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  • MARCH 28, 2020

    By now everyone is more than aware of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As you know, schools and traditional activities have been closed with Stay at Home directives and social distancing guidelines.  

    At this time, and at the request of many of our parents for clarity around activities, we need to inform you that all activities scheduled for the month of April and the first two weeks of May are postponed.   We will make a good faith effort to reschedule or host virtually any and all events that are affected.  If you purchased tickets for any upcoming events, please hold on to them for now and they will be honored at the rescheduled date.  If we cannot reschedule the event, we will refund all ticket sales.  

    During our closure, we are working to ensure the Continuity of Learning moving forward.  That and the health and safety of our community must remain our priorities.   

    When we are informed by the authorities of the lifting of these directives we will strive to get back to normal as fast as possible.  In the meantime, we are looking to a number of different scenarios for our students as we face the unknown aspects of these closures.


    MARCH 27, 2020

    Please read the attached letter, which will provide you with an update and what to expect next week.

    English Ltr.3.27.20

    Spanish Ltr.3.27.20


    MARCH 26, 2020

    Beginning on Monday, March 30 the Food Service Department will only be distributing breakfast and lunch meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  They will give 2 days’ worth of meals out during distribution.  Each child will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on each serving day.

    Additionally, they are eliminating the Monday - Friday early breakfast serving time from 8:00-9:00 at McDonald Elementary.  A half hour will be added to the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon lunch serving time at McDonald Elementary, 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

    The new schedule is as follows:

    Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

    • Maple Street Park - 11:20 -11:50 a.m.
    • McDonald Elementary School - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • Szymanek Park - 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
    • Crooked Billet - 12:40 - 1:10 p.m. 

    Please see the attached flyer for address locations and additional details.

    Free Breakfast and Lunch Flyer​​​​​​​



    MARCH 26, 2020

    Thank you for your very positive response to this challenging time.  We have received a number of questions and comments through our District Electronic Suggestion Box.  Thank you for those and we will share all the questions and answers shortly; to the fullest of our capabilities.

    We are continuing to pass out Chromebooks today.  Please look for eAlerts from your schools.

    Teachers have received messages from their principals and central office.  They will begin reaching out today and tomorrow as these are now official workdays.   As we continue to receive guidance from the PA Department of Education and work with our colleagues in the county, we are developing more specific information to share with our families around Continuity of Instruction.  

    As has been said often, these are unprecedented times.  We will continue to address issues as we get information.  At this time, we cannot address every question we have received as we simply don't have the answers.  I do want to remind the community that school closures are no longer a superintendent decision as is the ability to gather in groups.  Those decisions are being made at the state and national levels.

    I can tell you that the morale was extremely positive yesterday during meal and Chromebook distribution.  We remain grateful for the fantastic community in which we are working and we will share answers as we get them.



    MARCH 24, 2020

    What a week it has been and it’s only Tuesday afternoon.  By now you know that the Governor has lengthened school closures until at least April 6, and possibly longer.  For the Centennial Community, following the state guidelines our students wouldn’t return until at least April 14 (spring break has not changed).   Nationally, the governors of Kansas, Virginia and Delaware have closed for most if not all of the rest of the year.  Many other states are closed until at least mid-April.

    What we do know about the scientific modeling of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is that things will get worse before they get better.  Community spread has arrived in Bucks County.  The model tells us that the most significant challenge for Pennsylvania will probably be in early May.  Our county and those in our region have been hit especially hard.  Consequently, the environment and conditions under which we will move forward and work are set for well over a month, possibly into the summer.

    Guidance from both the Pennsylvania and Washington Departments of Education is inconsistent at best. For instance, we were told that we don’t have to make up the days of COVID-19 closure but then we are “encouraged” to go as late in the school year as possible.  We are also told that doing something is better than doing nothing.  We will do the best we can.

