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  • DUQUESNE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

    OFFICIAL NOTICE

    NOTICE is hereby given that the Receiver and the Board of School Directors of the Duquesne City School District will hold a virtual Special Receiver Business Meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM to discuss workforce reduction concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and any other general purpose items that require Board action. See below for a link to connect to this public meeting:

     

    To connect via computer or smartphone:

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  • To connect to tonight's Town Hall Meeting that begins at 5:00 PM, please use the information below:

    To connect via computer or smartphone app:

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  • What questions do you have about the return of 7th and 8th grade to Duquesne? Submit your question here and it will be answered in our virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Please have your questions submitted by noon on Monday, August 24. https://bit.ly/3aGKQK9

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  • Hello, Duquesne School Community! Here is our virtual master schedule for the first nine weeks of school. The schedule is broken down into two sections (Pre K - 2) & (3 - 6). Please refer to your child's homeroom teacher for information regarding their specified and/or Individualized learning program(s).
     
     
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  • Join the meeting on August 25th! https://bit.ly/349X5gM

    TH Meeting 8/25

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  • The Duquesne City School District will hold it's August 11, 2020 virtual Receiver Business Meeting at 5:30 PM, as advertised. Please see the information below to participate in this public meeting. Click here to view the agenda. 

    To connect via computer or smartphone:

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    Meeting ID: 817 2267 7050

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  • Reopening Letter Reopening Letter 2

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  • The Distirict's 2019 - 2020 school picnic at Kennywood has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 6, 2020. Click the link below to purchase tickets online directly from Kennywood. 

    19 - 20 Duquesne City SD Kennywood Tickets

    Please note that tickets are not available for purchase at District buildings. 

     

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  • Parents/Guardians: Learn more about how our district is preparing for the new school year.  Click here for a district fact sheet.

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  • Parents/Guardians: It is important that we know what your intentions are for sending, or not sending, your child back to school in the fall. Please respond to this survey no later than July 31, 2020. Thank you in advance for your time! https://rb.gy/svw3pj

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  • OFFICIAL NOTICE

    NOTICE is hereby given that the Receiver and the Board of School Directors of the Duquesne City School District will virtually hold it's June Receiver Business Meeting at 5:30 PM June 30, 2020. A Special Meeting of the Board will also be held during the regular session for Tax Resolution Purposes. To connect to these public meetings via Zoom or by phone:

    To connect via computer or smartphone:

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    Meeting ID: 842 4897 9658

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  • OFFICIAL NOTICE

    NOTICE is hereby given that the Receiver and the Board of School Directors of the Duquesne City School District has canceled the June 16, 2020 Receiver Business Meeting and Special Board Meeting scheduled at 6:30 PM that was to be held at the Duquesne Education Center. The meetings will now be held virtually June 30, 2020. 

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  • Notice of Preliminary Budget

    NOTICE is hereby given that the preliminary General Fund Budget of the Duquesne City School District for the 2020 – 2021 fiscal year was approved at the Receiver Business meeting held virtually on May 12, 2020 and is available for public inspection at the school district’s business office, 300 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, Pennsylvania by appointment or by visiting the District’s website, www.dukecitysd.org under the Recovery Plan section. The final budget will be passed at the next Receiver Business Meeting to be held virtually June 30, 2020.                                                                                           

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  • COVID (Building Closure)

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  • Duquesne Family,

     
    I just wanted to make sure that you were all aware so that you can share it with your students and their families, that the Mobile Testing Lab will be back in our parking lot on 4th St. on Wednesday and Friday from 9-4.
     
    Stay safe!
     
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  • Duquesne community, the following statement is from Superintendent Ms. Sue Moyer, regarding BGCWPA and Duquesne City School D

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  • Dear Parents and Guardians –  

    05/14/20 
    We have collaborated with the Grable Foundation and the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution to learn more about parents’ beliefs about their children’s education.  Please follow this link to complete this survey by May 25th, which takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete: https://surveyhero.com/c/CUEBrookings 

    Your participation will help not only us but also educators across western Pennsylvania and beyond, so that we better engage with, and support you, as parents and guardians.
     
    By completing this survey, you will also be entered into a lottery to win a $100 Visa gift card from Brookings. 

