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Effective April 9, 2020 - AGASD will be CLOSED for the remainder of the school year due to the statewide order by Governor Wolf.

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ATTENTION SENIORS: If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please visit www.agasd.org/scholarshipinformation.aspx for instructions. 

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During the COVID-19 crisis we will be posting information to this page as well as our District Facebook page. Please check back routinely for updated information. Stay safe!
 
Effective April 9, 2020 - AGASD will be CLOSED for the remainder of the school year due to the statewide order by Governor Wolf.
 
May 13, 2020

 

 

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program Frequently Asked Questions

For Local Education Agencies That Participate in the National School Lunch Program

May 13, 2020

Q1: What is P-EBT?

A: The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides temporary benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), to families of school-aged children who would receive free or reduced-priced meals if school was in session.

For each day school is closed, families of school-aged children certified as free or reduced eligible will receive the equivalent of the free high rate for lunch and the severe need rate for breakfast. Specifically, a family will receive $5.70 for each eligible school-aged child in their family for each day school has been closed since March 16, 2020.

Q2: When will benefits be issued?

A: Benefits will be issued in three waves beginning in mid-May. 

•       Phase 1: Direct Certification population, which are students receiving any of the following benefits: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Directly Certified Medical Assistance (DCMA). 

•       Phase 2: Students attending LEAs using the full Pennsylvania Student Eligibility System

(PA-SES) by PrimeroEdge, including students attending Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools or students individually enrolled and marked as eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.

•       Phase 3:  Students attending LEAs not using the full PA-SES, including CEP schools, and newly enrolled students will receive benefits later in June. 

A detailed timeline is available in the PDE Division of Food and Nutrition (DFN) memo, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Next Steps and Timeline, dated May 11, 2020, located on PEARS Download Forms, COVID-19 Section. 

Q3: Will P-EBT cards be sent to all families who are receiving Direct Certification, free, and reduced-price meals?  

A: P-EBT is for all families with school-aged children that are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. If they already receive benefits through SNAP or TANF and currently have an EBT card, they will not be issued a new card. The existing card will be loaded with the additional benefits. Families that qualify for only P-EBT and do not have an existing EBT card will receive a P-EBT card in the mail (one per family, when possible). 

Q4: Which students/households are eligible for P-EBT?

A: Any household with a student who is eligible for free or reduced-price meals and enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP) can receive P-EBT benefits. This population includes:

•       Students who attend a school where all students are offered free meals, regardless of income (i.e., CEP schools).

•       Students of migrant households. Receiving or using P-EBT benefits does not impact the student’s or any household member’s immigration status or any current or future application for permanent residency.

•       Households that recently lost income due to job loss or fewer hours and are newly eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.


Q5: Some schools participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), where all students are eligible for free meals. Are all students attending CEP schools eligible for PEBT benefits?

A: Yes, all students enrolled in a CEP school will receive P-EBT benefits

Q6: Are homeschooled or cyber students eligible for P-EBT benefits?

A: No. A student must be enrolled in a school that participates in the NSLP and/or SBP and meet eligibility requirements for free or reduced-price school meals to receive P-EBT. 

Q7: How much money will each student receive?
A: Households will receive $5.70 per child per day of eligibility, up to a maximum of 65 days.

Students who were free or reduced-price eligible by March 16, 2020 will receive full benefits ($370.00). Benefits for students who became eligible after March 16, 2020 will be calculated as follows: 

•       Students who become eligible between March 17 and March 31, 2020, will receive the benefit for March 16 through June 12 (65 days)

•       Students who become eligible between April 1 and April 30 will receive the benefit for April 1 through June 12 (53 days)

•       Students who become eligible between May 1 and May 31 will receive the benefit for May 1 through June 12 (31 days)

•     Students who become eligible between June 1 and June 12 will receive the benefit for June 1 through June 12 (10 days)

Q8. Can school food authorities (SFAs) continue to provide meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) once P-EBT benefits are issued?  

A. Yes, SFAs can continue to operate other Federal nutrition programs while participating in PEBT. The statute does not prohibit children from participating in more than one nutrition program. 

Q9: Will receiving P-EBT benefits affect a family’s ability to receive other benefits? 

A: No. 

Q10: Will receiving P-EBT benefits affect a student’s ability to receive free meals provided by the school? 

A: No. P-EBT is in addition to the meals being provided, not in place of those meals.

Q11: If a family does not want to receive P-EBT benefits, what should they do?  

