Return to School 2020

News and Resources for CBSD Families ~ Issue 3

Setting Teachers and Students Up for Success

The district's professional development team has been planning and conducting sessions with teachers and administrators throughout the spring and summer. This important work begins by engaging teachers in discussion, asking them what they need to deliver the best possible instruction to their students, and encouraging an environment of support and collaboration.

In this video overview, staff developers Suzanne Daily (elementary), Michele Meyers (secondary), and Brian Novick (K-12 educational technology) talk about the preparation, purpose, and expected outcomes of these critical efforts to set our outstanding Central Bucks School District teachers and support professionals up for success.

Professional Development – Return to School 2020

Bringing the Classroom Home

Delivering instruction in an all-virtual format requires creative thinking and detailed preparation. This presents a unique challenge to teachers whose classes include the use of specialized materials and resources.

District curriculum coordinators have been engaged in conversations with teachers and principals in order to determine safe and equitable ways to ensure the delivery of lessons in special areas like art, music, physical education, family and consumer sciences, technology education, and more. "We were engaged in this critical planning to meet the needs of any student who elected to take part in an all virtual program,” Dr. Alexis McGloin, Assistant Superintendent for Assessment, Professional Development, and Educational Services explained, "With the necessity to begin the school year in an all-virtual format until staffing is resolved, the need to provide resources remains the same but the scope of the effort to distribute these resources is broadened."

Elementary families will receive drawstring bags that contain supplies for special area subjects such as art and library, as well as materials for subjects like math and reading. Families will receive details on when and where to obtain the resources in communications directly from their building principals. Supplies are being sorted and organized by building staff now.

Secondary families will receive similar communications from their building leadership, so that all students may begin the year with the resources they need to be successful, even at home - including materials for music, family and consumer sciences, art, and more. "Every effort is being made to ensure that our students have what they need to access our curriculum with equity and fidelity, despite the distance," Dr. McGloin added.

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 for more details on how to complete the necessary forms. Questions may be directed to Renee Ziccardi by sending an email to 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.
  • Final revisions to the 2020-21 instructional calendar.
  • Secondary student schedules and elementary teacher assignments become visible in the parent portal on September 2.
  • Videos that share more details on the CB Virtual Learning program.

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