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Welcome to the North Schuylkill School District

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.

Important District News

NSSD Health and Safety Plan

North Schuylkill COVID-19 Updates

North Schuylkill Student Help Center

North Schuylkill Virtual Access Guide

St. Luke's Tips for Staying Healthy

Spartan COVID Tracker

2021-2022 Dress Code

North Schuylkill Chromebook Damage Plan

Schuylkill County Stands Up to Bullying

September 7, 2021

Schuylkill County, it's time to take a stand against bullying! Partner with us to raise awareness by purchasing a student designed t-shirt. The shirt was designed by Emily Lascala, Pottsville, and we want you all to wear it to all of our school sponsored events in your communities, and STAND UP TO BULLYING!

How can you order? EASY! Click the link below, order your apparel, and safely pay with your card at check out. HURRY ORDERS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 9/12!!!


Mask Mandate

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

Dr. Ackell's Message to the Community

August 20, 2021

The North Schuylkill staff has been working collaboratively throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited for the reopening of school on Monday, August 23, 2021, for in-person instruction. We remain committed to protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and our school communities as we share a common goal to limit disruptions to student learning as much as possible.

As we did last year, I want to assure you that we will continuously monitor and assess health information pertaining to COVID-19 to guide our decision-making. Requirements received from PDE, DOH, and the CDC will be used to determine best practices moving forward. It is critical we continue to work together in order for our schools to remain open for in-person instruction.

As we did last year, I want to assure you that we will continuously monitor and assess health information pertaining to COVID-19 to guide our decision-making. Requirements received from PDE, DOH, and the CDC will be used to determine best practices moving forward. It is critical we continue to work together in order for our schools to remain open for in-person instruction.

The guiding principals include:
1. We believe in the daily screening of students, staff and faculty at home as a mitigation effort.
2. We believe in disinfecting our schools – including high touch surfaces as well as common areas regularly.
3. We believe in the benefits of social distancing to the maximum extent possible.
4. We believe in our responsibility to continuously educate our students, parents, staff and faculty of the signs of symptoms of COVID-19.
5. We recommend that face coverings should be worn by students, staff and faculty within our school buildings as per guidance from the CDC. Masks on buses are mandatory.
6. We believe students, staff, faculty and visitors should wash hands frequently and utilize hand sanitizers as needed, particularly before and after lunch, and upon entering our buildings.
7. We believe in the need to quarantine symptomatic students and staff to mitigate the spread of disease.

The virus will not disappear anytime soon; as currently being witnessed, its level of spread may change. Realizing COVID-19 will be present throughout the near future and outbreaks may be determined and change. Flexibility will be an upmost priority again. We will continue to communicate our plans as plans change. I remain grateful to our wonderful community for all your support. The District continues to be thankful for your patience and understanding in these unpredictable times.

Because, Kids.

Dr. Robert Ackell

North Schuylkill Update

August 12, 2021

Updated bus Schedules can be found on the Parent Portal. Some routes and times have changed. Students who receive van transportation will be contacted directly by the driver with pickup and drop off times.

This year Breakfast and Lunch will be free again for all students. The 2021-2022 Free and Reduced Application can be found on the North Schuylkill Website or picked up in your child’s main office. In order to receive any additional benefits which may be given out by the State an application must be submitted. An application is not needed for any student who received a Direct Certification Letter in July.

Reminder the first day of school for students is Monday August 23rd.

Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

July 27, 2021

North Schuylkill will be partnering with St. Luke’s University Health Network to provide a COMMUNITY COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC on Tuesday, August 10th from 4PM -6PM at Shenandoah Valley High School (805 West Centre Street, Shenandoah). The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to anyone 12 and older and is free of charge.

A COVID Vaccine Minor Consent Form must be filled out for every child under the age of 18. Students who are 16 and 17 can receive the vaccine without an adult present as long as they bring the signed form (must be printed out and signed – no electronic submissions). Anyone 16 and under will need the printed form signed by the parent/guardian and must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone 18 and older old should bring a school or photograph ID.

The Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. The 2nd inoculation will occur on Tuesday, August 31st from 4PM-6PM.

NOTE: If a parent is registering a child, the parent should enter the child’s name and demographics, not the parent’s name and demographics.

