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Please call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (24/7) if you have any questions about the COVID-19 or any Public Health question.

Letter to parents from the Superintendent 3/26/2020:

https://www.tasd.net/files/6815/8525/7678/2parents.pdf

Letter from the Director of Special Education regarding free and appropriate public education 3/31/2020:

https://www.tasd.net/files/5315/8567/5092/FAPE_Letter.pdf

 

Chromebook Distribution at TASD High School  Parking Lot

This will be a drive-up service.  

If you have requested a Chromebook by either phone or email, we will start distributing them this Monday.  Please see the following schedule below.  We will be doing this by Parent or Guardians last name.

If the Parent or Guardians last name begins with the letters A thru L you may pick up your Chromebook between 10 and 2 PM. On Monday April 6th

If the Parent or Guardians last name begins with the letters M thru Z you may pick up your Chromebook between 2 and 6 PM.  On Monday April 6th.

If you cannot make your scheduled time you may pick it up Tuesday April 7th between 9AM and 12 noon. 

Please bring your own pen so you may sign for your Chromebook. 

Thank you. 

Adjustments will be made to the Kindergarten Registration process as needed and as our current situation continues to evolve.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Tunkhannock Area School District is "to maximize the potential of all students to become productive individuals in an ever-changing environment".

District Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Letters from the Superintendent


The Tunkhannock Area School District Board of School Directors will hold a Virtual Public Work Session/Board Meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm. 

Due to the number of attendees at this Virtual Public Work Session/Board Meeting, all attendees will be muted with the exception of the School Board Members and Superintendent.  The public will have the opportunity to provide public comment during the Virtual Public Work Session/School Board Meeting.


 

Parents:


In the next several days TASD teachers will be positioning themselves to provide additional learning activities for the purpose of review and enrichment in the event of extended school closure. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities online, or the district will provide a paper and pencil option. It is the reality of living in northeastern Pennsylvania that internet access varies by location. And, while we are willing to help you access available services, internet providers may not have the capacity to do so.


Similar to the work sent home between March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020, participation in these learning activities cannot be required by TASD. It can be required by you, however. I would encourage you to make every effort to establish a routine that involves engaging your child in learning every day. Our hope is to make it easier for you to do that by providing a digital platform or print materials that review and enrich recent content.


Online Options
Parents who do not have a device for their student to use at home such as a desk top or a laptop should email: needchromebook@tasd.net.
Parents who do not have internet service should also email needchromebook@tasd.net.


Indicate the name of your child, his/her grade level, home address and your phone number. Also indicate if you need our help accessing internet service. You may also call 836-3111, ext. 1020, and provide the same information.


A device will be provided for your child. We will notify you soon how we plan to distribute these devices.


Paper and Pencil Option
Parents who would prefer paper and pencil materials should email: preferpaper@tasd.net
Please indicate your child’s name, grade level, address and phone number.


You may also call 836-3111, ext. 1001.


One additional note:
We have never attempted this before. There are many unanswered questions and a great deal of uncertainty. There will be glitches at the start, and we will work through them. I will communicate plans and timelines as they become available. Wyoming County poses some unique challenges but we need to get started. We have a talented and dedicated team of teachers and administrators working hard to help you support your children under these difficult circumstances. We ask for your support, as well. Encourage your children to participate, accept that we cannot duplicate all the advantages that our classrooms have to offer, and refrain from negativity. Like you, we are doing our best.


Stay safe,


Heather McPherson
Superintendent


 

Parents:

The links below provide information on talking with your children about the coronavirus.  We hope that you will find these resources helpful and that they will help you navigate some of the questions that kids will naturally have.  I encourage you to seek out reliable information and follow the CDC recommendations for handwashing and social distancing. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

 

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource?fbclid=IwAR3xTkTE-iQe7DuZyrzmWQ0Ec3V89GsQTNfhDoTK98bKo6iQd__15yR3-FQ

 

I will continue to keep you posted as information is made available to us.  Until then, be safe and vigilant in your efforts to keep your family well.

Heather


 

Parents:
There was a brief posting on Facebook today by a well-meaning individual regarding food distribution in Wyoming County. This information appears to have originated in Wyoming County, West Virginia.

At this time, food distribution strategies for TASD are in the works, but incomplete. We will communicate our plan early next week. Thank you.

Heather


Parents:


Supplemental work sent home with students due to school closure is not mandatory in nature. The intent was to provide learning activities that reviewed or extended recently taught content. It will not be reflected in student grades as there is no equitable way to provide instruction. We ask parents to encourage students to complete the work they are able to do as it may help them to maintain a routine of learning and engagement. I apologize for the confusion.

Heather McPherson


Parents:

The Tunkhannock Area School District will close for a minimum of ten days beginning on Monday, March 16.  The campus will be closed as of 9PM this evening.  All activities, practices, events and scheduled meetings for this weekend and next two weeks have been postponed.  Building nurses will be in attendance on Monday, March 16 between 10am and 11am for any parent needing to pick up medication. 

