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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information: Updated March 27, 2020 4:00pm

March 27 update 4:00pm

The Kane Area School District is continuing to work on a remote learning delivery system for students. This transition is complex and we ask for patience as we make this move. The school district will provide devices to households that are in need of tablets/laptops. Distribution will begin during the week of March 30th. Information regarding pick up times will be forthcoming.

March 24 update 3:00pm 

On March 23th, Governor Wolf extended the statewide closure of schools through April 8th. It is anticipated the closure may be extended in the future. Due to the uncertainty surrounding a physical return to school for students, KASD is moving ahead with plans for continuity of instruction during the closure. We strongly encourage households to fill out the home internet/computer survey posted on our website. Households that do not respond online will be contacted via phone in order to gather the required information.

We thank all families that have already competed the online survey as the response was outstanding. Our goal is to have a remote learning delivery system up and functioning very soon. Parents and students will be contacted as additional information becomes available.

March 19 - 1:30pm Update

All schools in the KASD remain closed through March 27th. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. We understand there are many questions regarding plans for the rest of the school year. We are expecting additional guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the coming days. During this shutdown, we will continue to provide links to many educational resources under the “Schools” tab on the KASD homepage.

Please note the following topic specific updates:

PSSA/Keystone Exams

The 2020 PSSA and Keystone Exams have officially been cancelled.

UPB Dual Enrollment Classes/ AP Exams

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has announced that students enrolled in UPB dual enrollment courses have met the contract hours for college credit and students will be given credit if they pass the course. The College Board is currently developing online resources for AP students to access during school closures. They are also developing a model that would allow students to “test at home” if needed.

Update - March 13 - 4:30 pm 

All school activities including practices, conditioning, and open gyms are canceled until further notice.  All school facilities will remain closed for the next 2 weeks as well.  Additional updates will be provided as they are available.  We appreciate your continued cooperation and understanding.    


Coronavirus Update - March 13 3:15 pm

As directed by Governor Tom Wolf, all Pennsylvania School Districts will be closed for two weeks starting Monday, March 16. More information will be provided once it becomes available.

                                 
 Coronavirus Update-March 13, 2020

The Kane Area School District has postponed all planned interscholastic events through the end of March. Spring sports practices will continue. Additionally, any out of district field trips have been cancelled/postponed. Community use of our pool by outside groups will also be prohibited through the end of March.   Our focus is minimizing any unknown exposure to the COVID-19 virus to our students, staff, and community members through reduction of nonessential events. 
 

UPDATE March 12, 2020,

Dear Community,

The McKean County Superintendents have been in constant contact with each other as well as other state agencies to determine a best course of action to proceed to ensure the safety of our students and our communities during this pandemic.   Across McKean County, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities.  With the recent actions taken regionally and nationwide regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we want to be sure our public is aware of the planning considerations underway in our public schools.

As school districts, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the days and weeks progress, we will keep the community informed of any potential changes to our calendar, our processes, and our educational programming.  The impact of any school cancellation must be considered carefully.  The safety of students and staff at home, as well as at school, are our priority.  The feasibility of online learning options across our region is limited due to the lack of adequate broadband access.  We want to stress that any changes for any district will be shared via webpages, social media sites, and mass notification systems in place.

As we prepare for a multitude of possibilities, we are asking for parents’ cooperation with the following:

  • As information related to COVID-19 continues to be released, please be sure to act with only factual information.  The unintended consequences of rumors or false claims on social media can severely impact our ability to appropriately respond.
  • If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.  If a fever is present, student should stay home from school.  Please contact your primary care physician to receive appropriate guidance to return to school.
  • Reinforce the need for good hygiene habits at home.  Everyone at home should wash their hands regularly and cover mouths when coughing or sneezing.
  • Families that have traveled outside of our immediate area are asked to notify school officials.  School nurse offices can monitor those students for any symptoms that require additional precaution.
  • School events that require student travel outside the immediate area will be considered carefully by each school district.  Notice by each school district will be provided in the event of any change.
  • Each school is aware of our “high risk” populations as it relates to their risk of any illness.  Schools will be in contact with parents as needed to assess needs for those individuals.
  • Schools may potentially need to close for an undetermined length of time.  Please start making plans now for childcare in the event this should occur. 
  • School meal programs can continue during any school cancellation.  Information would be provided through your specific district.
  • School districts will provide an appropriate level of flexibility, to be determined at the local level, as it relates to student absences.  (Primary focus should be on health, not perfect attendance awards.)

 

If you have any questions, please contact your local school district or building office.

Sincerely,

Katherine Pude, Bradford Area School District

Brock Benson, Kane Area School District

Matthew Splain, Otto-Eldred School District

Gary Buchsen, Port Allegany School District

David London, Smethport Area School District

 

Additional resources:

  • COVID-19 and Children:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

  • Avoid the Spread of Germs

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf

   
 

KASD Statement

Kane Area 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 Mrs. Linda Lorenzo Title IX Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator, at Kane Area School District, 400 West Hemlock Avenue, Kane, PA 16735-1696 (814-837-9570).

For more information regarding services, activities and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped persons, contact Mr. Brock Benson, Superintendent at 814-837-9570.

Mission, Vision & District Values

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kane Area School District is to provide students with an engaging, safe and challenging learning environment that is shared and valued by all.

Vision Statement

The Kane Area School District will inspire our students to thrive and be productive members of their communities.

Shared Values  

• We believe all students deserve a quality education. 
• We believe all students have the ability to learn.
• We believe in lifelong learning.
• We believe in effective communication and problem solving.
• We believe schools must promote healthy lifestyle choices and a safe environment.
• We believe education must prepare students to demonstrate 21st century skills in an ever changing global and technological society.  
• We believe education must develop the whole person.
• We believe learning communities encompass the entire family, community and school.
• We believe the KASD Board of Directors, administration, faculty and staff should be positive role models.
• We believe education must engage, empower and inspire students to become good citizens with a strong  work ethic.
• We believe everyone should put forth their best effort and everyone should be held accountable.
• We believe education should foster the development of self-respect and respect for others.

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