    With that in mind we are continuing to support and ramp up our “continuity of education” efforts.  We launched an “enrichment and review of learning” website and support through a series of emails and our COVID-19 Learning Hub on the district website last week.  You can find that link here, Coronavirus.  This will remain a wonderful location to extend your child(ren’s) learning over the next few weeks.   On Thursday and Friday, we are asking our professional staff (teachers and administrators) to reach out to your children and you to let you know we are shifting to “planned instruction.”  Our “continuity of education” plan will also be found on the District’s website.  I have placed key terms in quotation marks as these are the guiding principles from the state.  We are working to ensure that every family that needs a device for student learning has one.  Our administrative team are working to get every family a device by Friday, even if we have to deliver it to homes ourselves.

    In these fast changing and uncertain times, we are committed to some key principles: to keep our students and faculty as safe as possible; to continue to enhance, review and now intentionally extend the learning of our students. And lastly, to honor the guidance we do get from the state and national leaders, especially when that guidance is grounded in science and best practices. 

    Targeted eAlerts will be coming out this week to ensure our families are aware of our efforts regarding the resumption of instruction.  Your teachers will be reaching out via the internet and or telephonically on Thursday and Friday.  Instruction is expected to resume by no later than Monday, March 30.   It will look like different things at different levels but the intentions are clear.  We will resume instruction of the students as best we can.  We will welcome feedback through the District’s electronic suggestion box: District Electronic Suggestion Box.

    Candidly, we are building the airplane as we fly.   We are working closely with the Board of School Directors and the teacher’s association to work out the bugs as they are encountered.  We as a district have not tried to ensure instruction via distance learning ever before.  While some schools have attempted it, they have taught us it is not perfect and it is not ideal for every child. 

    That said, in unprecedented times, we must try unprecedented solutions.  Together we will make things better than they are and hopefully, in the not too distant future, we can get our students back in school where we know they learn best!

    In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding.



    MARCH 24, 2020

    We understand that the Governor has extended school closings through April 7th as well as a “stay at home” order for Bucks County as well as other surrounding counties.   Under this order, essential personnel for the operation of critical functions such as administration, information technology and food service, are permitted to work. We understand our community’s concern for safety as well as compliance with this order.   Therefore, the administration has developed a plan that allows for students to get devices so they may continue with their education once we begin online instruction AND that minimizes everyone’s contact with people. The District is preparing for the continuity of education virtually to the fullest extent possible during these very difficult and fluid times.  We thank you for your flexibility and desire to keep supporting learning opportunities for all our children.

    In order to give families in grade 5 and families in grades K-4 who completed the survey that was sent out over the weekend a chance to pick up a device, our Elementary buildings will reopen for a window of time this week.  In order to facilitate the distribution, we are looking to stagger the times by homeroom on Wednesday, and by grade-level on Thursday. Please do your best to only pick-up during those windows.  

    GRADE 5 

    Wednesday, March 25

    The schedule is as follows:

    • Davis Elementary School:

      • 9:30-10:30 - McCloud, Fernandez, Cantrell

      • 10:30-11:30 - Mahoney, Hausman

    • McDonald Elementary School: 

      • 9:00-10:00 - Masey, Standfield, Conlon

      • 10:00-11:00 - Meeks, Pisacano, Fox

    • Willow Dale Elementary School:

      • 9:00-10:00 - Andres, DeFortuna, DeMarco

      • 10:00-11:00 - Harkins, McKenna, Stecklein

    GRADES K-4

    Thursday, March 26

    The schedule is as follows:

    • Davis Elementary School:  

      • 9:00-10:00 - Grades K, 1, 2

      • 10:00-11:00 - Grades 3, 4

    • McDonald Elementary School: 

      • 9:00-10:00 - Grades K, 1, 2

      • 10:00-11:00 - Grades 3, 4

    • Willowdale Elementary School:

      • 9:00-10:00 - Grades K, 1, 2

      • 10:00-11:30 - Grades 3, 4

    In order to pick up a device, the following steps must be followed:

    If you need help signing into the device, please see the following:

    With keeping up to par with social distancing, all students and parents must remain in their vehicles. School staff will take and retrieve Chromebooks.