    Thank you, 

    Sue Moyer, Superintendent

     

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    Duquesne Kindergarten Registration is Open!
    Bring your kids home and register them for success at Duquesne Elementary School.  Kindergarten registration packets are online at dukecitysd.org.  Call 412-466-9600 ext. 7032 to make an appointment with Ms. Brown.
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    Duquesne Kindergarten Registration is Open!
    05/04/20
     
    Bring your kids home and register them for success at Duquesne Elementary School.  Kindergarten registration packets are online at dukecitysd.org.  Call 412-466-9600 ext. 7032 to make an appointment with Ms. Brown.
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  • Good evening Duquesne Elementary School students. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been out of the building for almost six weeks now. I miss you all dearly and cannot wait to see your smiling faces again soon. I’m reaching out to you all because I have a very important message to share with you this evening.  This week your teachers will begin to schedule live interactive sessions twice a week for 30 minutes. I know that some of you have already been participating in these live sessions with your teachers and I encourage you to continue do so. 

     

    Your attendance for these live sessions is not mandatory. These live sessions are being offered to you to help address some of the concerns you may be facing with online learning. If you have been in touch with your teacher on a regular basis please continue to do so. It’s extremely important that you try to stay motivated to continue your learning during this time.  Remember all your teachers are providing flexibility with in their schedules throughout the week to provide you with quality instruction. 

     

    The expectation is that you complete your assignments and provide proof of work.

    Mid-Term grades will be out the week of May 4th. It’s important that you provide your teachers with proof of work so that you can receive credit for your Midterm grade and Final. Students please take your academics seriously. All subjects will be represented on your midterms and final report cards and you are responsible for providing proof of work to get a grade for the final semester. 

     

    That means you have to complete all your assignments and turn them in when you can. Specials are just as important as your core subjects when determining your midterm and final grades. So please complete all assignments including – Library, Gym, Art, and Music. I understand that some of you are feeling overwhelmed about distance learning right now but I guarantee we will all come out on the better end of this when we’re done and the stay at home order has been lifted. 

     

    Your teachers have been working extremely hard at providing you with the best online instruction they possibly can. Support services have been working equally as hard to address any social and emotional needs students are experiencing during this time as well.  If you are feeling anxious about turning in your schoolwork or you are uncertain of your expectations at this time please reach out to your teachers via email, class dojo, Google classroom, etc. You can also visit the school’s website at www.dukecitysd.org to access The Counseling Corner page on our website to check in and/or share any concerns you may be experiencing during this time. If you are enrolled at Duquesne Elementary School and are in need of an electronic device or a paper packet because you do not have Internet access you can contact the school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am – 2pm and ask to speak with the Administrator on Duty. 

     

    In closing, I want to address the parents. We understand that since March 13th your lives have been flipped upside down as well. Feeling overwhelmed is an understatement for most of you. Our teachers are here to support you and your children during this epidemic so please reach out if you need help with getting your child’s assignments submitted. Our teachers and students worked extremely hard to show academic gains in all content areas over the years and we cannot allow COVID – 19 to unmotivated our children and become lackadaisical with their academics. Please continue to push them to be the best online students they can be.   I hope you all have a great week of learning and remember to finish strong!

     

    Thank you for listening! Go Dukes!

     

    Principal Harper

     

    مساء الخير طلاب مدرسة دوكين الإبتدائية. من الصعب تصديق اننا خارج بناية المدرسة منذ ستة أسابيع تقريبا. أفتقدكم كثيرا ولا أطيق صبرا لرؤية وجوهكم المبتسمة مجددا عن قريبا. أنا أتواصل معكم جميعا لأن لدي رسالة مهمة جدا أشاركها معكم هذا المساء. هذا الأسبوع سيبدأ المعلمين الخاص بكم بتحديد جدول جلسات تفاعلية حية مرتين في الأسبوع ولمدة ٣٠ دقيقة. أعلم أن بعضكم قد شارك مسبقا في هذه الجلسات الحية مع معلميكم وأشجعكم على مواصلة القيام بذلك.

