2019 Back-To-School Information

2019 Back-To-School Information
Posted on 08/16/2019
2019 Back-to-School Post

MASD BACK-TO-SCHOOL INFORMATION
Everything you need to know for a successful start!

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SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR 
The first day of school for students is Monday, August 26. The first week of school will be a FOUR-DAY WEEK. Schools and offices will be closed on Friday, August 30 and Monday, September 2 for Labor Day Recess.  

Print and post a copy of the 2019-2020 school calendar so you are aware of early dismissals and days off school. Each family will also received a wall calendar which will be sent home with the youngest child in the household. If your wall calendar doesn’t make it home, it can also be located HERE.

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HOMEROOM & BUS ASSIGNMENTS LETTERS
Back-to-School letters containing homeroom and bus assignments were mailed to each student and should have arrived beginning Monday, August 12. Any bus questions may be directed to the MASD Transportation Coordinator, Dion Mumma, at
dmumma@raiderweb.org or at 717-948-3300, ext, 3010.

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COMPLETE YOUR ANNUAL STUDENT UPDATE FOR EACH RETURNING STUDENT BY SEPTEMBER 30!
This is the MOST important part of this entire email. Don’t skip it!

The PowerSchool Parent Portal is now open. If you have a RETURNING STUDENT you may begin their update process.

NEW STUDENTS, INCLUDING KINDERGARTNERS: their information was entered during the registration process so parents DO NOT need to do anything further. PLEASE NOTE: the PowerSchool credentials you were given at registration will not work until your child has been completely processed and your parent account has been created, which can take several weeks.

This summer MASD upgraded to a new version of PowerSchool. As with any major data transition, there are unexpected challenges and bugs to work out. Thank you for your patience this week as we worked through the glitches so parents could begin their student updates. Students are now able to see their schedules and parents have already been completing the update process. 

The District is requesting that all student information be updated by September 30. Your children’s safety is a high priority to us. The District MUST have updated information in case of an emergency. Please take a few minutes to update all your contact information, enter all student information, complete all agreements, and enter all SchoolMessenger content so you are prepared for emergency and weather-related messages. Step-by-step instructions for completing the SchoolMessenger section can be found HERE.

Thank you for giving careful attention to this very important matter. You have entrusted us with your child for several hours out of their day. Please provide us with the information we need to keep your child safe.

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EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE START OF SCHOOL
The District has scheduled several events to help your children transition into their new year. Mark your calendars and take advantage of these opportunities to visit your schools and help your children become comfortable with their new environments.

Monday, August 19
MAMS New Student Orientation
9-10am

Tuesday, August 20
6th Grade Picnic
5-6:30pm @ MAMS

MAHS Building Tours for Freshmen & New Students
5:30-7:30pm @ MAHS

Wednesday, August 21
Kindergarten Open House & Elementary Sneak Peek
5-7pm @ Fink/Kunkel/Reid

Medication Drop-off Night
5-7pm @ All Schools
Bring your child’s medication and paperwork to their school before the 1st day of school! View details, including what to bring, at
Medication Drop-off Night.

Friday, August 23
MAHS Building Tours for Freshmen & New Students
9-11am @ MAHS

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SCHOOL MEALS
The District will be partnering again this year with Nutrition, Inc to provide balanced meals for your children.  

·    Manage your children’s cafeteria fund at SchoolCafe.

·    Breakfast and lunch menus can be located at Nutrislice throughout the school year.

·    Families who wish to continue receiving free or reduced price meals must submit a new application EACH SCHOOL YEAR. The application information can be found on the Food Services page.

Breakfast Prices:
All Schools Regular: $1.00
All Schools Reduced: $0.30
Lunch Prices:
Elementary Regular: $2.40
Elementary Tier: $2.80
Middle School Regular: $2.55
Middle School Tier: $3.05
High School Regular: $2.65
High School Tier: $3.15
All Schools Reduced Lunch: $0.40

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STUDENT HOURS

Fink: 8:30am - 3:15pm
Kunkel: 9:00am - 3:45pm
Reid:  8:30am - 3:15pm
MAMS: 7:40am - 2:40pm
MAHS: 7:25am - 2:30pm

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

The District provides most of the necessary classroom supplies. Seventh and eighth graders received a supply list at the end of the school year which can also be picked up at the MAMS office. All other teachers will inform their students on the first day of school if they have any specific requirements for their class.

