Here's how to access August 27th Board, Finance meetings

Hello Quakertown community. The Board of School Directors and the Finance Committee will be holding separate meetings, each in a webinar format, on Thursday, August 27th. The Finance Committee is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. The full Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

As everyone is aware, these have been challenging times for the Board, administration, faculty, staff and families in preparation for the start of the 2020-21 school year. With some districts embracing some level of in-school learning and others choosing a virtual-only model as classes resume, QCSD has been attempting to strike the right balance for our community. So far, it has worked and we are not experiencing the same level of staffing challenges that are causing other districts to start the year off virtually. 

At the August 13th meeting, the Board approved the hybrid and virtual models for the first four weeks of school and agreed to reevaluate that decision at their meetings once the school year starts. Our next and, hopefully, final hurdle to begin the school year is putting in place the appropriate protocols for fall sports. With the PIAA decision to continue with fall sports, the Administration is recommending modifications to the Athletic Health & Safety Plan that are in the best interest of safety and keeping our schools open, while still allowing our students to compete. The Board will be weighing the recommendations tomorrow night and make a decision. 

The scores of districts that are starting off the year 100% virtual don’t have to worry about the transmission of COVID-19 to others in school like we do. Additionally, the teams that Quakertown teams play have a significantly higher community incidence of COVID-19. 

Thursday night as the Board considers allowing teams to play this fall, while keeping students, faculty and staff safe, it must consider that one Bucks County school district volleyball team was placed in a 14-day quarantine because of COVID-19.  Also, there are Pennsylvania school districts that opened last week that have already temporarily closed due to the virus. We want our students to be able to play, without risking our ability to provide in-person instruction.

The Administration, along with our staff and faculty want to get students back into our classrooms.  Pressure is immense on everyone, especially teachers. As districts around us shifted to 100% virtual to start the year, several faculty members who live in those districts will begin the school year on leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. QCSD is experiencing teacher staffing difficulties - and may not be able to fill all vacant positions by the start of the school year on September 14th.  

To attend the 5:30 p.m. Finance Committee meeting, please click here (more information below).

To attend the 7 p.m. Board meeting, please click here (more information below). If you would like to make a public comment at the virtual Board meeting, please click here for a public comment request form. To view videos of prior Board meetings, please click here.

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