Haverford Happenings

January 13, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic

The District is surveying our community to gauge the level of interest for the COVID-19 booster for students ages 12-18. If interested, please complete the following survey for each child ages 12-18 by Friday, January 14, 2022. Please note, you are not required to participate in the survey.

Given the responses thus far we will hold a clinic on January 24th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. If interest continues we will extend the hours.

We are in need of medical volunteers, if you can volunteer at this upcoming booster clinic, please complete this form with your information.

Registration for New Students (K-12) - TUESDAY, JAN. 18th

Online Registration for the 2022-23 school year will open Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00 PM.

All registrations are now being completed online. Please check our website for registration information. To register, a new student must be:

  • A resident of the School District of Haverford Township (proof of residency is required)
  • Five (5) years of age before September 1st of the school term for kindergarten
  • Six (6) years of age before September 1st of the school term for 1st grade

Please note:
The order in which the pre-registration submissions are recorded in the online system is only one of the determining factors in assigning students to morning or afternoon classes.

If you have questions or require assistance, please contact the Registrar’s Office: Ms. Stacey Mattox, Registrar, 610-853-5900 x7139, smattox@haverfordsd.net

School Director Recognition Month

In honor of the commitment and time school board directors volunteer on behalf of our schools, January is designated School Director Recognition Month. The work of our School Board members is vital to the success of our students and schools.

School board members are unpaid, and spend countless hours analyzing school data, learning about our schools, and making challenging decisions that drive public education. Their efforts help ensure that each student has opportunities to thrive and that our public schools remain pathways to a bright future.

School Closing Information

When severe weather affects school opening, the decision to open or close schools has a big impact on families. The following explains how school closing decisions are made and the methods we use to communicate in those situations.

How do we make a school closing decision?

The decision to open or close schools in bad weather is based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, including:

  • Road conditions throughout our township streets.
  • Amount of accumulated snow and ice and whether precipitation is expected to continue.
  • Predicted timing of the snow and or ice.
  • The condition of our 70+ busses used to provide transportation.
  • Building conditions (e.g., do we have electricity and heat).
  • Parking lot and sidewalk conditions.
  • Information gathered from the township's Department of Public Works, Office of Emergency Management, Delaware County, and weather services.

Who makes the decision?
Dr. Maureen Reusche, Superintendent of Schools, makes the final decision, based on numerous factors and recommendations from our facilities and transportation departments.

When is the decision made?
The decision is made by 5:00 AM or earlier so we can alert our staff and parents, post the information on the website, Twitter, and advise on TV stations.

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Please see more on our website here.

What to Expect on a Virtual Day

At some point this school year, a virtual day of learning may become necessary for a number of reasons. If this is the case, we will provide as much notice as possible to our teachers, students, and families. Read below to learn more about what to expect in the event of a virtual day.

  • Students will follow the typical schedule for a traditional school day or an early dismissal day if it is designated as one on the district calendar.

  • Students are required to participate and complete assigned work in order to be marked present for the day/class.

  • When possible, teachers will send students home with any materials that will support them during the virtual learning session.

  • Students/Families will check their Canvas page and/or an email from their teacher(s) to find the appropriate schedule and Zoom links.

  • Each period/subject will begin with a live Zoom meeting and allow independent work as needed throughout the period/class.

  • Teachers will remain available via Zoom for students who need to check back in with questions during independent work

  • Each period/subject with close with a live Zoom meeting

  • If your child's teacher is absent during a virtual day your child will access an assignment that can be completed independently.

  • Related service providers will email students/parents directly with a Zoom link and any other pertinent information.

  • Elementary teachers will include the following information on their Canvas page and/or email home:

    • The daily schedule

    • Zoom room links for the following: specials teachers, reading specialists, MTSS interventionists, supplemental teachers, and any other Zoom room that a student in that grade may need to access.

As always, our goal is to keep our school buildings open for in-person instruction. Our educators continue to go to great lengths to support student learning, no matter the format. We recognize that a virtual day presents challenges for many families and appreciate your help in supporting students if they ever need to navigate a virtual day.

Coopertown Cares

Coopertown Elementary School offers a community service club for third and fourth-grade students called the Coopertown Cares Club. The goal is to lay the foundation for responsible citizenship as students learn kindness, respect, and empathy. Students meet once a month to work on projects to help veterans, the homeless, the elderly, and others.

At their December meeting, students made breakfast penguin bags for the Upper Darby Life Center. Volunteers stuffed the bags with water bottles, granola bars, fruit cups, and other goodies. A special thank you for all of the generous donations and to Mrs. Buckley for delivering the bags.

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National Honor Society Gift Drive

The National Honor Society Gift Drive was able to support 44 families in our community. This was possible with the community support of the Thanksgiving Pie sale, clothes, toys, and gift card donations, along with a generous donation from the Haverford Education Foundation. A special thank you to all of the HHS homerooms and students who donated their change to the gift drive. These students have helped to make a difference in the lives of our community members.

Pictured: Students and staff wrapping all the gifts!

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Haverford High School Named District 1 Champs

Congratulations to the Haverford High School Cheerleading team District 1 Champs! Good luck at the PIAA state championship in Hershey!!
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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.

Upcoming Meetings: Location: Haverford High School

  • January 13: Finance & Facility Committee Meeting
  • January 20: Regular School Board Meeting
  • January 24: Policy Committee Meeting (Rescheduled from December 20)
  • January 27: Curriculum Committee Meeting

Past Meetings:

  • December 16: Regular School Board Meeting
  • January 6: Regular School Board Meeting
    • HHS Student Recognition: PMEA and State Track Team

All presentations and videos can be found on BoardDocs.

Important Dates

January 14th: Teacher In-Service (early dismissal for all students) AM Kindergarten in Session

January 17th: Dr. Martin Kuther King Holiday (Schools & Offices Closed)

January 19th at 7:00 PM: High School Bands/Jazz Winter Concert

January 27th at 7:00 PM: 7th and 8th Grade Winter Choral Concert

About Us

The mission of the School District of Haverford Township is to educate and to inspire a community of lifelong learners who become well-rounded global citizens.