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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Parent Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

ASSESSMENTS (TESTING)

No information currently available for the 2020-21 school year.



ATTENDANCE

How can parents submit absence excuses for students? - Updated 5/7/2020

Parents are now able to submit excuses for student absences online. CLICK HERE to access the Student Absence Excuse Submission Form.


How will attendance be taken in the online setting? - Updated 9/4/2020

 

When students are learning remotely, the school is required by The PA Department of Education to confirm that students are both logged into remote activities (instruction) and engaged in the assigned activities.  Both of these items are used to determine student attendance for the day.

The following decision matrix will be used to measure student attendance:

 

Possible Login/Engagement Combinations

Confirmation of Student Login to Remote Activities

Confirmation of Engagement in Learning Activities

Attendance Decision

Evidence of Login for Instruction and Engagement

Yes

Yes

Present

Evidence of Login for Instruction, but not Engagement

Yes

No

Absent

Evidence of Engagement, but no Login for Instruction

No

Yes

Absent

No Evidence of Login for Instruction or Engagement

No

No

Absent

 

The following are examples of logging in and demonstrating engagement:

 

Ways of Logging In for Instruction

Ways to Demonstrate Engagement

Logging in to a Microsoft Teams Meeting

Participation in the chat feature of Microsoft Teams Meeting

Participation in “office hours” offered by teacher

Asking questions and/or responding to teacher questions during the assigned learning activities 

Participation in class meetings on Fridays

Submission of a learning artifact during/upon completion of a learning activity (e.g., assigned classwork, exit ticket, video, audio recording, etc.)

Participation in synchronous lessons on Fridays

 

 

Students who are absent from school (in-person or ARA) are required, upon their return to school, to submit a written note from their parent/guardian within three (3) school days.


At days 6 and 9 of student non-engagement/non-participation, the Attendance Secretary will alert the Attendance Officer with student names. After receiving the names, the Attendance Officer will (1) call parents to schedule and/or hold a virtual SAIP meeting, (2) send a follow up email to parents after the virtual SAIP meeting, (3) meet virtually with parents and the appropriate support persons if additional supports or resources are needed.


BUILDING ACCESS

Are STSD buildings open during normal hours?

Visitors are not permitted access to district facilities prior to July 6, 2020 with the following exceptions:

  • Deliveries
  • District staff, personnel and school board members
  • Work permits
  • Student payments


All staff members interfacing with the public MUST wear a district-provided face shield.

At no time may approved visitors enter the main office building. Meetings and interactions must take place in the lobby.

On-site registrations may resume after July 6, 2020


CHILDCARE

No information currently available for the 2020-21 school year.


CLASSROOM TEACHERS

In an online setting, when can I contact my child’s teacher?

Please visit the webpage for your child’s school for updates on how to contact your child’s teacher.


In an online setting, may I call my child’s teacher for help with questions about the work?

Yes, please visit the webpage for your child’s school to see teacher office hours.


EVENTS (DISTRICT AND SCHOOL-SPECIFIC)

No information currently available for the 2020-21 school year.


HEALTH RELATED INFORMATION

May districts share health information with public health authorities that request health information about employees or students?

Public health authorities use protected health information (PHI) to identify, monitor and respond to disease, death and disability among populations. To achieve this goal, they recognize the importance of protecting individual privacy while maintaining the quality and integrity of health data. To accomplish the public health objectives and to meet certain other societal needs (i.e., administration of justice and law enforcement), the HIPAA Privacy Rule expressly permits PHI to be shared for specified public health purposes. Accordingly, districts may disclose PHI, without individual authorization, to a public health authority that is legally authorized to collect or receive such information for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability. Under FERPA, the federal law that protects the privacy of student education records, parents and eligible students must provide consent before a district discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from an educational record. However, there is an exception that allows such disclosures, without prior written consent, of PII from student education records to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency, if the knowledge of that information is necessary to protect the health or safety of a student or other individuals. Typically, public health officials are the types of appropriate parties to whom such disclosures under this exception may be made.


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

What are the latest updates from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA)?  - Updated 6/19/2020

Please CLICK HERE to access COVID-19 updates and information from PIAA.


Where can I find the school district’s Covid-19 Return to Sport Guidelines?

CLICK HERE to access the Susquehanna Township School District Athletic Department Resocialization of Sports Recommendations.


When will athletes be permitted to return to sports on campus?

