• Below is a record of our districtwide communications to parents and guardians

     


    May 25, 2022

    Subject: Uvalde, Texas Tragedy

    Dear SCASD Community, 

    We are heartbroken and sickened at the unspeakable school shooting that occurred yesterday in Uvalde, Texas. The grief of the Uvalde community, and especially the families of the students and adults who were killed, leaves us deeply shaken. 

    The mourning and anger extend to our students, faculty, staff and entire community. We also recognize how difficult today is for many of you. On this sorrowful day, I am grateful that we live in a caring and compassionate community in which we value supporting each other.

    Today, and in the coming days, many difficult conversations will be taking place as we try to process such a horrific act of violence. While there is no way to truly understand why this happened, we would like to offer the below resources. Additionally, if you feel your child needs support, please contact your school counselor and they will gladly provide assistance. 

    The National Association of School Psychologists


    Pennsylvania Department of Education


    For our elementary students and families, Sesame Street has a series of
    videos and activities aimed at helping families support kids during traumatic events. 

    American Psychological Association


    Together, we will keep working to keep our campuses safe. We remind our students and families that if you see something, say something via
    Safe2Say. Additionally, we appreciate our local law enforcement partners for having an increased presence around our district this week, and for their ongoing expertise that we utilize in all of our security measures.

    During my tenure, I have had to write too many of these messages, and there is no easy way to communicate about such a tragedy. My hope is that we can lean on each other for support to help us get through this. 

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of schools


    May 19, 2022

    Subject: Masking on out-of-district coach bus trips

    Dear SCASD Community:

    After consulting with our Health and Safety Team today, we are going to make one change to our COVID-19 protocols. Until further notice, masks will be mandatory on all out-of-district coach bus trips longer than 30 minutes in duration. 

    We made this change after seeing strong evidence of COVID-19 transmission due to a recent bus trip. Additionally, unlike school buses, the windows on coach buses can’t be opened.

    To be clear, this only applies to trips out of our district on coach buses. This does not change our regular morning and evening bus runs where masks remain optional. There are no other changes to our Health and Safety Plan at this time. 

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the last two weeks of the school year.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    May 18, 2022

    Subject: Covid precautions and end of year

    Dear SCASD Community,

    At the May 16 board meeting, the SCASD Board voted to send you additional information about rising Covid cases in our schools. In response to the rising cases, the Board would like to share what each of us can do to reduce the risk of illness, so that our kids can remain in school, so that we can help reduce staff absences from our schools, and so that fewer students miss end-of-year celebratory events.  

    We are all so happy to have many joyful events happening in our school community in the next few weeks. Concerts, art shows, class picnics, field trips, and graduations are important milestones for our kids. Our students are working on year-end projects together, participating in field days, performing and competing, and making great memories with their peers in every grade. All of this can only happen if our kids are healthy and in school. 

    As we approach the end of the school year, we are seeing steeply rising cases of Covid in our school community. From the seven days of May 11 - May 17, 112 new cases were reported and shown on the district COVID dashboard. This is a significant jump in cases compared to our status during February through April, when case counts in our schools were very low. 

    This rise in cases correlates with the emergence of a new Covid variant, BA.2.12.1, that is now the dominant variant in the northeast US. This variant can infect individuals who have been sick with previous Covid variants

    These new developments in the pandemic are occurring at a busy time of year, and we want to ensure our school community is aware of the potential impact on our students’ experiences. Choices made now, both as individuals and as community members, could impact students’ final weeks in school.

    To ensure as many students as possible can participate in these important year-end  events, we strongly encourage community members to take increased precautions. Wearing a high quality mask, such as a KN95 or N95, provides the best mitigation for these newer variants. At a minimum, a procedural mask or ‘surgical mask’ is beneficial. Enclosed environments such as school buildings and other relatively crowded indoor settings can pose a risk of becoming infected or spreading the virus. As a reminder, masks are available in all our buildings for anyone who asks. 

    Additionally, monitor closely for symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, headache, or cough and test as necessary. Detecting Covid-19 early helps prevent continued transmission. Please continue to report positive cases using this form.

    Vaccinations continue to be an important means of preventing hospitalization or severe illness, so ensuring all eligible family members are fully vaccinated (and boosted) can substantially improve outcomes.

    Taking precautions now can help as many students as possible stay healthy and finish our school year where we know is best for them – in school.

    Sincerely, 

    The SCASD Board of Directors

    Amber Concepcion, President

    Amy Bader, Vice-President

    Deborah Anderson

    Gretchen Brandt

    Peter Buck 

    Carline Crevecoeur 

    Daniel Duffy

    Jackie Huff

    Laurel Zydney 


    May 16, 2022

    Subject: COVID-19 Community Update

    Dear SCASD Community,

    Over the past month, we have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases among district students and employees. Our numbers below reflect total cases in seven day periods for the last four weeks:

    • 112 total cases from May 10 to May 16 (22 employees and 90 students)
    • 92 total cases from May 3 to May 9 (20 employees and 72 students)
    • 32 total cases from April 26 to May 2 (6 employees and 26 students)
    • 36 total cases from April 19 to April 25 (9 employees and 27 students) 

    In light of the increase, we met with the Health and Safety Team today and based on our discussion, we will continue with optional masking districtwide. When making this decision, we took into account Centre County’s COVID-19 Community Level remains at Low according to the CDC and that we have little evidence of widespread transmission in schools. However, we wanted you to be aware of the latest numbers so that you can make the most informed decision for your family regarding masking. This is especially important because we have so many meaningful student events as we close out the year. 

    For more information about COVID-19 transmission and variants, please visit this CDC website

    As always, we will monitor the presence of the virus in our school community closely and make adjustments when needed according to our layered prevention plan. For example, just today, we saw several cases in fourth grade at one elementary school and fifth grade at another. Therefore, we are requiring masks for all students in those grades throughout this week. At this time, rather than a districtwide mask mandate, we feel these focused measures are effectively addressing concerning situations.

    We hope you find this update helpful, and we wish you the best of luck as you finish the year.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    May 14, 2022

    Subject: Interim Superintendent Curtis Johnson and Selection of Search Firm

    Dear SCASD Community,

    We are so pleased to share with you that Mr. Curtis Johnson, our assistant superintendent for secondary education, has agreed to serve as interim superintendent. At our regular meeting on Monday, the board is scheduled to vote on a contract with Mr. Johnson to serve as interim superintendent until a new superintendent has been appointed, or for one year, whichever comes first. As the Board is conducting a search process to fill this important role, we will take the time needed for recruiting and careful selection. 

    Mr. Johnson is highly qualified and experienced for the role, and he has a deep commitment to our district and its students. Throughout his 19 years with the State College Area School District, he has consistently supported students’ academic and social-emotional growth. Since last year, he has served as the assistant superintendent of secondary schools, working closely with the outgoing superintendent, Dr. Robert O’Donnell, and our district administrative team. 

    Prior to serving as assistant superintendent, Mr. Johnson was the head principal of State College Area High School for five years after one year as interim principal and 10 years in other leadership roles at the high school. As the head principal, he steered a campus of 2,400 students through the massive 4-year State High building project. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, he again ably led students, faculty and staff as they coped with hybrid learning, health and safety measures, and other challenges. 

    His accomplishments include improving educational equity by developing the school’s Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE), a program designed to give struggling students an opportunity to reach their academic potential, and facilitating the creation of the Everyday Algebra class for students needing intensive math instruction. During his tenure, the school launched its International Baccalaureate program for juniors and seniors, and the number of State High students taking AP courses increased by 56 percent, with almost 80 percent of AP exam takers scoring a 3 or higher.

    Along with fostering academic growth, Mr. Johnson oversaw significant strides in creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment at State High, partnering with the district’s director of equity and inclusivity to elevate student voice through the No Place For Hate campaign and other student-led social justice efforts. Additionally, his priorities included helping to implement restorative practices training for staff members.

    Mr. Johnson received both his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in secondary school counseling from Penn State, and is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at the university.

    Also on our agenda for Monday’s regular board meeting, the board will vote on a contract with a search consultant. After evaluating the firms that responded to our Request for Proposals (RFP) for search services, Tom Templeton, of Templeton Advantage, LLC, has been selected to launch a national search process. In coming weeks, Mr. Templeton will hold focus groups with a range of stakeholders in our community to help determine the characteristics that our community prioritizes in a new superintendent, and will begin publicizing the open position. We will continue sharing news with you about the search process as we work through it. 

    Please reach out at any time with questions you may have, and remember that you may check our website for updates and previous communications. 

    Sincerely, 

    Amber Concepcion
    Board President 
    State College Area School District 


    May 13, 2022

    Subject: Strategic Plan Community Forum

    Dear SCASD Community Member:

    This month, the district has begun updating its multi-year strategic plan, with a state-mandated deadline of Aug. 30. Our intent is to refine the current plan, ensuring we’re focusing on being responsive to student needs. As part of this process, we’d like to invite you to share your input on Monday, May 23, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the State High cafeteria. If you would like to participate, please register for the event using this form. 

    During the past two years, the pandemic delayed some of this important work, but now we are resuming the process and seeking your input. At the forum, we will have roundtable discussions to help capture thinking about the district’s priorities and goals, including what people desire most from the district for our community’s youth. Although our facilitator for the review process will share an overview of the update, the forum is meant as an opportunity for you to weigh in and help us refine our plan. For the same purpose, we will provide at least one virtual forum during the month of June.

    Prior to the pandemic, we utilized surveys to help guage community perspectives. For the coming school year, we will bring back this approach using a PA Department of Education tool —  a streamlined school climate survey that will be administered each fall and spring to obtain feedback from our school community.

    Our strategic plan will serve as a key guide for the district as we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year and beyond. We hope you can join us on May 23 and contribute to this review. 

    Sincerely,

    Chris Rosenblum
    Director of Communications


    May 13, 2022

    Subject: Straight Talk - Equity in Action: It Takes a Village

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Our final Straight Talk session of the school year, “Equity in Action: It Takes a Villageby Dr. Seria Chatters and several panelists, will take place Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m via Zoom.

    Join Dr. Chatters, the district’s director of equity and inclusivity, as she leads a panel discussion with SCASD students and staff, community members, and university professors as they discuss their connections with SCASD’s equity efforts. Come learn more about how students, community and the university are partnering to work toward a more equitable district.

    The Zoom link to watch is here. A recording of this event can later be found on our Straight Talk website, and you can download the flyer here.

    Do you have questions about how to embrace this transition? Please submit them on the following Google form. As always, you can ask your questions during the session as well. 

    We hope to see you there!

    Sincerely,

    Morgan Bechdel, LSW
    District Social Worker


    May 9, 2022

    Subject: Update: Superintendent Search Process

    Dear SCASD Community,

    Following Dr. O’Donnell’s decision to accept a position in Downingtown Area School District starting this summer, the Board has begun a process to select a new superintendent of schools. 

    Superintendent searches are most successful with the help of a consulting firm that specializes in recruiting highly-qualified candidates who are a good fit for the communities in which they will serve. Our board released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for search consultant firms that could provide this service for our community. After reviewing the proposals, our Board will be interviewing consulting firms this week, with the goal of approving the selection of a firm at our May 16 regular board meeting

    Once a contract has been agreed upon, the selected firm will be able to formally launch the search process and publicize the open position. The consultants will also begin outreach to develop a profile of the characteristics our community desires in a new district leader. Community participation is important in this process, so please look for future emails about these opportunities for input and check our website for updates and previous communications. You can also view an infographic of the process here

    Because a search process for the best possible candidate will take time, the Board will appoint an interim superintendent in the near future. Our interim superintendent will be well-prepared and highly qualified to support our students and staff throughout the transition period and the start of a new school year. We plan to share more specific news with you as soon as possible. Our administration and Board are prepared to ensure continuity for students and staff throughout this transition.  

