Announcements and Important Events
Superintendent's Report - March 25, 2020
Good evening. I hope you and your family are well as we navigate through these challenging times.
As you know, on March 23rd, Governor Wolf issued a stay at home order for Bucks County. As such, all Pennsylvania schools must now remain closed through at least April 6th. Schools would reopen on April 7th and 8th to prepare for the possible return of students on Thursday, April 9th. Since April 9th begins our spring break, our students would not actually return to school until Tuesday, April 14th. This is, of course, assuming that such a timeline remains in place.
Congratulations on our first virtual, remote board meeting. This reflects what we are living, doing things differently than we ever have. Thanks to our board for their agility and flexibility, and support during these times. Under the governor’s most recent order, we are permitted to continue our essential functions, including our proceedings tonight. These also include, but are not limited to, the "grab and go" meal distribution, support for our technology connectivity, and instructional work toward the development of online Learning Opportunities.
I am profoundly grateful for all the work that has transpired over the last several weeks by our administrative team and teaching staff. Also, a special thank you to our food service staff for preparing and handing out free “grab and go” meals. The free meals will continue throughout the closure. Our operations group has worked tirelessly to sanitize and maintain our facilities. The IT team continues to support mission critical and essential functions including the providing the tools and support to conduct tonight’s meeting in accordance with respect to our current crisis. More information will be shared on our website at www.bensalemsd.org and on FaceBook and Twitter as it becomes available.
On March 16th, our families received information related to Bensalem Learns. We have been preparing for increased educational opportunities for our students delivered by and with Bensalem teachers via online platforms beginning next Wednesday, April 1st. This, by no means, is a substitute for the experience our students receive through face to face instruction. It is an effort to maintain educational continuity for ALL students in the absence of being in the classroom. More information will be relayed to students and families in advance of April 1st. These communications will also include directions for families in need of a chrome book to connect with us.
Please know that we are being thoughtful about how we will assess student progress, advance students to next levels, how everything about what we do and how we do it may now be temporarily different. These are all works in progress and must be considerate of law and connections to many things beyond our jurisdiction, and control. Let me be clear though, our primary concern is always and will continue to be the well-being of our students.
We are especially sensitive to our seniors and transition grades, and what instruction will look like not just in the next few weeks but when we return. And we WILL return. There is NO substitute for the wonderful experience our students have with Bensalem teachers and Bensalem staff, in our Bensalem Schools.
We appreciate the support and patience of our wonderful community during these unique times. We are Bensalem Proud and Bensalem Strong!
Samuel Lee, Ed.D.
March 24, 2020
Dear Bensalem Township School District Parents/Guardians, Staff, and Community:
I hope that all is well. We appreciate everyone’s understanding, patience, and support as we begin week 2 of these unique times. As I am sure you are aware, Governor Wolf extended the school closure to at least April 6th.
Please know that we are here to support you. Our food services team provided 4,270 meals in 4 days last week. They will continue to provide food throughout the closures. Click Here for Information on Free Meals for Children
Our operations group continues to maintain our sites and properties, and sanitize our buildings. Educational staff continue to plan for continuity of education through online platforms. Additional information and details related to continued learning throughout the closure will be shared by early next week.
Our Information Technology team will be able to provide the tools for internet access for those in need. In the meantime, Bensalem Learns is a great tool for academic activities, enrichment, and virtual field trips.
Excellent resources for families have been posted to the District's website and I encourage you to review those resources.
Communication and collaboration is constant both internally and throughout our county, state, and region. There is much to share and we remain vigilant in accessing and reviewing information from Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bucks County Department of Health, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Bensalem Township Police and Emergency Management, Bucks County Emergency Management, and United States Department of Education.
As you may be aware, state assessments have been cancelled this year. This includes PSSA exams, PASA’s, and Keystone exams. The College Board has postponed SAT administration, but Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be online. Click here for AP Exam information
We continue to review schedules, calendars related to cancellations, and postponements especially as it relates to Bensalem High School’s Class of 2020. Changes will be shared as they develop.
The safety, health, and welfare of our students, staff, and families remains the priority. Thank you for your flexibility and empathy exhibited and shared. We will all get through this!
We are Bensalem Strong!
Samuel Lee, Ed.D.