     

    حضورك لهذه الجلسات الحية ليست إلزاميا. هذه الجلسات الحية تعرض عليكم للمساعدة في معالجة بعض المخاوف التي قد تواجهونها مع التعلم عبر الإنترنت. إذا كنت على اتصال مع معلمك على أساس منتظم يرجى الاستمرار في ذلك. من المهم جدا أن تحاول البقاء متحفزا لمواصلة تعليمك خلال هذا الوقت. تذكروا أن كل المعلمين يوفرون المرونة في جدولهم طوال الأسبوع لتزويدكم بتعليمات جيدة.

     

    التوقع هو أن تكمل واجباتك وتقدم دليلا على ذلك.

    الدرجات نصف السنة ستكون متوفرة في الاسبوع الاول في مايو. من المهم أن توفر للمعلمين دليلا على اكمال الواجبات حتى تتمكن من الحصول على درجة نصف السنة ودرجة النهائية الخاصة بك. الطلاب، يرجى أخذ أكاديميتك على محمل الجد. جميع المواضيع سيتم تمثيلها في امتحانات نصف العام وبطاقات التقرير النهائية وأنت مسؤول عن تقديم دليل على اكمال الواجبات للحصول على درجة في الفصل الدراسي الأخير.

     

    هذا يعني أن عليك إكمال كل مهامك وتسليمها عندما تستطيع. الدروس الخاصة بنفس أهمية الدروس الاساسية عند تحديد درجاتك المتوسطة والنهائية. لذا يرجى إكمال جميع الواجبات بما في ذلك المكتبة، الصالة الرياضية، الفن، والموسيقى. أفهم أن بعضكم يشعر بالإرهاق بشأن التعلم عن بعد في الوقت الحالي، لكنني أضمن أننا سنخرج جميعًا في النهاية بشكل أفضل لهذا في النهاية وعندما يتم رفع امر البقاء في المنزل.

     

    المعلمين يعملون بجهد كبير لتزويدكم بأفضل التعليم على الإنترنت. يعمل خدمات الدعم بنفس القدر من الجهد ايضا لتلبية أي احتياجات اجتماعية وعاطفية يعاني منها الطلاب خلال هذه الفترة . إذا كنت تشعر بالقلق حول تسليم واجبك المدرسي أو كنت غير متأكد من توقعاتك في هذا الوقت، يرجى التواصل مع معلمك عن طريق البريد الإلكتروني، درس دوجو، درس جوجل، الخ. يمكنك أيضا زيارة موقع المدرسة على www.dukecitysd.org للوصول إلى صفحة ركن الاستشارة على موقعنا على الانترنت لتسجيل الدخول و / أو مشاركة أي مخاوف قد تعاني منها خلال هذا الوقت. إذا كنت مسجلا في مدرسة دوكين الابتدائية وبحاجة إلى جهاز إلكتروني أو حزم ورقية لانك لا تستطيع الوصول الى خدمة الانترنيت، يمكنك الاتصال بالمدرسة أيام الاثنين والأربعاء من الساعة ١١ صباحاً – ٢ مساءاً و طلب التحدث مع المسؤول الخدمة.

     

    في الختام، أريد أن أخاطب الوالدين. نتفهم أنه منذ الثالث عشر من مارس حياتكم انقلب رأسا على عقب أيضا. الشعور بالإرهاق هو شيء قليل بالنسبة لمعظمكم. المعلمين هنا لدعمكم ولدعم أطفالكم خلال هذا الوباء. لذا يرجى التواصل معنا إذا كنتم بحاجة للمساعدة في ارسال واجبات اطفالكم. المعلمين والطلاب لدينا عملوا بجد للغاية لإظهار المكاسب الأكاديمية في كافة مجالات المحتوى على مر السنين ولا يمكن ان نسمح لكوفد – ١٩ ان لا يحفز أطفالنا ويصبحون غير محسوسين مع واجباتهم الاكاديمية. يرجى الاستمرار في تشجيعيهم ليكونوا أفضل الطلاب على الإنترنت. أتمنى أن تحظوا بأسبوع رائع من التعلم وتذكروا أن تكون النهاية قوية!

     

    شكرا لإصغائك! هيا دوكس!

