COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates
Hopewell Area School District is currently Closed due to the COVID-19 virus.
 

The Hopewell Area Board of School Directors meeting scheduled for April 6, 2020 has been cancelled.  

Parent information regarding continuity of instruction:
 
Please click on the following for HASD’s Continuity of Education Plan as required by PA’s Department of Education:
 
 
 
 
 
Please see our COVID-19 Updates page for the latest news from the district.  Latest update: 3/30/2020 (Prom Information)
 

 

The Beaver County School Districts and the Career and Technology Center continue to work together as we receive guidance from our state and federal leaders. Today, Governor Wolf announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.  Therefore, all Beaver County school facilities are closed and events cancelled through the end of the school year.  While much uncertainty still exists, this announcement will allow families to plan for their needs in the coming months.  All schools will continue to provide continuity of education and meals through the last regularly scheduled day of school.  We understand that this is heartbreaking for the Class of 2020, but please be patient as we seek additional guidance from our state leaders regarding graduation and other special events.  We appreciate your patience and support during this closure and we will continue to provide updates as we move forward together.

The breakfast and lunch pickups are still on-going at the Junior High and Independence Elementary School between 11-1 each weekday. 

 

Device Pickup Information: 

 If a Hopewell student is still in need of a device for continuity of instruction, please let your child’s teacher know.
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Prom Cancellation Announcement 2020

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID19) precautionary measures must be taken to protect the safety of students and staff and to prevent community transmission of COVID19. CDC staff and other health officials are recommending that large gatherings of people not occur to prevent the transmission of the disease.

For this reason, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Hopewell High School prom scheduled for May 8, 2020.  This is the right thing to do to make this unpopular but safety driven decision. 

We wanted to provide parents and students this information as early as possible to avoid unnecessary expenses related to dresses, suits, flowers, etc.  I discussed this decision with class sponsors and student leaders prior to the formal decision today.

As principal, I am extremely saddened to share this information and to cancel what has always been a great celebratory event for our students!  If the opportunity should present to explore another option we could reconsider at that time.

Stay safe!

Sincerely,

Mr. Allison

Beaver County Career & Technology Center Virtual Learning

The Beaver County Career & Technology Center will provide virtual education beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. The CTC is working in cooperation with each of our sending school districts on implementation dates in each school district. All current CTC students should contact their instructor via email. Email addresses are on the website (www.bcctc.org).  
*Hopewell students will need to be engaged in CTC instruction by March 31, 2020. 

3/23 Update from Superintendent

March 23, 2020

 

Dear Beaver County Students and Families,

 

We want to thank you all for your patience, flexibility, and understanding during these uncertain times.  We realize that you are anxious to get your children back to their typical routine and for everyone in our country to return to a sense of normalcy.  We as educators and school leaders feel the same way. We especially want to encourage our Class of 2020 to remain positive and look to the future. COVID-19 should not take away from their accomplishments and future plans!

The Beaver County School Districts, CTC, and BVIU continue to work together as we receive guidance from our state and federal leaders.  We have rapidly put food programs in place to support our communities and we are all working with the local food banks.  We are also planning for educational opportunities as we continue to receive guidance on implementation from our state leadership. 

 

We are anticipating the Governor will close schools across the Commonwealth for an extended period of time.  Given this eventuality, the Beaver County Superintendents, CTC Director, and BVIU Executive Director are announcing today that all Beaver County school facilities will be closed and all events will be canceled through Monday, April 13.

 

This decision was made to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 and in light of the CDC’s recommendation that gatherings be limited to no more than 10 people for the next 8 weeks.  While we fully expect our closure could last longer, we feel that today’s announcement will help families plan into the near future.    

 

We recognize that school is often a place of comfort and normalcy for our children and the closure has caused significant disruption to daily schedules.  We are all actively working to plan for educational opportunities during the closure. As you can imagine, planning for remote learning with limited access to our teaching materials has proven challenging.  Governor Wolf’s latest order, to cease all non-life-sustaining businesses and organizations, now poses greater obstacles to the established plans, as education is not considered “life-sustaining” during a pandemic.

