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DASD E-News Weekly 
August 23, 2019    

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!
On behalf of district administration , faculty, staff, and the Dallastown Area Board of School Directors, we welcome you to a new school year!

Skyward Family Access is now open for parents/guardians and students. The district has transitioned to this new Education Management System over the summer, replacing the eSchoolPLUS Home Access Center (HAC). 

Instructions for accessing and establishing accounts have been emailed to Parents/Guardians. If not received, contact your child's school for assistance. Upon access, be sure to complete the Update Student Information online form prior to the first day of school, which includes important emergency contact information. 

We are pleased to provide this latest technology to support improved monitoring of student progress and enhanced communication between school and home.

For portal, access: Skyward
A Wildcat Welcome 
Twenty new teachers to Dallastown Area School District began their ori entation and induction activities on Tuesday, August 13th. Additionally, we welcome 8 new support staff.

We also welcome Lt. Col. Shannon Hubacher, who begins her duties as Cadet Commander for the Dallastown Area High School U.S.M.C. JROTC Program, and Scott Altland, the new Residency Coordinator.

Let's extend a warm Wildcat Welcome to everyone!
How Did We Spend Our Summer?
We often hear, "What do you do here over the summer?" It's true that the pace is different, and there are opportunities for family vacations. But, in other ways, summer throughout the Dallastown Area School District moves at a much faster pace.

Cleaning and painting of schools, upgrading facilities, making repairs, and other buildings and grounds maintenance occurs in the compressed time frame. Hiring and orientation of staff members takes place throughout the summer.

This summer, Loganville-Springfield Elementary School's renovation and upgrade project commenced with major work completed on the first phase. New classrooms were added and others renovated. The gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen, and administrative offices are underway. Curbing was poured outside and interior upgrades were made to hallways and electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.
Elsewhere in the district, lighting was improved at the high school and intermediate school to utilize LED fixtures which will yield energy savings and reduced maintenance costs. And, road repair and resurfacing occurred on South Walnut Street at the "tennis court hill" entrance to the secondary campus. 
Additionally, faculty, paraprofessionals, and staff members participated in district-led courses, workshops, and curriculum writing sessions. Faculty members and administrators also engaged in graduate courses, education conferences, and professional development workshops.
Student opportunities included sports, technology, and fine arts camps and clinics, among other activities throughout the district.
Dallastown Area School District was a busy place to be all summer long!
Short Takes
Compulsory Attendance Law Change

This year, an update to the Compulsory Attendance Law indicates that children are now required to be enrolled no later than age six (6) and must remain enrolled until they are eighteen (18) years old. For up-to-date attendance laws, policies, and protocols, refer to the district website at: All About Attendance
Food for Thought

Chartwells K-12 will continue to oversee Dallastown Area School District's Food Service Department for the 2019-20 school

year. Here are a few things to know:
  1. Breakfast will be available daily.
  2. MySchoolBucks is a convenient, easy, and secure online prepayment service, which allows parents to view daily purchases and account balances. A free App provides parents the ability to add funds electronically for a small fee. Parents can also sign up to receive an email when a low fund balance occurs. To open a MySchoolBucks account for your child, access: School Lunch Payments Made Easy
  3. Menus and nutritional information on meals served in the cafeteria can be accessed at: Menus and Nutrition
  4. A Free and Reduced Meals Application will be sent home with your child at the beginning of the school year. Families who received free and reduced meals last year must submit a new application no later than Monday, October 7th, to continue this benefit. 

For additional information regarding the school lunch program, visit: DASD Food Services Department 

Annual Notices for Parents/Guardians

Dallastown Area School District posts Annual Notices for Parents/Guardians on the district website, including:
  • Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Child Find (Annual Notice of Special Education Services and Programs)
  • Child Nutrition Programs 
  • Every Student Succeeds Act 
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination
To view these notices, access:  Annual Notices

Contact your child's school principal with any questions about this important information.
School Board Schedule 
Building & Capital Projects Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 12
Administration Board Room

Finance Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 12 

Human Resources Committee Meeting (Closed to Public)
8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 12

Board Workshop: Team of 10 Retreat
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday, September 16
Administration Board Room

Board Workshop: Special Education
6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Thursday, September 19

Board Meeting
7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19
Calendar Reminders
Monday, September 2
Friday, September 20
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