    Please know that you may reach out at any time with questions about this process and that we will continue to send timely updates to you.

    Wishing you and your families all the best as we conclude this school year! 

    Sincerely, 

    Amber Concepcion
    Board President 
    State College Area School District 


    May 9, 2022

    Subject: Health and Safety Update

    Dear SCASD Community Member:

    Recently, we’ve seen an increase in student and employee COVID-19 cases. We continue to post cases in the dashboard on our district website.

    However, Centre County remains in the low range per the CDC’s mitigation guidance. Right now, we will continue with our current adherence to CDC guidelines, including optional masking, and support individuals who wish to mask during school. Surgical masks will be available in buildings for anyone who wishes one, including at upcoming indoor events, such as evening performances.

    The following are measures we continue to implement districtwide: 

    • Optional masking on district transportation; however, we will continue to require windows to be open at all times according to our protocols.
    • To help protect documented high-risk students and employees, there may be times during school when children and adults may be required to wear a mask. During these unique circumstances, the district will make masks available to students and employees. 
    • Case reporting and dashboard updates on our website
    • Contact tracing guidelines
    • Weekly meetings with the Health and Safety Team. 

    Should we see our community return to the CDC’s High level, we would reinstitute masking consistent with CDC guidance. Additionally, we’d look to our Health and Safety team for recommendations in line with local conditions, which could include increasing mitigation for specific classrooms, buses or schools. 

    Our district will continue monitoring the presence of the virus in our schools and region. If the CDC or local health and safety team guidance changes, we’ll notify you immediately. 

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    May 5, 2022

    This month, the State College Area School District is hosting in-person registration opportunities at all of our elementary schools for the 2022-2023 school year. We are currently accepting registrations for kindergarten and all other grades. This is only for new students entering the district. If you are already enrolled in SCASD, there is no need to register.

    Details about each location are listed below:

    • Easterly Parkway Elementary: May 9 from 3-5 p.m.
    • Mount Nittany Elementary: May 11 from 4-6 p.m.
    • Ferguson Township Elementary: May 12 from 3-5 p.m.
    • Gray’s Woods Elementary: May 12 from 3-5 p.m.
    • Radio Park Elementary: May 12 from 3-5 p.m.
    • Spring Creek Elementary: May 16 from 3-5 p.m.
    • Park Forest Elementary: May 19 from 3-5 p.m. 
    • Corl Street Elementary: May 24 from 3-5 p.m.

    To register your child, you will need the following documents:

    • Copy of the child’s birth certificate or passport
    • Copy of the child’s current immunization record
    • One copy of any of the following: Guardian’s current utility bill, lease agreement or mortgage statement (to verify your current address)


    If you are unable to register at one of these times, you can always register online or call our registration office. Further details can be found here:
    https://www.scasd.org/registration


    April 25, 2022

    Subject: SCASD Summer Music Programs

    Dear SCASD Families,

    The SCASD music department welcomes you to enroll your children in the 56th annual SCASD Summer Music Program, which now includes choir. There are four sections of band, two sections of choir, and three sections of strings being offered this summer. Students may be enrolled in more than one activity, and additional activities or enrollments from one family are at a discounted rate.

    Please check out the details of the groups and schedules at State College Summer Music. Enrollment is through Community Education - State College Area School District. Summer music groups are for students rising to grades 5 through 12. When signing up, students are to be enrolled for the grade they will be attending this fall. Children may enroll in summer choir even if they have not participated in choir before. However, students in band or string groups must have at least one year of school instrument instruction to enroll.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Sincerely,

    Molly McAninch
    K-12 Music Coordinator


    April 21, 2022

    Important end-of-year dates and dismissal times

    Dear SCASD Community:

    It’s hard to believe the end of school is quickly approaching, but soon it’ll be here — 43 days until the last day, to be exact. To help you plan, here are the important dates and dismissal times.

    • Friday, May 27: Regular school day (formerly a snow make-up day)
    • Monday, May 30: No school, Memorial Day
    • Friday, June 3: Last day of school and Commencement at Memorial Field

    The last day of school is a half-day for all students. Below are dismissal times on June 3:

    • Secondary grades 6-12 at 11:40 a.m.
    • Elementary grades K-5 at 12:30 p.m.

    For the most up-to-date information, please visit any of the SCASD website calendars or view our district calendar at https://www.scasd.org/districtcalendar. If you have questions, please email your building principal.

    We are excited to see how our remaining weeks unfold and wish all our students the best of luck as we close out this year.

    Sincerely,

    Nabil Mark
    Media and Communications Manager


    April 18, 2022

    Subject: Appreciation for Dr. O’Donnell and his SCASD service

    Dear SCASD Community Member,

    Our district’s superintendent, Dr. Bob O’Donnell, has accepted a position as the Downingtown Area School District’s new superintendent, starting this July. This presents an opportunity for him to lead one of the larger districts in our state, as well as to be closer to his mother and family who live nearby. We know he will continue to make a positive difference for students and to advocate for the needs of public education in his new role. The SCASD Board of Directors would like to express our deepest gratitude for his service to our community during the past 11 years. We wish him and his family all the best as they take on new adventures.

    The Board will begin a search process right away for our next superintendent of schools and we will keep the community informed through every step by email and via the district’s website. We will start by seeking a consulting firm that specializes in public education search processes to conduct a national search for candidates who would meet our district’s needs and priorities. Part of the search process will be gathering input widely from our community to ensure we understand the community’s priorities as we select a new district leader. We want to hear from you, and to understand your needs and values, so that they can be reflected in our search process. As we move toward the summer, please watch your email for communication about a variety of opportunities to share your thoughts and feedback, perhaps through community forums or focus groups.

    We would like to take a moment to reflect on the substantial accomplishments that Dr. O’Donnell has led in our district. Education has faced monumental challenges in the past decade, and leading a school district during this time has required both vision and collaboration. Dr. O’Donnell has helped our Board set significant goals to improve the education of children in our schools, and has worked with our faculty and staff to set a course of action to meet these goals. 

    Among the qualities that influenced the Board in selecting Dr. O’Donnell as superintendent in 2011 were his curriculum and instruction expertise and his experience in leading curriculum change. Dr. O’Donnell launched a curriculum renewal cycle in SCASD at the start of his tenure, to provide a blueprint for continuously updating and improving learning for all students. Dr. O’Donnell has worked to address growth and opportunity gaps for students, has prioritized excellent Career and Technical Center programs that are accessible for all high school students, and launched an International Baccalaureate program in our high school. 

    The well-being and inclusion of all students is a core value in our community. Dr. O’Donnell has helped to lead on equity and inclusion in our district through policy, evaluation of needs, and the establishment of the office of SCASD Equity and Inclusivity. While equity is a goal that will require focused and long-term effort, we are grateful for the work that Dr. O’Donnell has led and supported in our district. 

    We know students need safe and healthy environments for learning, and a significant accomplishment of Dr. O’Donnell’s time with us has been the replacement of outdated and deteriorated school facilities. He worked tirelessly with our Board and engaged stakeholders throughout our community to plan for new high school facilities. This effort enabled our district to pass a referendum to fund a sustainable building that will carry us far into the future. In a similar vein, Dr. O’Donnell engaged in a broad community process to replace the three oldest elementary schools in our district in a timely process to access limited state grant funding. All of these building projects have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold or Platinum awards for sustainability, reflecting our commitment to build healthy and efficient learning environments. 

    Most of all we will miss Dr. O’Donnell’s caring for students. Throughout his tenure here, students were always at the forefront of his thinking, and we could see this first-hand in his kind and attentive interactions with kids, as well as in his tireless focus on their learning and well-being throughout the pandemic. 

    Please be sure to monitor your email for more information regarding the superintendent search or check the district website for updates.

    Sincerely, 

    Amber Concepcion, on behalf of the SCASD Board of Directors 


    April 18, 2022

    Subject: Accepting a new role in Downingtown

    Dear SCASD Community:

    This evening, I was appointed to be the new superintendent of schools in the Downingtown Area School District, starting in July. It’s with mixed emotions that I share this news with you because while my family and I are excited for this new chapter in our lives, we love the State College Area School District and this community. The relationships that we have built during my tenure are what I am most proud of, but also what made this decision so difficult.

    I’m grateful to our Board for giving me the opportunity to lead this stellar district and to this community for embracing my family during our time in Happy Valley. This move affords me the opportunity to be closer to my mom and extended family while still serving in a meaningful leadership role for another excellent school district. 

    During the past 11 years here, I’ve been privileged to collaborate with our students, faculty, staff, administrative team, and Board to educate and support our community’s children as they grow and prepare for their futures. 

    One thing that has always been clear is our community’s deep commitment to education, which I always appreciated through our collective accomplishments and challenges. On a personal note, I will fondly recall all of the dedicated individuals who taught, coached, mentored, and inspired my own children, for whom my wife, Lori, and I will always be grateful. 

    While I’m looking forward to building new relationships, I will miss the many I have made over this past decade. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who made our time here rewarding and unforgettable. 

    So you know, my resignation letter will be on the next Board meeting agenda, but I’ll be continuing in my role with SCASD through the end of June. 

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    April 15, 2022

    Subject: Social Media Awareness Presentation

    Dear Parents and Guardians: 

    As a parent or guardian of a SCASD student, social media has been, or likely will be, part of your child’s adolescent development. Social media encompasses platforms focused on communication including, but not limited to Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, and Discord. While social media is a tool utilized by individuals and organizations to spread information, it can also be difficult for teens and families to navigate. On Tuesday, April 19, we will host a Social Media Awareness presentation, which includes a Q&A. 

    The event will be in-person at State High in the small auditorium (near the food court) and begins at 6:30 p.m. Presenters will be the State College Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, State College Area School District, and one State College family impacted by several social media incidents. Please fill out this form to RSVP and/or to submit your questions.

    This year, our school has seen a vast increase of inappropriate social media use centered around harassment, sexting, bullying, racism and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric. Children often use social media to communicate and connect with friends; however, social media can also be used to incite conflict, which impacts our school environment. This presentation is for parents and has been created with our secondary families in mind but all are welcome.

    As a result of the social media awareness presentation being scheduled for April 19, the Straight Talk team is rescheduling their session which was also on April 19. The “Equity in Action: It Takes a Village” by Dr. Seria Chatters and an Equity Panel will now be on May 17.

    We believe it is imperative to partner with parents in our community to keep our children safe while navigating social media and the digital world and we hope to see you at this event. 

    Thank you,

    Morgan Bechdel, LSW
    District Social Worker


    April 1, 2022

    Subject: Health and Safety Plan Update

    Dear SCASD Community:

    We have completed our second full week of optional masking. During this time, we have seen cases decrease both in the school and the county. Although we are happy that we have reached a place where optional masking is safe, our school community must continue supporting those who choose to continue masking.

    After consulting with our health and safety team yesterday, we are going to ease some additional COVID-19 protocols. Beginning Monday, the district will remove physical distancing requirements indoors. Additionally, bell covers will be optional for wind instruments in music settings. During lunch, we will offer optional spaces where physical distancing can still be maintained. If you would like your child to remain physically-distanced at lunch or have any questions or concerns, please contact your building principal.

    Below is an overview of key practices that will remain in place:

    • Optional masking on district transportation; however, we will continue to require windows to be open at all times according to our protocols
    • To help protect documented high-risk students and employees, there may be times during school when children and adults may be required to wear a mask. During these unique circumstances, the district will make masks available to students and employees.
    • Case reporting and dashboard updates on our website
    • Contact tracing guidelines
    • Weekly meetings with the Health and Safety Team. 

    Should we see our community return to the CDC’s High level, we would reinstitute masking consistent with CDC guidance. Additionally, we’d look to our Health and Safety team for recommendations in line with local conditions. As always, if we become concerned about transmission within the district, we would consider increasing mitigation for specific classrooms, buses, or schools. 