Students are being sent home with enough learning activities to stimulate their thinking for up to ten days.  This is not intended to take the place of regular instruction, rather it has been provided because we want to encourage kids to interact with materials that sustain the practice of learning.

Please check for updates next week.  This is a rapidly developing situation and we are doing our best to monitor and respond appropriately.  We will continue to follow CDC and DOH guidelines and encourage you to do so, as well.  

https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-closure-of-pennsylvania-schools/

Heather McPherson

Superintendent 


Letter to Parents :

In an effort to stay ahead of concerns about the Coronavirus, Tunkhannock Area School District convened a meeting on Wednesday, March 4 with numerous community partners, including the PA Department of Health, Tyler Memorial Hospital, representatives from Wyoming County Human Services and the Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency.  The purpose of our meeting was to gather insight and expertise on health and safety measures that can help us keep our staff and students well.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.  Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.  Parents can be proactive in helping to keep all children safe by keeping their own children home from school if they are demonstrating these symptoms. In the event of widespread absenteeism, the district will modify its attendance policy to accommodate students who need to be home.

In our buildings, some of the steps that we have taken include reminders about handwashing, coughing and sneezing.  Our custodial team has amped up its sanitation of frequently touched surfaces, and they will continue to supply our classrooms with soap, tissues and hand sanitizer.  Our school nurses are in the process of training our teachers, staff and coaches protocols that will help keep our classrooms and facilities less hospitable to bacteria and viruses, in general.  We will also develop a process for identifying kids who present symptoms and getting them to the nurse quickly for evaluation.  And, with the help of our community partners, TASD has updated our Pandemic Response Plan which can be found on our website at www.tasd.net.

Information about household readiness can also be found at our website and our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TASD2019.  We encourage parents to visit the PA Department of Health website, https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx and the Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

We will be vigilant about prevention and proactive in our preparation.  Communication will be a cornerstone of our efforts, so I encourage you to reach out to your child’s school nurse with any health-related questions.  My personal extension is 1000, and my email address is heather.mcpherson@tasd.net.  Please call me if you have any questions related to process or procedure.

Our success in limiting risk in our schools depends upon communication, planning and community engagement in prevention measures.  Let’s work together to follow the CDC recommendations that help us avoid all infections.  We can all play a part in keeping our kids and ourselves healthy.

Now, everybody go wash your hands.

Get your household ready for Covid-19

 

Heather McPherson

Superintendent

Tunkhannock Area School District

TASD Health Information Links

TASD Health Information Documents

District News

1/14/2020 Special Public Board Meeting & Cafeteria Committee Meeting
The Tunkhannock Area School District Board of School Directors will hold a Special Public Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The purpose of the meeting will be to accept or decline the winning bids from the Evans Falls and Mill City Building auctions. The me… Continue
The Tunkhannock Area School District Board of School Directors will hold a Special Public Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The purpose of the meeting will be to accept or decline the winning bids from the Evans Falls and Mill City Building auctions. The meeting will be held in the Tunkhannock High School Library, 135 Tiger Drive, Tunkhannock PA. A Cafeteria Committee meeting will immediate follow the conclusion of the Special Public Board Meeting.
Health Alert
This health alert to inform you that we have been made aware of a case of Hand Foot and Mouth disease in one of our school buildings. Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is a common viral illness that frequently occurs in the late summer, early fall season. Please refer to the link b… Continue
This health alert to inform you that we have been made aware of a case of Hand Foot and Mouth disease in one of our school buildings. Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is a common viral illness that frequently occurs in the late summer, early fall season. Please refer to the link below (copy and paste in your browser) for the most recently published fact sheet regarding Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. We have also posted on our district website, a fact sheet from the PA. Department of Health with useful information. Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns. https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html
TASD School Board Meetings Change of Date
The Tunkhannock Area School District Board of School Directors will hold a Work Session/Board Meeting in the Tunkhannock High School Library, 135 Tiger Drive, Tunkhannock PA 18657 at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 and Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Please note this is a chan… Continue
The Tunkhannock Area School District Board of School Directors will hold a Work Session/Board Meeting in the Tunkhannock High School Library, 135 Tiger Drive, Tunkhannock PA 18657 at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 and Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Please note this is a change of dates. The meetings that was originally advertised for October 10 and October 24, 2019 will not be held.
Children's Health Insurance Program
CHIP, short for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, helps keep kids strong.
6/27/2019 Budget Presentation
Presentation made to the TASD School Board at the 6/27/2019 meeting.
PMEA All-State Students / TAHS Chorus Article
The Wyoming County Examiner put together a wonderful article recognizing all of the TAHS choral students who participated in festivals this year, while featuring our two PMEA All-State students, Jordana Bach and Nathan Johnson! Tiger Proud!
Tunkhannock Robotics Team Heading to World Championship
Safe to Say Something Program
On Tuesday February 19th High School students were introduced to the Safe to Say Something app, website, and hotline. Safe to Say Something teaches students how to recognize the warning signs from individuals who might want to hurt themselves or others. It encourages kids to ta… Continue
On Tuesday February 19th High School students were introduced to the Safe to Say Something app, website, and hotline. Safe to Say Something teaches students how to recognize the warning signs from individuals who might want to hurt themselves or others. It encourages kids to take action by saying something to a trusted adult, calling 911, or using the safe to say something reporting system. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Dental Hygiene Clinic -Fortis Institute
Receive quality dental care at a reduced price in a modern teaching facility! Offering:Exams, Cleanings, X-rays and more!!!
TASD Teacher Contract
The attached teacher’s contract was approved by the Tunkhannock Area School District Board of School Director’s at the May 10, 2018 Board meeting. To be fully executed, the contract must be approved by the Teacher’s Association by May 17, 2018.
Teacher Contract Summary
All Call System
If you are not receiving district messages from our all call system (such as school closures and superintendent messages), please contact Karin DeLancey at karin.delancey@tasd.net to verify your contact information. This way we can ensure your information is correct.
New School Vaccination Requirements for Attendance in PA Schools

