Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
Shortly after 11:00 PM on the evening of 2/19/18, reports were made to school officials from law enforcement about a potential act of school violence in the Somerset Area School District. The District and law enforcement collaborated immediately to begin a careful, step-by-step investigation. The investigation found that no direct threat was made and that the rumors were not credible. Although Somerset Borough Police officers are always in our schools, the Department provided additional officers today for added precaution. Assemblies were held in both the junior and senior high schools this morning to hear student concerns.
Similar concerns were noted by law enforcement agencies and school officials in a few other Somerset County School Districts and every single one has been comprehensively investigated and appropriate action has been taken.
We are thankful to the students, parents, and employees who report these concerns to the District and to law enforcement. We ask that you never assume that a troublesome comment, social media post, or behavior is a rumor and that you never assume that District or law enforcement officials already have the information of which you may be aware. We welcome the sharing of reports with us, even if they are information we already have, as all pieces of a puzzle are important in crisis situations.
School officials and law enforcement in the Somerset Area School District take every single report very seriously. Every comment and concern is investigated thoroughly. We happily accept the expert guidance of law enforcement and safety experts and practice our safety protocols regularly.
That being said, we need and appreciate the assistance of every member of our community to keep our students safe. If you see something (or hear something), say something. In Somerset, our community's support makes all the difference.
Please see the District's Facebook page and the Somerset Borough Police Facebook page for additional information.
The Somerset Area School District
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps eligible families offset their annual grocery budget. Please review the guidelines in the photo below and consider calling 814-443-1901, ext 2 for assistance or to fill out an application over the phone. You can also fill out an application online by going to www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/programs/snap.
Please click here to read more about SNAP.
Notice to Exiting Students Regarding Destruction of Special Education Records
Special Education records, which have been collected by the Somerset Area School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of the Special Education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal law for a period of seven years after Special Education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student no longer is eligible for services, graduates, completes his or her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. Student files will be destroyed ten years after the student exits the Somerset Area School District
After ten (10) years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but they may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student, who reached 18 years of age, may request a copy of the records in writing or in person at the following address.
School Immunization Regulations
The Department of Health has changed school immunization regulations and Somerset Area School District wants to give families plenty of time to ensure their children have received the required vaccines, listed below.
Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:
7th through 12th grade students need to meet ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:
As always, your child's physician is the best source of information about immunizations and all of your child's health needs.
Nondiscrimination Statement for Somerset Area School District School Nutrition Program:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or Fax: (202) 690-7442; or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
From time to time, taxpayers have questions about possibly being exempt from paying Per Capita, Adult Resident, Occupation Assessment, and Local Service taxes, also called “nuisance taxes.” Information about age and income exemptions can be found in the attached chart. If a taxpayer qualifies for an exemption, it is his/her responsibility to file the paperwork, during the specified window, to the Capital Tax Bureau. The school district does not physically collect the taxes, maintain the tax rolls, or mail tax notices. If you believe you are exempt, please check the chart, below, and pay careful attention to the age and income exclusion rules, and to the deadlines and frequency for filing the required forms to the Capital Tax Bureau. The forms can be obtained online at http://www.captax.com/, by clicking on the “Individual Taxpayer” tab, or by contacting the local Capital Tax Bureau office at 2209 North Center Ave, Somerset, PA 15501 or (814) 701-2475. All tax payment questions should be directed to Capital Tax Bureau and not to the District. Please share this information with Somerset Area School District taxpayers who might qualify!