Northern Bedford County School District

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    “Change is the end result of true learning.” ~ Leo Buscaglia


  • Agriculture Land Lease Requests for Proposal

    Agriculture Land Lease Requests for Proposal are now being accepted.  Please click here for the bid packet.  Sealed bids will be accepted until 1 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020. 


    Wednesday Free Meal Pick-up

    Starting Wednesday, September 23 meals will be picked up by curbside delivery as was the procedure last Spring.  Please pull up parallel to curb stopping at the corner where the cafeteria doors are located.  If vehicles are in front of you, please pull behind forming a line.  Once you receive your food, proceed toward the exit as you normally would.




    Dear Parents and Guardians:


    Northern Bedford County SD is able to provide free meals to all children through the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option through December 2020 (contingent on the availability of funding).  These meals are available to any child age 18 or younger.


    Breakfast and lunch will be free to all students on their face to face instruction days.  Menus are posted on the school’s website for Group A and Group B days. 


    Please do not send payment for meals until further notification.


    Each Wednesday, starting September 16th, bulk meals will be available to pick-up for any child 18 or younger.  They do not need to be an NBC enrolled student.  Meals can be picked up by anyone on Wednesdays from 11-12 at the high school.  You may enter at the kitchen entrance and follow the posted signs.


    Social distancing will be practiced and face coverings must be worn while in the building.


    Please contact the Northern Bedford County SD Food Service Office at 814-766-4714 or with any questions about the meal service.


    Jennie Miller

    Northern Bedford County School District

    Food Service Director






    September 8, 2020


    Hello NBC Family,

    I want to provide the public with the latest updates concerning activities at school.


    Construction project

    All main classrooms will be completed internally by the first day of schools for students. This means all masonry has been completed; windows and vents, framing, and drywall are installed; rooms are painted, and the tile has been laid. The masonry at the offices and locker room will be completed as well. The masonry at the band room is set to be completed by the end of the first week of students. The steel panels in the courtyard and the windows at the ramp area will be completed after the first day of school. The middle school windows and the gymnasium material will be completed once the materials arrive. As of September 14, all construction will take place after students leave for the day (3:15) except for Wednesdays which is a hybrid day for all students.


    Food Service

    Upon approval from PDE, Northern Bedford Food Service Department will be able to offer free meals to all children 18 years and younger through December 31st or funds are depleted. More information will be available soon.

    We had a donation made to the school to pay for students whose lunch account was in arrears. We will be starting this year with no lunch accounts in the red. The district greatly appreciates the willingness of community members to help those in need.


    Start of School

    Our first day of school for students will remain as September 14th. We will also remain hybrid for the start of school. Group A students will be in the building on the 14th with group B on September 17th. Please remember to keep students exhibiting COVID-like symptoms at home. Students who complete required work at home will be considered present for school.



    Please click HERE for LIVE STREAM information of athletic events in the NBCSD High School Gym and Panther Community Stadium.


    Food Service Information for

    Return to School



    Please find in the link below information regarding the latest changes issued regarding COVID-19 and how it affects our community. 

    NBCSD Update 8-20-2020



    The Northern Bedford County School District 

    School Board has approved a delayed start to the

    2020-21 school year due to construction delays.

    The first student day is

    Monday, September 14, 2020.

    Please see the revised calendar under district shortcuts.



    School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions

     Please click here to view questions and answers.


    COVID 2020 Operational Plan


    COVID Parental Survey Results





    Northern Bedford County School District Health and Safety Plan 


    Covid-19 Sports Health and Safety Return to Play Plan



    Request for Proposal on Custodial Sanitization Services

    Bid Request for Wood Chips


    2020 Census  

    Census Takers will begin visiting households that have not responded online, by phone or by mail beginning the week of July 20.

    Please answer the door and provide the answers to the questions the Census Taker asks. By answering, you will help ensure we’ll get our share of funding for the next 10 years.

    More information is available in the link below:




    July 10, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    The response to COVID-19 has created tremendous fluidity and uncertainty as we are planning for the start of school.  In the meantime, we have taken steps to increase our levels of sanitation for 20-21.  We have purchased equipment that will allow our staff to sanitize rooms more efficiently as well as providing sanitation wipes in each classroom for use throughout the day.  We also increased the number of hand sanitizer devices throughout the building for students to use during the day.  Students will be able to bring their own water bottles to school and we are purchasing water fountains that are designed to refill water bottles.  We will also be purchasing equipment for the bus drivers to sanitize the bus fleet each day.  Providing a safe learning environment for our students will be our number one priority. 

    On the education side, we are purchasing laptops for students K-5 making NBC a 1:1 school K-12.  Teachers have completed additional training on Google Classrooms, Canvas, and SeeSaw.  With the experiences of the last ten weeks of school, teachers are taking the information from the training and improving upon last year’s work.  With regards to athletics, Mr. Batzel is monitoring the situation and reviewing all information that is posted through PIAA and developing plans accordingly. 

