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At Smethport Area School District, we appreciate our involved parents and community members. We also enjoy broadcasting our latest news and information on our News page to help you stay informed. Bookmark this page for public announcements, school activity updates, and student achievements. We’ll also offer helpful resources and information here, so check back often.

Message from Our Superintendent

August 1, 2021

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, and Students,

We are excited to welcome each student on Wednesday, August 25 for the first day of the 2021–22 school year! We all hope for a needed return to “normal school” that puts much of the disruption of the past number of months behind us. Updated Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for schools emphasizes the importance of in-person learning. Federal and state guidelines are clear that in-person instruction must proceed for the best learning outcomes for our children.

As part of our continual emphasis on a return to normal operations as permitted by state and federal governing authorities, we will limit full-time virtual options for our students to our third-party providers (Edmentum’s EdOptions Academy and Warren County Cyber). Please contact your child’s building principal if you are once again electing a cyber option. SASD teachers will only “livestream” direct instruction in specific cases of a PA Department of Health-mandated quarantine. The academic results from the past school year throughout our state indicate that students overwhelmingly perform best when attending school in person.

Please take a few minutes and review the SASD Health and Safety Plan. A few important changes are noted for this school year. Contact tracing for close contacts of a positive case of COVID-19 remains for unvaccinated students and staff. We require masks on school transportation until the federal mask mandate regarding all public transportation is lifted. Masks/facial coverings are optional for students and staff while in school. We may need to adjust our routines/procedures throughout the school year to meet ever-changing health and safety guidance from the state of Pennsylvania.

Smethport Area School District will emphasize academic excellence coupled with providing a diverse curriculum that will best prepare our students to enter a competitive college and career environment. We will continue to support the social and emotional needs of our students and staff. The dedicated work of our SASD faculty and staff, coupled with the excellent support of our parents and community, has led to much progress despite the challenging circumstances of the past 16 months.

We are excited to once again host Back to School Night on the evening of Monday, August 23. Please mark your calendars.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer! We wish everyone the best as we begin another school year.

Go Hubs!

Brice N. Benson
Superintendent

Health and Safety Plan

Please take the time to review the 2021–2022 health and safety plan prior to the start of the new school year. In this plan, you will find information regarding masks, physical distancing, hand washing, and so much more. Thank you in advance!

Summer Food Service Program

Smethport Area School District is offering free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years old and younger. Meals will be available from June 14 through July 30 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Smethport Elementary School. There is no registration or identification necessary. Please see our summer food service program flyer for more information.

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

The opportunity scholarship tax credit program is available to Smethport students for the 2021–2022 school year. Based on achievement results from the state testing programs, Smethport Jr./Sr. High School students qualify for a program to assist them in attending another participating public or non-public school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more, please review the opportunity scholarship tax credit program letter from the administration as well as review the overview of the program flyer.