    Thank you for your support as we work through these adjustments.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    March 16, 2022

    Subject: District Masking Plans Update

    Dear SCASD Community:

    After meeting with our Health and Safety Team yesterday, we have decided to move to optional masking in schools and on district transportation beginning March 21, a week earlier than originally planned. We feel it’s safe to make this shift on Monday because Centre County’s COVID-19 Community Level is now low and conditions have continued to improve since the end of January. 

    During the past two weeks, we’ve contacted all of our documented high-risk students, and we will have plans in place for next week. However, we want to ensure we don’t miss anyone. If your child has been diagnosed by a medical professional as having a weakened immune system and you have not been contacted, please email Director of Student Services Jeanne Knouse at [email protected]

    To help community members understand this adjustment to our health and safety plan, we will hold a Board of Directors work session with members of our Health and Safety Team on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at the Patton Township Municipal Building. This meeting will have Zoom access and be broadcast live on C-NET.

    Please know, however, we will continue to monitor local and state conditions and respond accordingly, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. If we identify transmission concerns within schools, or if our community returns to the high level, we would consider reinstituting mitigation protocols, including masking at levels ranging from classrooms to districtwide. 

    While our masking protocols will change, we will keep physical distancing in place for now. Our classrooms will remain at 3-6 feet of physical distance. However, we will allow teachers to rearrange furniture as long as students remain distanced. During lunch, a 6-foot physical distance will continue. We will continue to ask families and employees to report cases, which we’ll record on our COVID-19 dashboard. Our COVID-19 contact tracing, isolation and quarantine website offers details about each scenario. On Monday, the information will be updated with this new chart.

    For our families who want their child to wear a mask during school after this change, please fill out this form. Once forms are completed, notes in our student information system will let our faculty and staff know which students should be encouraged to wear a mask while indoors. Our principals, faculty, and staff will be supportive of an environment where students may comfortably wear masks within all of our schools.

    As a reminder, we have surgical masks available for all students in our school. Should you have further personal protective equipment (PPE) needs, please reach out to your school nurse. For other questions or concerns, please contact your building principal.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    March 16, 2022

    Subject: Centre County Broadband Survey

    Dear SCASD Community:

    As a community service, the State College Area School District invites you to participate in the Centre County Broadband Strategic SpeedSurvey.

    The Centre County government has launched the survey, which closes on March 25. The 5-minute survey is open to all county residents and businesses who want to provide feedback on their internet services. It includes an internet test which will capture the speed of service at a location to determine if the service qualifies as broadband-level speed under the federal definition of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.

    Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate, as the county will use all feedback and speed test data collected to support its Broadband Strategic Plan to identify communities unserved and underserved by broadband internet. Ultimately, the goal is to increase services into rural communities countywide. Any information collected will be used solely for the county’s strategic planning efforts, and participating in the survey is voluntary.

    More details and a paper copy of the survey can be found on the Centre County website. Further feedback may be made to the Centre County Planning and Community Development Office at [email protected] or through written correspondence to 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, PA 16823 Attn: Planning. 

    Sincerely,

    Chris Rosenblum
    Director of Communications


    March 11, 2022

    Subject: Straight Talk: Embracing Transitions:  Moving Through with Presence, Awareness, and Reverence

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Our next Straight Talk session, “Embracing Transitions:  Moving Through with Presence, Awareness, and Reverence” by Beth Shaha, will take place Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m via Zoom.

    When we are in the midst of transition, we don’t have all of the answers. The only certainty we have is that we will know when we get to the other side. The beauty lies in our ability to awaken ourselves and open up to the possibilities with reverence and adventure. Join Beth Shaha for a lively discussion on how to embrace the transitions in your everyday life.

    The Zoom link to watch is here. A recording of this event can later be found on our Straight Talk website, and you can download the flyer here.

    Do you have questions about how to embrace transition? Please submit them on the following Google form. As always, you can ask your questions during the session as well. 

    We hope to see you there!

    Sincerely,

    Morgan Bechdel, LSW
    District Social Worker


    March 1, 2022

    Subject: Updated CDC Guidance and District Plans

    Dear SCASD Community:

    Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 guidance, including for K-12 schools. We have consulted our Health and Safety Team, and team members support our continued adherence to CDC guidance. However, should our county move out of the high community-level soon, we will not be able to immediately lift our mask mandate. In order for our district to shift to optional masking, we must first develop plans for our documented high-risk individuals in a setting with reduced masking. For that to happen properly, we need sufficient time. 

    Looking ahead, we anticipate the planning timeline to align with our recent update shared with the Board of Directors on Feb. 21, with no adjustments occurring earlier than March 28. Even if we move to optional masking, we will continue to monitor local pandemic conditions and adjust our mitigation protocols if necessary.

    To help with community understanding of the adoption of the CDC guidance, we will hold a Board of Directors work session with members of our Health and Safety Team on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at the Patton Township Municipal Building. This meeting will have Zoom access and be broadcast live on C-NET.

    Thank you for your cooperation as we prepare to support our documented high-risk individuals before any possible move to optional masking. To be clear, we would utilize the CDC’s latest guidance to determine any change.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Feb. 18, 2022

    Subject: Health and Safety Plan Mitigations

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Below is a memo to the Board of Directors regarding our Health and Safety Plan mitigations that will be discussed at Monday’s Board meeting. It outlines our plans moving forward to ease certain protocols included in our plan: most notably, making masking optional on March 28. Optional masking is contingent upon the continued low presence of COVID-19 in our community. Under the plan, physical distance remains in place at this time. 

    Additionally, the plan includes outreach to families with high-risk situations or other concerns. 

    View the memo here

    We’re pleased to present this plan because it means the presence of COVID-19 in our community is moving in a positive direction. 

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Feb. 11, 2022

    Straight Talk

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Our next Straight Talk session, “Engaging in Courageous Conversations” by the Jana Marie Foundation, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

    The past year has presented many opportunities to engage in big conversations which can be challenging, especially with our children. Join us as we discuss tips about how to approach courageous conversations with your children, how to use everyday experiences to build connections, and ways to cultivate support for families. 

    The Zoom link to watch is here. A recording of this event can later be found on our Straight Talk website, and you can download the flyer here.

    Do you have questions about engaging in these conversations? Please submit them on the following Google form. As always, you can ask your questions during the session as well. 

    We hope to see you there!

    Sincerely,

    Morgan Bechdel, LSW
    District Social Worker


    Jan. 31, 2022

    Delay Options and Weather Call Times

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    January was certainly snow-table, bringing four 2-hour morning delays. With seven weeks left in winter, we would like to remind you about our weather decision process as well as our options.

    In the event that weather conditions necessitate delaying or closing schools, information will be announced by the local radio/TV stations, through our app and on the district website and social media. Families and staff are notified by the district through phone, email and text alerts. For how weather decisions are made, please read this overview and reference this Q&A

    Snow days are made up according to the academic calendar.

    Delay options
    Normal bus arrival times are pushed ahead by the respective delay.

    1-hour delay schedule:

    • Elementary begins at 9:10 a.m.

    • Secondary begins at 9:40 a.m. 

    2-hour delay schedule:

    • Elementary begins at 10:10 a.m.

    • Secondary begins at 10:40 a.m.

    3-hour delay schedule:

    • Elementary begins at 11:10 a.m.

    • Secondary begins at 11:40 a.m.

    Cold weather guidelines

    In the case of extreme cold, the district may consider a 1-hour delay, 2-hour delay, 3-hour-delay or cancellation if the actual temperature dips below minus 5 degrees, and there’s a windchill below minus 20 degrees. Any decision takes into account how long students are exposed to the cold and whether buses can operate properly. Sometimes it can be too cold for the amounts of fuel additive the district is allowed by state law to mix with school bus diesel fuel to prevent it from jelling.

    Weather call times
    Every year, SCASD families have a choice about when to receive district notifications in the morning about weather-related school delays or closings. There are two options — 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m — to receive a call, email and text. If you wish to change your designated time, you may do so. While you can change the time, you cannot opt out of the call.

    To make a change, log into ParentVUE on a desktop computer, as you can’t update times via the SCASD app. Then select SCASD Links on the left side navigation, and then Parent Weather Call Time. Update your call time and press submit. One note: Guardians share a call time, so whatever choice is made by either guardian will be set for both.

    SMS text alerts

    While we primarily use SMS messaging for weather alerts, it would also be an important means of communicating in the event of an emergency. Therefore, we do ask that you complete this section.

    To add text alerts on a computer, return to the ParentVUE overview page and click My Account at the top right. Then scroll down to where it says Phone Numbers. If you do not see a SMS (text) number, you will need to enter one, even if it’s the same number as your primary phone number. To add it, click the plus sign on the right and a new row will appear. Under “type” select SMS and then enter the phone number. Finally, scroll down and press Update Account.

    For adding text alerts in the ParentVUE app, open the app and select My Account at the bottom and then Phones. Here you will see your phone numbers. If there is no SMS number listed, click the plus sign, enter your SMS phone number and select SMS under “type.” These are all the fields you need. Then press Add at the bottom right.

    For an additional way of finding out about weather-related announcements, download the free SCASD app available in the App Store and on Google Play. Make sure you “allow notifications,” because that’s how weather alerts are communicated.

    If you are having problems logging into your account or changing your call time, please email [email protected].


    Jan. 25, 2022

    Resources Available for Families in Need

    Dear SCASD Families, 

    Since it has been such a wintry January, the SCASD Social Work Team sends you our warmest regards in hopes that takes away a bit of the chill.

    As the pandemic continues, we continue to utilize the Social Work Family Needs Assessment form for the 2021-2022 school year. The form addresses the following needs: food, housing, community resources, food bank referrals, and other basic needs. 

    Unfortunately with the ongoing pandemic, while our needs are still immense, our resources are growing low. Therefore, a 21-22 Community Support and Volunteer form was created for those who are considering ways to provide assistance to SCASD students and families. Please consider filling out the form above to help the families within the district. 

    Sincerely,

    Cindy Sergeon and Morgan Bechdel, LSW
    SCASD Social Work Team


    Jan. 21, 2022

    Subject: Update on Tragic Loss

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    For many of our students, faculty and staff, including me, this has been a difficult week coping with the death of 11th-grader Brandon Koppenhaver.

    As you may be aware, Brandon’s visitation is tomorrow at Koch Funeral Home. Additionally, a GoFundMe site exists to help his family pay for arrangements. 

    This week, we have had many hard conversations about Brandon’s passing and questions left unanswered, both of which you may have encountered in talking with your children. Our priorities at this time include continuing our support for grieving students in the coming days and implementing long-term plans for those who need more care. While we’re helping students we’re aware of, we want to make sure everyone is receiving the help they need. If you feel your child could use assistance working through feelings about this tragedy, or is struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, please know that our school counselors are here for them.  

    I also want to remind you that our district has many ways of helping students. We have what we call an Integrated Mental Health system of supports, which is basically a network designed to support students beyond their learning in the classroom. School counselors, district psychologists, and community mental health professionals together review referrals and work with families to determine a plan for individualized services.

    As we shared earlier this week, we have several resources on this page to help you and your family in discussions about trauma and loss. Additionally, Centre Helps has trained counselors available 24/7 should you need them. Call or text  814-237-5855 and a local person will pick up the phone or assist you. 

    On behalf of the district, we deeply appreciate the outpouring of support from our community. It certainly has uplifted many of our faculty and staff as they take care of students during this sorrowful time.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell


    Jan. 20, 2022

    Dear SCASD Community:

    As a public service, we would like to inform you of two upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics being organized by Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

    Vaccines for individuals ages 12 and older will be available Jan. 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School, continuing our partnership with CVIM during the pandemic. CVIM will administer first and second doses, as well as boosters to eligible individuals. Sign up here for an appointment.

    A pediatric clinic for students ages 5-11 will be held Feb.1 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at CVIM’s facility at 2026 Sandy Drive, State College. First and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be given. Sign up here for an appointment.