    MARCH 19, 2020

    FACT SHEET: Distinguishing COVID-19 vs. Allergies vs. Flu


    MARCH 16, 2020

    During this unprecedented time, we want to make sure you and your children have access to high quality learning opportunities.  These will allow your child or children to keep learning despite an unprecedented interruption to our ability to deliver instruction.

    One question you might have is why the District has not gone to an online teaching model. That is for several reasons, including that not all our families have access to the internet, there are very real Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) issues, and the potential for extending the school year has not been fully resolved.    In short, we are getting some conflicting guidance.  

    We do want to make sure that you have access to high quality resources ,and to that end, we are suggesting utilizing the following resources. They are available through our website and this eAlert:

    ·       Suggested Daily Schedule 

    ·       Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closing

    ·       Kids Activities Blog - companies offering free resources

    ·       Khan Academy schedules for school closures

    ·       NextLesson - 50 Free Projects/Activities

    ·       Resources for very young learners (toddlers, grades 1, 2, #EFL, #ESL) -

    Thank you for your patience as the nation and the world grapples with this pandemic.


    MARCH 16, 2020

    In an effort to reach more of our community, beginning on Wednesday, March 18, our Food Service Department will be serving lunch and breakfast for the next day at various locations in the community.  This service will be provided Monday - Friday.  The schedule will be as follows:

    • Maple Street Park - 11:20-11:50 a.m.
    • Szymanek Park - 12:00-12:30 p.m.
    • Crooked Billet - 12:40-1:10 p.m. 

    They will continue to serve breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at McDonald Elementary School from a mobile truck located at the front of the building.  

    All meals will be free to kids 18 and under.


    MARCH 13, 2020

    Following the District’s decision to close for two weeks in response to the impact of the coronavirus in our area, the Centennial School District would like to ensure that its students continue to be intellectually engaged as learners.  In order to assist, we have provided resources for students to access educational materials and resources. 

    Secondary (grades 6 - 12) students can access digital resources aligned to the suggested activities at the following links:

    ·  Canvas teacher pages

    ·  All digital resources available through Classlink

    Elementary students (grades K-5) will have daily enrichment activities in the form of digital resources posted on the District’s website by Tuesday, March 17.

    Each school building will be sending a communication to their communities on Sunday evening, March 15, with the schedule of when you can recover any medications or materials.

    Our Food Service Department will be serving breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at McDonald Elementary School from a truck located at the front of the building.  All meals will be free to kids 18 and under.

    Don’t forget about Internet Essentials from Comcast.  Your family may qualify for affordable Internet access and a low-cost computer.  Please visit for additional details.

    The tax office will be open during this time period under normal operating hours.

    While Centennial children are home, we ask that you continue with the recommended prevention strategies:

    • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
    • If you are unable to wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer. When using a hand sanitizer, apply it to the palm of one of your hands (about the size of a quarter) and rub it on your hands until they are dry.
    • Remember to cover your mouth when you cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
    • If you are not feeling well and have a fever and dry cough, please contact your medical provider or call 877-PAHEALTH.

    We will continue to provide you with updates via eAlerts, website, and social media. 


    MARCH 13, 2020

    All Centennial School District Schools and Offices will be closing effective 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020.  This period of closure could be extended further, based on any number of rapidly changing variables.  Please read the attached letter for detailed information.


    SATs for tomorrow, Saturday, March 14 have been cancelled.

    An additional communication will be sent with enrichment activities as well as with a schedule of limited access to buildings to pick up medications or materials for students.

    Please stay well.


    MARCH 12, 2020

    The Centennial School District will be closed for students on Friday, March 13, 2020.   All administrators and 12-month support staff should report at their normally scheduled times.   Teachers should report on an in-service schedule.  All evening and weekend activities will be canceled except for the SATs.

