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

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    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 fac12@scasd.org.

    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 transportation@scasd.org. 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 fac12@scasd.org.

    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
    all-board@scasd.org. 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 (mlb44@scasd.org) and Cindy Sergeon-Smith (ces31@scasd.org). 

    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 transportation@scasd.org

    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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