In the event of school closings or delays due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, notification will be made via the following radio and television stations. A delayed start also results in cancellation of breakfast at school. WBFD/WAYC/WBVE/WHJB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bedford WSKE/WZSK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Everett WALY/WFBG/WFGY/ WRKY/ WWOT/WVAM. . . . . . . . . . . .Altoona WJAC-TV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Johnstown WTAJ-TV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Altoona
Parents and students are asked not to call the radio and television stations. This information will be given to the media as soon as possible after a decision is made. The radio and television stations guarantee that this information will be broadcast as quickly as possible. Refer to the information in Calling The School for instructions on how to obtain this information via the school phone system. Late starts and cancellations will also be posted on the school website.
The following dates (listed in order) will be used as make-up days if needed:
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 sponsors free pre-school screening clinics annually at various locations within Bedford, Blair, Cambria, and Somerset Counties. The purpose is to identify pre-school children from birth through age five with developmental delays. Screening activities include vision, hearing, speech/language, general development in gross motor, fine motor, personal/social and cognitive, and general health of the child. In addition, screenings are provided in the home throughout the year. For more information about screening clinics or to schedule an appointment for an in-home screening, call Intermediate Unit 8 at (814) 940-0223.
If the results of the screening indicate a need for evaluation and/or intervention, the Intermediate Unit 8 or local school district provides special education and related services to 3 through 21 year old eligible children in the least restrictive environment.
All information relating to screening activities is kept strictly confidential.
For more information regarding the screening and/or evaluation process of thought-to-be exceptional children, call Intermediate Unit 8 at (814) 940-0223 or your local school district.
The board recognizes the need for insurance coverage for unforeseen accidents that may occur to students in the course of attendance at school or participation in the athletic and extracurricular programs of the schools.
The board provides parents/guardians the opportunity to purchase insurance coverage, at no cost to the district, for injury resulting from accidents sustained by students in school programs and activities during school hours and round-the-clock. The premium will be paid by the parents/guardians.
The board shall maintain insurance coverage by a qualified insurer over and above the primary responsibility of family coverage at no cost to the student for injury resulting from accidents sustained while participating in an interscholastic athletic program, the cheerleader program, the band program, and the majorette program. The coverage shall extend to district students participating in approved cooperative interscholastic athletic programs with other school districts.
The Board recognizes that use of tobacco by students, staff, and all school visitors presents a health and safety hazard which can have serious consequences for both users and nonusers and the safety and environment of the schools.
Tobacco use shall be defined as use and/or possession of a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar and pipe; other lighted smoking products; and smokeless tobacco in any form.
The Board prohibits tobacco use and possession by students, staff, and all school visitors at any time in a school building and on any school property including the Panther Community Stadium, busses, vans and vehicles that are owned, leased, or controlled by the school district.
The Board also prohibits tobacco use and possession by students at school sponsored activities that are held off school property.
The school district shall initiate prosecution of a student who violates the tobacco use policy.
Visitors in violation will be asked to refrain from tobacco use. If they do not respond positively, they will be required to leave the school property.
The Board acknowledges the need for safe storage of books, clothing, school materials and personal property and provides lockers for storage purposes.
It is the policy of the Board that all lockers are and shall remain the property of the school district. As such, students shall have only a limited expectation of privacy in their lockers.
No student may use a locker as a depository for a substance or object that is prohibited by law, Board policy or district rules, or constitutes a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the occupants of the school building or the building itself.
The Board reserves the right to authorize its employees to inspect a students locker at any time, based on reasonable suspicion, for the purpose of determining whether the locker is being used improperly for the storage of contraband, a substance or object the possession of which is illegal, or any material that poses a threat to the health, welfare or safety of the school population.
The Board authorizes the administration to conduct random general searches of lockers when the district has a compelling interest in protecting and preserving the health, safety, or welfare of the school population.
The superintendent or designee has developed procedures to implement this policy.
The principal or designee shall be present whenever a student locker is inspected, based on reasonable suspicion.
The principal shall open a students locker for inspection on the request of a law enforcement officer only on presentation of a duly authorized search warrant or on the intelligent and voluntary consent of the student.
The principal shall be responsible for the safekeeping and proper disposal of any substance, object or material found in a students locker in violation of law, Board policy, or school rules.
The principal shall be responsible for promptly recording in writing each locker inspection; the record shall include the reason (s) for the search, persons present, objects found, and their disposition.
