Dear Golden Eagles and Families: Today, the Governor announced that all Pennsylvania schools are closed indefinitely. Two weeks’ worth of review learning materials are in the mail and should arrive in your homes this week. Additional materials will be provided as the school closure continues.
In addition to the learning materials you receive, teachers will be holding office hours to provide assistance using a conference call service called Zoom. Students will have the opportunity to call in to speak to their teachers via telephone during those scheduled office hours. All of this information and specific calling instructions are included in the mailing. Internet service and/or computers are NOT required for this service—just a phone line is needed.
We miss you, Golden Eagles, and we look forward to reconnecting, even if it’s only by telephone!
Parents and Guardians, please note the updated hours for our Lunch/Breakfast program at the Junior-Senior High School! We look forward to seeing our Golden Eagles at one of the three locations, beginning March 30, 2020.
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March 23, 2020
Dear Golden Eagle Students and Families:
At 2:08 PM today, we learned that the Governor has extended the COVID-19 school closure up to and including April 6, 2020. We know this entire closure is an unprecedented event that has left everyone with many, many unanswered questions about education and other matters.
Students and parents/guardians should be aware that PSSA, Keystone, NOCTI, and NIMS exams have been canceled for this year. This is the one piece of concrete information schools have received. We have yet to be given details about whether the State will require missed student days to be made up by June 30, 2020. We are hopeful that is not the case; however, even though various states of emergency have been declared, this question remains unanswered.
Our first free lunch service began today, with 197 lunches being picked up at the Junior High School entrance. We are happy to be able to provide this service as part of the National School Lunch Program. Beginning tomorrow, breakfast will be included with lunch. In addition, pickup locations are being considered.
Students should know that their teachers, staff members, and administrators miss them. We are particularly concerned about members of the Class of 2020, whose senior years are certainly not going as planned. Please know that as soon as the District is permitted, we’ll do our best to give you at least some of the wonderful senior year experiences everyone wishes for you.
We will continue to keep our Golden Eagle Community updated as often as possible, via our electronic call system (ECS), the District’s Facebook page, and the District website. Please look for upcoming information about opportunities the District will provide to provide continuity of education for our students.
Golden Eagles: We miss you and sincerely hope you are staying healthy. We are looking forward to seeing you as soon as school is permitted to reopen!
Krista S. Mathias
Mrs. Krista Mathias and the SASD Administrative Team
Somerset Area School District
Dear SASD Families,
The Somerset Area School District will be partnering with Metz Food Service to provide meals to families during this unprecedented time. Grab-and-go lunches will be offered Monday through Friday at the location and time listed below. This is being provided to all students ages 18 and under at no cost.
Where: Somerset Area Junior Senior High School
*Enter the circle and curbside delivery will be provided outside of the Junior High entrance. Please stay in your vehicles.
When: Beginning Monday, March 23rd
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Please be patient with this process as we adjust to the quantities of food that will be needed.
Additional locations and times are being considered and will be communicated through our Emergency Communication System and posted on the District-sponsored Facebook page and District website if changes are made. Remember to practice social distancing of at least six feet and avoid gathering in large groups. This will ensure the safety of all students, parents, and employees and contribute to the rapid distribution of meals.
Children's Health Insurance ProgramThe Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers uninsured kids and teens up to age 19. With more than 139,000 uninsured children in Pennsylvania, this is great news for families! CHIP provides quality, comprehensive health insurance for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental, eye care, eyeglasses, mental health and much more. CHIP covers uninsured kids who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. For most families, CHIP is free – for others, it is low cost.
Let us help our Golden Eagle students and our community learn about your industry, what products and services your business offers and what types of skills are must-haves for your workforce! If you are interested in being highlighted on the District’s Facebook page and on posters in our classrooms, please submit the complete questionnaire (link below) via email to GoldenEagleCommunity@sasd.us.
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:
- 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis
- 4 doses of polio
- 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella
- 3 doses of hepatitis B
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
7th through 12th grade students need to meet ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:
- 2 doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV): The 1st dose is given 11-15 years of age and the 2nd dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
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.