    As you may be aware, Governor Wolf has ordered all schools closed in Montgomery County for 14 days.   In addition, he has ordered social distancing, which includes the closure of many non-essential businesses, gyms, and entertainment venues.   

    The Bucks County school districts are collaborating on a response since Bucks County borders Montgomery County.  Members of the Centennial staff travel through, work and live in Montgomery County. 

    Staff will use this day to do additional deep cleaning measures as well as prepare for a possible extended closure of schools.      

    Out of an abundance of caution, we encourage parents and guardians to make plans for childcare (in the event of prolonged closures) should the need arise over the month of March possibly into April.  This is a very fluid situation and things can change quickly.  We are approaching this as a weather event right now, i.e days will be added at the end of the year.  That is subject to change as the situation unfolds.

    The District will provide more detailed, response information via eAlert and the District’s website page dedicated to Coronavirus.    

    Be and stay well.


    MARCH 11, 2020

    Centennial School District FAQ on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    This FAQ has been compiled by the District to provide the community with information about Centennial School District’s response plans to the Coronavirus.   The District has, and will continue to, consult with the Bucks County Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and legal counsel.   The District urges community members and staff to consult the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date and accurate information.  

    This FAQ contains information as of March 11, 2020.   The District will update this FAQ as necessary.  

    What can I do to reduce the risk of contracting the Coronavirus?

    Handwashing is critical to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Parents should encourage students to wash their hands frequently at home and at school. Schools have been reminded of the proper hygiene and handwashing guidelines and have been asked to follow them accordingly. Additionally, handwashing posters have been posted in all of the schools.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Twenty (20) seconds is basically singing "Happy Birthday" to yourself twice.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

    Will absences related to Coronavirus be counted?

    The regular attendance policies are in effect for students and staff.  Staff are required to provide a note from a medical professional after the fourth, consecutive absence. Students are required to provide a note from a medical professional after the tenth, cumulative absence. 

    There is no direction at this point from the Department of Education giving school districts the authority to relax the compulsory attendance requirement in PA Code.  Parents can provide an absence note for a student up to the tenth day.   Absences for fear of the Coronavirus will be treated like any other absence that is not for illness or a legitimate absence in PA Code (i.e. college visit, family trip).  

    Can the school district make my child or staff member stay home?

    If a person has symptoms of an illness, the school district can exclude the person until he/she does not have symptoms or is deemed non-contagious by a medical professional.  These symptoms would include productive cough with fever, temperature of 102 degrees or above, extreme lethargy.  Exposure to COVID 19, with or without symptoms, would not require the school district to exclude students or staff.  However, if a person is feeling ill and symptomatic, voluntarily remaining home will help the person recover and halt the spread of the illness.  Individuals should follow the advice of their healthcare provider.  

    Students and staff are encouraged to tell the school nurse if the individual or family member has traveled to one of the areas on the CDC’s travel advisory list.  School officials will contact the Bucks County Department of Health for guidance if a person has traveled to one of these areas or come into direct contact with someone who has.    

    Parents of children who are medically fragile should contact their healthcare provider for guidance. 

    What should I do if I am self-quarantining or my child is?  

    A self-quarantine is a protective measure an individual takes if he/she has been exposed to a contagion.   The individual remains home for a period of time (typically 14 days) to see if the individual develops symptoms.  If the individual does not develop symptoms, then the individual is likely not infected with the contagion.  As of now, the CDC is recommending self-quarantine to individuals who have traveled to China, Japan, Iran, South Korea and Italy.  There is no recommendation to self-quarantine to avoid exposure to COVID-19.   If an individual is unsure of how to proceed, the individual should contact their healthcare provider or visit the Bucks County Department of Health website for more information.  

    School closings vs. quarantine?   Why are school districts closing schools?

    A quarantine is a protective measure taken by an individual who has been exposed or may have contracted a contagion to decrease the risk.   The individual remains at home with no or limited contact to others.   This measure is usually taken under the advice of the medical professional or Department of Health official.