To register please visit:

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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.

Community Update: Looking Ahead to Next School Year

July 1, 2021

Hello Spartans -

With the lifting of Pennsylvania’s masking order effective June 28, 2021, and for the start of next school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with some important information about our plans.

Health and Safety Plan

The Health and Safety Plan was approved by the Board of School Directors at its meeting on June 23, 2021.

2021-2022 School Year:

• All schools will be open for in-person instruction five (5) days a week.
• Staff and students will not be required to wear face masks while at school.*
• Individuals who wish to wear face masks as a mitigation measure will be permitted to do so – but that will be their personal choice.
• Staff and students will not be required to be vaccinated in order to work at or attend our schools.
• Families who are interested in Virtual Learning MUST schedule a meeting with the building principal before August 1, 2021.

* Following those recommendations, starting on June 28, 2021, the North Schuylkill School District will no longer require masks for individuals in our buildings. However, masking continues to be recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for unvaccinated individuals, and we will continue to have a supply of masks available for individuals who would like to wear them.

As we are all aware, circumstances related to the pandemic can change rapidly. We have and will continue to follow any requirements we receive from PDE, DOH, CDC or any other regulatory agency. In the event the guidance is changed, we will revise our practices to comply with those updated restrictions, but at this point, we are looking forward to a more normal year in 2021-2022. As I did last school year, I will continue to keep you updated regarding our plans and expectations as the new school year approaches.

Thank you again to our students, staff and families for your cooperation during a very challenging school year. Your patience, trust and the confidence you have afforded me in making difficult decisions around the safety of our students and staff, are greatly appreciated. Your continued collaboration and partnership is an invaluable part of what makes the North Schuylkill School District a place where staff want to work, students want to be and families want to live!

I hope you and your family have a restful and safe summer. We look forward to seeing students on August 23, 2021, the first day of the 2021-2022 school year!

With Spartan Pride,
Robert J Ackell,

North Schuylkill Grant Funding Survey

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!

Pennsylvania Broadband 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!

EBB Program Launches Nationwide May 12th

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/

EBB Flyer (English)
EBB Flyer (Spanish)

COVID-19 Information

April 29, 2021

Spartan Community -

Our community has seen a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in our county over the last few weeks. This matches what we are seeing in our District. While we have no evidence of transmissions during the school day, we have seen a notable rise of students testing positive. We are learning about events and activities where students and community members are not abiding by health and safety measures, and it is leading to increased cases.

This turn of events has affected our school community because of the complexity of contact tracing, and student learning has suffered from individuals going into quarantine. Families depending on in-person instruction also are impacted.

As you know, we believe in-person learning is best for our students, but not at the expense of people’s health. To stay status quo, we need our circumstances to improve. We know that vaccinations, masking and physical distancing are working. So once again, I ask our community to please abide by these health and safety protocols, especially while indoors with people outside your family, so we can get back to normal — where we all want to be.

In some good news, the PA Department of Health announced that all Pennsylvanians who are age 16 years and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine. We hope that families will learn about and consider being vaccinated as more opportunities become available. If any students are fully vaccinated, we are asking that you notify the High School Nursing Office for tracking purposes. A fully vaccinated student will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Please know that safety in our schools remains our top priority. We will continue to monitor the presence of the virus closely. As always, we will remain diligent about tracking cases and trends within our schools and the entire community and share information at https://linktr.ee/NSSD

The symptoms of COVID-19 can look like other common illnesses, like 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 and notify the nursing office that your child is being tested. We appreciate the fullest cooperation of all parents to keep their own and other students, as well as our staff, safe. These are trying times for everyone and your cooperation is certainly appreciated.

We are grateful to our students, faculty, staff and entire Spartan Community for everyone abiding by the protocols of our Health and Safety Plan. The District is thankful for your cooperation in staying vigilant with these measures so that we all can remain as safe as possible. We will continue to navigate through this very trying time together – June 2 is almost here!

Robert J Ackell, Ed.D.

2020-2021 School Year Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Information

January 20, 2021

Spartan Community:

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.

Click Here: Free and Reduced Lunch Application

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New Student Registration

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 

Registration Information
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
Email: jcogan@northschuylkill.net