September 2, 2022
Riding our buses on September 6th?
Reminders for the first 2 weeks of School:
What can students and parents expect to see in the first two weeks of a new school year?
With the start of a new school year comes new routes and bus stop location changes for the drivers and students. We are all learning a new routine. In the first two weeks of a new school year, this process moves at a slower pace as we all learn the new routine. Parents take pictures and want to speak to the driver. Additional traffic volumes at the schools all cause delays during this period. We try to keep pickup and drop-off within a 5-minute window as much as possible.
During the first two weeks, the Transportation Office staff is busy adding new students and updating student information. Both of these changes cause additional stops to be added or removed from the school bus runs, which may alter stop times slightly.
The office staff is constantly working with the drivers to enable all the students to arrive at school on time. Bus runs will be moved to make the changes necessary to accomplish this goal of on-time delivery to all of the schools to that we provide service. After the first two weeks, this usually has been accomplished.
In addition, many school districts are trying to manage a shortage of bus drivers. We have been very fortunate to hire additional drivers this year and they are learning the routines of all students.
Thank you for your patience as we begin a new school year!
School Meals are no longer free to all students in 2022-23
Due to the expiration of the USDA waivers on June 30, meals will no longer be free to all students during the 2022-23 school year.
Your child(ren) may be eligible to receive free or reduced school meals based on your income or state benefits received. To be eligible for free or reduced meals, families will need to complete an application unless they participate in a qualified benefits program (e.g., SNAP, TANF, or certain Medical Assistance).
- APPLY: Click here to complete the application: https://www.schoolcafe.com
- INSTRUCTIONS: Please see the attached School Cafe Quick Card instructions to complete the online application or watch this video for instructions on completing an application
- ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION: In the attached Free and Reduces Letter to Households 2022-2023, please review the eligibility information for your household.
Paper copies are available here.
Back to School Forms
All of the back-to-school paperwork is online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. You can now start to complete these back-to-school forms.
We ask you to pay particular attention to the Emergency Contact form and ensure that your information is accurate. If you did not complete this form last year, please be sure to finish it this year (and each year moving forward).
Our families must update their contact information allowing our teachers and staff to contact you. The contact data is what the District will be using as of October. To be sure you continue to receive accurate communication from Haverford, you must verify the information.
If you do not have access to a computer, you can request paper copies from your building secretary.
New procedures for absence and lateness reporting
The District is in the process of replacing SafeArrival for absence management. Starting September 6th, parents/guardians will email their student's school for an absence or lateness. Information and procedures for the new attendance system will be communicated in mid-October. Thank you for your cooperation during this transition.
Attendance email addresses are as follows:
- High school: email@example.com
- Middle School: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chatham Park Attendance: email@example.com
- Chestnutwold Attendance: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coopertown Attendance: email@example.com
- Lynnewood Attendance: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Manoa Attendance: email@example.com
New Parent/Guardian Notification System - SwiftK12
SwiftK12 is a notification system integrated with PowerSchool that the district implemented to replace School Messenger. Using your PowerSchool parent/guardian account you can securely access and update your contact information on your device.
As of September, you will start to receive your text messages from a new phone number. You may want to add this phone number to your address book to help you recognize incoming texts from the school easily. The new phone number you will receive texts from the District is 610-708-1320.
Food Services - Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year
Each student has a meal account accessible to them through their student ID number. Students will need to enter their PIN number for all meal and snack purchases at lunch. Please help your child learn their student ID number. Please see the attached instruction letter and picture of the PIN Pad they can use to practice entering their number.
One-Time Boost to Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities will see enhanced rebates through this year's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program thanks to a one-time infusion of additional funds in the 2022-23 state budget.
The additional funding brings the maximum standard rebate to $1,105 for both homeowners and renters, up from the usual $650. People who already received their checks this year will not need to take any further action; the Department of Revenue will automatically send a check for the additional funds starting in early September. For additional information about the bonus rebates, click here.
For those who qualify but have not yet applied, the deadline to do so for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2021 has been extended to Dec. 31. Claimants are encouraged to file their rebate applications online by visiting www.mypath.pa.gov though paper applications are also available at www.revenue.pa.gov.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 annually for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
New Year - New Memories
Welcome to Haverford! More than 50 new teachers and other staff members participated in Induction and professional development on Aug. 23, 24, and 25.
Our schools welcomed new students, families, and staff this summer!
School Board Information
The School District of Haverford Township utilizes BoardDocs, an online, paperless resource for all school board meetings. Here you can find the agenda, meeting minutes, video replay, and board policies. The meetings are live-streamed on YouTube.
Regular and Committee Board Meetings will be held at Oakmont Administration Building.
- September 8: Finance & Facilities Committee Meeting
- September 15: Regular School Board Meeting
- September 22: Curriculum & Pupil Services Committee Meeting
- August 18: Regular School Board Meeting
- August 25: Curriculum & Pupil Services Committee Meeting
- September 1: Regular School Board Meeting
All presentations and videos can be found on BoardDocs.