School officials are authorized to search a students personal possessions or motor vehicle parked on school property when there is reasonable suspicion that the student is violating law, Board policy, or school rules, or poses a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the school population.
Student shall assume responsibility for maintaining the security of their lockers.
Prior to an individual locker search, the student shall be notified and be given an opportunity to be present.
However, when school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that a locker contains materials which pose a threat to the health, welfare, or safety of the school population, student lockers may be searched without prior warning.
Illegal and prohibited materials seized during a student search may be used as evidence against the student in a school disciplinary proceeding.
Searches conducted by the administration may include, but not be limited to utilization of certified drug dogs, metal detection units, or any device used to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the school population.
The abuse of controlled substances is a serious problem with legal, physical, and social implications for the whole school community. As an educational institution, the schools shall strive to prevent abuse of controlled substances.
Controlled substances shall include all controlled substances prohibited by federal and state law, look-alike drugs, alcoholic beverages, anabolic steroids, drug paraphernalia, any volatile solvents or inhalants, such as but not limited to glue and aerosol products, and prescription or patent drugs, except those for which permission for use in school has been granted pursuant to board policy.
Under the influence shall include any consumption or ingestion of controlled substances by a student.
The Board prohibits students from using, possessing, distributing, and being under the influence of any controlled substances during school hours, at any time while on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, and during the time spent traveling to and from school and school-sponsored activities.
The Board may require participation in drug counseling, rehabilitation, testing, or other programs as a condition of reinstatement into the schools educational, extracurricular or athletic programs resulting from violations of this policy.
This policy also applies to student conduct that occurs off school property violates the Code of Student conduct if:
There is a nexus between the proximity or timing of the conduct in relation to the students attendance at school or school-sponsored activities.
The student is a member of an extracurricular activity and has been notified that particular off-campus conduct could result in exclusion from such activities.
Student expression or conduct materially and substantially disrupts the operations of the school, or the administration reasonably anticipates that the expression or conduct is likely to materially and substantially disrupt the operations of the school.The conduct has a direct nexus to attendance at school or a school-sponsored activity, such as an agreement to complete a transaction outside of school that would violate the Code of Student Conduct.
The conduct has a direct nexus to attendance at school or a school-sponsored activity, such as an agreement to complete a transaction outside of school that would violate the Code of Student Conduct.
The conduct involves the theft or vandalism of school property.
The following rules have been prepared for the identification and control of substance abuse in the schools.
Establish procedures to deal with students suspected of using, possessing, being under the influence, or distributing controlled substances in school, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution.
Disseminate to students, parents/guardians, and staff the policy and district procedures governing student abuse of controlled substances.
Provide education concerning the dangers of abusing controlled substances.
Establish procedures for education and readmission to school of students convicted of offenses involving controlled substances.
Incidents of possession, use and sale of controlled substances by any person on school property shall be reported to the Office of Safe Schools annually.
In all cases involving students and controlled substances, the need to protect the school community from undue harm and exposure to drugs shall be recognized.
No student may be admitted to a program that seeks to identify and rehabilitate the potential abuser without the intelligent, voluntary, and aware consent of the student and parent/guardian.
The board prohibits the use of anabolic steroids by students involved in school-related athletics, except for a valid medical purpose. Body building and muscle enhancement of athletic ability are not valid medical purposes. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) shall not be included as an anabolic steroid.
Students shall be made aware of the dangers of steroid use; that anabolic steroids are classified as controlled substances; and that their use, unauthorized possession, purchase, or sale could subject students to suspension, expulsion and/or criminal prosecution.
The following minimum penalties are prescribed for any student athlete found in violation of the prohibited use of anabolic steroids.
For a first violation, suspension from school athletics for the remainder of the season.
For a second violation, suspension from school athletics for the remainder of the season and for the following season.
For a third violation, permanent suspension from school athletics.
No student shall be eligible to resume participation in school athletics unless a medical determination has been submitted, verifying that no residual evidence of steroids exists.
If based on the students behavior, medical symptoms, vital signs or other observable factors, the building principal has reasonable suspicion that the student is under the influence of a controlled substance, the student may be required to submit to drug or alcohol testing. The testing may include but is not limited to the analysis of blood, urine, saliva, or the administration of a Breathalyzer test.
The Northern Bedford County School District provides transportation services to all its students. Bus routes are determined by the district office in cooperation with the respective bus contractors in a manner which promotes both safety and efficiency. Students are picked up by the bus as close as reasonably possible to their homes and are accordingly discharged in a similar manner. Some of the following factors are used in determining the location of bus stops:
Safety of the walk for students along the highway.