     

    المدير هاربر

     

     

    Buenas tardes a los estudiantes de la Escuela Primaria Duquesne. Es difícil creer que hemos estado fuera del edificio durante casi seis semanas. Los extraños mucho y no puedo esperar a ver sus caras sonrientes de nuevo pronto. Me estoy comunicando con todos ustedes porque tengo un mensaje muy importante que compartir con ustedes esta tarde. Esta semana, sus maestros comenzarán a programar sesiones interactivas en vivo dos veces por semana durante 30 minutos. Sé que algunos de ustedes ya han participado en estas sesiones en vivo con sus maestros y los animo a que continúen haciéndolo. 

    Su asistencia a estas sesiones en vivo no es obligatoria. Estas sesiones en vivo se están ofreciendo para ayudar a abordar algunas de las preocupaciones que puedan estar enfrentando con el aprendizaje en línea. Si usted ha estado en contacto con su maestro sobre una base regular, por favor continúe haciéndolo. Es extremadamente importante que intente mantenerse motivado para continuar su aprendizaje durante este tiempo.  Recuerde que todos sus maestros están proporcionando flexibilidad en sus horarios durante toda la semana para brindarle instrucción de calidad.

    La expectativa es que complete sus tareas y proporcione una prueba de trabajo. Las calificaciones de mitad de período estarán fuera la semana del 4 de mayo. Es importante que proporcione a sus maestros una prueba de trabajo para que pueda recibir crédito por su calificación a mitad de período y al final. Estudiantes, por favor tomen sus académicos en serio. Todas las asignaturas estarán representadas en sus exámenes parciales y calificaciones finales y usted es responsable de proporcionar prueba de trabajo para obtener una calificación para el último semestre.

    Eso significa que debe completar todas sus tareas y entregarlas cuando pueda. Las especialidades son tan importantes como sus materias principales al determinar sus calificaciones intermedias y finales. Por lo tanto, complete todas las tareas incluidas: Biblioteca, Gimnasio, Arte y Música. Entiendo que algunos de ustedes se sienten abrumados por el aprendizaje a distancia en este momento, pero les garantizo que todos saldremos en el mejor de los casos cuando hayamos terminado y se haya levantado la orden de quedarse en casa.

    Sus maestros han estado trabajando muy duro para proporcionarle la mejor instrucción en línea que posiblemente puedan. Los servicios de apoyo han estado trabajando igual de duro para abordar cualquier necesidad social y emocional que los estudiantes estén experimentando durante este tiempo.  Si usted se siente ansioso por entregar sus tareas escolares o no está seguro de sus expectativas en este momento, póngase en contacto con sus profesores por correo electrónico, dojo de clase, aula de Google, etc. También puede visitar el sitio web de la escuela en www.dukecitysd.org  para acceder a la página de The Counseling Corner en nuestro sitio web para registrarse y/o compartir cualquier inquietud que pueda estar experimentando durante este tiempo. Si está inscrito en la Escuela Primaria Duquesne y necesita un dispositivo electrónico o un paquete en papel porque no tiene acceso a Internet, puede comunicarse con la escuela los lunes y miércoles de 11 a. m. a 2 p. m. y pedir hablar con el administrador de turnos.

    Para terminar, quiero dirigirme a los padres. Entendemos que desde el 13 de marzo sus vidas han sido volteadas al revés. Sentirse abrumado es un eufemismo para la mayoría de ustedes. Nuestros maestros están aquí para apoyarlo a usted y a sus hijos durante esta epidemia, así que comuníquese si necesita ayuda para enviar las tareas de su hijo. Nuestros maestros y estudiantes trabajaron extremadamente duro para mostrar ganancias académicas en todas las áreas de contenido a lo largo de los años y no podemos permitir que COVID - 19 desmotiven a nuestros hijos y se vuelvan deficientes con sus académicos. Por favor, continúe presionándolos para que sean los mejores estudiantes en línea que puedan ser. ¡Espero que todos tengan una gran semana de aprendizaje y recuerden terminar fuerte!

     

    ¡Gracias por escuchar! ¡Adelante Dukes!

    Director Harper





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  • Parents and Guardians, 

    Please click on the link below for an update from Mr. Harper regarding Virtual Learning initiatives at DES. 