    By taking these steps, we intend to have students return to school on August 27, 2020.  The Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Health, however, are currently making it difficult for us to have all students return each day.  On July 1, the Secretary issued an order that in part requires the wearing of facemasks while outside if six feet cannot be consistently maintained and in school buildings unless one has a medical condition.  If this order remains in effect for the beginning of the school year, we would be required to enforce the wearing of masks for students on the bus.  All students, staff, and visitors would be required to wear masks within the building during the school day and for all school activities.  This will be required because we are unable to maintain the six-foot requirement with all students in the building. 

    The only way to maintain the six-foot requirement would be to implement a hybrid plan which means that only half of the student population would be at school on any given day.  We recognize the inconveniences a hybrid model creates for parents; however, it does provide face to face opportunities with teachers.  The final option is to be completely on-line as we were for the last ten weeks of school. 

    The administration has been discussing what a hybrid model would look like.  We have discussed several scenarios:

    • Half the students in person on Monday and Thursday and the other half in person on Tuesday and Friday
    • Half the students in person on Monday and Tuesday and the other half in person on Thursday and Friday
    • Half the students in person Monday through Thursday week 1 and the other half in person Monday through Thursday week 2 alternating
    • Have an alternating schedule for students in which half the students are at school in person every other day

    On days when students are not physically present in school, they will be required to complete on-line assignments and activities.  Days that no students are in the building, the custodial staff will complete a deep sanitation cleaning.

    A survey will be sent to you via email for input into which hybrid scenario would work best for you along with other pertinent questions.  I am planning a meeting to discuss the results of the survey.  If you would like to attend, please contact Mrs. Pressel at 766-4702.  The administration will review the input provided by the parents as we continue to refine and eventually implement the best plan given the status at the time.

    On a different note, I understand that some parents may be considering an actual cyber school option if NBC is required to return to on-line schooling; it is important for parents understand and consider the ramifications of this decision.  If twenty percent of NBC parents choose to go to cyber school, the district will be required to pay an additional 2 million dollars, at a minimum, over the course of the 20-21 school year to the cyber schools.  This cost is not accounted for in our 20-21 budget and would financially cripple the school district.  If the district were required to pay the same amount for the 21-22 school year, NBC would cease to exist as we know it without changes at the state level to provide cyber finance reform and/or money directly to the district from the state. 

    As you make your decisions, please understand the district is limited in the decision making process because we are bound by the state mandates and orders.  Information seems to change daily, so I would encourage you to check our website for updates.  Again, I would encourage communication with your state representatives and governor to ensure your voice is heard.




    Todd B. Beatty



    Cc:          School Board

  • 2020-2021 SPORTS PHYSICALS


    PHYSICAL EXAMS will be held on Thursday, July 30 with grades 10 through 12 from 1:00-3:30. Grades 7 through 9 will report from 4:00-7:00.

    Exceptions will be made for same family senior high/junior high athletes coming together. Makeups for all grades and anyone who can't come Thursday are from 8:00 AM to noon on Friday, July 31. Cost is $10 and payable the day of the exam. Physical forms are available in the HS office and downloadable on the school and PIAA website.

    Physical forms should be completed by the parents BEFORE coming in for the exam on July 30 or 31.

    Social Distancing will be practiced while waiting for your exam and masks must be worn in the building.

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  • June 2020 News Bulletin
    The June 2020 issue of the District News Bulletin is now available for the NBC community to view.  Click on the link below to view the complete document:  June 2020 News Bulletin 


     Back to School Cyber Security

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    Internet Survey


    The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC), on behalf of the eight counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Huntingdon, Somerset, and Westmoreland is coordinating a Broadband Survey to assess your current broadband service and needs.

     The results will help the region determine where the need is greatest and help guide us on how to ensure that all citizens and businesses have affordable and adequate access to broadband services.

     Your participation in this survey is extremely important, as it will help support grant applications that can fund improved broadband.

     We are asking if you could share the survey link below with your staff members, families and students so we can get the best possible results for our region. If you are also able to share this information on your website or with your parents or students in any other way, we would greatly appreciate it.

     The survey can be taken online in less than 5 minutes at:

    For Your Home

    For Your Business

     For questions or more information, contact: or Stacy LoCastro at (814) 949-6510.


    Please go to and complete your census to help ensure our schools will receive the federal funding we deserve for free and reduced-price school lunches, special education, Head Start, after-school programs, classroom technology, mother and child health programs and more.
    Be sure to count everyone in your house or apartment!  This includes babies & infants, too!
    Todd Beatty


    Free application Click here to determine if your child(ren) qualify for free or reduced price meals at Northern Bedford County School District.  You will be prompted to register into the website before you begin the application process.



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