Back to School 2021-2022
Back to School News and Resources for CBSD Families
Dear Central Bucks families
I trust this finds you all doing well as we enter into this final weekend of summer. This coming Monday, we will welcome nearly 18,000 students to our schools and classrooms for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Each new year ushers in a set of unique challenges and opportunities, and this one is certainly no different. We acknowledge that navigating the realities of Covid will require constant vigilance, collaboration and communication; still, our goal of providing full day, in-person instruction for students will continue to remain at the forefront of our efforts, and we are confident that together, we will meet these challenges, both as a district, and as a community.
While ensuring that every student receives a high-quality education will continue to be the driving force of our work, we are equally committed to making sure our students feel welcomed and cared for as they return to our schools. The impact of the past sixteen months on our students is real, and requires us to be diligent in our efforts to create a sense of community and belonging. Research confirms the importance of establishing strong, substantive relationships as a condition for learning, and to that end, engaging with our students by meeting them where they are will be integral to their continued success, both in and out of the classroom.
Although we are not yet free and clear from the residual impact of the pandemic, I have every confidence our students will return to school on Monday and feel the joy and opportunity that a new school year brings. We stand ready to welcome them and provide them with the skills and mindset necessary for growth. Our students’ success is an affirmation of our work, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and we can’t wait to begin!
In anticipation of the year, please consider sharing the video below and accessible here with your students. On behalf of all of us in Central Bucks, we thank you for your ongoing support. While there is much work ahead, there is also much opportunity to accomplish it in a meaningful way, and we look forward to what our students will create as they learn and grow together this year.
Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Lucabaugh's Welcome Back Message for CBSD Students
Breakfast and Lunch Program
In April 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service extended the program that will provide for free meals for all students, regardless of income, for the 2021-22 school year. This has been made possible by nationwide waivers that provide for free meals for all students through June 2022.
- We encourage all families to put money on their students account through MySchoolBucks.com as there will be no cash transactions this year to serve the students as safely and swiftly as possible.
- All menus are available to be viewed online up to 2 weeks in advance by visiting cbsd.nutrislice.com.
- Students are entitled to one complete reimbursable breakfast per day and one complete reimbursable lunch per day. Any second entrée or a la carte snack item will be charged to the students’ lunch account.
Aramark Food Services at CBSD is thrilled to continue to safely serve students delicious, fresh, and nutritious meals at no charge, and is equally excited to re-introduce our favorite programs to deliver fun, exciting, and tasty experiences to students throughout the coming year.
New Procedures for Student Absence Reporting
The Central Bucks School District will be changing the way in which absences are reported, beginning with the start of this upcoming school year on August 30, 2021. The following items are some key points of which to be aware:
- Parents and guardians will be able to submit absence requests via the Parent Portal. Parents can request a full day absence, early dismissal, or late arrival.
- Absence requests will be reviewed by School Attendance Staff and approved or denied.
- Requests made using the Parent Portal will also serve as the excuse for the absence. Parents will not be required to submit an excuse either electronic or written.
- Parents and guardians can also still call the school to report an absence, but emails will no longer be accepted.
In addition, when a student is absent from school, but the school did not receive communication from the parent or guardian, the following communication will be sent:
- A text message will be sent midmorning notifying the parent or guardian of the absence
- An email will also be sent at the end of the school day reminding the parent or guardian that the student was marked absent.
Information regarding how to use the Parent Portal to report an absence can be found here.
Student bus stop locations and times are now visible in the parent portal. Download screenshots to help find it.
Download a helpful guide to many software resources and online tools that are designed to serve our CBSD families - including Canvas, Blackboard, MyPayments Plus and more. Download our "Parent Toolbox."
Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 5:30-8pm
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Quick Links and Resources
Printed calendars will be distributed to students when they return to school.
Central Bucks School District
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