Return to School 2020

News and Resources for CBSD Families ~ Issue 4

CB Virtual Learning Update

Central Bucks administration and faculty have been working to prepare for several models of instructional programming amidst the challenges of the continued COVID-19 pandemic. While the "distance learning" program delivered in the spring during the emergency closure represented the dedicated work of our teachers and administrators - the 2020-2021 virtual learning program will be vastly different. Students will have opportunities for live instruction and be fully assessed in their learning. Most importantly, it will reflect the high standards of a Central Bucks School District education.


In this video overview, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Dr. Nadine Garvin and Director of Special Education Allison Kuchler share insights into the overall goals of this program, and what students and families can expect. Later on this week, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Dr. Abram Lucabaugh and Ms. Kuchler will give insight into virtual teaching and learning at the secondary level.


During the August 25 meeting of the board of school directors, Director of Technology and Innovation Jason Jaffe updated the board on the status of the district's broadcast centers. View his presentation here, and consider watching a video that gives families a tour of the broadcast centers and how they will support teaching and learning in 2020-2021.

CB Virtual Learning: Elementary

Support and Guidance for Elementary Teachers

Dr. Nadine Garvin delivered a presentation to elementary teachers that explained some key aspects of virtual learning as part of their six-day professional development schedule. The presentation was designed help teachers:
  • Understand how virtual learning is different from distance learning
  • Establish schedules and routines for virtual instruction and learning
  • Determine when to use synchronous vs. asynchronous instruction
  • Develop a common approach to homework during virtual learning
  • Prioritize classroom culture – The First Four Days of School


We invite families to view Dr. Garvin's presentation below!


Please note: The sample schedule in the presentation was intended for teachers, to inform their thinking as they work to develop daily schedules for their classrooms. The daily schedule includes a "mask break," which is meant to inform the daily schedule when students are in school. The district has no expectation that students will mask during virtual learning.

Virtual Learning 2020-2021.mp4

Revised 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar Approved

The Central Bucks School District's Board of School Directors approved a revised 2020-2021 instructional calendar during their August 25 meeting.


The new document includes a change to the last day of school, now scheduled for June 11, 2021, as well as the introduction of "virtual learning days" on both the general and primary election days. With faculty and students equipped with technology, training, and support for virtual learning, teachers will be able to provide a combination of live and asynchronous instruction to students on these days, enabling them to remain at home. Families will also note that the document no longer includes planned make-up days for weather-related school closings, as students and teachers will transition to virtual learning when schools must be closed, keeping instruction on-track and eliminating the need to extend the school year to make up for lost time.


Now that the calendar has been approved, the printed calendar will be moved into late production, with plans to distribute the document to families as soon as it reaches completion. It is notable that events listed on the calendar may be revised, and therefore, the digital calendars on the main page and individual school sites at www.cbsd.org should be considered the most accurate event listing.


Download a PDF of the 2020-2021 CBSD Instructional Calendar

Mark Your Calendars - Back to School Nights 2020

All Central Bucks schools will host a virtual back to school night in the coming month. During these important events, teachers will explain the academic program, answer questions about the curriculum, and discuss what they expect from students. The three high schools also hold a second back to school night event mid-year to cover courses that begin second semester.

