and recommended face coverings for secondary students (grades 7-12) when Bucks County is at moderate, substantial, and high rates of transmission, and until a vaccine is available for children under age 12, taking into consideration vaccine administration guidelines.
    • Individuals who wish to request a mask exemption must carefully review and submit the Central Bucks School District’s face covering exemption form. NO other form will be accepted for reasons of exemption from the face covering order.

    The issue of masking has created much discord within our community. Now more than ever, our students need us to come together and be at our very best.  I trust that our future interactions and conversations around this, and the myriad of additional issues facing our community, will reflect the respect and decorum we expect of our students, and that together, we commit to creating the conditions that support high quality learning experiences for every student.  Thank you for your time, and your continued partnership in this shared endeavor.

    Respectfully,

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