Governor Wolf announced earlier today that Pennsylvania schools will be closed until April 9th. Please continue to follow our web site and check automated messages as we deliver information regarding plans to provide continuous educational services to the extent allowable by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the United States Department of Education and the Governor.
Hello everyone. As we all deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Berwick Area School District is planning to provide a “hybrid” approach to education until the Governor lifts the school closure order. Currently, schools in Pennsylvania are closed to students until April 9th. Employees of BASD will return on April 7th.
The district is committed to a “good faith” effort to provide continuity of learning and will combine technology with traditional in making every reasonable effort to provide instructional and enriching learning opportunities for all students. Our goal is to provide educational materials that will ensure that all students on track to move forward by grade level or from course to course will still do so, and that our school year will not extend beyond June 12th for grades K-11 and June 5th for seniors.
This is provided that waivers of daily and hourly requirements are approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and signed by the Governor. We’ve been led to believe that it is likely that these waivers will be approved and executed by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education, as relayed by Intermediate Unit #16 is providing great flexibility to local districts, as it pertains to the plan for instruction each district develops. Berwick Area School District teachers will utilize technological capacities whenever possible, and when necessary, will also reach out to students without the capacity to utilize a technological device. Many of our teachers have already begun this process since the initial closure on March 16.
Efforts of the teachers are being coordinated at the building level, with building principals being an additional point of contact beyond the teachers. Distribution of “learning packets” will be a component of our plan for those without technological capacity. This distribution will be coordinated at the building level and will bear some resemblance to the manner in which the BASD distributed lunches and breakfasts.
We are pleased to report that we anticipate having distributed more than 4,000 meals to students by the end of this week. We feel the same level of communication and patience will lead to our educational plan being as successful as circumstances allow.
If you or your child hasn’t had communication from the district by the end of the day on Friday, please contact your building principal Monday according to the following schedule.
Last name beginning with A-G – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Last name beginning with H-R – 11:00 a.m. – noon.
Last name beginning with S–Z – noon - 1:00 p.m.
In addition, we also ask that the following points be considered in furthering the education of our students.
Assistant to the Superintendent for Student Services
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
In Berwick Area School District the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.
SLATINGTON – The Berwick Area High School Girls’ Soccer Team has become the first soccer team in the history of the school to advance to the PIAA Eastern Semi-finals. Berwick defeated Athens 1-0 Tuesday night in PIAA Class AAA action at the Balls Mills Soccer Complex near Williamsport to advance to the “Elite Eight” in Pennsylvania.
YATESVILLE – The Berwick Girls’ Volleyball team will enter PIAA District 2 Class 3A tournament play Thursday as the top seed in the competition. The Berwick girls’ will battle the winner of the Abington Heights-Tunkhannock match in the quarterfinals.
BLOOMSBURG – A team of Berwick Area High School students recently took 1st place in the STEM Competition at the Bloomsburg Fair. Coming with the victory is a $10,000 check to Berwick Area High School, sponsored by the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, The Foundation of the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce and Martz Technologies.
BERWICK – Several recent Berwick Area Senior High School graduates and current students have been recognized by the College Board for their performance on the National Advanced Placement exams. All AP students at Berwick take the national test, with several of our students taking multiple courses and exams. The district remains the only one in Northeastern PA participating in the AP Capstone Program, which carries additional requirements beyond that of traditional AP coursework.
Meals will only be distributed Mon, Wed., Fri.,
West Berwick Elementary
Meals will be set out on tables. Please practice social distancing of six feet when coming to get your meals Thank you for practicing healthy decisions.
School Closing Update
Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. We will reopen on Monday March 30, 2020.
During this time all activities will be cancelled. However, SAT's scheduled for Saturday, March 14th will still be held. Please continue to check the district website for updates.
The High School Musical Production postponed.
The High School Musical Production, The Addams Family, has been postponed. If you purchased tickets for this production you will be receiving an email from On The Stage concerning your refund. We will let you know the future date of the musical as soon as it is established. Information for future ticket purchases will be forthcoming.