Our mission is to provide our students with opportunities designed to meet individual needs and to ensure that every child has experiences that promote growth and excellence in all academic and social development areas. Through mutual respect, our students will grow and learn in a positive atmosphere, where faculty, staff, parents and students together are enthusiastic about the learning process.
At North Schuylkill, we strive to ensure welcoming, inclusive and safe learning environments for all our students and families. Our pledge is to provide all of our students with inspiring and relevant experiences so they may live meaningful, purposeful and impactful lives. We are committed to promoting a nurturing school environment where each child is respected and valued as an individual regardless of skin color, gender identity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability or disability. We support ideals of free speech, freedom, equality, non-discrimination and equal opportunity in the school setting. We stand united against discrimination, injustice and prejudice. We support positive, constructive and peaceful change in society including the areas of protection of human rights, human dignity and respect for all people; and we endorse principles of diversity, fairness, equality and impartiality for all. This is not an open forum. It is our statement to promote greatness in all within our District and what it means to be a Spartan.
December 16, 2021
Dear Spartan Families,
The North Schuylkill School District has become aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17, 2021.
The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our School District. We have heard reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.
Additionally, the District has been in contact with the Butler Township Police Department regarding the post. We may have an increased police presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution.
This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online.
If you or your child becomes aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.
As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure and positive learning environment for our students.
December 12, 2021
Friday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the Acting Secretary of Health’s school masking order.
School Districts still possess the authority and are encouraged by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to require masks in their buildings as recommended by CDC. Masking in school settings minimizes the spread of COVID-19, particularly in settings where individuals and students are not vaccinated and allows for reduced quarantining to keep individual students and staff in school.
North Schuylkill will follow our current Health and Safety Plan, which requires masking indoors. We will consider adjustments to our Health and Safety Plan after taking into consideration the local status of COVID-19, our student vaccination rates, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the State Health and Education Departments. Our priority remains to be able to offer in-person learning with as few students missing school due to quarantine as possible. We believe masking is an important mitigation effort currently and is an important step to comply with quarantine guidelines and keep our students in person five days a week. To ensure the greatest likelihood that we will be able to continue to provide in-person instruction five days a week, for as many students possible, mandatory masking is necessary unless there is a change in contact tracing and quarantine protocols.
We look forward to continuing working with you as we navigate our new set of challenges during the winter months. The District will remain committed to adjusting its approach based on the virus’ spread in the community. Realizing COVID-19 will be present throughout the foreseeable future, flexibility will be an utmost priority. As always, we are thankful for your patience and understanding in these unpredictable times.
We would also like to highlight some other important information:
Continued COVID-19 reminders:
November 3, 2021
Reminder: COVID-19 can look like other common illnesses - colds, strep throat, or allergies. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in children are fever and cough. However, children may have any of these signs or symptoms of COVID-19 including, but not limited to, Fever or Chills, Cough, Nasal Congestion or Runny Nose, New Loss of Taste or Smell, Sore Throat, Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing, Diarrhea, Nausea or Vomiting, Stomachache, Tiredness, Headache, Muscle or Body Aches. If your child has symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, please keep them home and have them evaluated by a medical provider. If you are waiting for any test results, please keep them home until cleared to return. Schools have a significant role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate the fullest cooperation of all parents to keep their own and other students, as well as our staff, safe.
If you follow the North Schuylkill COVID Tracker on our website, you will see active cases within the most recent 14-day period. Cases that are listed as "active" on the tracker were individuals who were present in a building with symptoms or were present within 48 hours prior to developing symptoms or receiving a positive test result.
October 15, 2021
To the Parents and Staff of the North Schuylkill District:
We are committed to serving our students and staff healthy, nutritious meals. Unfortunately, an increasing level of national supply chain issues, vendor delays and food shortages are currently impacting school districts and restaurants across the country. As a result of this, our menus will be subject to change without notice moving forward. While these issues are beyond our control, we will be doing our best to adjust menus accordingly based upon our product availability. Anticipated weekly menus will be posted on Nutraslice for reference. However, we ask for everyone's patience and understanding as we collectively work to navigate around this unfortunate situation. As the food shortage and supply chain issues are resolved, we will work to add additional items back into the menus as they become available.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 570-874-0466 ext. 2124 or via email at email@example.com.
Cafeteria Food Service Director
August 27, 2021
The North Schuylkill School District has been evaluating the return of our students with the implementation of the health and safety protocols that have been put in place, along with the level of COVID-19 community transmission in Schuylkill County. The primary goal of the District is to provide in-person learning five days week with as much normalcy as possible. This week we were notified of three positive COVID cases. The impact of these positive cases on the number of students who need to quarantine approached 60 students, based on Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) quarantine guidelines. In contrast, 11 students would be in quarantine if we required masking indoors.
With this as the basis of our decision, the North Schuylkill School District is implementing a temporary indoor mask mandate effective immediately (August 30, 2021) for:
All students in grades K-12 regardless of vaccination status.
All faculty and staff regardless of vaccination status.
All visitors regardless of vaccination status during normal school hours.
To ensure the greatest likelihood that we will be able to provide in-person instruction 5-days a week, mandatory masking is necessary. The school board will revisit this decision at our September 8, 2021 meeting.