A: Families who do not wish to take advantage of P-EBT should shred their card. This benefit is non-transferrable, so recipients cannot use this benefit to buy food for others. However, they can use the benefits for their own eligible food purchases and, if they are able to, donate their own cash to an organization or a needy family. 

Q12: What if a family does not receive a P-EBT card and feels they should have?
A: LEAs should inform families that benefits are being issued through the end of June. If an LEA receives an inquiry from a family, the LEA should check their records to determine if the student(s) is/are free or reduced eligible and inform the family of eligibility status. If families believe they are eligible for benefits and have still not received them by the end of June, they should notify the Department of Human Services (DHS) online by visiting: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-Pandemic-EBT.aspx.
 
Q13: Do LEAs need to communicate P-EBT information to households?  

A: No, LEAs are not required to communicate P-EBT information to households. DHS will be mailing information to P-EBT eligible households.

Q14: Where can families be directed with questions?  
A: Families with questions can be directed to the DHS website: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-Pandemic-EBT.aspx.
 
 
 
May 11, 2020
 
Attention Elementary Parents:

Instructional Packet #3 can be picked up at the schools until Friday, May 15th. You also have until then to turn in Packet #2. Please call your respective school to inform them of pickup/drop-off.

Thank you.
 
 
 
May 6, 2020
 

Attention: ELEMENTARY PARENTS

Instructional Packet #3 -- distribution is MONDAY, MAY 11 (9:30-2:30)

Instructional Packet #2 – should be returned at this time

PLEASE NOTE: If your child has NOT completed Packet #2 (or Packet #1) , we ask that you still pick-up Packet #3 on Monday.

The return date for ALL learning packets is FRIDAY, MAY29th

STUDENT PERSONAL ITEMS – will also be distributed on MONDAY, MAY 11 at the following schools:

Friendship Hill
Masontown
Smithfield
AL Wilson - information is forthcoming
George Plava – information is forthcoming

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Please continue to check the district website and social media posts for procedures regarding Kindergarten Registration. Dates will be announced within the next few days.

 
 
May 1, 2020
 

AG High School Parents, Guardians and Students:

We will be conducting locker content pick-ups during the week of May 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the following days:

  • Students Last Name A-L - Tuesday, May 5th 
  • Students Last Name M-Z – Thursday, May 7th  

 If you are unable to pick up the items on the designated day, please call the school to arrange the pick-up. If belongings are not picked up by May 15th we will remove them from the buildings. When you arrive at the school please pull up to the main entrance of the building and stay in your vehicle. Someone will be there to assist you.   Please make sure you know your locker number. If your child has a personal combination lock on his/her locker please call the school and provide the combination to enable us to gather their belongings. If your child has a personal key lock, please bring the key when you pick their locker belongings.

Stay Safe,

High School Administration

AG North & AG South Parents and Guardians:

We will be conducting locker content pick-ups during the week of May 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the following days:

  • 8th Grade - Tuesday, May 5th
  • 7th Grade – Wednesday, May 6th  
  • 6th Grade – Thursday, May 7th  

 If you are unable to pick up the items on the designated day, please call the school to arrange the pick-up. If belongings are not picked up by May 15th we will remove them from the buildings. When you arrive at the school please pull up to the main entrance of the building and stay in your vehicle. Someone will be there to assist you.   If your child has a personal combination lock on his/her locker please call the school and provide the combination to enable us to gather their belongings. If your child has a personal key lock, please bring the key when you pick their locker belongings.

Stay Safe,

Randy Wilson and Zack Dillow, Principals

 
 
April 27, 2020
 
When picking up student lunches, please wear a mask as well as practice social distancing. This is for your safety as well as the safety of our staff.
 
 
 
April 24, 2020
 
Here is the link to our Community Update by Mr. Pegg, Superintendent 
 
 
 
April 8, 2020
 

Hello AGASD Community, we hope you are all doing well as we continue on with this alternate way of life. Below is some important information regarding the coming days/week.

Thursday, April 9th and Tuesday, April 14th are make-up days therefore are learning days - lunches will also be available as normal.

Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th are holiday days therefore there is NO learning on these days - there will be NO lunch service on these days as well.


Grades 6-12 report cards will be mailed beginning on April 17th.

Grades K-5 report cards will be distributed during instructional packet #2 pickup on April 20th between 9:30a and 2:30p. This will be the ONLY day to pickup packets so please make every attempt to do so. Also, when picking up packet #2 you will be able to turn in packet #1 - if completed. There will be bins at each building to place them in.