    Virtual Learning Update Letter from Mr. Harper

     

    Thank you and stay well!

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  • April 9th, 2020

     

    Dear Duquesne Family,

     

    Earlier today, Governor Tom Wolf has announced that all Pennsylvania K-12 schools and programs, public and private, are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  This action was taken to protect the health and safety of students, families and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.   This means that moving forward until June, schools throughout the state are to continue to provide online classes and other virtual activities.

     

    While our school may be closed, at Duquesne Elementary, the learning continues.   The district will still follow its current education plan and provide online instruction for all students.   Coursework can be accessed through the Online Learning link on the district’s homepage. 

     

    In addition, the Duquesne City School District will continue to support its community through its food delivery program.  School lunches will still be available at Duquesne Elementary School as well as strategic food drop off spots every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

     

    While our teachers and staff miss seeing your children in our classrooms every day, we nevertheless understand that the closure is for the best.  The Duquesne City School District will continue to be a resource for our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will get through this together.  Once a Duke, always a Duke!

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    Sue Moyer,

    Superintendent of Schools

    Duquesne City School District

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  • Duquesne Families,

    Thanks to our friends at Eat n Park, we will be distributing food at our bus stops today, Friday April 10.

    Mifflin & Kennedy Ave. - 11:00 - 11:20 am
    Crawford & Wool St. - 11:25 - 11:45 am
    Crawford & 5th St. - 11:50 - 12:10 pm
    Commonwealth & Overland Av. 12:20 - 12:40 pm
    Commonwealth & Duquesne Place - 12:45 - 1:15 pm

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  • Duquesne Families,

    Thanks to our friends at Eat n Park, we will be distributing food at our bus stops tomorrow, Friday April 10.

    Mifflin & Kennedy Ave. - 11:00 - 11:20 am
    Crawford & Wool St. - 11:25 - 11:45 am
    Crawford & 5th St. - 11:50 - 12:10 pm
    Commonwealth & Overland Av. 12:20 - 12:40 pm
    Commonwealth & Duquesne Place - 12:45 - 1:15 pm

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  • Just letting parents know that Spring Break starts at 12:30pm, Thursday April 9 and goes to Monday April 13. Virtual learning will resume on Tuesday April 14. Be safe and we miss you!

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  • Supporting Our Community – Dukes Standing Tall 

    March 26th, 2020

    The COVID-19 virus has caught nearly everyone by surprise.

    From the schools that abruptly closed to the restaurants and businesses that shuttered their doors, no one is immune from the impact of the novel virus that has swept across the globe.

    But with the help of some friends, and a hand from community partners, Duquesne City School District is keeping its students and their families fed and ready to learn.

    Thanks to the United Way and Eat ‘n’ Park, Duquesne is adding an extra smile to its current ‘grab ‘n’ go’ lunch program.  Starting on March 25, an extra 200 meals are now available to Duquesne City students, and their families, as schools remain closed to contain the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus.

    “We are immensely grateful to our community partners Eat ‘n’ Park and the United Way for helping our students during this time when need is acutely felt,” said Sue Moyer, superintendent of Duquesne City School District. “We may be in unchartered waters but we know that we can pull together as a community and make sure that our families and students are supported.”

    The idea to provide meals to school students took shape soon after state directives were issued to limit large gatherings and close sit down service in restaurants.  Eat ‘n’ Park board member Brooks Broadhurst is a veteran of the food service industry who understands how current supply chains can be realigned to meet the COVID-19 crisis head on.

    “Our current food pantries are already stressed and we wanted to build a model that can get food to where it’s needed most,” he said. “We thought how can we give back to the community that has supported us for so many years.”

    This private-public partnership is just one way the Duquesne community is coming together to support each other in times of need.  For more information about how the Duquesne City School District can help you, contact 412-466-9600.  

    Once a Duke, Always a Duke!

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  • Attention Duquesne Residents:

    Tomorrow March 25, meals provided by Eat'n Park and United Way will be handed out from 11am-1pm at Duquesne Elementary School. 

