REMINDER: no school for students on February 12 (In-Service Day) and February 15 (all schools and offices closed). The SFASD Food Service Depots will be open to distribute meals on February 12 and 15 at Limerick Elementary School and the 5/6/7 Grade Center from 12 to 1 p.m.
All electronic report cards will be available by 4 p.m. via Skyward on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Give your student a hug, handshake, or high five for a job well done!
Weekly Update with Rizzo
Mr. Rizzo, Assistant Superintendent, launched a weekly video update to share information with our families, staff, and community at large. Updates will be brief and easy to watch while waiting in a school pick-up line or during a commercial break! This week, Mr. Rizzo talks about:
- 2021-2022 Calendar Reminder
- Calendar of Observances
- Rowdy Ram's Special Assignment
Vaccine Talking Points for Parents
Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital has provided resources and information for children and families on the science behind vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine. The video for parents also provides an overview of the science behind vaccines but does include information on the COVID-19 vaccine, specifically.
2021-2022 School Calendar
The Spring-Ford Board of School Directors approved the 2021-2022 School Calendar at the January Board Meeting. The first day of school will be Monday, August 30, 2021 and the tentative last day of school will be Friday, June 10, 2022.
This year, Spring-Ford Area School District will have one built in “traditional” Snow Day and will use up to five Flexible Instruction Days (FID) in place of emergency days. If there is a need to change learning methods due to snow, the first Snow Day of the year will be a “traditional” Snow Day and April 13, 2022 will change to an In-Person school day. Spring-Ford has been approved to use up to five FID’s in the 2021-2022 school year. FID’s will be used for any additional weather or emergency related closure following the first “traditional” snow day.
Black History Month Community Resource
Montgomery County’s Black History Month Committee invites the community to attend a month-long long virtual series of panel discussions for Black History Month. This year’s program will focus on the national theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” as established by the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH). Four virtual meetings will be held each Wednesday in February from noon to 1:15 p.m. focusing on:
- Education, February 3 (past event)
- Criminal Justice, February 10
- Parenting and Family, February 17
- Faith Community, February 24
Each session will stream live on the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Facebook page. Click here to learn more, and to register: https://www.montcopa.org/3683/Black-History-Month
Calendar of Observances
SFASD is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that the responsibility for diversity and inclusion lies with all of us at SFASD: leadership, administration, faculty, staff, and students. In an effort to promote an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity within our school community, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee has compiled a Calendar of Observances to use as a tool to increase awareness of and respect for observations, ethnic and cultural festivities, and other important dates that may affect students, employees, and neighbors in our community.
Committee members referenced the Nationals School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) 2020-2021 School Calendar Guide and the 2020 Anti-Defamation League Calendar of Observances Guide to compile the list below. Click here to learn more.
Spring-Ford Announces Approval of Collective Bargaining Agreement
On February 8, 2021 in an 8-0-1 vote, the Spring-Ford Board of School Directors voted to approve the three-year Professional Agreement between the Spring-Ford Area School District (SFASD) and the Spring-Ford Education Association (SFEA). Noteworthy changes within the new contract including:
- A three-year agreement with a step freeze in the first year, professional staff will see step movement in the second and third years.
- An average increase of less than 3.34% a year over the next three years. This increase includes salary, health care benefits, and PSERS retirement benefits.
- The three-year Professional Agreement between the Spring-Ford Area School District and the Spring-Ford Education Association will cover the 2021-2022 through 2023-2024 school years.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Click the link below to join a School Board Committee Meeting or School Board Meeting. Click here to view upcoming agendas, board documents, and board minutes.
- February 16, 6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting
- February 16, 7:30 p.m. – Curriculum/Technology Committee Meeting
- February 22, 7:30 p.m. – School Board Meeting
Special Assignment from Rowdy T. Ram
Rowdy T. Ram would like to celebrate your child’s RAMdom acts of Kindness! Did your kiddo help shovel out a neighbor, clear the snow off of the windshield, or take the dog for an extra chilly walk? Rowdy would like to thank them for their RAMdom kindness, simply fill out this form and your kind kid will receive a postcard from Rowdy himself!
SHARING: Looking for a way to help your community plan for emergencies this weekend? Limerick Generating Station (LGS) is asking nearby residents and business owners to complete a short survey: https://LGSsurvey.kld.engineering.
Montgomery County Testing Sites
Montgomery County COVID testing sites are now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at several locations and have appointments each day. Appointments must be may each morning for same-day testing. Test results are being sent within 48 hours.
The Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sites are by appointment only and are self-administered tests. These sites are outdoors and are subject to closure on short notice due to bad weather. Only same-day appointments are available. Please refer to their website for FAQs and other important information.
Montgomery and Chester County COVID Dashboard Trends: Montgomery and Chester County officials are committed to the health and safety of all of the county residents. The Counties have compiled data pertaining to COVID-19 into easy to use dashboards. On these dashboards, you can explore a collection of maps, data and charts that show the number of cases related to COVID-19. There is also information on age, gender and race. The information only pertains to those individuals that have been verified as county residents and received a positive test.