a snapshot view of October 2020


The primary focus of the October Board Meeting and Workshop centered around the return to in-person/hybrid instruction and competition for sports at the high school level. The majority of public comment focused on these areas.

The Board approved the Reopening Plan presented by administration for a phased reopening for those students who chose in-person/hybrid instruction, beginning with Kindergarten on October 19th. (Click here to view the Reopening Page on our website)

The Board also voted to approve the return to competition for all high school fall sports. Due to the higher level of risk of infection identified by health authorities for football, players proposed and agreed to remain in all-virtual instruction through the end of football season.

Videos of both the October 12th Workshop and October 19th Board Meeting can be viewed through the ON DEMAND feature on Phantom TV. (Click here to access)

The photos below show some of our students and teachers -- both in-person and virtual!


  • The 2021 PCEF Phantom Fundraiser is canceled...BUT stay tuned for an exciting announcement about an alternative event!
  • The Phoenixville Library's Wine, Wit, and Wisdom will be all-virtual this's not too late to purchase your ticket to support all of the great programs the library offers to our community. Click here for more information
  • Legislative Report--
  1. USDA has extended food waivers for the 2020-2021 school year, providing free breakfast and lunch to all students
  2. At the federal level, no COVID Relief Bill has been signed, which means PASD will not be receiving additional funds to cover expenses incurred
  3. Act 1 Index has been set at 3%
  4. For a full listing of all legislative items, visit our website


No Curriculum items were on the agenda for Board approval in October.

Discussion items from Curriculum Committee Meeting included:

  • Pandemic Team Report
  • Updated communication on the extensive mental health services provided for students and staff
  • Update on COVID 19 compensatory services for students with special needs
  • Reviewed the changes to the new teacher induction program


The Board approved the following Finance Committee items:

  • Disbursement of School District Funds for September
  • Dr. Jeremy Melber as the voting delegate for PASD to the Chester County Tax Collection Committee
  • Physician's Services Agreement with PMA Medical Specialists for the 2020-2021 School Year
  • Chester County Intermediate Unit to conduct a Communications Audit and provide 300 hours of communications support for the coming year
  • WSFS Bank, Univest Bank and Peoples Security Bank to be added to the District Banking Depository
  • Lease purchase resolution relating to purchase of Dell Computers


The Board approved the October Personnel Report.

Of special note: President Emmanuel read an official citation, and shared the Board's thanks to Kerry Batzel, an 11 year member of the Maintenance Team on his retirement effective October 30th.


The Board approved the following Policies:
  • Policy 203 -- Pupil--Communicable Diseases and Immunization
  • Policy 209 - Pupils--Health Examinations
  • Policy 340 -- Employees -- Responsibility for Student Welfare
  • Policy 705--Property--Safety
  • Policy 803 -- Operations--School Calendar
  • Policy 904-- Community Public Attendance at School Events
  • Policy 907 -- Community -- School Visitors

Please click here to access all of the Board Policies.


No Board Approval Items for October

Discussion items from B&G Committee Meeting:

  • Access to walking path requested by neighbors on Meadowbrook Lane by removal of one or more panels in fence on District property
  • Letter of interest from a potential buyer for the Kindergarten Center property
  • Lease of old East Pikeland building is going well
  • Draft was presented for new SLEP (Service Life Extension Program) proposal upcoming


The Administration requested an additional Professional Development Day be added to the calendar for November 2nd. Verbal approval from Board


The Board approved the following Meeting Minutes:

  • September 14, 2020 Board Workshop Meeting
  • September 21, 2020 Board Meeting

The agendas, minutes, and videos of all Board Meetings can be viewed on our website