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BPSD Closure Information
Closed Through the end of the 2019-2020 school year
Updated Friday, May 29, 2020
 
The Bethel Park School District will be closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, following the orders of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, to help save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.  Here are some of the events that will be impacted:
 
DISTRIBUTION OF FREE MEALS--UPDATED MAY 29, 2020
Beginning Tuesday, April 14, the District is working with our food service management company to provide meals to anyone age 18 and younger.  PLEASE NOTE: The distribution of meals will end on Thursday, June 4, 2020, the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  Please click here to see a map of food distribution sites in the area.  There are 10 locations near Bethel Park.
  • A Breakfast meal will consist of cereal, juice and milk.
  • A Lunch meal will consist of a sandwich, fruit, snack and milk.  
Parents/Guardians who are interested in obtaining these meals for their children must click 
here by 6 PM to place their order for pick up the following day between 11:30 AM and 1 PM at the Bethel Park High School Main Entrance.  Meals will be offered Monday through Friday as long as the District remains closed due to the Coronavirus.  
 
Phone orders will no longer be accepted.  All orders must be placed online. The form must be completed every time the meals are needed.
 
Please click here to see a menu for the week of June 1-4.  
 
Please click here to also see a map of free Food Distribution Sites in the area, should your family need to avail themselves of this service.  
 
SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS--UPDATED MAY 20
To help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, all Bethel Park School Board Meetings will be conducted virtually, with no members of the public in the audience, to ensure everyone's health and safety.  The public can watch the meetings on Facebook live.  BPTV will also record the meetings for re-broadcast on its cable TV and YouTube channels.  Public comments will be accepted via email and called into the meeting at the appropriate times.  The next School Board Meeting is the May Regular Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 at 7 PM.  Please click here to learn how the public can view the meeting remotely and share public comments.

INSTRUCTION DURING THIS TIME OF CLOSURE--UPDATED APRIL 14
The Bethel Park School District began its Continuity of Education Plan for all BPSD students (Grades K-12) the week of March 30.
 
The Continuity of Education Plan has been designed to be educational and engaging, but not overwhelming to students or families who may need to provide assistance to their children.  Please click here to learn more about the plan as it will unfold during the Fourth Quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.
 
Extensions will be provided on an individual basis for those students who are eligible or thought-to-be eligible for Section 504 Accommodations or IEP services.  For further information or to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s special education services, please contact Lori Sutton, Director of Special Education, at 412-854-8405, or by emailing [email protected].   

We appreciate everyone's patience as we continue to work through the process to provide  students with a meaningful education program until it is safe to resume traditional learning in our classrooms.
 
In addition to the lessons teachers will be providing, the District has established a list of helpful educational resources/links for students and families to use, should they want to avail themselves of this.  These resources can be accessed by clicking here.  We hope that this link will provide helpful educational resources for families to make the best of our current circumstances. 
 
PICKING UP PERSONAL ITEMS LEFT BEHIND/RETURNING SCHOOL PROPERTY--UPDATED MAY 18
The Bethel Park School District has set up dates/times for students to safely return to school to pick up any personal items that were left behind when school closed abruptly in March, and to return any school district items--including textbooks, library books, athletic uniforms and equipment, music and instruments, and other district items--in May and June.  Each school has established its own dates/times and procedures.  You can read the details on each of the school's home web pages. 
 
REVISIONS TO THE 2019-2020 CALENDAR--UPDATED MAY 20
Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Here are some recent changes to the 2019-2020 calendar (approved by the School Board on May 19):The Last Day of School for ALL Bethel Park Students is 

•      The Kennywood Picnic Day has been moved to Friday, July 31 if Kennywood can safe open.  Please click here to learn how you can purchase discounted Ride All Day tickets online.  No in-person sales will occur this year.
•      Monday, June 8 will be a Teacher Inservice Day.

Please keep in mind that there may be future adjustments to the 2019-2020 calendar due to possible changing circumstances.  We will continue to update this page if changes occur.
 
STATE TESTING
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced on March 19, 2020 the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA). To read more, please click here.

ATHLETIC EVENTS
All athletic events and practices have been cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

EVENING/WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
All evening/weekend activities for school and community groups that are held in the schools have been cancelled during the closure.
 
DISTRICT FACILITIES--UPDATED MARCH 30
To encourage the public to practice safe social distancing guidelines as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control, the PA Department of Health and other health organizations, Everyone is encouraged to practice safe social distancing to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, and to help ensure as speedy a return to normal life as possible, all Bethel Park School District outdoor facilities have been CLOSED to the public, including but not limited to tracks, fields, playgrounds and tennis courts.  
 
CLEANING/SANITIZING
The District continues to explore its options for ensuring that all schools are completely sanitized/disinfected prior to school resuming. 
 
BETHEL PARK HIGH SCHOOL AND INDEPENDENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICALS--UPDATED MAY 14, 2020
We are disappointed to have to cancel this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls” at Bethel Park High School, as well as the remaining two nights of “Mary Poppins” at Independence Middle School. Please click here to see how you can obtain a refund.  Requests must be made by May 31, 2020.
 
INTERNET SERVICE
  • Comcast  (offering two months free internet to low income families)
  • AT&T  (waiving internet data overage fees)
  • Spectrum  (offering free internet services to students)
 
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
OTHER CANCELLATIONS
  • All SAT and ACT Testing Dates through June have been cancelled. 

We encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of the CDC and health officials, including practicing social distancing, washing your hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching your face, avoiding those who are sick, and simply staying home, especially if you’re sick. 

This prolonged state-wide closure is a unique situation for all Pennsylvania school districts, and we thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to work through the details to answer all of your questions.  We will continue to update you as necessary. Thank you for support and understanding that all decisions are made out of concern for the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.