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SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

School districts are legally required to enforce the following immunizations deadlines: 

·    Monday, August 26, 2019: the 7th and 12th grade deadline to submit proof of immunizations is the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Students with incomplete immunizations on file will not be permitted to attend classes on the first day of school.

·    Tuesday, September 3, 2019:last day to submit proof of immunizations for grades K-6 and 8-11.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019: RISK OF EXCLUSION for grades K-6 and 8-11. Students in grades K-6 and 8-11 with incomplete immunizations on file will not be permitted to attend school beginning September 4th.

Immunization requirements can be found HERE.

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VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Volunteers are an instrumental part of our school communities. For the safety of our students and staff, all volunteers must complete an application and screening process. All pertinent information can be found in our
Volunteer Application Packet. Please complete your application NOW so you are ready to help with school events.

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STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
Parents may purchase student accident insurance through the District. See our Student Insurance page for details and consider taking advantage of these highly discounted plans:

·    School-day coverage only: $30 per year per student

·    24-hour coverage: $113 per year per student

·    Dental Coverage: $20 per year per student

NOTE: Student Accident Insurance does not cover accidents incurred during athletic events.

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CHIP HEALTH INSURANCE

Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program now covers all uninsured kids and teens (up to age 19). Coverage includes doctor visits, dental care, eye care, prescriptions, immunizations, mental health and much more. For many families, CHIP is free, with no copays or monthly premiums. Families with higher incomes may qualify for low-cost or at-cost CHIP, which still includes the same comprehensive benefits. Families whose incomes fall below CHIP guidelines may be enrolled in Medical Assistance.

Families who need health insurance are encouraged to apply right away. CHIP enrollment information is available by visiting chipcoverspakids.com or calling 1-800-986-KIDS.

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STAY INFORMED
A high volume of school-related questions that we see on social media have already been answered through our communication avenues. Follow us on
Facebook or Twitter to view MASD news as soon as it is released. If you aren’t receiving emails from the District, you may have blocked us or our email may be going to your junk folder. Check your junk folder for communication@raiderweb.org and allow access. The other possibility is that we don’t have a current email address for your household so please check your information in PowerSchool.

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HANDBOOKS

Parents and students are responsible for following all the guidelines included in the Student Code of Conduct & District Handbook as well as the school-specific Student Handbooks. All handbooks, as well as quick reference guides for dress code regulations, can be found at FOR PARENTS on our website.

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CHANGES IN SCHOOL CODE REGARDING ATTENDANCE

Act 16 of 2019, which was signed in June, made two significant changes in the Public School Code regarding attendance: 

1)  Compulsory School Age: Effective September 26, 2019, all children from the age of six (6) through the age of eighteen (18) must comply with compulsory school attendance requirements. To meet these requirements, parents must ensure that their child between the ages of 6 and 18 is attending or participating in one of the following: a public elementary, middle, or high school; a public charter or cyber-charter school; a private licensed academic or private religious school; home tutoring by a certified teacher; or an approved program of home schooling. Children may be excused from compulsory attendance for documented medical or other compelling reasons as outlined in District attendance policy and procedures.

2)  Full Academic Year Requirements for Testing: A student who is absent for 20 percent or more of his or her days of enrollment will not be considered to have met the “full academic year” requirement for purposes of school accountability testing (PSSA and Keystones). This new rule is effective for the Spring 2020 administration of the PSSAs and for any 2019-2020 administration of the Literature, Algebra, and Biology Keystones.

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MASD welcomes the Class of 2032 as they start their first year as our littlest Blue Raiders. We are looking forward to great things from the Class of 2020 as they lead the student body this year. And for everyone in between…show your Blue Raider Pride!

Middletown Area School District

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