    Please remember to bring your vaccination record card if you are receiving a second dose or a booster. 

    In order to offer these clinics, CVIM needs community volunteers. If you are willing to help with this effort and are not already a CVIM volunteer, please email Kelly Brayman at [email protected] for details.

    Sincerely,

    Chris Rosenblum
    Director of Communications


    Jan. 7, 2022

    Subject: Health and Safety Plan update 

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Thank you to those of you who took the time to share feedback and questions pertaining to our district’s health and safety measures and the current state of the pandemic in our school community. For your information, following the latest CDC update this week, we have updated our isolation and quarantine guidelines here

    We continue to offer in-person learning because we, along with our health and safety team, believe our mitigation efforts and safety protocols make our schools among the safest environments for children. There is no doubt, the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many of our students and employees. Based on our experience and the advice of our health and safety team professionals, being in schools overwhelmingly supports the mental, social and physical well-being of students. When in school, students and faculty are able to make stronger connections, which is essential for student engagement in classroom experiences. Moreover, while in person, students have more access to learning and social-emotional supports, as well as important physical activity. 

    Nevertheless, we have genuine concerns about the pandemic’s present status. We continue to be responsive and, therefore, have taken additional steps to improve our health and safety measures within our schools. We hope the below information will help address some of your inquiries and concerns. As always, we’ll keep you updated as new information becomes available. 

    In-person vs. Remote Learning

    • We presently do not have plans to shift to districtwide remote learning.
    • If we see an outbreak in a classroom or school, we would immediately consult our health and safety team, as well as the PA Department of Health, before taking any action.
    • Faced with any staffing shortages, we will make any necessary shifts in individual classrooms, grades and/or schools. As a last resort, we would move to districtwide remote status. In any remote situation, there would not be any hybrid learning.
    • The reason we are not offering hybrid learning across our school district is that it’s difficult for teachers to multitask effectively while simultaneously addressing the various needs of our students in two settings, especially given the learning and behavioral disparities we’re seeing during the pandemic. 
    • Our Virtual Academy is a fully-remote option, but we’re asking families to make a long-term commitment due to how difficult it is for students to transition back and forth due to different curricula. If interested in exploring this option, please reach out with your child’s school counselor and/or principal.

    Vaccines

    • As advised by our health and safety team, the CDC and DOH, we encourage all students and employees who are able to be fully vaccinated and boosted, so as not to miss school and work from serious illness or quarantine.
    • In light of the CDC recently approving and recommending a booster for individuals ages 12-15, we’re collaborating with CVIM to host a clinic, including access to boosters for students ages 12-15, to occur this coming week. We will pass along the details as soon as possible. 
    • Through self-reporting we’ve registered approximately 77 percent of employees and at least 50 percent of our students as vaccinated.

    Testing

    • We advise families who want testing to consult their healthcare provider first.
    • This week, we were able to increase testing capacity for families with who are unable to obtain access to COVID testing. At present, we have access to at least 60 tests per day which are performed by an outside local provider. If you are in need of a test, contact your school nurse.
    • We do not have plans to initiate a “test to stay” program for now because we have high vaccination rates and strict mitigations in place.
    • Please refer to our COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Plan for complete guidance about testing protocols.

    Case Reporting

    • The district consistently updates the dashboard using the dates of the positive COVID test. 
    • For each case in the dashboard, the respective school is noted in the text just below the dashboard.

    Contact Tracing

    • The district continues to monitor every case of COVID-19 closely and contact trace cases of specific concern or cases that involve students who are immunocompromised, in special education, or in higher-risk activities including athletics. 
    • Every COVID positive individual is provided the opportunity to speak to a school employee, after submission of the form, to answer questions and address concerns.  
    • As they are able, DOH continues to contact tracing cases in our community. 
    • Every employee case continues to be contact traced by the district.
    • Nursing staff are focusing on sending home symptomatic students, as well as providing guidance to students, employees, and parents/guardians.

    Masks 

    • We continue to encourage the use of surgical (procedural) or KN95 masks if possible. Next week, surgical masks will be available to all K-12 students upon entry into each school building, including child-sized masks for the elementary level.
    • Additionally, next week, we will also receive a supply of KN95 masks, adult and child sizes, that initially will be distributed by school nurses for high-risk students, such as ones with weakened immune systems. Depending on supplies, there could be the ability to provide this option to students with high-risk family members.

    Lunch

    • During the winter break, we made adjustments in all cafeterias. Although the specific strategies differ from school-to-school, overall we have increased the space available for eating so that we can provide 6-foot of physical distances during lunch.
    • Students may eat outside if they choose, weather permitting.
    • This week, we increased the amount of HEPA filters within all cafeterias.

    Air Quality/Ventilation

    • We continue to maximize air circulation in all district buildings. 
    • There are HEPA filters in every classroom lacking operable windows.
    • During the winter, windows may need to be closed periodically during very cold days to maintain acceptable classroom temperatures. But please remember, even with all windows closed, our Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems have been calibrated to deliver the most outside air possible. 

    Excused Absences/Attendance

    • Regular attendance is expected in school. However, parents/guardians may write up to 10 absences per school year for their child. If parents/guardians desire to keep their child home beyond these excused 10 absences, please contact your building principal to discuss options.

    Transportation

    • Windows on buses are open to increase ventilation, contingent on weather conditions.
    • Although we’re masking on every bus, we’re unable to implement physical distancing for all students. Therefore, if you are able to transport your children, please do so.

    Once again, we appreciate receiving your feedback. We take our responsibility to provide safe and meaningful learning environments for our students and employees seriously, and we hope this information gives you a better understanding of the numerous measures we’re taking to meet that expectation.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Jan. 6, 2022

    Subject: Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Jan. 9 

    Dear SCASD Community:

    The CDC approved COVID-19 Pfizer boosters for children ages 12-15. Because of this new eligibility and the current high demand for COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters in our community, as a public service, we would like to make you aware of an upcoming Centre Volunteers in Medicine vaccination clinic.

    The clinic will take place Jan. 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center, and will be open to anyone age 12 and over. CVIM will administer first and second doses, as well as boosters to eligible individuals. Vaccines for students ages 5-11 will not be available; please refer to the CVIM website for vaccine availability for this age group.

    Please sign up here as soon as possible as appointments could be limited.

    In order to host this clinic, CVIM needs community volunteers. If you are willing to help with this effort and not already a CVIM volunteer, please email Kelly Brayman at [email protected] for details.

    Sincerely,

    Chris Rosenblum
    Director of Communications


    Dec. 31, 2021

    Subject: Returning to in-person learning Jan. 3

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Following up on yesterday’s note, we would like to share information about how we plan to proceed in the new year. Our top priority will continue to be ensuring that our health and safety plan’s protocols safeguard students and employees when we’re conducting in-person learning starting Monday, Jan. 3.  

    We made all the decisions in consultation with our health and safety team after assessing the latest impact of COVID-19 on our community and reviewing the updated CDC guidelines. While there has been an uptick in case numbers, thankfully, symptoms in most instances have been milder than before and are subsiding quickly. Another key factor is that all of our students and employees are eligible to be vaccinated. We have approximately 77 percent employees who are vaccinated and at least 50 percent of our students.

    Below we highlight important aspects of our protocols and share some updated revisions. 

    Mandatory Indoor Masking

    We will continue to require masking indoors, reinforce the importance of masking and encourage the use of surgical (procedural) or KN95 masks.

    Lunch

    Because we know this is one of our most vulnerable times, with students being unmasked, we are once again looking for ways to further increase distance between students. 

    Contact Tracing 

    On Dec. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its isolation and quarantine guidelines. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have taken direction from the CDC and, therefore we have updated our contact tracing process to align with the CDC. Additionally, a new aspect of the plan is that we are going to rely on the state Department of Health (DOH) for most of our student contact tracing, and we will monitor this transition. This shift is necessary because the number of cases and rapid spread make contact tracing during the school day extremely challenging. Right now, we need our nurses to focus on the health and welfare of students in school buildings, as well as continuing to provide guidance to our families.

    Below are some highlights of the plan and full protocols can be found here

    1. Isolations and quarantines are now 5-10 days depending on vaccination status and symptoms. 
    2. Upon confirmation of a positive case, you will be contacted by the DOH and given instructions for isolation and contact tracing.  
    3. If a student becomes positive, please fill out this new form. Upon completion of the form, you will receive an email confirmation with details about isolating and resources to help you notify any close contacts. 

    Vaccines

    Our district pediatrician strongly urges all eligible students to get vaccinated. If you have not already done so, please consult your physician and consider vaccinating your child.

    Moving forward, our goal is to continue with in-person learning, but we are concerned about staffing due to isolations and quarantines. If we face staffing shortages, we will make any necessary shifts first at the classroom level, then grade and school. As a last resort, we would shift to temporary grade-level, schoolwide, or districtwide remote status. To be clear, in any remote situation, there would not be hybrid learning. 

    Thank you for your support of our efforts to provide all students and employees with the safest learning environments possible during this ever-changing pandemic. 

    I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Dec. 22, 2021

    Dear Parents and Guardians: 

    Over the winter break, the district will still be monitoring and contact tracing COVID-19 cases. As a reminder, if your child tests positive, please fill out this form

    Take care, be safe and have a nice break.

    Chris Rosenblum
    Director of Communications


    Dec. 22, 2021

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    With today being the last school day of 2021, we wanted to thank our students and families for a great fall. As we all know by now, operating schools during a pandemic is difficult, but having your support makes all the difference to us. And of course, we are grateful for the efforts of our faculty and staff who, on a daily basis, demonstrate a deep commitment to caring for and educating our students. We’re lucky to have a community that values learning to this degree and pulls together in times of adversity.

    Looking ahead to the break, our expectation is to return with in-person learning on Jan. 3. As you may have heard, Penn State also plans to have in-person classes in January at this point, but they are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in our community and are prepared to alter their plans. For us, any change in our plans would be decided independently of what the university chooses to do, based on our own assessment of current conditions and in consultation with our Health and Safety Team. As always, we will be sending Chromebooks home with all students so that we’re in a good position should anything unforeseen happen.

    We hope our students enjoy a well-deserved break, and we look forward to welcoming them back in January.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools 


    Dec. 17, 2021

    Subject: COVID Case Information and Dashboard 

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    We have created a new website for reporting details about cases of COVID-19 in our district. This location includes the dashboard so that you now can view case numbers and specific information such as building and bus numbers, all in one place. Additionally, a direct link has been inserted into our app for your convenience. 

    Please know, this update does not change our contact tracing process or other practices related to our COVID-19 protocols. We take every case seriously, and if your child is exposed to someone with COVID-19, you will be contacted directly by a district representative. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

    If you are interested in monitoring your child's school, please visit our new website at https://www.scasd.org/dashboard. With this new streamlining of information, we will no longer be sending email notifications regarding each case.

    Have a great weekend!

    Nabil Mark
    Media and Communications Manager


    Dec. 17, 2021

    Subject: EP Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that an Easterly Parkway Elementary School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 15. The student who rides bus number 4 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Lunsford, Principal


    Dec. 16, 2021

    Subject: Concerning TikTok Threat Challenge

    Dear Parents, Guardians and Secondary Students:

    We understand that news is spreading rapidly of a nationwide TikTok challenge encouraging students to make serious threats to school safety on Friday, Dec. 17. Out of an abundance of caution, we wanted to share this information with you because we know that social media can be a powerful influence on students.

    Parents and guardians, if your child uses social media, please take time to talk to them about its potentially dangerous influence and the consequences of participating in such a challenge. Students, this is neither a joke nor a prank. Under the law, any threat made could be considered a “terroristic threat.” Any student taking part in this will face disciplinary measures as outlined by student handbooks, and there likely would be criminal charges.

    So you know, we are collaborating with all three local police departments and plan to have increased police visibility around the district tomorrow. 

    Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

    Sincerely, 

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Dec. 16, 2021

    Park Forest Middle School student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6.


    Dec. 16, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that three Park Forest Elementary School students tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 9, Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, respectively. One student was last in the building the week of Dec. 6 and the others were in the building this week. Two students ride bus number 64 and all of the students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Dec. 15, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Dec. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 14. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Dec. 15, 2021

    Subject: State High COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Dec. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 8. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Dec. 14, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Dec. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 13. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Dec. 13, 2021

    Subject: District Masking Update

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Last Friday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the state Acting Secretary of Health’s school masking order. In light of this decision, we are now operating under the guidelines of our Health and Safety Plan, which still requires masking for all individuals while indoors. 

    We are remaining with our mandatory masking policy because the spread of COVID-19 in our county continues as we remain in High level of community transmission. Due to that status, the Centers for Disease Control states that “everyone in Centre County should wear a mask in public, indoor settings.” Additionally, Mount Nittany Medical Center is experiencing elevated levels of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and it’s also asking our community to mask. 

    Moving forward, we will consider adjustments to our plan, including masking, in consultation with our Health and Safety Team. Any change would be made after taking into consideration local COVID-19 case counts, our student vaccination rates, and guidance from the CDC and the state health and education departments. 

    As always, our priority remains to be able to offer in-person learning with as few students as possible missing school due to isolation or quarantine. To that end, we believe masking will keep more students in school and, thus, it remains an important mitigation effort at this time.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Dec. 13, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Dec. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 12. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Dec. 13, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Dec. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 9. The student rides bus number 305. Additionally, a PFE employee who was last in the building the week of Dec. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 10. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    December 10, 2021

    Subject: Straight Talk: Self-Care for Kids and the Grown-ups Who Love Them

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Our next Straight Talk session, Self-Care for Kids and the Grown-ups Who Love Them” by Rachel Love, PhD, will take place Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m via Zoom.

    This Straight Talk will focus on what self-care is and why it is important for adults and children. We will explore the dark side of the ideals of self-care and how hard it can be in our current state to implement and model good self-care. This session will be held via Zoom and there will be time for questions and discussion. Please bring paper and a pen to participate in exercises during the talk. 

    The Zoom link to watch is: https://scasd.zoom.us/j/92433117681. A recording of this event can later be found on our Straight Talk website, and you can download the flier here.

    Do you have questions about self-care for children? Please submit them on the following Google form. As always, you can ask your questions during the session as well. 

    We hope to see you there!

    Sincerely,

    Morgan Bechdel, LSW
    District Social Worker


    Dec. 10, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 9. Additionally, a MNMS employee who was also in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 9. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Dec. 10, 2021

    Subject: State High COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High students who were both last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 7 and Dec. 9, respectively. One student rides bus number 93. Additionally, a State High employee who was in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 8. All individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Dec. 10, 2021

    State High student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 2.
    Home schooled State High student tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 3.


    Dec. 9, 2021

    Subject: CS Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Corl Street Elementary School students who were both last in the building the week of Nov. 30 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kelly Mark, Principal


    Dec. 8, 2021

    Subject: State High COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High students who were both in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, respectively. One student rides bus number 93 and both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Dec. 8, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Mount Nittany Elementary students who were both last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6. Both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Dec. 8, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Dec. 8, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Park Forest Elementary School students who were both last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6. The students who both ride bus number 306 are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Dec. 7, 2021

    Subject: State High COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High students tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, respectively. One student was last in the building the week of Nov. 29 and the other was last in this week. Both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Dec. 7, 2021

    Subject: EP Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that an Easterly Parkway Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Lunsford, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Dec. 7, 2021

    State High Virtual Academy student tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 5.
    Park Forest Elementary student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6
    Park Forest Elementary student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6


    Dec. 7, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Dec. 6, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Mount Nittany Middle School employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6. One employee was last in the building the week of Nov. 29 and the other was in this week. Both employees are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Dec. 6, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Mount Nittany Elementary students who were both last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, respectively. One student rides bus number 322 and both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Dec. 6, 2021

    Subject: State High Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High students who were both last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, respectively. Additionally, a State High employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 6. All individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Dec. 6, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Spring Creek Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 2. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    Dec. 6, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 3. The student who rides bus number 63 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Dec. 6, 2021

    Mount Nittany Elementary student who has not been in any SCASD buildings in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 5.


    Dec. 6, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that three Park Forest Middle School students tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 3, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, respectively. All three students were last in the building the week of Nov. 29. One student rides bus number 73 and all students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Dec. 6, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 30. The student who rides bus number 313 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Dec. 3, 2021

    Subject: Student COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    If you have not yet done so, please take a moment to upload an image of your child’s COVID-19 vaccination record card if they have been fully vaccinated. This especially applies to our students ages 5-11 who could now have received second vaccine doses. While the information is not mandatory, we are requesting it because vaccination status factors into contact tracing, assisting with determining quarantine requirements. 

    For students who have had a second dose of the vaccine, please upload the vaccination card here.

    Thank you for your cooperation,


    Chris Rosenblum
    Director of Communications


    Dec. 3, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 2. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Dec. 3, 2021

    Subject: HS Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 2. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Dec. 3, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 30. Additionally, a MNE employee who was in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 2. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Dec. 2, 2021

    Subject: State High COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 1. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Dec. 1, 2021

    Subject: State High COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 1. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Dec. 1, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 30. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Dec. 1, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Ferguson Township Elementary students who were both last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 30. Both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Dec. 1, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Mount Nittany Elementary students who were both in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, respectively. One student rides bus number 91 and the other bus number 95. Both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Dec. 1, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that four Spring Creek Elementary students tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 28. Nov. 28, Nov. 29 and Nov. 30, respectively. One student was in the building this week and the others were last in the week of Nov. 22. All of the students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    Dec. 1, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that three Mount Nittany Middle School employees who were all last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 27, Nov. 28, and Nov. 30, respectively. The employees are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Dec. 1, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 28. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Dec. 1, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 26. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Dec. 1, 2021

    Subject: State High Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 22. Additionally, a State High employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 28. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 30, 2021

    Subject: Weather Call Times and Alerts

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    We’d like to remind everyone that all parents and guardians are automatically signed up for weather phone calls. Specifically, in the event of a school delay or cancellation, you will receive an email and a phone call. Additionally, you can also be notified via SMS text alerts if you sign up for them. With our recent conversion to ParentVUE, all parents and guardians have been defaulted to the 5:30 a.m. call time but you have the option of changing that to 6:30 a.m.

    Weather Call Times

    If you would like your call time to be 6:30 a.m., please log into ParentVUE on a desktop computer as you can’t update the times in the app. Then select SCASD Links on the left side navigation, and then Parent Weather Call Time. Update your call time and press submit. One note: Guardians share a call time, so whatever choice is made by either guardian will be set for both.

    SMS Text Alerts

    While we primarily use SMS messaging for weather alerts, it would also be an important means of communicating in the event of an emergency. Therefore, we do ask that you complete this section.

    To add text alerts on a desktop computer, return to the ParentVUE overview page and click My Account at the top right. Then scroll down to where it says Phone Numbers. If you do not see a SMS (text) number, you will need to enter one, even if it is the same number as your primary phone number. To add it, click the plus sign on the right and a new row will appear. Under “type” select SMS and then enter the phone number. Finally, scroll down and press Update Account.

    For adding text alerts in the ParentVUE app, open the app and select My Account at the bottom and then Phones. Here you will see your phone numbers. If there is no SMS number listed, click the plus sign, enter your SMS phone number and select SMS under “type.” These are all the fields you need. Then press Add at the bottom right.

    SCASD App

    Lastly, you can download our free App in the Apple Store or Google Play to receive notifications about weather and other important information. 

    If you have any questions, please let me know.

    Have a great day!

    Nabil Mark
    Media and Communications Manager


    Nov. 30, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 29. The student who rides bus number 316 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Nov. 30, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 26. The student who rode bus number 87 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Nov. 30, 2021

    Subject: State High Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that six State High students who were all last in the building the week of Nov. 22 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 24, Nov. 26, Nov. 27, Nov. 27, Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, respectively. All of the students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 30, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that four Park Forest Elementary School students tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 23, Nov. 23, Nov. 24 and Nov. 25, respectively. One student was last in the building the week of Nov. 15 and the others were last in the week of Nov. 22. Three of the students rode bus number 305 and all the students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Nov. 23, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 22. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Nov. 23, 2021

    Subject: State High Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 22. Additionally, a State High employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 22. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 23, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 22. The student who rides bus number 305 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Nov. 22, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 20. The student who rides bus number 305 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Nov. 22, 2021

    Subject: State High Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High students who were both last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 19 and Nov. 22, respectively. One student rides bus number 69. Additionally, a State High employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 21. All individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 22, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear MNE Community:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Mount Nittany Elementary students who were last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 19. One student rides bus number 94. Both of the students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Nov. 22, 2021

    Subject: Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a district wide employee who was in the Delta building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 20. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jon Downs


    Nov. 22, 2021

    Subject: CS Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Corl Street Elementary School students who were both last in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, respectively. One student rides bus number 19 and the other rides bus number 73. Additionally, a district wide employee who was in the building the week of Nov. 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 20. All individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kelly Mark, Principal


    Nov. 20, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 19. The student who rides bus number 301 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Nov. 19, 2021

    Subject: State High Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 17. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 19, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 18. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Nov. 18, 2021

    Subject: CS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Corl Street Elementary School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 17. The student who rides bus number 19 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kelly Mark, Principal


    Nov. 18, 2021

    Subject: State High Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 17. Additionally, a State High employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 17. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 17, 2021

    Subject: State High Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High students who were last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17, respectively. One of the students rides bus number 62. Both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 16, 2021

    Subject: State High Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 15. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 16, 2021

    Subject: COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a districtwide employee who was in Mount Nittany Elementary and Radio Park Elementary the week of Nov. 8 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 15. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Mark Feldman, Principal
    Alex Raup, Principal


    Nov. 15, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 8 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 10. The student who rides bus number 317 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Nov. 15, 2021

    Subject: CS Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Corl Street Elementary employee who was in the building the week of Nov. 8 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 13. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kelly Mark, Principal


    Nov. 15, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High students who were both in the building the week of Nov. 8 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, respectively. Both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 13, 2021

    Subject: Delta Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Delta Program student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Jon Downs


    Nov. 13, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 1 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Nov. 13, 2021

    Subject: Panorama Positive Employee Case

    Dear Colleagues,

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Panorama Village employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 12. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Cory Cunningham, HR


    Nov. 12, 2021

    Subject: Transportation Dept. COVID Positive Case

    Dear Colleagues,

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that an individual who was in the bus garage this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 12. The individual is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Van Swauger
    Director of Transportation


    Nov. 12, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 12. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Nov. 12, 2021

    Subject: GW Bus 85 Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    We’d like to make you aware that an individual who was on Bus 85 this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 10.

    Contact tracing has shown that there are no close contacts. However, we wanted to share this information with you because of the physical distancing limitations on our buses. If your child becomes symptomatic, please contact our school nurse and your physician. 

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form.   

    Sincerely,

    Kris Dewitt, Principal


    Nov. 12, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Spring Creek Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 1 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 8. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    Nov. 11, 2021

    Subject: RP Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Radio Park Elementary student who was last in the building on Monday tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 8. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Nov. 11, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 1 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 11. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Nov. 11, 2021

    Subject: RP Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Radio Park Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 1 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 8. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Nov. 10, 2021

    Subject: Ruling on Dept. of Health Mask Order 

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Today, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overturned the Department of Health’s mask order for schools statewide. Following the ruling, Secretary of Education Noe Ortega said: “The state is filing an appeal today, which will trigger a stay of the Court’s ruling and keep the order in effect. Schools should continue to observe the school masking order throughout the duration of the court’s proceedings.” 