Please follow previous procedures for packet pickup as they will be the exact same.

We are currently in the process of transitioning to an online student registration process and are planning to begin Kindergarten registration during the first week of May. Detailed information will be posted once it is finalized.

Please enjoy the Easter break with your families and stay safe!

 
 
April 3, 2020
 

Next week (4/6-4/10) will be a theme week as we SPRING INTO ONLINE FUN!

Monday----Crazy Sock Day

Tuesday----Hat Day

Wednesday---Crazy Hair Day

Thursday---AG Day

Friday---No School (Happy Easter)

 
 
April 1, 2020
 

Attention Parents/Guardians:

Please be advised that all learning packets are to be kept until further notice. This is very important. We will inform you of the drop off procedures in the future.

We are currently making plans for the next phase of our education plan.

If you have not yet picked-up your child’s learning packet please contact your child’s school to discuss arrangements.

We realize certain circumstances exist and are willing to work with you.

Please note: We ask your help in sharing this information as we understand many families lack or have limited internet connectivity or devices. We are trying to convey updates in various ways the best we can to reach everyone. Your help and cooperation is something we know can be relied on as you have always been very supportive.

Thanks to all of you that made our first distribution quite successful. We are AG STRONG and it’s because of you!

 
 
March 31, 2020
 

Middle/High School Parents/Students:

Student Chromebook Repair Procedures

Below are instructions on how we will be handling student Chromebook repairs beginning on April 7th. For the safety of parents/students, as well as our IT staff – these guidelines MUST be strictly followed.

Every Tuesday between 9:00am and 11:00am, you can drop your Chromebook off at the main entrance of the High School (1119 Township Drive). You will NOT need to get out of your car. When dropping your Chromebook off for repair, please make sure to write down your full name, grade, and description of issue on a piece of paper and place it inside of the Chromebook. *Note, your device will NOT be repaired on the same day*

Every Thursday between 9:00am and 11:00am, you can pick up your repaired/replaced Chromebook at the SAME location (HS main entrance). Again, you will NOT need to get out of your car.

For any questions or concerns, please email Chris Bolin, Director of Technology at cbolin@agasd.org

 
 
March 30, 2020
 

REMINDER:

AGASD's distance learning plan will begin tomorrow - Tuesday, March 31st.

Grades 6-12 will be online utilizing the Google Classroom platform.

Grades K-5 will be the packet system that were distributed to parents today. Packet pickup has been extended to Thursday, April 2nd for those that were unable to make it today.

We are all in this together and things will be a work in progress but we genuinely appreciate your support and patience during these times.

Given todays announcement from Governor Wolf, we are currently working on future plans to continue with distance learning. We will do our best to keep you updated in a timely manner.

 
 
March 27, 2020

Continuity of Education Planned Instructional Packets Grades K - 5

Date for Pick Up – Monday, March 30, 2020
Time – 9:30 AM through 2:30 PM
Location – Main Entrances at All Elementary Schools

=      Parents / Guardians are to pull into the school’s driveway and line up along the curb

=      DO NOT exit your vehicle

=      Give the name(s) of your child(ren) & grade level

=      Planned instructional packets will be handed to parent / guardian

=      Parents / Guardians may ONLY pick up packets for YOUR child(ren)

=      Once packets have been completed, please keep them until collection procedures have been established

 
 
Continuity of Education Planned Secondary (6-12) Chromebook Pickup
 

Beginning on Monday, March 30th you will be allowed to pick up your child’s Chromebook and/or charger if it was left in their locker or classroom.


Specific school-based instructions are as follows:

HS – Please call 724-564-2024 x5310 or email nathan.ulderich@agasd.org with your child’s name, grade, call back number, and locker number or location of Chromebook. The device will then be retrieved by a gloved District staff member and the device will be wiped down/sanitized prior to pickup. Once devices are ready for pickup you will receive a call with a date/time.

 

NMS – Please call the school directly (724-737-5423) and make arrangements for pickup with the principal or secretary. The device will then be retrieved by a gloved District staff member and the device will be wiped down/sanitized prior to pickup.

 

SMS – Please call the school directly (724-725-5241) and make arrangements for pickup with the principal or secretary. The device will then be retrieved by a gloved District staff member and the device will be wiped down/sanitized prior to pickup.

 

Additional questions regarding student devices can be directed to Chris Bolin, Director of Technology at cbolin@agasd.org

 
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