Based on National data, Pennsylvania is now considered a COVID-19 "hotspot" and the Delta variant is driving a resurgence. Delta is more infectious and has been characterized as "younger, sicker, and quicker spreader." Schuylkill County is now in the "High" transmission level as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Our partners at St. Luke's University Health Network are recommending "Universal Masking in Schools" for at least the first 4-6 weeks.
We appreciate and acknowledge the many questions and concerns regarding mask mandates in schools. Based on our current experience with Covid-19 in our two schools, masking is an important step to comply with quarantine guidelines and keep our students in-person 5 days a week. We are grateful for the support of our community last year in managing through the pandemic and we look forward to working with you as we navigate our new set of challenges. The District will remain committed to adjusting its approach based on the virus' spread in the community. Realizing COVID-19 will be present throughout the foreseeable future, flexibility will be an utmost priority. We are thankful for your patience and understanding in these unpredictable times.
Dr. Robert Ackell
July 16, 2021
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is available for renters of residential properties who are at risk of eviction or utility shutoffs due to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Landlords can apply for assistance on behalf of tenants and receive assistance directly if the tenant is eligible. If you are in need of assistance, don't wait. Apply today.
How Can ERAP Help?
Households may be eligible for up to 12 months of assistance to cover past-due or future rent and/or utility payments. ERAP can also help cover rehousing costs for someone who is currently experiencing homelessness or in unstable housing. The amount of a household's monthly rent or utility bills does not preclude eligibility, but the amount of ERAP assistance provided to a household is determined by program administrators at the county level.
Assistance can be provided to a tenant in a residential rental property for future rental payments and for unpaid rental or utility arrears that were accrued on or after March 13, 2020. Counties may choose to provide additional assistance to eligible households if funds remain available.
Residential tenants may apply for themselves, or a landlord may apply on behalf of a current tenant. Also, landlords do not have to agree to participate in the program for tenants to receive assistance.
To qualify for assistance, a household must be responsible to pay rent on a residential property and
meet each of the following criteria:
- One or more people within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits, had a decrease in income, had increased household costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the COIVD-19 pandemic; AND
- One or more individuals in the household can show a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; AND
- The household has an income at or below 80 percent of area median income, which varies by county. Income limits by county are available can be found here. Resources (like bank accounts and cars) are not relevant for ERAP eligibility.
How to Apply
Pennsylvanians can learn more about how to apply in their specific county at www.dhs.pa.gov/erap. The online application is available in English and Spanish. Applications can also download and print an application or obtain an application from their county ERAP office. DHS has also translated the paper application into Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese, and Cambodian and made those available to all participating counties.
Applicants will need to provide the following information: head of household's personal information, income information for all household members 18 and older, rental lease and amount owed, landlord's name, and landlord's contact information. If applying for utility assistance, applicants must provide utility expenses and utility provider information.
Applicants should be prepared to provide documents that substantiate information provided, such as pay stubs, tax filings, unemployment letters, and rental/utility arrears. However, if applicants do not have documents, county ERAP offices will work with applicants to obtain documents or written attestations.
More information about ERAP can be found at www.dhs.pa.gov/erap.
June 11, 2021
Spartan Community -
The North Schuylkill School District is seeking input on the use of the ARP ESSER funds from all stakeholders. This American Rescue Plan for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund was enacted on March 11, 2021 to help safely reopen and sustain the operation of schools while addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation's students. We welcome and appreciate your input. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the brief survey posted here https://forms.gle/RPrrqRzK1QnMrHdY8
Thank you in advance for your time in taking this survey!
May 21, 2021
Spartan Community -
In an effort to identify the level of Internet access and connectivity that residents have within our school district, we are asking that you complete a short survey. The data collected will greatly assist our school district with obtaining local, state and federal broadband funding to provide additional resources to our students and families. The survey can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/broadbandsurveypa. Thank you in advance for your time in taking this survey!
May 10, 2021
Spartan Community -
The FCC has announced that the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) will be opened to the public on May 12. The EBB will provide families with free or low cost Internet through their regular ISP.
To find out how to apply please visit: https://www.getemergencybroadband.org/
January 20, 2021
COVID-19 relief packages recently passed by the United States Congress contain numerous benefits for families financially impacted by the pandemic.
Some of these benefits are available to students who are eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals. If you believe your school-aged child(ren) may qualify for free or reduced-price meals this school year and have not yet submitted the application for free or reduced-price meals to the school, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
The application then will be used to determine which benefits your child(ren) and/or household may be eligible to receive. Please be aware that applying for free or reduced-price meals will not impact meals that your child(ren) currently receives through the school.
North Schuylkill Jr/Sr High School
Students Grades: 7-12
Registration Form: NSHS Registration Form
North Schuylkill Elementary
Students Grades: K-6
Registration Form: NSE Registration Form
Enrollment forms are available in the links above. For your convenience, the PDF forms are designed with the ability to electronically enter most information.
In addition to the enrollment forms, proof of birth, proof of residency and an immunization record must be provided for each student. Missing items will delay the enrollment of your student.
Please contact the Business Office for an appointment or for any questions regarding registration.
Phone: 570-874-0466 ext. 1105