District Informational Documents

2020 PSSA Testing


ELA- 4/21, 4/22, 4/23

Makeups: 4/24, 4/27

MATH- 4/28, 4/29

SCIENCE (4th & 8th only)- 4/30, 5/1

Makeups: 4/30, 5/1, 5/5, 5/6

 

2019 - 2020 Keystone Exam Windows


Winter Wave 1   December 2 - December 13

Winter Wave 2 January 1 - January 17

Spring Wave May 11 - May 22


 

All Events

District Calendar

Apr
17
Spring Musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Dates & Times Starts: 04/17/2020 @ All Day
Ends: 04/19/2020 @ All Day
Location HS-AUD-TBD
Summary Spring Musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Apr
18
Spring Musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Dates & Times Starts: 04/17/2020 @ All Day
Ends: 04/19/2020 @ All Day
Location HS-AUD-TBD
Summary Spring Musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Apr
19
Spring Musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Dates & Times Starts: 04/17/2020 @ All Day
Ends: 04/19/2020 @ All Day
Location HS-AUD-TBD
Summary Spring Musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Apr
23
Work Session / Board Meeting
Category School Board Meeting
Dates & Times 04/23/2020
7:30 pm -to- 7:30 pm
Location High School Library
May
5
5th Grade Band Concert & Chorus Concert
Dates & Times 05/5/2020
All Day
Location IC Aud-TBD
Summary 5th Grade Band Concert & Chorus Concert
May
8
PROM- (Scranton Cultural Center 5:00-10:00 P.M.)
Dates & Times 05/8/2020
5:00 pm -to- 10:00 pm
Location PROM- (Scranton Cultural Center 5:00-10:00 P.M.)
Summary PROM- (Scranton Cultural Center 5:00-10:00 P.M.)
May
13
Senior Awards Night
Dates & Times 05/13/2020
7:00 pm -to- 7:00 pm
Location HS AUD
Summary Senior Awards Night
May
14
8th-9th Grade Spring Band Concert
Dates & Times 05/14/2020
6:30 pm -to- 6:30 pm
Location HS AUD
Summary 8th-9th Grade Spring Band Concert
May
15
8th Grade Dance
Dates & Times 05/15/2020
All Day
Location Triton Hose Company-Time TBD
Summary 8th Grade Dance
May
17
Choral Cabaret Concert
Dates & Times 05/17/2020
4:00 pm -to- 4:00 pm
Location HS AUD
Summary Choral Cabaret Concert
May
19
6th Grade Band and Chrorus Spring Concert
Dates & Times 05/19/2020
All Day
Location IC Aud-TBD
Summary 6th Grade Band and Chorus Spring Concert
May
20
10th-12th Grade Spring Band Concert
Dates & Times 05/20/2020
6:30 pm -to- 6:30 pm
Location HS AUD
Summary 10th-12th Grade Spring Band Concert
May
21
Honors Banquet
Dates & Times 05/21/2020
All Day
Location Shadowbrook-Time TBD
Summary Honors Banquet
May
28
Work Session / Board Meeting
Category School Board Meeting
Dates & Times 05/28/2020
7:30 pm -to- 7:30 pm
Location High School Library
May
28
Work Session / Board Meeting
Category School Board Meeting
Dates & Times 05/28/2020
7:30 pm -to- 7:30 pm
Location High School Library
May
31
Tentative Vespers Program
Dates & Times 05/31/2020
7:00 pm -to- 7:00 pm
Location HS AUD
Summary Tentative Vespers Program
Jun
3
Jazz and Desserts
Dates & Times 06/3/2020
6:00 pm -to- 8:00 pm
Location TAHS Cafe
Summary Jazz and Desserts
Jun
25
Work Session / Board Meeting
Category School Board Meeting
Dates & Times 06/25/2020
7:30 pm -to- 7:30 pm
Location High School Library
Jun
25
Work Session / Board Meeting
Category School Board Meeting
Dates & Times 06/25/2020
7:30 pm -to- 7:30 pm
Location High School Library
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