Elementary Schools

Barclay Elementary School

September 9

  • Grades 2 & 6 – 6:00 PM
  • Grade 4 – 7:00 PM

September 10

  • Grades 1 & 5 – 6:00 PM
  • Grade 3 – 7:00 PM

September 16

PEN – 6:00 PM


Bridge Valley Elementary School

September 14

  • Grade 1 – 6:00 PM
  • Grade 3 - 6:45 PM
  • Grade 5 - 7:30 PM

September 15

  • Grade 2 – 6:00 PM
  • Grade 4 - 6:45 PM
  • Grade 6 - 7:30 PM


Buckingham Elementary School

September 16

  • Grades 1 & 2 – 6:00 PM
  • Grade 3 – 7:00 PM

September 23

  • Grades 4 & 5 – 6:00 PM
  • Grades 6 – 7:00 PM

September 30

  • Kindergarten – 6:00 PM
  • PEN – 7:00 PM


Butler Elementary School

September 14

Grades 1 & 2 – 6:30 PM

September 15

  • Grades 3 & 4 – 6:30 PM

September 16

Grades 5 & 6 – 6:30 PM

September 21

Kindergarten – 6:30 PM


Cold Spring Elementary School

September 14

  • Grades 1 & 4 – 5:45 PM
  • Grades 5 & 6 – 7:00 PM

September 15

Grades 2 & 3 - 5:45 PM

September 16

Kindergarten – 5:45 PM


Doyle Elementary School

September 9

  • PEN – 5:45 PM
  • Grades 4 & 5 - 6:15 PM
  • Grade 6 – 7:00 PM

September 14

  • Kindergarten & Grade 1 – 6:15 PM
  • Grades 2 & 3 – 7:00 PM


Gayman Elementary School

September 14

  • Kindergarten & Grade 1 – 6:00 PM
  • Grades 2 & 3 - 7:00 PM

September 16

  • Grades 4 & 5 – 6:00 PM
  • Grade 6 - 7:00 PM


Groveland Elementary School

September 10

Grades 4, 5 & 6 – 6:30 PM

September 14

  • AM Kindergarten – 6:30 PM
  • PM Kindergarten – 7:30 PM

September 16

Grades 1, 2, & 3 – 6:30 PM


Jamison Elementary School

September 14

  • Kindergarten – 5:30 PM
  • Grade 1 – 6:15 PM
  • Grade 2 – 7:00 PM
  • Grade 3 – 7:45 PM

September 15

  • PEN – 5:30 PM
  • Specialists – 5:30 PM
  • Grade 4 – 6:15 PM
  • Grade 5 – 7:00 PM
  • Grade 6 – 7:45 PM


Kutz Elementary School

September 9

  • Kindergarten- 5:00 PM
  • Kindergarten, Grade 1, & Grade 2 Learning Supp. & Autistic Supp. – 5:30 PM
  • Grade 1 & 2 – 6:00 PM
  • Grade 3 Learning Supp. & Autistic Supp. – 6:30 PM
  • Grade 3 –7:00 PM

September 14

  • Grade 4 & 5 Learning Supp. & Autistic Supp. – 5:30 PM
  • PEN – 5:30 PM
  • Grade 4 & 5 – 6:00 PM
  • Grade 5 Math – 6:30 PM
  • Grade 6 Learning Supp. & Autistic Supp. – 6:30 PM
  • Grade 6 – 7:00 PM
  • Grade 6 Math – 7:30 PM


Linden Elementary School

September 9

  • PEN – 5:30 PM
  • Grade 1 – 5:30 PM
  • Grade 2 – 7:00 PM

September 14

  • Grade 5 – 5:30 PM
  • Grade 3 – 7:00 PM

September 15

  • Grade 6 – 5:30 PM
  • Grade 4 – 7:00 PM


Mill Creek Elementary School

September 14

Grades 1 & 2 – 7:00 PM

September 15

Grades 3 & 4 – 7:00 PM

September 16

Grades 5 & 6 – 7:00 PM


Pine Run Elementary School

September 14

  • AM Kindergarten – 6:00 PM
  • PEN – 6:30 PM
  • PM Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2 – 7:00 PM

September 21


  • Grades 3 & 4 – 6:00 PM
  • Grades 5 & 6 – 7:00 PM



Titus Elementary School

September 9

Grades 1 &2 – 7:00 PM

September 14

Grades 3 & 4 – 7:00 PM

September 23

Grades 5 & 6 & PEN – Times Vary


Warwick Elementary School

September 15

Grades 3 & 4 – 7:00 PM

September 16

Grades 5 & 6 – 7:00 PM

September 23

  • Grades K, 1 & 2 – 7:00 PM
  • AM Kindergarten – 6:00 PM
  • PM Kindergarten – 7:00 PM
  • Grades 5 & 6 – 7:00 PM

Middle and High Schools

September 17 7:00 PM

Holicong Middle School

Lenape Middle School

Tamanend Middle School

Tohickon Middle School

Unami Middle School


September 29 7:00 PM

February 18 – Winter Back to School Night (Snow Date 2/25)

Central Bucks High School East

Central Bucks High School South

Central Bucks High School West

Board Approves Revised Athletic Health and Safety Plan

District Athletic Director Danielle Turner presented the board with a review of updates to the district's athletic health and safety plan document, including the addition of a fourth phase, which allows for the safe return to play. The board approved the updates, paving the way for student athletes to return to competitive play in the fall, as outlined by the plan's directives.