 

Along with parents and our local business impacted by the Governor’s orders and COVID-19, school districts are working to resolve many challenges.  The Districts are working tirelessly to find creative ways to meet our students’ and families’ needs while they are at home and our educators are off-site without familiar resources.  While we continue to plan, resources for your child’s education are still present. 

Districts have shared many resources on their websites and through social media that are full of exciting opportunities for students to read, write, journal, draw, sing, play, create, and cook!  We encourage parents of high school students to have conversations about postsecondary opportunities.  It is an excellent time to create resumes, search colleges and trade schools, research careers, and to talk about future plans.  As parents, we recognize that you have been your child’s first and most important educator.  We know you will continue supporting them on their learning journey during these unprecedented times.

Beaver County school leaders will continue to work together to help guide our educational communities through these challenging times.  We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. We hope to answer questions about school calendars, commencement, and other outstanding issues soon.

 

It is our sincere hope that these disruptions will be temporary and that we will soon be able to get back to doing what we do best, upholding our District’s educational mission for our students. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to these unusual circumstances.  Ensuring that we are a healthy community must remain our top priority until this threat has passed.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Jane Bovalino, Superintendent

Dr. Peter Carbone, Superintendent

Rochester Area School District

Aliquippa School District

  

Mr. Alan R. Fritz, Jr., Superintendent

Dr. Jeffrey A. Fuller, Superintendent

South Side Area School District

Freedom Area School District

  

Dr. Joseph A. Guarino, Superintendent

Mr. Barry King, Substitute Superintendent

New Brighton Area School District

Ambridge Area School District

  

Dr. Michelle Miller, Superintendent

Dr. Donna Nugent, Superintendent

Hopewell Area School District

Big Beaver Falls Area School District

  

Dr. Nicholas Perry, Superintendent

Dr. Robert H. Postupac, Superintendent

Central Valley School District

Blackhawk Area School District and

 

Western Beaver County School District

Dr. Eric Rosendale, Executive Director

 

Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit #27

Dr. Carrie Rowe, Superintendent

 

Beaver Area School District

Mr. Sean D. Tanner, Superintendent

 

Midland Borough School District

Mr. Bret Trotta, Superintendent

 

Riverside Beaver County School District

Mr. David A. Wytiaz, Administrative Director

 

Beaver County Career & Technology Center

 

Food Service During Closure

Dear Hopewell Parent/Guardian:
 
Governor Wolf announced that all schools in Pennsylvania will be closed for the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. During the closure, we will be providing Hopewell students, who currently receive free and reduced meals, the opportunity to continue meal service. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided at no charge to students of families that qualify in grab and go style.
 
Meal service will begin Tuesday, March 17 and will continue each day through Friday, March 27 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Junior High building’s main entrance. All meals will be distributed as grab and go, but we request that you contact the day before with the number of breakfasts and lunches needed. Please email Nancy Barber, at barbern@hopewellarea.org or call 724.375.6691 X3009 before 3:00 the day before lunch is requested. 
 
Due to the short notice, we will accept orders for tomorrow until 8:00AM on March 17. We understand that these are unprecedented times, and we recognize the impact that this may have on our students and community. Hopewell is thankful to be able to provide this service to our students. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Rosann Russell, Hopewell Food Service Director at 724.375.6863, email russellr@hopewellarea.org. 
 
Sincerely, Michelle Miller, Ed.D. Superintendent 

AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus 3/20/2020

Dear Colleague,

The health and safety of educators and students are the AP® Program's highest priorities. As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we'll support AP students with free, optional remote learning and at-home AP testing. These options will give students the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they've been working toward all year. 

The AP Program will invest heavily in solutions that are designed to be as simple and lightweight as possible for both students and teachers—without creating additional burdens for school leaders during this time. 