Tentatively the Week of June 22nd or once all COVID-19 precautions have been completed.


Will my child need a new sports physical exam in order to participate in sports this fall?

Yes. The PIAA’s mandated CIPPE form will need to be completed and turned in, prior to the official start of sports in August. Physical exam forms must be dated after June 1, 2020.


Where do I get a sports physical packet?

All head coaches will have forms at Summer conditioning. Forms will also be available in the High School main office (after July 6th) and on the Athletics webpage – CLICK HERE to access the form.


How do I find contact information for the coach of my child’s sports team?

All coaches are listed in the Coach’s Directory on the athletics page – CLICK HERE to access the directory.


What is the official start date of fall sports teams?

August 10th for football acclimatization

August 17th for all other high school sports

August 24th for middle school sports


Will my child need to complete any new paperwork related to COVID-19 this year?

Every athlete will receive a form issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called: “What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others”.

Every student and parent will also be required to complete a Waiver form in order to participate. The waiver form must be completed and returned prior to starting summer conditioning programs.


Will my child have special requirements in order to participate in sports?

Yes – they are the following:

  1. Temperatures will be taken daily with a touchless thermometer and recorded on your log for your child.
  2. Water bottles and towels may not be shared.
  3. Equipment must be cleaned daily,
  4. Face mask are NOT required when exercising but will be required when riding on school transportation - social distancing will be required when students are not actively participating.
  5. Students should have hand sanitizer in their bag at practice each day. 

 
When will the OUTDOOR school facilities be open to the community again?

Tentatively on Monday, July 6, 2020 (note: facilities will not be open to public use when athletes are practicing in order to ensure their safety.)


Will we have capacity limits at sporting events? 

Yes, we are currently calculating the numbers. The numbers will be posted on the athletics page once they are completed.


FAMILY SUPPORT

What if my family needs support during the crisis? (added 4/6/20)

Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (PA DOH’s) ewaHealth’sCOVID-19 webpage – CLICK HERE.


How do I talk to my child about Coronavirus? (added 4/6/20)

CLICK HERE for information from the National Association of School Psychologists written for parents to support them in talking to their children about COVID-19.


Does the district have a list of resources for families? (added 4/27/2020)

Yes. Please CLICK HERE to access a list of resources for health and basic needs. 


GRADUATION

The Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony is currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, 2021.


MEALS

Will there be a FREE summer meal program available to all children through age 18?

Please CLICK HERE for information on the 2020 Summer Meal Program.


ONLINE LEARNING

What online learning platforms will my child be using? 

Please visit the Continuity of Education (CoE) webpage for information on the types of learning platforms being used – CLICK HERE.


Will other web-based programs be used for learning? 

Please visit the CoE webpage for information on the types of web-based platforms being used – CLICK HERE.


Does my child have to sit in a virtual classroom all day? 

Most lessons will be pre-recorded to allow families to access at times that are most convenient for the student. Students should work hard to complete assignments and participate in learning activities, but they should also take breaks as needed.


How long can my child take to complete daily assignments?

A good rule of thumb is what is known as the 10-minute rule. Take your child’s grade and multiply by 10 to find out how long he/she should work on an assignment following a lesson. For example, a student in first grade should spend no more than 10 minutes on assignments following a lesson and a student in 5th grade should spend no more than 50 minutes on assignments. High school students should spend up to 2 hours on assignments following a day of instruction.

You know your child better than anyone. If you feel that your child needs a break, allow them to step away from the computer and engage in a preferred activity like stretching or eating a nutritious snack before returning to their assignments. Learning from home should not be a source of stress for you or your child.

Online learning is scheduled on Monday-Thursday of each week to allow students to pace themselves and complete all assignments by Friday.


Can I request a paper packet in addition to the online class?

With the recent extension of the mandated school closure, the district will no longer be providing paper learning engagement packets as we will begin our transition to online options. There are many free online resources available. Please visit the district website at www.hannasd.org to access a full list of learning engagement activities.


PUPIL SERVICES (INCLUDING SPECIAL EDUCATION)

What if my child is an English Language Learner (ELL)?

Resources for ELLs are listed on the STSD CoE webpage - CLICK HERE.


What if my child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP)? 

Your child’s case manager will be in close contact with you throughout the mandated closure. Special Education Teachers will provide virtual planned instruction for students K-12. If your child received special education services in the areas of ELA, Math, or Social Skills, they will continue to receive those services.