Safety of the bus from collision while it is stopped.
Distance students can safely walk to the bus stop.
The ability of the bus to navigate particular roads and lanes.
One of the greatest problems involving bus transportation of children to and from school is illegal pass-bys of stopped school busses. Motorists are violating the law by passing busses with red lights flashing. What is most disturbing is that every single violation could be life threatening to a child crossing the road before boarding or after discharging from the bus.
Whenever approaching a stopped school bus, whether in the same or opposite lane, please follow the state law and stop when the red lights are flashing and the side stop arm is extended.
When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop are extended, you MUST STOP.
When you approach an intersection where a school bus with red signal lights flashing
and stop are extended, you MUST STOP.
You MUST STOP at least ten (10) feet away from the school bus.
You MUST WAIT until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.
DO NOT MOVE until all the children have reached a place of safety.
Students will enter the bus in an orderly manner, sit in their assigned seat, refrain from loud noise, remain seated until the bus has stopped at their stop, and leave the bus in an orderly manner.
Students will strictly refrain from any form of rowdiness or rough housing which can cause disorder or safety violations. (Essentially, Keep your hands to yourself.)
Students will obey the drivers directions without question in the interest of safety. Disagreements may be registered with the respective principal.
Students are expected to obey the rules posted on the bus.
Students are expected to behave at bus stops in the safe manner taught at school.
Students are expected to be at the bus stop on time. Drivers, though usually doing so as a courtesy, are not required to wait for those not at the bus stop.
Large and/or heavy items carried on the bus are safety hazards. The bus driver is not required to permit you to have them on the bus. All firearms, other weapons, or dangerous devices are prohibited from the school bus.
Parents are expected to support the bus driver and the school officials in their efforts to provide for the safety of all students. They are expected to govern the behavior of their children toward the goal of good order on the school bus.
The school has no authority over the conduct of students before the bus arrives at the stop or after it leaves, except that the school can react to dangerous conditions created by students board or leave the bus. Parents are expected to supervise their children at the bus stop.
Bus drivers have the authority to not travel any part of the route due to hazardous or potentially impassible conditions. Parents need to be alert to attend to young children if the bus cannot reach them.
School bus transportation is not a right like school attendance - rather it is a privilege. Students may be removed from riding the bus either temporarily or permanently because of their misconduct while riding the bus.
Parents are expected to support the bus driver and school officials in their efforts to provide for the safety of all students. Parents should remind their children of the importance of good discipline on the school bus.
On the first day of school all students receive a Student/Parent Handbook. The handbooks contain pertinent information relative to such topics as discipline, attendance, programs, athletics, academics, extra-curricular activities, etc.
Principals will meet with students to review the handbook. Students are expected to be familiar with the information contained in the handbooks and make reference to it throughout the year when a question arises.
Parents are recommended to read and become familiar with the information contained in the handbooks and sign/return the signature page.
Student organizers (also called student assignment books) were purchased for all middle school students in order to help them develop good organizational skills. All students are required to carry the organizer with them to all their core classes. Any other class exceptions will be announced by the office. All students are required to do the following on a daily basis:
Have the organizer with them in each class
Write down the homework assignments as neatly as possible
Write down what was done in class that day if no assignment was given
Log all test and quiz scores
Indicate the tutoring sessions (PAWS) they are attending, if applicable. This organizer is considered a required text. Students will be expected to pay for a replacement if the organizer is lost or destroyed.
Parents are asked to support the use of the Student Organizer by reviewing it each week with their child, or more often if possible. Parents are asked to sign or initial the book if they have reviewed it.
All students in grades two through five will be provided student organizers (agendas) for the upcoming school year. Our intent is to provide a means for the student, parent and teacher to have constant and consistent communication concerning homework assignments and other special events in the classroom. We suggest that parents review the organizer on a daily basis with students. Although not required, we suggest that parents initial the assignments upon completion. We believe educating our children should be a positive team effort between school and home.
All students in grades Preschool through grade five will be provided a folder to exchange parent information. It is important that parents read the information, sign enclosed papers and return to the classroom teacher the following day. This folder may also be used for parents to send communication such as bus notes, excuses, lunch money, etc., to the school.
Northern Bedford County School District announces a change in the 2009/2010 Income Guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Free and Reduced Price Meal program for those children unable to pay the full price of meals. The school has adopted the family size and income criteria as established by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture for determining eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or less than the levels shown below are eligible for free meals or reduced price meals.
