AUGUST BOARD MEETINGS

The August Board Meetings will be held virtually.  Click the following link to go to the School Board webpage for instructions on how to attend the meeting.  http://www.bsd.k12.pa.us/SchoolBoard.aspx   

Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)

Road to Reopening: Planning for 2020-21 Document and Survey

P-EBT Benefits

The Blackhawk School District is a participant in the National School Lunch Program and will participate in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program established by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. P-EBT provides benefits to families of school-aged children who would have otherwise received free or reduced-priced meals if it were not for school closures. Families of school-aged children certified as free or reduced eligible will receive the equivalent of the free high rate for lunch and the severe need rate for breakfast for each day school was closed. That means a family will receive the benefit amount of $5.70 for each school-aged child in their family for each day school has been closed since March 16, 2020, if the student was eligible for free or reduced-price meals prior to school closures. For purposes of P-EBT calculations, June 12, 2020, is being used as the last day of the school year because it is the most common date that school ends for Commonwealth students. 

Below is a breakdown of the number of days students will receive benefits if they were determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals on or after March 16, 2020: 
• Eligible on or before March 31, 2020 – benefit for March 16 through June 12 (65 days) 
• Eligible April 1 through April 30 – benefit for April 1 through June 12 (53 days) 
• Eligible May 1 through May 31 – benefit for May 1 through June 12 (31 days) 
• Eligible June 1 through June 12 – benefit for June 1 through June 12 (10 days) 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide the necessary information for all free and reduced eligible school-aged children. DHS will issue the P-EBT card to the households.
• For families with school-aged children currently directly certified through SNAP or TANF, the P-EBT benefit amount will be loaded on their existing SNAP or TANF EBT card. 
• Families directly certified through medical assistance with qualifying income who do not otherwise have an EBT card issued through DHS and families of school-aged children that are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through income or categorical eligibility will receive an EBT card specifically and solely for this purpose. 

DHS anticipates beginning to mail the EBT cards around June 5, 2020. All households will receive a separate mailing that describes P-EBT. This mailing will provide households with contact information for any P-EBT-related questions. LEAs do not need to communicate anything specific about P-EBT to households.

Information for families is available on the DHS website at: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-Pandemic-EBT.aspx.

BLACKHAWK SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION PLAN

Continuity of education is the broad term given to educational practices that occur in the event of a prolonged school closure. The goal of the Continuity of Education Plan for the Blackhawk School District is to provide a framework of educational opportunities for students to maintain and develop skills while away from the customary school environment.

A presentation of our Continuity of Education Plan can be found here:  Continuity of Education Plan

APRIL 24: Message from the Superintendent

April 24, 2020

Federal and State Guidance
Governor Wolf has extended our Stay At Home orders through May 8th. Additionally, at both the federal and local levels, a Re-Entry Plan based on phases has been created. While we do not have a specific timeline from the government yet, we will certainly abide by all recommendations of the CDC and the state and federal governments. Pennsylvania’s Re-Entry Plan is included at the end of this message.  

Blackhawk Updates
We know that there are still many unknowns. We wanted to provide an update of where we are at Blackhawk. Please continue to check our website for our FAQ document, which will be released by May 1.

We are in the process of planning how we can honor our seniors this year with a Graduation Ceremony that complies with all social distancing orders. We are working with staff and students to ensure everyone can be celebrated for their hard work these past 12 years. The High School Team will be communicating these plans as soon as they are finalized. 
We are working with our custodial staff in each building to bag the student belongings from each locker and the desks. By early June, each building principal will reach out with a date and the protocols for pick up, so that your child can come to the outside of the school and pick up his or her belongings and drop off any textbooks, library books, or technology that he or she was using. At this time, the plan does not include students coming into the building.   

Grading
The third nine weeks grades are now available virtually in the SKYWARD Gradebook; hard copies of the third nine weeks grades will not be distributed so that students and staff have enough time to complete third nine weeks work and score it accurately. A final report card, with the third nine weeks included, will be generated at the end of the year and distributed to those families who have marked they would like a paper copy in SKYWARD.

You can access the third nine weeks grades virtually from the SKYWARD parent view or the SKYWARD student view. From the parent view, if you have multiple children on your account, the parent will need to select the child’s name at the top. On the menu on the left hand side, choose GRADEBOOK (this menu may not appear until you select the + sign). For grades K-2, if a box is left empty after the standard, it is because the teacher was unable to assess that standard during the third nine weeks before school closed. 
If you need information on your SKYWARD user name or you need your password for SKYWARD reset, please reach out to the building secretary.

BHS - ensworthm@bsd.k12.pa.us
HMS - weyands@bsd.k12.pa.us
BIS/NW - rowlanda@bsd.k12.pa.us
PPS - stewarth@bsd.k12.pa.us
 
Need Help?
Should you or your family need anything including technology to complete work, food, academic assistance, or mental health support – please reach out. We are here for you. If you or your child are in crisis, please see below. 

• Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
• Text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 to reach a Crisis Counselor immediately. This line is open 24 hours a day. 
• Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.


Pennsylvania’s Re-Entry Plan







Coronavirus Resources

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, please click:
http://www.211.org/services/covid19
 
For anyone struggling with thoughts of self harm, thoughts of suicide, or struggling with mental health, especially during this period of social distancing, there is a number that anyone can text 24 hours a day to speak with someone. The number is 741 741.
 
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