What if my child has a 504 Accommodation Plan? 

Accommodations in your child’s 504 Plan will be implemented during planned instruction to the best of the team’s ability. Any concerns regarding your child’s 504 Plan should be directed to the school counselor.


REGISTRATION (INCLUDING KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION)

Is kindergarten registration for 2020-2021 postponed? Are families still able to come in for assistance with online registration?

Since all STSD student registration (K-12) is online, kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year will proceed as planned. The District Registrar, Mrs. Dyana Cooper, will be working with families by phone and virtually if they need assistance with online registration. Parents/guardians are encouraged to continue to use the online web application for registration. Please contact the registrar at dcooper@hannasd.org if you need assistance with completing online registration. 


REPORT CARDS (GRADES)

No information currently available for the 2020-21 school year.


STUDENT WORK PERMITS

How does a student apply for a work permit, given social distancing requirements?

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) understands that the mandated closure of Pennsylvania schools due to the COVID-19 response effort may be causing some uncertainty for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, particularly for minors who wish to apply for a work permit and for school district personnel responsible for issuing work permits. PDE and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) have temporarily modified the process for applying for a work permit to enable work permits to be issued during school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. L&I has waived the in-person requirements of the work permit process for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year and while the Governor's stay at home order is in effect. Access guidance, information, and resources on work permits for minors. Information taken from the PDE “School Guidance: Answers to Common Questions” website.


The steps below describe the temporary modified procedures. 

  1. The student will download and complete the electronic Work Permit application from the PDE website. Students unable to access the electronic application should call or write to the school district to request that a paper application be mailed to them.
  2. The student's parent or legal guardian electronically signs the PDF or signs the paper application. Note: Not all students need approval from a parent or guardian to apply for a work permit. For example, no signature is required if the minor provides official proof that they have graduated high school. More information about these exceptions is available on the Pennsylvania Child Labor Law section of PDE's website.
  3. The student attaches any required documents, such as a proof of age document, to the completed application and submits it to the school district.
    1. If applying electronically, the student may attach digital copies, such as a scan or digital photograph.
    2. If applying by mail with a paper application, the student should include photocopies of the required documents.
    3. If an applicant is unable to provide a required document with their application, they can present it to the school district issuing officer at the next stage of the process.

Note: A list of required documentation is found on the Pennsylvania Child Labor Law section of PDE's website. Please be aware that all required documentation must still be submitted and reviewed; the temporary change relates only to the format in which those documents may be submitted to, and accepted by, the school district.

  1. Upon receipt of the application and documentation, the issuing officer at the school district schedules an appointment with the student that adheres to social distancing guidelines. Appointments may be held virtually by way of videoconference. Social distancing also could be observed with a solid barrier between the issuing officer and applicant, such as a closed car window or clear glass door. The purpose of the appointment is to enable the applicant to "appear before" the issuing officer, in accordance with the Child Labor Act, while following social distancing guidelines. It also enables the issuing officer to verify a proof of age document if one is required but the student was not able to provide a copy with the application.
  2. The school district issuing officer ensures that all the documents required by law have been examined, approved and filed, and all conditions and requirements for issuing a permit have been fulfilled, and then mails to the minor a wallet-sized, paper work permit bearing a number, the date of issuance, and signature of the issuing officer.
  3. The student signs the work permit when received and shows it to the employer, who makes a copy for their records. The student retains the original work permit.

STSD Issuing Officer Contact Information

Angela Headen, High School

aheaden@hannasd.org
717-657-5117


Kayla Gambelunghe, Middle School
kgambelunghe@hannasd.org
717-657-5125

In-Person Appointments (Observing Social Distancing)

High School                Tuesdays       1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Middle School            Thursdays      9:00 to 11:00 a.m.   


TECHNOLOGY

My child is having problems with their device. What should I do?

Please send STSD Technology Support an email at support@hannasd.org.


TRANSPORTATION

No information currently available for the 2020-21 school year.


Please continue to monitor your email, the district Facebook page, and the district’s website at www.hannasd.org for regular updates on virtual platforms, teacher office hours, and schedules for virtual lessons. Thank you to everyone who has extended offers of support. As this situation continues to evolve, we will provide additional updates.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has provided a set of answers to commonly asked questions. Please CLICK HERE for the most up-to-date information from PDE.