AP Exam Administration

Students remain eager to take AP Exams and have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity.

The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.

Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.

AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.

Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option. 

We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we'll invest so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach us directly to let us know.

The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. We use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams. Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam isn't new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone™ courses.

We'll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central®. The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by April 3. We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.

Daily Online Review AP Classes

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. These mobile-friendly classes are:

Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.

Recorded and will be available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.

Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.

The schedule will be posted online today.

 

As we have additional information and resources, we'll update this  and share updates by email, the online AP communities, and our social media channels. We appreciate your partnership and all you're doing on behalf of your students. 
 
Sincerely,
Advanced Placement Program


AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus

INFORMATION REGARDING AP TESTING FROM COLLEGE BOARD

March 16, 2020

The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted by March 20.

We will announce portfolio submission deadline extensions for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, and Seminar courses by March 20. Schools do not need to call AP Services for Educators to request these extensions.

Phone: +1-877-274-6474 or +1-212-632-1781 

March 13, 2020

The AP Program is closely monitoring the updates and guidance about the coronavirus (COVID-19) provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading health organizations. Our first concern is for the health and safety of students, their families, and their school communities.

To help schools and students, we’re focused on:

  • Supporting student learning of the remaining content and skills in the course.
  • Providing flexible and streamlined testing opportunities and partnering with colleges and universities to ensure that students can still receive the college credit they have been striving to earn all year long.

The AP Exam administration remains as scheduled for schools that will be open on May 4–8 and 11–15, with late testing scheduled for May 20–22.

Testing Support

Current school and district plans indicate that many schools will remain in session and administer AP Exams in May. We understand that this situation is evolving daily, however. If a school is already closed or needs to close in March or April, AP makeup testing dates will be available. Which dates best serve a school will depend on how much instructional time is lost:

  • If a school is able to make up most of the lost instruction time, we recommend testing on the regularly scheduled exam dates.
  • If a school needs to make up some instructional time, they may update students’ exam orders to late testing scheduled for the third week of May. Selecting “school closing: election, national holiday, or natural disaster” ensures that the late-testing fee will not be applied.
  • Testing in the fourth week of May is possible, if needed, but must be requested through AP Services for Educators.
  • Schools closed for extended periods of time that need even later options (i.e., June retest dates) can contact AP Services for Educators beginning in April to make such arrangements.

If a school has lost instructional days for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, or Seminar courses and would like to request extensions for portfolio submission deadlines, please contact AP Services for Educators beginning March 16.

Instructional Support

We know that some educators will be relying on remote instruction for periods of school closure, making it more challenging to track individual students’ understanding of the material and adjust to their needs. Here is a one-page overview (.pdf/514KB) of how AP teachers can use the free, daily online practice in AP Classroom to check student understanding of each topic and skill in the AP course and ensure that students are well prepared for exam day.

AP teachers can access these additional resources to help them get set up with AP Classroom:

  • Foundations. Learn how AP Classroom complements the new AP course and exam descriptions and offers students opportunities for practice and feedback throughout the year.
  • AP Classroom Demo. See a click-through demonstration of AP Classroom, which highlights how to assign, score, and interpret results from Topic Questions, Personal Progress Checks, and teacher-created assignments and quizzes from the AP Question Bank.
  • AP Quick Start Videos.Watch short tutorials on the recent features added to AP Classroom.

Beginning in early April, free online video lessons developed by AP teachers will be available for the AP topics and skills typically taught in the final weeks of each AP course. Watch the videos at youtube.com/advancedplacement.

We are prioritizing the health and safety of students and educators during this challenging time. We will share this information and any future updates via email and the AP online communities. Thank you for your partnership.

AP Services for Educators

Email: apexams@info.collegeboard.org
Email: apexams-intl@info.collegeboard.org (for educators outside the United States)

School Closure- Parent Update - March 16, 2020

School Closure- Parent Update - March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Governor Wolf announced that all Pennsylvania K-12 schools will be closed for two weeks beginning today, Monday, March 16, 2020.  At this time, Hopewell Area School District expects to welcome students back to our schools on Monday, March 30, 2020. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 recommendations and status as provided by the CDC and the Department of Health.  Students will return on March 30 or the closure could be extended. 