    The Department of Health, which has the power and authority to close a school or any facility, is leaving this up to the superintendents and school officials to decide if a school closing is warranted.   To date, the Department of Health has not ordered any school districts to close its schools.  

    If there was a report of a student or staff member who came into contact with someone who is either infected with COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19, Centennial would consult with the Department of Health on which precautionary measures should be taken by the District.   

    What is deep cleaning?

    Deep cleaning involves the application of cleaning solutions to all common areas that may be touched by people. These areas include desks, table and counter surfaces, doorknobs, railings, etc.   As of this publication, Centennial’s school buses have undergone deep cleaning.  Deep cleaning measures are routinely used in the winter when it is cold and flu season.   This deep cleaning occurs daily.    

    Disinfect high touch areas:

    • Door handles, push bars and push plates everywhere
    • Classroom door windows
    • Classroom sinks and faucet handles, counters
    • Classroom tables/chairs
    • Elevator push buttons
    • Water fountains/bottle filling stations

    Special emphasis has been placed on high touch areas in our restrooms, in addition to our normal thorough cleaning:

    • Restroom doors, handles and push plates
    • Handrails
    • Toilet and urinal handles
    • Sanitary napkin dispensers
    • Sink and faucet handles
    • Toilet paper, soap, and paper towel dispensers and handles
    1. What will happen to overnight trips and field trips?

    Overnight trips that are scheduled have not been cancelled by the District.  However, the event coordinators, league officials, or tour coordinators may cancel or postpone these trips. These decisions will be made closer to the date of the trip. Many school districts have cancelled trips abroad, even to countries that are not on the CDC’s travel advisory list.   Centennial will continue to monitor the status on scheduled trips abroad and coordinate with the organizations affiliated with the trip.

    To date, field trips have not been canceled.   

    Will community events continue?

    Many schools have events for the students, families, and community this time of year.   At this time, no school-sponsored, district- sponsored, or school district-affiliated events have been canceled.   Events that are hosted by other entities may cancel; however, that is at the discretion of the host entity.

     What will the school district do if a number of staff members are out?

    In general, there is a shortage of substitute teachers.  If one school has a high number of teachers and/or support staff absent, the schools already cover the absence with available staff or shift staff to that building. The District is reviewing all requests for school business for professional development and other activities to prevent the predictable absences from leaving the school short-staffed.  

    If the school district closes, how will the students be educated?

    If the school district closes to conduct deep cleaning because of a potential exposure to COVID-19, the days will be made up like snow days and are made up at the end of the school year.  School days can be made up through June 30.  If the school district is forced to be closed by the Department of Health, which it has the authority to do, the school district will appeal to the PA Department of Education for guidance.   To date, all school district closures are at the discretion of the school district, and these closures are for precautionary measures.

    The number of days and instructional hours are mandated by PA Code.   PDE regulations are 1) 180 school days, 2) 900 hours of instruction for students in grades K-6 and 990 hours of instruction for students in grades 7-12.  To date PDE has not provided guidance about waivers to the mandated number of days and minutes.  

    Centennial will more likely make up days at the end of the school year.   Many school districts have explored virtual learning, but there are a number of unresolved concerns, specifically Internet access, attendance compliance, accommodations for students with IEPs, etc.  

     Will the PSSAs, Keystone Exams, SAT, and AP Exams be postponed or changed?

    The PA Department of Education sets the test administration window for the PSSAs and Keystone Exams.   There has been no change from PDE on this window.   The SAT and AP Exams are administered by The College Board.   There has been no change from The College Board on these test administration dates.

     Will there be an extension for students who have a permission to evaluate for special education services?

    Both federal and state law state that an evaluation for special education services must be completed within 60 days.   An individual educational plan must be offered within 30 days of the evaluation report.   These timelines remain in force.   Only federal legislation can amend these timelines and provide extensions due to local decisions about school closures.  