To apply for free or reduced price meals, complete the application that was sent to you prior to the start of school, sign it, and return it to the school. You can also apply on-line with the Complass Program. This is available on the school web page at www.nbsd.org. You will need to go to services; food service and the program will be listed.
If you currently receive Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Cash Assistance for your children, you have to list only your childs name and food stamp or TANF case number.
Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits. If families with foster children wish to apply for free or reduced price meals, they should write the childs personal use income, how often it is received and sign the application.
The parent must also certify that all of the information is true and correct. The information provided on the application will be used to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals and may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials. The eligibility status of each child may be given to Title I officials for allocations and evaluation purposes. No other uses of the application information are permitted without parental permission. The application is made in connection with the receipt of federal funds. Deliberate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal criminal statutes.
You may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but have an increase in household size, a decrease in household income, become unemployed, or receive food stamps, or TANF for your child, complete an application at that time.
Children who receive free or reduced price meals are treated the same as children who pay for their meals. In the operation of child nutrition programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.
Under the provisions of the schools policy, the schools approving official will review applications and determine eligibility.
If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the local approving officials or the results of the verification, he/she may request a hearing to appeal the decision. Hearing procedures are outlined in the schools policy which is on file in the schools administrative office and may be reviewed by any interested party. The schools hearing officer is Scott E. King, Superintendent, 152 NBC Drive, Loysburg, PA 16659; phone (814) 766-2221 ext. 4702.
Northern Bedford School District has made available an on-line service called E-funds. The link for e-funds can be found on the school web page at www.nbcsd.org. You will need to go to services; food service and the program will be listed. This program allows you to check your students cafeteria balance daily. You can also make payment on your childs account. Prior to the beginning of the school year information was mailed to you regarding this program.
School district policy 808.1 regarding student meal charges and collection will continue. It is extremely important in the education process that all children receive nourishment throughout the school day. It is also important that you maintain a positive balance in your students account.
Listed below are the procedures that will be followed.
First notification will be a telephone call when your child has a negative balance.
If payment has not been received within 7 days, a second telephone notification will be sent. This message will explain that your child will be placed on an alternate lunch program. The school principal will also be notified at this time.
Failure to pay outstanding balance will result in civil charges and additional fees.
In accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Northern Bedford County School District must disclose upon request names, addresses, and telephone numbers of students to representatives of post-secondary institutions and to representatives of the armed forces of the United States.
Equitable access to secondary students will be granted to post-secondary education representatives, military recruiters, and prospective employers.
The building principal shall determine under what conditions and when access to secondary students will be provided to representatives of post-secondary institutions, military recruiters, and prospective employers.
Post-secondary institutions and military recruiters shall have access to secondary students names, addresses, and telephone numbers, unless the student or parent requests that such information not be released without prior written parental consent.
The building principal reserves the right to deny access to students when such will materially and substantially interfere with the proper and orderly operation of the school.
Parents who prefer that their childs name, address, and telephone number not be disclosed to post-secondary institutions, military recruiters, and prospective employers without prior written consent must complete and sign a Reservation of Consent for the Release of Certain Student Information Under the No Child Left Behind Act form.
Parents wishing to withhold this information may obtain a form by contacting the principals office.
School District policies on Non-Discrimination and Unlawful Harassment in compliance with school law regulations and requirements are reprinted here in their entirety. To report incidents of non-discrimination and/or unlawful harassment contact the respective building principal.
Medication Reminders Use and Possession of Asthma Inhalers
School Visitors Internet/Technology Use Electronic Devices
Laptop Computers/Personal Digital Assistants
Curriculum Review by Parents and Students Integrated Pest Management Hazing Prohibited Athletics
Statement of Safety Policy
Equal Opportunity Education Institution
Northern Bedford County School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Carol Louden, or Wayne Sherlock Title IX coordinators, or Scott E. King, sec. 504 coordinator, at 152 NBC Drive, Loysburg, PA 16659 (814) 766-2221. For information regarding services, activities and facilities that are accessible to and useable by handicapped persons, contact the District Superintendent, Scott E. King, at the above address or telephone number.
Equal Opportunity Education Institution - Northern Bedford County School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Mr. Todd Beatty, sec. 504 coordinator, at 152 NBC Drive, Loysburg, PA 16659 (814) 766-2221. For information regarding services, activities and facilities that are accessible to and useable by handicapped persons, contact the District Superintendent, Todd Beatty, at the above address or telephone number.