    Should the appeal be rejected before the order expires on Jan. 17, authority to decide upon masking requirements would return to individual school districts. In this case, we would initially revert back to our current Health and Safety Plan, which requires masking indoors. We would then consider adjustments to our Health and Safety Plan, including masking, in consultation with our Health and Safety Team. Any change would be made after taking into consideration the local status of COVID-19, our student vaccination rates, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the state health and education departments. 

    Our priority remains to be able to offer in-person learning with as few students missing school due to isolation or quarantine as possible. Regardless of the DOH order status, we believe masking is an important mitigation effort at this time.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Nov. 10, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Employee Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Spring Creek Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 1 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    Nov. 10, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9. The student who rides bus number 317 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Nov. 9, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 1 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9. The student who rode bus number 64 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Nov. 8, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Nov. 1 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 7. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Nov. 8, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 1 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 6. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Nov. 8, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Nov. 1 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 5. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Nov. 4, 2021

    As needed employee who has not been in any SCASD buildings in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 3.


    Nov. 3, 2021

    Subject: HS Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High employee who was last in the building the week of Oct. 25 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 2. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 3, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Gray’s Woods Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Oct. 25 tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 2. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Nov. 2, 2021

    State High student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 26.


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Nov. 1, 2021

    Three Corl Street Elementary students who have not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 21, Oct. 23 and Oct. 27, respectively.


    Nov. 1, 2021

    Subject: State High Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 25 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 30. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Nov. 1, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 25 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 31. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Nov. 1, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Ferguson Township Elementary students who were last in the building the week of Oct. 25 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 31. Contact tracing has been completed, and Bus 68 was identified as having a student on it during their infectious period. Both students are now in isolation, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Oct. 30, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 27. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Oct. 29, 2021

    Spring Creek student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 20.


    Oct. 29, 2021

    Subject: PFE and GW Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a districtwide employee who was in Park Forest Elementary and Gray’s Woods Elementary this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 27. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Kris Dewitt, Principal
    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Oct. 29, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 27. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Oct. 28, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 18 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 25. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Oct. 27, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 18 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 26. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Oct. 26, 2021

    State High student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 21.
    Districtwide employee who has not been in any building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 26.


    Oct. 26, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 18 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 23. The student who rode bus 304 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 26, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 18 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 25. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Oct. 26, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 18 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 23. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Oct. 26, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 18 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 23. The student who rode bus 58 is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    Oct. 25, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School employee who was last in the building the week of Oct. 18 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 23. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Oct. 22, 2021

    Subject: Bus Contact Tracing and Reporting

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Moving forward, we are going to modify our COVID-19 reporting process with respect to the information provided.

    Because students who use district transportation are not able to physically distance as much on the bus as they do in schools, contact tracing is very important when we have positive cases of COVID-19. However, the contact tracing process can be difficult. While we do have assigned seats, students are not always sitting where they are supposed to, or they switch seats during the ride. Other complications include duration of bus runs, students being absent, or just they just rode the bus one way. All these things complicate the contact tracing process.

    Therefore, we are going to begin reporting the bus number in the letter our principals send to families following a positive case of COVID-19. Hopefully, this addition will encourage parents to closely monitor children on buses where there was a positive student for COVID-like symptoms. This notification will only apply if the positive student was on the bus during their infectious period. 

    Lastly, please talk to your child about the importance of remaining in their assigned seat while on the buses to help our drivers and to ensure fidelity in the contact tracing process. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to navigate through this pandemic. 

    Sincerely,

    Jeanne Knouse
    Director of Student Services


    Oct. 22, 2021

    Subject: EP Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that an Easterly Parkway Elementary School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 21. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Lunsford, Principal


    Oct. 22, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 21. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Oct. 22, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 20. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    Oct. 22, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 20. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 22, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Spring Creek Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 21. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Oct. 21, 2021

    State High student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 20.


    Oct. 20, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 11 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 16. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Oct. 19, 2021

    Subject: Substitute teacher daily rates increase

    Dear SCASD Community:

    Last night, our Board of Directors approved an increase to the daily rates for substitute teachers for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. We proposed the change to attract more substitute teachers because we are experiencing a shortage. 

    Effective immediately, the daily rate is $105 and rises to $120 after an employee works 20 cumulative days. District retirees will now receive $135 per day. All roles are very flexible, and individuals may substitute as much as they wish. Any four-year degree qualifies you; a teaching degree is not required.

    If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a substitute teacher, apply now!

    In addition, we have openings for the following positions: custodians, bus drivers, food service workers, paraprofessionals, secretaries and nurses. These jobs are for substitutes as well as full-time and part-time positions. View the current openings here.

    Should you have any questions, please contact our Substitute Coordinator Fallon Cruz, at 814-231-1115 or [email protected].

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools 


    Oct. 19, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 11 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 17. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Oct. 18, 2021

    Subject: Straight Talk: Drug and Alcohol Trends

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Our next Straight Talk session, “Drug and Alcohol Trends” by Denise McCann and Officer Dean Woodring, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m via Zoom.

    Caregivers and educators need to have the most up to date information about the ever changing drug and alcohol trends in our community, including vaping, medical marijuana, and the opioid crisis. Learn red flags, addiction and the brain, and tips for talking to kids about substance use as well as supporting students who may be experiencing addiction in their families. 

    The Zoom link to watch is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82447373925. A recording of this event can later be found on our Straight Talk website

    Do you have questions on current drug and alcohol trends? Please submit them on the following Google form. As always, you can ask your questions during the session as well. 

    We hope to see you there!

    Sincerely,

    Morgan Bechdel, LSW
    District Social Worker


    Oct. 18, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 11 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 17. Additionally, an employee who was last in the building the week of Oct. 11 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 16. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 18, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 11 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 16. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    Oct. 17, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 15. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Oct. 16, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Spring Creek Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 13. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    Oct. 16, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Oct. 16, 2021

    Subject: State High Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14. Additionally, a State High employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Oct. 14, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 13. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Oct. 14, 2021

    Subject: State High Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 13. Additionally, a State High employee who was last in the building the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 13. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Oct. 14, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School employee who was last in the building the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 13. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Oct. 14, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 13. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Oct. 13, 2021

    State High student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 4.
    Mount Nittany Middle School student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 29.


    Oct. 13, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Park Forest Middle School students who were last in the building the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 9 and Oct. 12. The students are now in isolation and contact tracing has been completed.

    Because of the number of recent cases in our building, the district Health and Safety Team held a special meeting this morning to assess the present situation, including contact tracing results and re-evaluating our mitigation protocol. At this time, through contract tracing results, we are concerned about transmission possibly occurring in the cafeteria and on buses.

    Therefore, we are taking the following steps to continue in-person learning:

    • Sanitize the cafeteria and all sixth-grade rooms today and more frequently thereafter 
    • Increase physical distance during lunch by adding tables, reducing chairs per cafeteria table, and requesting that more students eat outdoors 
    • In addition to those in all interior PFMS classrooms, increase the number of HEPA filters in the cafeteria
    • Further reiterate health and safety protocols with students and employees
    • Encourage parents/guardians to transport children to and/or from school when able, in order to reduce the possibility of exposure or potential close contact.

    These added measures will enhance our school’s existing safety protocols. It should be noted that no students testing positive for COVID-19 have been in the building since Oct. 7. 

    We will continue to monitor the situation closely with the involvement of our Health and Safety Team and take further action if necessary. Thank you for your understanding and please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 12, 2021

    Subject: HS Positive Employee COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, respectively. One employee was last in the building the week of Oct. 4, and the other was in this week. Both employees are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Oct. 12, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Park Forest Middle School students tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 8 and Oct. 11, respectively. One student was last in the building the week of Sept. 27, and the other student was last in the building the week of Oct. 4. Both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 12, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 11. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Oct. 12, 2021

    Subject: RP Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Radio Park Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 12. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Oct. 11, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that an as-needed district employee who was in Mount Nittany Middle School the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 10. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Oct. 11, 2021

    State High employee who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 8.


    Oct. 11, 2021

    Subject: State High Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that five State High students who were all last in the building the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 6, Oct. 7, Oct. 7, Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, respectively. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Oct. 11, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Park Forest Middle School students who were both last in the building the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, respectively. Additionally, an employee who was last in the building the week of Oct. 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 8. All three individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 9, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School employee who was last in the building the week of Sept. 27 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 8. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 9, 2021

    Subject: EP Positive COVID Employee Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that an Easterly Parkway Elementary School employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 7. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Lunsford, Principal


    Oct. 9, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 7. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Oct. 8, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 6. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 7, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 5. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 7, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Mount Nittany Middle School students who were last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, respectively. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Oct. 6, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 5. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 6, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 27 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 5. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Oct. 6, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 27 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 4. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Oct. 5, 2021

    Subject: New preschool in need of students!

    Dear SCASD Community Member:

    The District is proud to announce a new partnership with CenClear that will offer preschool to eligible families at no cost. We are currently seeking students ages 3-5 for the program which begins later this month. If you, or anyone you know, is interested, please contact CenClear at CenClear.org or call 800-525-5437.

    SCASD is providing space in the Fairmount Building for CenClear to operate the preschool. This will be in addition to CenClear’s current programs in Centre and surrounding counties. Enrollment is based on financial need, and proof of income will be required to apply.

    Under CenClear’s early childhood education programs, qualified teachers help children develop academically, socially and emotionally, as well as gain independence and build self-esteem. Programs focus on all areas of development: math, language, literacy, science, social studies, social and emotional, the arts and cognitive. In addition, the curriculum promotes learning through play, experimenting and hands-on activities. Developmental assessments are completed three times a year to help guide teachers on how to work with children.

    CenClear also will:

    • Provide nutritious meals and snacks served “family-style” so children can work on self-help and social skills.
    • Work with families to ensure children have all required health screenings, including referrals when needed.
    • Support families to build on their strengths and help them reach goals, as parents and caregivers are a child’s first teacher. This includes helping engage families through offering parent activities and connecting them to community resources and assistance.
    • Schedule two home visits and two parent conferences to work with parents and caregivers as a team to support children.
    • Accept children learning English as a second language.


    We look forward to families taking advantage of this program that begins soon. Please share this information, and attached flyer, for valuable early childhood education with any families you think might benefit.

    Sincerely,

    Nabil Mark
    Media and Communications Manager


    Oct. 5, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 5. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Oct. 4, 2021

    Ferguson Township Elementary student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 1.
    Easterly Parkway Elementary student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 1.
    Mount Nittany Middle School student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 27.


    Oct. 4, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 27 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 4. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Oct. 4, 2021

    Subject: EP Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that an Easterly Parkway Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 27 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 28. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Lunsford, Principal


    Oct. 4, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Park Forest Middle School students who were both last in the building the week of Sept. 27 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, respectively. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Oct. 4, 2021

    Subject: HS Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High employee who was last in the building the week of Sept. 27 tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Oct. 3, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Gray’s Woods Elementary students who were both in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, respectively. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    Oct. 2, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 28. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Oct. 1, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 29. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Sept. 30, 2021

    Subject: Bus Window Procedures

    Dear Parents and Guardians: 

    We would like to share our updated protocols regarding our procedures for opening windows on buses. While we know that increased ventilation helps mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we must also balance keeping the windows open with inclement weather with maintaining the well-being of our students and drivers. 

    The below information outlines our updated protocols we shared with our drivers today. Our intent is to provide specific directions so that our drivers know what to do in all conditions.

    Green Light

    All the windows on the bus are fully open.

    • Temperature: 60 degrees and above
    • Conditions: Sunny, overcast, clear
    • All students masked and sitting in assigned seats
    • We recommend that a student bring a coat to wear on the bus

     Yellow Light

    All windows are cracked open and three windows will be halfway open on both sides of the bus. 

    • Temperature: 45 to 59 degrees
    • Conditions: Light rain 
    • All students masked and sitting in assigned seats
    • We recommend that a student bring a coat to wear on the bus


    Red Light

    Every window on the bus will be cracked or completely closed in an alternating pattern. 

