Back-to-School News

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Welcome Back to Spring-Ford!

Welcome back to school! Please check back to this page frequently, as it contains a wealth of information for both new and returning parents and families including Back-to-School Night(s), school contact information, volunteer updates and much more!

Click here for information about First Day Verification.

2020 BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIMELINE

  • August 21: Teachers received access to Canvas and started building their classrooms!
  • August 24: Regularly scheduled School Board Meeting
  • August 26: Weekly Update focusing on BTS – Click here to read past issues
  • August 31: Special School Board Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Click here to watch online.
  • September 1-4: Device Pickup for grades K-6 (specific information has been sent to families who requested a device)
  • September 2: Back-to-School Information - Welcome message from Dr. Goodin Video; Passport to Canvas training opens for students and parents video; How to Start Your Day of Schoo Video; Welcome Message from your School Principal
  • September 3: Order your school lunch for the first week of school
  • September 7: Enjoy your last day of summer, we’ll “see” you tomorrow!
  • September 8: Welcome Back to the First First Day of School! Send your First First Day of School pictures to ecrew@spring-ford.net. Don’t worry, we’ll do it all again when we return to in-person learning with a Second First Day of School celebration!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL CHECKLIST

  • Read the Instructional Continuation Plan, review information specific to my child’s grade
  • Complete First Day Verification
  • Submit Dental and Physical exam to the school nurse (click here for forms)
  • Apply for Free and Reduced Program online
  • Review thew weekly lunch menus and pre-order online
  • Watch Ram Chat: information about daily Schedules
  • Watch Ram Chat: preparing for Back-to-School
  • Family Talk: start having positive conversations with my child about returning to school
  • Family Talk: establishing schedules and a routine
  • AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2ND:
    • Family Talk: watch Dr. Goodin’s Welcome Back Message with my child
    • Family Talk: complete the Passport to Canvas training with my child
    • Family Talk: watch the First Day of School – How to Start Your Day video with my child
    • Family Talk: watch the Welcome Message from my School Principal with my child

Click here for a downloadable Back-to-School checklist.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When will I find out my child’s schedule for the 2020-2021 school year? You may log on to your Skyward account to check your students schedule, homeroom and transportation information during the following time(s):

  • K-4: August 19, 2020 at 3 p.m.  
  • 5th – 8th: August 20, 2020 at 3 p.m.  
  • 9th – 12th: August 21, 2020 at 3 p.m.

How do I add money to my child’s lunch account? Spring-Ford uses e-Funds for school lunch, a new program for cafeteria payments that offers various options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments on-line. Click here to learn more about adding money to your child’s e-Funds account.

I’ve moved! Who should I notify? Please complete the Change of Address form when moving within district.

What is Skyward? The Skyward system involves access for parents and students to attendance, assignments, grades, and food service information. Usernames and passwords may be obtained by contacting your child's school office.

My child walks to school, does the school district have safety tips for walkers? Yes, we do! We encourage our walkers to follow tips from the National Center for Safe Routes. Click here for their safety tips.

IMMUNIZATION REGULATIONS

The Department of Health has changed school immunization regulations. The changes will be in effect for the beginning of the 2017/18 school year.

NEW PA School Immunization Requirements MUST be met by 5th day of school or student will NOT be allowed to attend school. If you are unsure, please check with your pediatrician.
Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:

  • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chicken pox)
Seventh through 12th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:
  • 2 doses meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)

Please click here for more information.

BTS SHOPPING LISTS

Check out the Spring-Ford Basic Student Supply List on your school's homepage.

Students in grades 8-12 should bring a backpack, note pad and pens/pencils to the first day of school. Students will receive a list for specific classes, if needed.

Please keep in mind that additional items may be requested by your child’s individual teacher, depending on their grade level or class.


Back-to-School Shopping Tips

Know your stores: Many chain retailers will provide shopping lists for all area districts, please keep in mind these retailers do NOT consult with school districts when creating these lists. Not all items are required for the start of school.

Shop end-of-summer sales: The big rush to buy school supplies occurs in August. If you avoid this peak time and buy after the rush, when items often go on sale for 50%-75% off retail prices, you can save a lot of money.

Stick to the list: Extra supplies, while they may be cute, probably won't get used and just leave your pockets empty. Stick to the supply list, or check with your students teacher for additional items.

Head to the dollar store for basic supplies: Check for great deals on pens and loose-leaf paper!

Let the kids raid your cabinets: The kids can select home-office supplies to personalize. For example, decorate inexpensive white binders with photos by creating a collage and inserting the page into the plastic cover.

Host a back-to-school swap: Round up a couple of other parents with kids to host an annual clothes swap. Trade toys and books, too! You'll save a bundle.

Take inventory: Sort through last year’s supplies to see what is left over or can be reused. Having trouble finding last year’s stuff? Resolve to set up a place to keep your school supplies together this year.

Browse Craigslist: Yes, you can find top-quality stuff on the cheap, but you can be a seller, too. Why not get some cash for that barely worn, now outgrown brand-name outfit? Just enter your location and click on "Baby and Kids.”