School Board Workshop - January 7, 2023
The Spring-Ford Area School District is holding a public Board Workshop on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at 12 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria located at 350 South Lewis Road, Royersford PA. The Board will have a facilities discussion with a presentation from ICS. In addition to in-person attendance, RCTV will live stream the meeting, which will be available to watch live online on YouTube.
In his Weekly Video, Mr. Rizzo discusses what to expect from the Workshop and shares why you should watch online or join in person. Click here to watch.
School Spotlight: Ms. Gardan's Art Class
This week, in art class, Ms. Gardan's students learned about painting, oil pastels, texture, technology AND sign language! Wowzer!
While students discussed the differences between the paint and pastel texture, Ms. Gardan projected her live demonstration onto her smartboard with a document camera. For some extra fun, students used ASL to communicate colors and shapes.
Nominate a Spring-Ford Teacher
Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond? The Citadel Heart of Learning Award recognizes teachers throughout Greater Philadelphia who make a difference in our community, support students beyond the call of duty, and encourage full potential.
Athletic Department - Join the Booster Club!
Do you have a current or incoming Student Athlete in grades 7-12? Join the Booster Club! The $25 annual family membership helps to provide lasting memories for your athlete. For your annual family membership, you will receive a small gift from the Booster Club in the mail. Only one membership is needed per family, and your membership is good for the entire school year. An alumni membership option is available as well. All of your membership options are available on the Booster Club website.
The next general membership meeting is Monday, January 9 at the HS in room 169/170 at 7 PM. Please consider coming to the meeting and getting involved.
Cold and Flu Season
Cold and flu season is here, and our School Nurses are seeing a significant increase in students with illnesses at school. This is just a reminder that if your child is ill for any reason, they should stay home from school. If you are unsure if you child is well enough for school, refer to the guidance below:
- Fever: A temperature of 100.4 or higher is an indication that your child could be contagious. Giving a child Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) will bring the temperature down and make them more comfortable, but it will not prevent the potential spread of illness to others. Please keep your student with a fever home until fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Vomiting: If your child has vomited within the past 24 hours, please keep them home.
- Diarrhea: If your child has had three or more watery stools in a 24 hour period, especially if your child acts or looks ill, it is recommended that they do not come to school.
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Because of the extremely contagious nature of Bacterial Pink Eye, we ask you to consult your doctor before sending your child to school with the following symptoms: thick mucus or pus draining from eye, if eye is red, puffy, itchy or painful.
- Rash: A child with an unidentified body rash should be kept home until you have consulted a doctor.
- Appearance/Discomfort: If your child appears unusually tired, irritable, pale or has an unusual lack of appetite please keep student home for rest and surveillance.
STS and SFASD Guest Teacher Program
Substitute Teacher Service (STS) is proud to offer the Guest Teacher Program at Spring-Ford. This program allows those who have a four-year degree to take an online training program that would prepare them for teaching in the classroom as a day to day substitute teacher. This program is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and is exclusive to STS. The program will enhance the abilities of guest teachers to assure the education and well-being of the children is our top priority.
As a substitute teacher, you will be responsible for carrying out the lesson plans of the regularly appointed teacher for whom you would be substituting. Your goal will be to adhere to the learning environment that would exist if the regular teacher were in the classroom.
Click here to learn more about Guest Teaching at Spring-Ford.
Cold Weather is Coming, Know the Plan!
This year, Spring-Ford Area School District built one Emergency Day into the calendar and plans to utilize Virtual or Flexible Instruction Days (FID) in case of an emergency closure. A Virtual Day or FID will be used for an unplanned school closure and will eliminate the need for a make-up days at the end of the year. On a weather related Virtual Day, students will follow a modified schedule with virtual lessons via Zoom or Teams synchronously for a portion of each period. If there is a need to call a Snow Day, the first Snow Day of the year will be a “traditional” Snow Day and April 5, 2023 will change to an In-Person school day.
Click here to watch a helpful video to review the quickest ways to get up-to-date information on delays and closures. Quick Tips:
- Login to Skyward to make changes to your phone number or add additional phone numbers, email addresses, and cell numbers for SMS Text Messages.
- Follow Spring-Ford on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
- Download the Spring-Ford app for push notifications
Health Department Update
The Montgomery County Office of Public Health will be managing COVID like other respiratory illnesses, like the flu, and referring to sick policy. Please follow these steps if your child has COVID, the flu, or another respiratory illnesses:
Step 1: call in an absence as normal to the attendance line. There is no need to report information to the school nurse.
Step 2: monitor symptoms at home
Step 3: contact your PCP or family health provider with specific questions or concerns.
Click here for health-related information.