     Is the Coronavirus more contagious than regular flu?

    The overall prediction of flu cases this year is 34 to 49 million people with about 1% requiring hospitalization.   COVID-19 is a new strain of a known virus for which there is not yet a vaccine.   In many cases, the symptoms are equal to or less severe than the usual flu.   People who have pre-existing medical conditions and the elderly are more susceptible to the complications of the flu that could lead to death. COVID-19 does not have a higher severity rate and death rate than the regular flu, but these instances have mainly occurred with elderly people and those with pre-existing health conditions.   For more up-to-date and accurate information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website

     Can a parent homeschool their children?

    Parents may elect to homeschool their children at any time; however, parents should review the requirements for submitting a homeschooling application and certification of the program.   Homeschooling generally requires the parent to take full responsibility for the student’s education without the school district’s resources, with very few exceptions for students identified with disabilities.  

     My child is feeling anxious about coming to school.   What should I do?

    It is not unusual for children to feel anxious when the adults in their lives exhibit concern.  If your child is feeling anxious to the point that he/she does not want to attend school or other gatherings for fear of becoming ill, contact the school counselor.  

     Is there a shortage of soap and hand sanitizer shortage in the schools?

    At this time, schools have enough hand soap and sanitizer to use. District staff, along with our vendors, continue to monitor the industry for supply shortages.  Students and staff are reminded that handwashing is the best preventive measure against any virus.


    MARCH 6, 2020

    We are monitoring the situation in the Central Bucks School District.  Central Bucks has posted a message to their community on their website which includes a FAQ from the CDC about the coronavirus.   Centennial School District is continuing with the deep cleaning of the schools and the buses throughout the weekend.  The District will continue with these precautionary measures until they are no longer needed.  

    We have received many questions from concerned parents.  The District will be posting a FAQ on the website that will provide recommendations to parents and staff.  

    All official information from the District will be communicated through eAlerts, the district website, and district Facebook page.  


    MARCH 5, 2020

    Over the past few weeks, the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) has been at the forefront of media coverage.  Just this week the CDC advised that parents should ask their schools about the plans should a number of students and staff contract the virus, and we have received emails and phone calls from concerned parents.   Here are the steps that Centennial School District is taking to prepare for and address COVID 19 should this become an issue in our community:

    1. The custodial and maintenance staff are conducting deep cleaning of all common surfaces in the schools.   This is a normal procedure during the annual flu season.   Deep cleaning means that commonly touched surfaces are wiped down daily (i.e. water fountains, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, railings, etc.) as well as desks and tables.   The cleaning products used do combat coronaviruses.  
    2. Students and staff are encouraged to increase handwashing, particularly before eating or any time hands would be near the face.   We are developing educational posters for elementary and secondary students as well as short, public service announcement videos to broadcast during announcements.
    3. Staff are discouraging students from sharing items like water bottles and food items or communal hand-to-mouth activities. 
    4. Parents and guardians are encouraged to keep their children home from school if they are sick or have a fever.   
    5. Nurses are closely monitoring any students with flu/cold symptoms and contacting parents if the symptoms require the student to go home or seek medical treatment.  

    In addition to these steps, the Centennial School District participated in a multi-agency meeting with other school district administrators, hospital administrators, the PA Department of Health and Emergency Management at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.   The official from the Department of Health provided the most up-to-date information about COVID 19 from the CDC.   An additional county-wide meeting is scheduled for Friday to develop response plans should schools be affected by mass absences of students and staff or if schools would need to be closed for a period of time to prevent contagion. 

    As with any highly communicable disease, if we have a student or staff member who is infected with COVID 19, we would contact the county health department for guidance and follow their direction. 

    We want to reassure parents, guardians, students, and staff that we are taking precautionary measures to reduce the likelihood of catching any virus, including the COVID 19 coronavirus.   We will keep the community updated should student and staff illness require any change to the usual operation of school and school-related events. 



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