During the closure, all Hopewell Area Schools will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.  Also, the district administration will review and implement necessary portions of the District’s Emergency Operation Plan and Pandemic Emergency Contingency Plan. 

Should your child have medication kept in the nurse’s office at the school that you need during these closures, please email your principal and schedule a time for pick-up at your child’s school. 

We are still waiting for further clarification from the state regarding the missed instructional days due to statewide closure.  The District will complete any waivers necessary to limit the need for students to make-up instructional days, however, we are awaiting further clarification from the Department of Education. Hopewell’s school calendar may be revised once the state provides further guidance. At this time, families should be prepared for the District to utilize the two remaining snow days on April 9 and May 8. As done in the past, accommodations will be made for students attending Prom on May 8. 

Information regarding the availability of school lunches will be shared later today.  We will send a phone blast with details and post written guidance on the website.  The District will begin providing lunches for any child 18 years of age or younger beginning tomorrow, March 17, 2020.

Regretfully, we have had to postpone or cancel many important student activities and events. We have made decisions on activities through March 31, but will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adjust the April and May activities, field trips, and events as well. The leadership for all of these groups has been extremely helpful in finding the best alternatives during these unprecedented times.  The following are a few of the most recent changes:

  • High School Musical “Big Fish” will be held on April 17, 18, and 19,
  • Band Banquet will now be held on May 2,
  • The Ripken Baseball Clinic trip has been canceled,
  • Marching Band’s Disney trip is being postponed until May/June, 
  • Academic Games National Competition has been canceled, 
  • Kindergarten Registration will be postponed, tentatively scheduled for April 24th (Last Names H-O), and April 30th (Last Names P-Z),
  • Eighth grade Washington, D.C. trip has been canceled,
  • Science Fair has been canceled, 
  • All athletic and extracurricular practices and/or events are postponed during school closure, 
  • Meetings for students with an IEP, GIEP, and/or 504 Plan scheduled during our closure will be postponed until further notice. 

Any questions during school closures can be emailed directly to an administrator or should be sent to Nancy Barber at barbern@hopewellarea.org.  Mrs. Barber will forward messages to the most appropriate staff member to answer any questions.  During school closures, please utilize email to communicate as staff may not be able to expedite the return of voicemails.

On-going updates will be posted on the District website and phone blasts will be sent to student homes when more information is available.  Later today, we will provide voluntary learning opportunities and ideas for students and parents to consider during closures. 

We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times.  Our continued focus is the health and well-being of our students, staff, families, and community. Be safe.

Sincerely,

Michelle Miller, Ed.D.

Superintendent

 
 

All PA school districts are closed for two weeks

March 13, 2020   
Dear Parents and Guardians,   
 
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beaver County School Districts will follow the orders of Governor Wolf and enact the following measures for the protection of our families and staff: 
 
• Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, school will be closed for students. 
• Each Beaver County School District will address staff matters individually.
• At this time, the District plans to resume school on March 30, 2020; however, we will reevaluate and communicate based on the information we have available as this situation evolves.
• All activities, field trips, and facility use in the County will be canceled from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29.  School districts may choose to cancel events beginning today.  
 
