August 17, 2020
Good Evening CASD Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to provide resources, timelines, and general information regarding the start of the 2020-2021 Catasauqua Area School District School Year. The Administration and Board of School Directors have announced the 2020-2021 School Year will include an Online Learning Option and a Traditional Option, along with the PDE approved HomeSchool Option as well. Thank you for choosing your child’s Learning Option for the first marking period, allowing us to properly plan and provide a rich learning experience.
The CASD Online Learning Option is a model that embraces learning from home while connected to CASD Teachers. This robust model reflects the needs and interests you expressed via surveys and conversations. We have improved the program from this Spring to include consistent messaging, enhanced content, and predictable collaboration times. The CASD Traditional K-12 Learning Option is a fully in-person model that meets 5 days per week in school. All Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education, CDC, and other guidelines have been integrated in our School Health & Safety Plan. Below are documents that provide an overview of each option, along with FAQ’s.
The Catasauqua Area School District has hired additional staff and purchased significant technology (brand new iPads for ALL students), resources, cleaning equipment, and supplies in order to provide a safe environment for all. I commend our leadership, support staff, teachers, and regional experts in contributing to our CASD Health & Safety Plan, working diligently all summer to create a safe and robust environment for our school community.
School Principals will be sending detailed information this week, including classroom assignments, arrival/dismissal procedures, and more. If you chose to utilize CASD Transportation, you will receive pertinent information by early next week at the latest. Please look for these communications and contact the appropriate school building if there are any issues. My personal best wishes to your family for a successful 2020-2021 School Year!
Again, thank you for your incredible support, understanding, and collaboration as we strive to provide valuable and meaningful experiences for the students of our community.
Robert J. Spengler