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District Announcements
WELCOME TO THE SPRING-FORD AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Welcome to the Spring-Ford Area School District homepage. Whether this is your first year as a Spring-Ford parent, or your last, I encourage you to visit our website frequently as we promote our students, families and the Spring-Ford community. “Spring-Ford: where TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK."
Enjoy and thank you for visiting us.
Sincerely,

Dr. David Goodin
Spring-Ford Area School District Superintendent

BACK-TO-SCHOOL INFORMATION
The 2015-2016 school year will be here before you know it! Check out the new Back-to-school webpage, as it contains a wealth of information for both new and returning parents and families including Back-to-School Night dates, Back-to-School Newsletter and much more.

Click here for the Back-to-School page.

IMPORTANT BACK TO SCHOOL DATES
August 31, 2015               First Day of School!
September 3, 2015           Required forms are due back to your child’s school
September 4, 2015           No School for Students
September 7, 2015           Labor Day, No School for Students

 
LETTER FROM DR. GOODIN CONCERNING PSSA SCORES
Please click here to read a letter from Dr. Goodin concerning the 2014-2015 PSSA scores.
UPDATED VOLUNTEER POLICY FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR - AUGUST 25, 2015
Volunteers are an essential ingredient in the success of our schools and students. In an effort to ensure student safety in our schools, the Spring-Ford Area School District will be revising the Volunteer Policy for the 2015-2016 school year. The revised policy will go into effect at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. The Community Volunteer webpage has been updated with all of the new information, Frequently Asked Questions and links to all of the necessary documents. To visit the Community Volunteer webpage, please click on the VOLUNTEER INFORMATION button on the right side of the district home page or click here.
 
According to this policy, all volunteers will be placed into one of two categories:
 
1. Limited Contact Volunteer: A volunteer in this category is in the range of volunteers who may perform a role with little to no contact with students, indirect contact with students, direct contact with students up to roles with or in close proximity to a school district employee while performing his/her volunteer service and there is NO time when the volunteer is alone with a student or in a secluded, isolated or remote area with a student without a school district employee being present. Limited Contact volunteers include, but are not limited to, chaperones for single day field-trips, working events with home and school and other parents organizations, working in the concession stand, serving as a daily classroom, library or office assistant and/or assisting with classroom or building special events. Limited Contact Volunteers will be required to submit the following documents:
  • Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement – Each year, all volunteers shall be required to complete and sign the Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement and the Tuberculosis Exposure Risk Assessment Questionnaire. These forms must be submitted to each school building that the volunteer wishes to volunteer in and will be kept on file in the main school building office.
  • Child Protective Services Law – Under amendments to the state Child Protective Services law, all teachers, staff, administrators, contractors and volunteers who come into contact with students must obtain specific clearances. Prior to participating in any volunteer opportunity, each Spring-Ford Area School District volunteer shall be required to complete and submit the following three clearances:
  • Act 114 - FBI Criminal Clearance Report: A Limited Contact volunteer shall submit the FBI Criminal Clearance Report (finger printing) or, if the volunteer has been a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entirety of the previous 10 years, they must complete the Volunteer Affidavit swearing and affirming that they are not disqualified from volunteer service.
 
2. Substantial Contact Volunteer: A volunteer who will or is reasonably likely to have direct contact with a student while performing his/her volunteer service without direct supervision by a school district employee. Direct contact time may include, but is not limited to, coaching and/or assisting with an athletic team or musical performing group, advising an extracurricular activity, chaperoning an overnight field trip or competition, and/or providing supplemental assistance to a student without direct supervision by a school district employee. Substantial Contact Volunteers will be required to submit the following documents:
  • Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement – Each year, all volunteers shall be required to complete and sign the Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement and the Tuberculosis Exposure Risk Assessment Questionnaire. These forms must be submitted to each school building that the volunteer wishes to volunteer in and will be kept on file in the main school building office.
  • Child Protective Services Law – Under amendments to the state Child Protective Services law, all teachers, staff, administrators, contractors and volunteers who come into contact with students must obtain specific clearances. Prior to participating in any volunteer opportunity, each Spring-Ford Area School District volunteer shall be required to complete and submit the following three clearances:
  • Act 114 - FBI Criminal Clearance Report: A Substantial Contact volunteer shall submit the full FBI Criminal Clearance Report (finger printing).

Unfortunately, the district is unable to reimburse those volunteers who have already paid for their FBI Criminal Clearance Report. All clearances will be effective for five years. The Community Volunteer webpage provides greater detail into the revisions of the policy as well as direct links to all of the necessary forms. Thank you, in advance, for your continuing support!
The major changes to the revised Community Volunteer Policy include:
  • Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement – Each year, all volunteers shall be required to complete and sign the Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement and the Tuberculosis Exposure Risk Assessment Questionnaire. These forms must be submitted to each school building that the volunteer wishes to volunteer in and will be kept on file in the main school building office.
  • Child Protective Services Law – Under amendments to the state Child Protective Services law, all teachers, staff, administrators, contractors and volunteers who come into contact with students must obtain specific clearances. Prior to participating in any volunteer opportunity, each Spring-Ford Area School District volunteer shall be required to complete and submit the following three clearances:
 
The Community Volunteer webpage provides greater detail into the revisions of the policy as well as direct links to all of the necessary forms. Thank you, in advance, for your continuing support!

 
 
THE WASHINGTON POST SELECTS SPRING-FORD AREA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL AS A ONE OF “AMERICA’S MOST CHALLENGING HIGH SCHOOLS”
Spring-Ford Area High School (SFAHS) students and staff continue to receive national recognition for outstanding work, most recently as the school made The Washington Post’s 2015 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
 
The Washington Post ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams and/or International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates. SFAHS has seen an increase in the number of AP exams that students elect to participate in, making their ratio 1.250 in 2015.

Congratulations to our students and staff!


 



 
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