    • Temperature: 44 degrees and below
    • Conditions: Heavy rain, snow, heavy winds, sleet
    • All students masked and sitting in assigned seats
    • We recommend that a student bring a coat to wear on the bus   


    Like other members of the district community, we appreciate our bus drivers for monitoring mitigation efforts while transporting students safely to and from school. We continue to ask our principals, as well as you, to remind students about the necessity of sitting in their assigned seats and properly wearing masks while on the bus.

    Lastly, we continue to have a shortage of bus drivers, a nationwide issue. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in being a driver, please reach out to our transportation department at [email protected]. We provide all the necessary training. 

    Thank you for your understanding as we continue to update our health and safety protocols.

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Sept. 30, 2021

    Subject: RP Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Radio Park Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 29. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Sept. 30, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 29. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    Sept. 30, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student and a MNE employee have tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 and tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 27. The employee was last in the building this week and tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 30. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 29, 2021

    Subject: COVID Vaccine Clinic Oct. 6

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The State College Area School District and Centre Volunteers in Medicine are again partnering to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for SCASD students, district employees and the general public.

    This clinic will take place Oct. 6 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the State High North Building. Boosters for the Pfizer vaccine will be available for eligible individuals, as well as first, second, and third doses for eligible individuals age 12 and over. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. Please note: Parents of students under 18 will need to be present to provide consent. 

    Register for an appointment here, and if you are interested in volunteering, please sign here.

    Because parking will be in the North Building lot, the public will not be offered appointments between 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. to lessen campus traffic during the school day.

    More information about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be found here or by contacting your physician. 

    Sincerely,

    Chris Rosenblum
    Director of Communications


    Sept. 29, 2021

    Subject: State High Homecoming Parade Thursday

    Dear SCASD Community:

    We’d like to invite all of our students, employees and families to attend the State High Homecoming Parade tomorrow. The parade begins at 6 p.m. where it leaves the State High campus and ends at Memorial Field with a pep rally. Please see the attached map of the route for details.

    We hope to see you tomorrow so we can all celebrate our district with this annual tradition.

    Have a great day!

    Nabil Mark
    Media and Communications Manager


    Sept. 29, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School employee who was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 29. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Sept. 29, 2021

    Subject: RP Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Radio Park Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 24. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Sept. 28, 2021

    Easterly Parkway Elementary student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 24.


    Sept. 28, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 27. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Sept. 28, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Mount Nittany Elementary students who were last in the building the week of Sept. 20 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 26 and Sept. 28, respectively. Both of the students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 28, 2021

    Subject: MNE Fifth Grade Update

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Since our communication on Friday, we have had one more fifth grade student and a MNE employee test positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed positive cases from the three classes to seven. Additionally, one more student has tested positive on a rapid test and we are now awaiting PCR results. 

    Taking this into consideration and after consulting with our Health and Safety Team, we are now going to have our fifth-graders stay fully remote until Monday, Oct. 4.

    We just wanted to keep you informed about what is happening in our school community. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

    Sincerely,

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 27, 2021

    Subject: Update on elementary classroom layouts

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    After reviewing the specifics of our student COVID-19 positive cases so far this year and looking at the contact tracing results, we have decided to change our desk layouts in some elementary classrooms as an additional precautionary measure. This will help us increase physical distancing in more rooms and enhance our mitigation efforts. 

    Therefore, we are asking all classroom teachers who have desks in their rooms to have them in rows by Thursday, Sept. 30. In classrooms that only have tables, we are not making any changes at this time. However, as always, we will continue to monitor the presence of the virus in our district and if further changes are needed, we will update our protocols accordingly. 

    Thank you for your understanding as we continue our efforts to keep our students as safe as possible.

    Sincerely, 

    Bob O’Donnell


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Sept. 27, 2021

    As needed Easterly Parkway Elementary employee who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 24.


    Sept. 27, 2021

    Subject: CS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Corl Street Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 24. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kelly Mark, Principal


    Sept. 27, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student and a MNE employee have tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 and tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 24. The employee was last in the building the week of Sept. 20 and tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 26. Both individuals are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 25, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 23. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    Sept. 25, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 23. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    So you know, this is not a fifth grade student and contact tracing has shown it is not related to the cases in fifth grade.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 24, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 22. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Sept. 24, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 23. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Sept. 24, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 24. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    Because of the unique circumstances, and this being the fifth case among our fifth-grade students during the past eight days, the district has decided to quarantine all fifth-graders on Monday and Tuesday. They will be able to return to school on Wednesday contingent upon a negative COVID-19 test.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 24, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 20. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Sept. 24, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 23. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Sept. 24, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 23. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Sept. 23, 2021

    Subject: RP Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Radio Park Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 22. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Sept. 23, 2021

    Subject: EP Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Easterly Parkway Elementary School employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 23. One was in the building this week and the other was in the building last week. The employees are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Danielle Yoder, Principal


    Sept. 23, 2021

    Subject: Delta Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Delta Program student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 21. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Jon Downs


    Sept. 22, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Employee Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 22. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Sept. 22, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Employee Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Spring Creek Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 22. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Sept. 22, 2021

    As needed employee who has not been in any building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 21.


    Sept. 22, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Mount Nittany Elementary students have tested positive for COVID-19. One student was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 and tested positive on Sept. 20.  The other student was last in the building this week and tested positive on Sept. 21. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 22, 2021

    Subject: Fairmount Positive COVID Case

    Dear Colleagues,

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that an individual who was last in the Fairmount building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 22. This individual is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Fisher


    Sept. 21, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 21. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Sept. 21, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 21. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Sept. 21, 2021

    State High student who has not been in the building in the last 10 days tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 17.


    Sept. 20, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 20. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    Sept. 20, 2021

    Subject: We’re hiring, flexible positions available!

    Dear SCASD Community Member:

    We need you! Currently, our district is experiencing a severe shortage of substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and other important positions. For a variety of reasons, we’re facing staffing challenges, so we are reaching out to our community for help. 

    These openings must be filled as soon as possible. If you, or someone you know, is interested in any of these flexible positions, please apply now. To be a substitute teacher earning $95 per day, you must have at least a bachelor's degree. Paraprofessional positions require a high school diploma. In addition, we are seeking bus drivers, custodians, food services workers and many other positions. 

    For all positions, we will provide the training you need. Please consider joining us for a rewarding job that will help our community’s children. 

    To learn more or apply, please visit our job listing website or contact Fallon Cruz at 814-231-1115 or [email protected].

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Sept. 20, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 19. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Sept. 20, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 17. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Sept. 20, 2021

    Subject: EP Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that an Easterly Parkway Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 19. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Danielle Yoder


    Sept. 20, 2021

    Subject: CS Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Corl Street Elementary School students who were both last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 17. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kelly Mark, Principal


    Sept. 20, 2021

    Subject: PFE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Elementary School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 18. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Quinter, Principal


    Sept. 20, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 13 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 18. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 17, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Cases

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that three Mount Nittany Elementary students who were last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19. One tested positive on Sept. 15 and the other two on Sept. 16. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified. Contact tracing has also shown that these cases are not connected to school and thus, there is no cause for concern regarding transmissions within our building.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 17, 2021

    Subject: Important: Secondary Close Contacts on Buses

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Lately, we have begun to see more close contacts from COVID-19 cases on our buses because our ridership is higher than it was last year and only about half of our secondary students have been vaccinated. We’ve already had several close contacts identified on secondary buses, an unfortunate consequence as our goal is to keep as many students in school as possible while the pandemic continues.

    Because many of our buses are at full capacity, we wanted to make you aware of this situation and request that you consider transporting your child to and/or from school. This would lessen the risk of them becoming a close contact and having to miss valuable in-person learning. As a reminder, fully-vaccinated students will not be close contacts unless they are symptomatic. 

    For our secondary students, there is no need to opt out of transportation, you can simply begin transporting your child.  

    Thank you for your consideration of this and your support. 

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Sept. 17, 2021

    Subject: Important: Elementary Close Contacts on Buses

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Lately, we have begun to see more close contacts from COVID-19 cases on our buses because our ridership is higher than it was last year and no elementary school students are able to be vaccinated. This week, several close contacts were identified on an elementary bus. These students are now in quarantine and can’t attend school until that period is over. This is unfortunate, as our goal is to keep as many students in school as possible while the pandemic continues. 

    Because many of our buses are at full capacity, we wanted to make you aware of this situation and request that you consider transporting your child to and/or from school. This would lessen the risk of them becoming a close contact and having to miss valuable in-person learning.

    If you are able to start transporting your child, we need you to opt out. Please log into ParentVUE and select “SCASD Links” on the left menu. Then click the “Parent-provided Transportation” link. This will allow you to choose parent-provided transportation for drop off and/or pick up. Then press submit and make this selection for each child inside ParentVUE. For questions or help with this process, please contact IT Services.

    To help make this easier, parent drop-off now begins at 7:40 a.m. If the dismissal procedures at your school change, principals will communicate that information with you directly. 

    Please note: If you choose this option, your child will be removed from the bus route. If you opt out and your situation changes to where you again need district transportation, please contact the transportation department and they will reassign your child to a bus. 

    Thank you for your consideration of this and your support. 

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Sept. 17, 2021

    Subject: Straight Talk: Meeting our Children’s Needs in Turbulent Times

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Our first Straight Talk session for the school year, “Meeting our Children’s Needs in Turbulent Times” by Peter Montminy, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m via Google Meet.

    Dr. Montminy said, “It's no secret that stress levels are at an all-time high these days. We're surrounded by news headlines and social media posts that scream at us to worry about so many dangers, and to blame so many "Others" for our problems. Daily life often feels frightening, disheartening and exhausting. So many well-meaning parents and teachers are at their breaking points. Our kids are too. We've had enough. How do we care for our children during such times?

    We won't solve all the world's problems in this Straight Talk, but we will get back to basics. We'll remind ourselves of the timeless truths that nurture our children's mental health and well-being, rather than tear it down. We'll recommit to the simple practices that help a child to feel secure, as well as seen, soothed, and strengthened. We'll reconnect with one another and with the inextinguishable hope in our hearts. Please join us.”

    The Google Meet link to watch is: https://meet.google.com/bam-ondx-dhr. A recording of this event can later be found on our Straight Talk website, and you can download the flyer here

    Do you have questions on how to care for children during these times? Please submit them on the following Google form. As always, you can ask your questions during the session as well. 

    We hope to see you there!

    Sincerely,

    Morgan Bechdel, LSW
    District Social Worker


    Sept. 17, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 14. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Sept. 16, 2021

    Subject: Panorama Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Colleagues,

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Panorama Village employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 15. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Cory Cunningham, Human Resources


    Sept. 16, 2021

    Subject: MNMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 11. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ishler, Principal


    Sept. 16, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Student Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two Spring Creek Elementary students who were last in the building the week of Sept. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 11. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    Sept. 15, 2021

    Subject: Board Coffee with the Community

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    As part of the Board of Directors community outreach, the district will be hosting three upcoming “Board Coffee with the Community” meetings. The goal is to provide an open forum for community members to meet with board members, talk about current issues and help answer any questions or concerns. We have scheduled the first three events below, but we plan to host more gatherings at a variety of times and locations for the best accessibility possible. 

    • Sept. 17, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Good Day Cafe, 286 West Hamilton Ave, State College
    • Sept. 24, 12 to 1 p.m., Cafe Lemont, 921 Pike St., Lemont
    • Oct. 8, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Pump Station Cafe, 103 Boal Ave., Boalsburg


    If you are unable to attend one of these days, you can always provide feedback to the entire board by emailing
    [email protected]. The events are open to anyone in our community, not just SCASD parents, so please feel free to share this information.

