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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.

COVID-19 Updates From Our Superintendent of Schools

As cases of COVID-19 have increased in our region and in our local school community over the past couple of weeks, we will continue to provide weekly updates with regards to our current case rates and mitigation. We appreciate your help keeping children who are not feeling well at home. For more information, please read our November 19, 2021, COVID-19 update.

December 3, 2021 - COVID Update Letter

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, and Students,

Smethport Area School District will continue to provide weekly updates with regards to our current case rates and mitigation efforts with regards to COVID-19. We appreciate your help keeping children who are not feeling well at home.

Please reach out to our school nurses if your student is not feeling well and has symptoms of COVID-19 and follow up with your family doctor.

  • Elementary School - Mrs. Amy Costa at (814) 887-5012
  • High School - Mrs. Jamie Colley at (814) 887-5545

We post notices of positive cases on our website. To learn more, please read Superintendent Benson's entire December 3, 2021, COVID Update Letter.

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Test - December 3, 2021

Smethport Area School District (SASD) has been notified that one student at Smethport Area Elementary School and one student at Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School have been determined to be positive for COVID-19 per the PA Department of Health (DOH).

Any student identified as a close contact in need of following DOH procedures due to close contact to a positive case will be notified and return to school after following procedures outlined in our current SASD health and safety plan.

Please read our letter of notice for December 3, 2021, below for further details and information.

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Tests - December 2, 2021

Smethport Area School District (SASD) has been notified that one student at Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School has been determined to be positive for COVID-19, per the PA Department of Health (DOH).

Any student identified as a close contact in need of following DOH procedures due to close contact to a positive case will be notified and return to school after following procedures outlined in our current SASD health and safety plan.

Please read our letter of notice for December 2, 2021, below for further details and information.

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Test - November 23, 2021

Smethport Area School District (SASD) has been notified that one student at Smethport Area Elementary School has been determined to be positive for COVID-19 per the PA Department of Health (DOH).

Any student identified as a close contact in need of following DOH procedures due to close contact to a positive case will be notified and return to school after following procedures outlined in our current SASD health and safety plan.

Please read our letter of notice for November 23, 2021, below for further details and information.

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Test - November 22, 2021

Smethport Area School District (SASD) has been notified that one staff member at Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School has been determined to be positive for COVID-19, per the PA Department of Health (DOH).

Any student or staff identified as a close contact in need of following DOH procedures due to close contact to a positive case will be notified and return to school after following procedures outlined in our current SASD health and safety plan.

Please read our letter of notice for November 22, 2021, below for further details and information.

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Tests - November 19, 2021

Smethport Area School District (SASD) has been notified that two students at Smethport Elementary School and one staff member at Smethport Junior-Senior High School have been determined to be positive for COVID-19 per the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).

Any student identified as a close contact in need of following DOH procedures due to close contact to a positive case will be notified and return to school after following procedures outlined in our current SASD health and safety plan.

Please read our letter of notice for November 19, 2021, below for further details and information.

Mask Update

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, and Students,

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued a ruling voiding the Department of Health issued order mandating the use of masks/facial coverings for students and staff in all K–12 public and private schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

The PA Department of Health filed an appeal with the PA Supreme Court, which immediately "stays" or holds in place the masking order issued on August 31 by the acting secretary of health, until the appeal proceedings conclude. As such, the governor's appeal acts as an automatic stay to the Commonwealth Court's Order of November 10, 2021. Thus, the mask order remains in effect as of 2:30 p.m. on the afternoon of November 10, 2021, pending the final disposition of the appeal in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Students, staff, and visitors will still need to wear a facial covering while this mask order is in effect.

For additional information, please see the mask update.

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Tests - November 9, 2021

Smethport Area School District (SASD) has been notified that one student at Smethport Elementary School and one student at Smethport Junior-Senior High School have been determined to be positive for COVID-19 per the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).

Any student identified as a close contact in need of following DOH procedures due to close contact to a positive case will be notified and return to school after following procedures outlined in our current SASD health and safety plan.

Please read our letter of notice for November 9, 2021, below for further details and information.

Notice Of Positive COVID-19 Tests - November 8, 2021

Smethport Area School District (SASD) has been notified that one student and one staff member at Smethport Area Elementary School has been determined to be positive for COVID-19, per the PA Department of Health (DOH).

Any student identified as a close contact in need of following DOH procedures due to close contact to a positive case will be notified and return to school after following procedures outlined in our current SASD health and safety plan.

Please read our letter of notice for October 29, 2021, below for further details and information.

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Tests - November 3, 2021

Smethport Area School District (SASD) has been notified that three students at Smethport Elementary School and three students at Smethport Junior-Senior High School have been determined to be positive for COVID-19 per the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).

Any student identified as a close contact in need of following DOH procedures due to close contact to a positive case will be notified and return to school after following procedures outlined in our current SASD health and safety plan.

Please read our letter of notice for November 3, 2021, below for further details and 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.