Phase four includes sport-specific guidelines, procedures, and mitigation strategies designed to keep athletes and coaching staff safe while allowing students to gain the benefits of participating in the sports they love, and re-connect with teammates and coaches.


Ms. Turner explained during her presentation that continued conversation among the Suburban One League schools is necessary before a final season schedule can be designed for the high schools' fall season. For the middle schools, plans are for seventh and eighth grade teams to compete in-district only this fall. The district will issue a survey to families of students in grades seven through nine in order to gather data on the number of students that can be expected to register for fall sports in order to aid in planning.

Device Distribution Reminders

Read important details about 2020-2021 CBSD device distribution for all grades.


Please note:

  1. Students in grades 7 and 10 will pick up their devices the week of August 31 at the ESC Services Building located 16 Welden Drive in Doylestown. Register for your pick-up time.
  2. Students in grades K-6 will pick up their device at their home school during the week of August 31. Look for a recent email from your building principal with more details.


Questions and Answers about MyPaymentsPlus


  • When I log onto MyPaymentsPlus to pay the device fee, I see a number of fees listed under my students' names. Are these due as well? The “Tech Obligations Only” section is available to ALL families in Central Bucks. The annual 1 to 1 program fee, as appropriate for your child's grade level, is the only fee that is required to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. The fee is not required for ninth grade students in 2020-2021, unless they are newly enrolled in CBSD. The section was designed to house fees for replacement options, fees for any family who borrowed a device or accessory that was required to be turned in at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, and other fee obligations. You would have been notified directly if the "Borrowed Device" fee applied to your family.
  • When I log onto MyPaymentsPlus, I don't see any "Tech Obligation" fee, where do I click to pay? You may need to add your younger child(ren) to your account, even if you are already a MyPaymentsPlus user. Once you have each child added to the account, you should automatically see the fees for each child under the "Tech Obligations Only" drop-down menu. Select the 2020-2021 device fee and add it to your cart for the 2020-2021 school year. Upon adding this fee and checking out, you will be asked to sign the 1:1 User Agreement for each child you are checking out. Once this fee is paid, it will disappear from your My Payments Plus account.

Student Schedule Reminder

As a reminder, elementary teacher assignments and individual secondary student schedules will become visible in the parent portal on September 2.

Free and Reduced Lunches

Enrollment in the free and reduced lunch program for the 2020-2021 school year is now open online. Visit www.cbsd.org/freeandreduced for more details on how to complete the necessary forms. Questions may be directed to Renee Ziccardi by sending an email to rziccardi@cbsd.org or by calling 267-893-2000, ext. 2076.

What's Next...

  • Resources to help parents and guardians learn more about and navigate the district's K-12 learning management system, Canvas.
  • Secondary student schedules and elementary teacher assignments become visible in the parent portal on September 2.
  • A video that shares more details on the CB Virtual Learning program at the secondary level.

Quick Links

Return to School 2020

The main hub for information and resources related to preparation for the 2020-21 school year. Previous issues of the Return 2020 newsletter may also be found here.

Food Assistance

Updates on support for families, as well as a link to apply for free and reduced lunches.

One to One Program

Information about the district's one device per student roll out from the office of technology and innovation, including student device information, timelines, informational videos, and support.

Community Resources

Resources for food assistance and other aid.

Central Bucks School District

The goal of the Community Relations office is to collaborate with the community and coordinate comprehensive two-way communication between the district and its constituent groups.


Your feedback is welcome! If you have questions or suggestions for areas that require additional communication, please contact Angela Linch, communications and public relations administrator, at alinch@cbsd.org.