Sincerely, 
 
Mr. Bret Trotta, Superintendent Riverside Beaver County School District 
 
 
 
Please Click Here for a PDF of this Letter 

Dr. Jane Bovalino, Superintendent Rochester Area School District

Mr. Alan R. Fritz, Jr., Superintendent South Side Area School District

Dr. Joseph A. Guarino, Superintendent New Brighton Area School District

Dr. Michelle Miller, Superintendent Hopewell Area School District

Dr. Nicholas Perry, Superintendent Central Valley School District

Dr. Eric Rosendale, Executive Director Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit #27

Mr. Sean D. Tanner, Superintendent Midland Borough School District

Mr. David A. Wytiaz, Administrative Director Beaver County Career & Technology Center

Dr. Peter Carbone, Superintendent Aliquippa School District

Dr. Jeffrey A. Fuller, Superintendent Freedom Area School District

Mr. Barry King, Substitute Superintendent Ambridge Area School District

Dr. Donna Nugent, Superintendent Big Beaver Falls Area School District

Dr. Robert H. Postupac, Superintendent Blackhawk Area School District and Western Beaver County School District

Dr. Carrie Rowe, Superintendent Beaver Area School District

COVID-19 Update for Beaver County Schools - March 11

March 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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.

First, it is important to remember that at this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus within our region. We are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Superintendents and Educational Leaders within Beaver County are maintaining regular contact with our local health professionals to share information, seek guidance, and ask questions to help us in planning for any regional needs.

We encourage our students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. The CDC recommends the following tips that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for a minimum of 24 hours after you no longer have a fever.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  •  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additionally, our Districts and Schools are taking the following steps in order to be prepared for the possible entry of the virus into our region.

Health Services

  • School Nurses continue to coordinate with the PA Department of Health for guidance and monitoring of data related to coronavirus.
  • Faculty meetings will be held to review proper handwashing techniques. Staff will then provide students with instructions and reminders of the importance of frequent handwashing.
  • Students and staff are asked to stay home if they are ill, maintaining the CDC recommendation that individuals remain home for 24 hours after they no longer have a fever.

Buildings & Grounds/Custodial

  • Custodial staff will continue to use U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved products at appropriate dilutions to clean all surfaces.
  • Custodial staff are paying particular attention to all hard surfaces and “high touch” areas throughout each building.
  • Districts are in communication with their transportation companies/departments to ensure there is a plan in place for buses to be cleaned with an approved cleaner and following an appropriate protocol.
  • Signs reminding everyone of the importance of washing their hands frequently are hung throughout the schools.

Travel Recommendations

  • Anyone concerned about symptoms or possible exposure should stay home and contact his/her health care provider.
  • The Districts request that if students are traveling out of the country, or to an area of the U.S. that is known to have coronavirus, parents/guardians should notify the School Nurse. The School Nurse will assist the family in ensuring all CDC guidelines are followed.
  • The Districts request that non-school based organizations, such as booster groups, with travel plans to areas outside of our region contact the Superintendent to review travel plans and protocols.
  • Student field trips are being monitored and reviewed on a case by case basis.


Our Districts will continue to actively monitor the situation with coronavirus and the recommendations from the CDC. This rapidly evolving health concern will present unique challenges, but we remain focused on prioritizing safety and ensuring quality communication with our communities. We thank you for your continued support in keeping our students, staff, and communities safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jane Bovalino, Superintendent Rochester Area School District

Mr. Alan R. Fritz, Jr., Superintendent South Side Area School District

Dr. Joseph A. Guarino, Superintendent New Brighton Area School District

Dr. Michelle Miller, Superintendent Hopewell Area School District

Dr. Nicholas Perry, Superintendent Central Valley School District

Dr. Eric Rosendale, Executive Director Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit #27

Mr. Sean D. Tanner, Superintendent Midland Borough School District

Mr. David A. Wytiaz, Administrative Director Beaver County Career & Technology Center

Dr. Peter Carbone, Superintendent Aliquippa School District

Dr. Jeffrey A. Fuller, Superintendent Freedom Area School District

Mr. Barry King, Substitute Superintendent Ambridge Area School District

Dr. Donna Nugent, Superintendent Big Beaver Falls Area School District

Dr. Robert H. Postupac, Superintendent Blackhawk Area School District and Western Beaver County School District

Dr. Carrie Rowe, Superintendent Beaver Area School District

Mr. Bret Trotta, Superintendent Riverside Beaver County School District

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