    Lastly, there will be free coffee, so we hope you can join us for a cup and conversation!
    Sincerely,

    Chris Rosenblum
    Director of Communications


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Sept. 15, 2021

    State High student who has not been in any building this year tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 7


    Sept. 15, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 15. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Sept. 14, 2021

    Subject: RP Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Radio Park Elementary employee who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 14. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Sept. 13, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Sept. 6 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 11. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Sept. 12, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 8. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sept. 10, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 8. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Sept. 10, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High students tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 9. One student was in the building this week and the other was last in the building the week of Aug. 30. Both students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Sept. 9, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 8. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Sent Sept. 8, 2021

    Dear SCASD Community Member:

    During the 2021-2022 academic year, the Panorama Village Administration Building is serving as home to three fifth-grade classrooms. This is due to an increase in enrollments and spacing issues at Mount Nittany Elementary School. One of those classrooms is housed in the boardroom where the Board of School Directors meets twice monthly. 

    To avoid disrupting the classroom, we have decided to move Board meetings to the College Township Municipal Building at 1481 East College Avenue, starting with the Sept. 13 meeting at 7 p.m. and running through the 2021-2022 academic year. This location will allow C-NET to televise our meetings live on channel 98. 

    The College Township staff have been helpful in accommodating our needs and are sharing this space at no cost to the district. The space will allow for 20 members from the general public to attend. Those who wish to attend in-person must register via this Google form sign-up. Please note: College Township requires masks in their facilities.

    We greatly appreciate your flexibility during these unusual circumstances.

    Chris Rosenblum
    Director of Communications


    Sent Sept. 8, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Employee Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Spring Creek Elementary employee who was last in the building the week of Aug. 30 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 7. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    Sent Sept. 8, 2021

    Subject: MNE Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents or Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Mount Nittany Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Aug. 30 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 8. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Feldman, Principal


    Sent Sept. 7, 2021

    Subject: SCASD Social Work Team Update

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 

    Welcome back to another school year! The State College Area School District’s Social Work Team hopes that you were able to find some time to relax and enjoy your family and friends over the summer. 

    As the pandemic continues, we have an updated Social Work Family Needs Assessment form for the 2021-2022 school year. The assessment form addresses the following needs: food, housing, community resources, food bank referrals, and other basic needs. 

    Unfortunately, with the pandemic still in effect, we recognize that needs remain immense while our resources are low.  Therefore, we created a 2021-2022 Community Support and Volunteer form for those who are considering ways to provide assistance to SCASD students and families. Please consider filling out the form above to help the families within the district. 

    We also want to make you aware of additional resources in the community and have provided the links for COVID-19 Resource List and Social Work Community Resource List.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns or further information that you would like to share with the SCASD Social Workers Morgan Bechdel ([email protected]) and Cindy Sergeon-Smith ([email protected]). 

    Here’s to a wonderful school year!

    Morgan Bechdel
    Cindy Sergeon-Smith


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Sept. 7, 2021

    Gray’s Woods student who has not been in the building since the week of Aug. 23 tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 6


    Sent Sept. 5, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a Park Forest Middle School student who was last in the building the week of Aug. 23 tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 29. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Sent Sept. 3, 2021

    Subject: Delta Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a Delta Program student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 3. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Jon Downs


    Sent Sept. 2, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Aug. 23 tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 31. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Sept. 1, 2021

    As needed employee who has not been in any building this year tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 31
    As needed employee who was in the North Building athletic area but not the Delta wing tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 31


    Sent Sept. 1, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Cases

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    In accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, we are notifying you that two State High students who were both in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 31. The students are now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Sent Sept. 1, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 1. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    Sent Aug. 31, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a Spring Creek Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Aug. 23 tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 26. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    Sent Aug. 31, 2021

    Subject: GW Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a Gray’s Woods Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Aug. 23 tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 25. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kristen Dewitt, Principal


    Sent Aug. 31, 2021

    Subject: State High Employee Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a State High employee who was last in the building the week of Aug. 23 tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 30. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Aug. 30, 2021

    State High student who has not been in the building this year tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 18
    Gray’s Woods Elementary student who has not been in the building this year tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 23


    Sent Aug. 30, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a State High student who was last in the building the week of Aug. 23 tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 29. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Sent Aug. 27, 2021

    Subject: State High Student Positive COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a State High student who was in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 26. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Laura Tobias, Principal


    Sent Aug. 27, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 26. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz, Principal


    Sent Aug. 27, 2021

    Subject: Positive Employee COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a districtwide employee who was in multiple buildings this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 26. The employee is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.


    Sent Aug. 26, 2021

    Subject: PFMS Positive Student COVID Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a Park Forest Middle School student who was in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 25. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Karen Wiser, Principal


    Sent Aug. 26, 2021

    Subject: FT Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Colleagues,

    The district has been notified that a Ferguson Township Elementary student who was last in the building the week of Aug. 16 tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 21. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Buckholtz


    Sent Aug. 26, 2021

    Subject: SC Positive COVID Student Case

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The district has been notified that a Spring Creek Elementary student who was last in the building this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 25. The student is now in isolation, contact tracing has been completed, and any close contacts have been notified.

    As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out our reporting positive cases form and follow your physician’s directions.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Dishong, Principal


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Aug. 25, 2021

    Two Ferguson Township Elementary students who have not been in the building since June tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 24


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Aug. 24, 2021

    Corl Street student who has not been in the building tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 21
    Radio Park student who has not been in the building tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 23
    Park Forest Middle School student who has not been in the building tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 23


    Sent Aug. 23, 2021

    Subject: Welcoming back students!

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Walking through buildings today and seeing the empty classrooms, knowing that in a few short hours they will be full of buzzing students talking, laughing and, most importantly, learning, filled me with joy and anticipation. As I chatted with teachers and staff members, they too shared how excited they are to welcome and get to know your children.

    After a summer filled with planning, we’re eager to see students back in buildings and we’re confident that our Health and Safety Plan will provide a safe environment for everyone. Through what we learned last year, we’ve built a plan that is flexible so that we may make the necessary adjustments as the pandemic conditions change. We’ve also made an FAQ to help answer your commonly asked questions.

    With our return to districtwide daily in-person learning, I’m confident our teachers will build their respective classroom communities and provide quality learning experiences. Our goal is for our students to excel, but we know some will need extra assistance this year. For these students, we have additional resources in place to provide them with academic and social-emotional support.

    If you need anything, please reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor, or building principal for assistance. In the end, we’re ready for the students tomorrow, and I know we’re going to have a great year!

    Sincerely,

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Aug. 23, 2021

    Districtwide employee employee who has not been in any building since week of July 26 tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 9
    Gray’s Woods employee who was last in the building the week of Aug. 2 tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 16
    Park Forest Elementary employee who has not been in the building since June tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 16


    COVID-19 Dashboard Update Aug. 19, 2021

    Park Forest Elementary student who has not been in the building since June tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 16


    Sent Aug. 19

    Subject: Transportation Change Requests

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Our Transportation Department needs 48 hours to process change requests submitted by families. Therefore, if you would like to make a change that will be effective for the first day of school, please submit it by Friday, Aug. 20 at noon. 

    To submit a request, email [email protected]

    Thank you for your cooperation, and have a great day!

    Nabil Mark
    Media and Communications Manager


    Sent Aug. 19

    Subject: Student COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    As we approach the first day of school on Aug. 24, we would like to ask you to please upload an image of your childs COVID-19 vaccination record card if they have been fully vaccinated. While not mandatory, we are asking for this information because vaccination status is an important aspect of contact tracing. It will also be valuable for our Health and Safety Team as they use a variety of data points to guide our decisions such as the percentage of vaccinated students. Additionally, if the time comes for us to consider reducing COVID-19 protocols, we might consider allowing masks to be optional for fully-vaccinated students. In this case, uploading the card will be mandatory for anyone to be unmasked indoors. 

    If your child has been vaccinated, please upload your vaccination card here

    As a reminder, we have a Health and Safety Plan and Back to School Q&A that contains helpful information as we begin a new school year. 

    Thank you for your cooperation, and we can’t wait to welcome students back on Tuesday!

    Bob O’Donnell
    Superintendent of Schools


    Sent Aug. 17

    Subject: Food Services Important Information

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    I hope that you and your family are well and are excited for the new school year.

    We are excited to share with you that the United States Department of Agriculture is providing waivers and funding that allow us to serve meals at school free of charge to all students through the 2021-22 school year.  Your child(ren) can get both breakfast and lunch each day at school for free.

    The information provided in this message will help you take full advantage of the services offered by the district's Food Service Department. 

    Menus

    Menus are available on our webpage, and a link to the updated menus will be sent to families before the start of each month.  Find the back-to-school menus here.

    Please note that our suppliers have told us to expect shortages and disruptions to food and supply orders for at least the start of this school year. We will do our best to serve the items as listed on the published menu but, substitutions may be necessary from time to time. 

    Breakfast

    Starting the day with breakfast - either at home or at school - is important for student success.  Breakfast is available every morning in our schools for all students.  Breakfast is served in the school cafeteria or lobby.  Students should pick breakfast up and take it to their classroom to eat as the school day begins.

    Meals for Virtual Academy Students

    SCASD students who are enrolled in the Virtual Academy can order meals for pick up on a daily basis.  Additional information can be found here.

    A la Carte Sales

    Some students may want a second entrée or extra milk with their school meal.  Snacks that meet USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools standards are available for students to purchase in our middle and high schools. These extra food items are not a part of USDA’s free meals program, and students are only allowed to purchase these extra food items if they have funds in their account to cover the cost of the purchase. 

    Students who bring a packed lunch to school may want to get milk from the school cafeteria.  Students are encouraged to take a serving of fruit and vegetables with the milk to meet the minimum components of a free school meal.  If the additional food items are not taken, students will be charged $.65 for milk purchases. 

    Paying for Cafeteria Purchases

    A declining balance system is used to track student deposits and purchases.  Students’ computerized accounts are accessed at serving time and the cost of each purchase is deducted from the student’s account.  As meals are free of charge this year, it is not necessary to maintain a balance in your child’s cafeteria account.

    If you would like to have funds in your student’s account to allow them to purchase extra food items, please make payments on-line at www.myschoolbucks.com or mail checks to the SCASD Food Service Office at 653 Westerly Parkway, State College, PA  16801.  When mailing payments, please include the name of the student(s) for whom the check is intended, the school(s) they attend, and a phone number in case of questions. Make checks payable to SCASD FSD.

    We do not accept payments in the elementary or middle school cafeterias.  Payments are accepted at the high school with the full amount deposited to the student’s account. -Change will not be given.

    Please sign up for low balance email alerts on the MySchoolBucks webpage. MySchoolBucks charges a fee for accepting lunch payments, but there is no fee for receiving low balance emails or for viewing your child's account activity. 

    Free & Reduced-Price Meals

    Eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals is used to qualify families for certain other benefits, including Pandemic EBT cards that will be distributed again this year by the PA Department of Human Services.  Being approved for subsidized school meals may also document eligibility for free or discounted services such as Comcast internet services, CEEL before and after school care, insurance for your district issued chrome book, and CRPR pool passes. You do not need to apply for free school meals this year, but you may still want to complete and submit an application. Learn more and find links to apply here.

    Allergies & Special Diets

    If your child has an allergy or special dietary need, please review our procedures for providing safe meals at school. Some requests will require that a Medical Plan of Care be completed by your physician.  Soy milk can be requested for any student as a substitute for the milk served with school meals by simply submitting a Milk Substitute Request Form. Additional information and both forms can be found here.

    I encourage you visit our webpage, www.scasd.org/schoolmeals, for additional information including:

    • Menus
    • Free & Reduced-Price Meals Application & Information
    • Cafeteria Procedures
    • Nutrient Facts
    • Allergy & Special Diets Accommodations
    • Cafeteria Managers & Contact Information

    We wish all of our students the very best for the year ahead and hope that the healthy and delicious meals served in our schools help to fuel them to succeed!

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Megan Schaper, SNS
    Food Service Director

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