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  • **UPDATED**

    DUQUESNE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 

    OFFICIAL NOTICE

    NOTICE is hereby given that the Receiver and the Board of School Directors of the Duquesne City School District scheduled Receiver Business Meeting advertised for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 will now be held at 2:00 PM. The meeting will be held virtually. No person will be allowed in the building due to social distancing requirements. 

    Follow this link to join online: March 24, 2020 Receiver Business Meeting LIVE

    or enter the following link in your browser: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8529061559?pwd=d21PS3laOEdsNGR4cEJFaWIxaGs4QT09

    If joining online, please remember to keep your microphone muted until the Receiver opens public comments. Any participate wishing to speak should state as such in the chat section. 

    To join by toll-free phone dial: 852-906-1559             When prompted enter: 424601

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  • DCSD will be offering bulk Grab n' Go breakfast and lunch pick up at Duquesne Elementary - Kennedy Avenue Entrance, every Monday and Wednesday, 11 AM -1 PM, starting Wednesday March 18. All children aged 18 years or younger who reside within the city limits of Duquesne are eligible. Please click here for a memo from the Superintendent for more information. 

    For more information regarding guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education please click here

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  • Due to COVID-19, The Duquesne City School District has adjusted office and building time. From March 16 through March 27, the building will be open 10 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Please continue to check back as updates are developing.

     
     
     
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    03/15/2020

    Department of Education Issues Guidance on Student Instruction During COVID-19 School Closures

     

    Harrisburg, PA - Today, the Department of Education released additional guidance for Pennsylvania schools about the instruction of students and operation of PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Programs during the COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Governor Tom Wolf announced Friday the two-week closure of all Pennsylvania schools beginning Monday, March 16, and the department provided initial guidance yesterday on which schools are closed, identifying essential personnel, the 180-day requirement and student meals during the closure.

    “Education leaders across the commonwealth are working nonstop to meet the needs of their students during this critical time, from providing free meals to distributing instructional materials,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Today the department is issuing additional guidelines to assist schools, their students and parents, and communities in these efforts. We will continue to provide guidance as we move forward.”

    The following is the complete guidance provided to date:

    What Schools Are Closed Statewide:

    • All public K-12 schools, including brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, career and technical centers (CTCs), and intermediate units (IUs)
    • Childcare centers operating within any of the above schools
    • All universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
    • All other schools (including private, parochial, and institutions of higher education) should be consulted directly for the most current closure information

    Within counties under aggressive social distancing guidelines:

    • All schools – including private, parochial, and institutions of higher education – are required to close.

    What staff may schools deem essential?

    • These decisions should be made locally, in the context of school and community needs.
    • Examples of essential responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, school administration, food preparation and distribution, information technology, and continuity of operations (e.g., payroll, and building operations).

    What are the consequences for districts/schools that don’t meet the 180-day/hours (990/900/450) requirements?

    • PDE will not penalize districts/schools that fail to meet the minimum 180-day/hours (990/900/450) requirements as a result of COVID-19 response efforts.
    • PDE will provide a simplified form that districts/schools can use to report any shortfall in days or hours.

    How will students access meals while schools are closed?

    • Pennsylvania sought and received approval from the Federal government to allow schools the option to distribute meals at no cost while schools are closed.
    • Districts/schools that want to act on this Federal approval must apply to PDE.
    • PDE has begun and continues to expedite approvals.
    • Districts/schools may utilize essential staff to ensure students have access to meals.
    • PDE is partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, other state agencies, the American Red Cross, and public and private partners to expand these efforts.

    Are schools required to provide any type of instruction during the closure of schools due to COVID-19 response efforts?

    • No. PDE recognizes that the rapidly evolving pandemic may make it impossible to implement continuity of education plans.
    • Although not required, many schools have plans, or are creating plans, to provide continuity of education. 
    • Intermediate units are preparing to offer technical assistance for schools interested in developing such plans; that support will be available by Friday, March 20.

    For school entities considering continuity of education, what options are available?

    • Educational services may continue in a variety of ways, including: 
      • Flexible Instruction Days for districts/schools with approved plans
      • Online/digital learning opportunities
      • Non-digital learning opportunities (e.g., materials sent home with students)
    • The decision to employ one or more of the above methods of continuity of education is to be made at the local level based on feasibility, availability of resources, access and equity considerations, and the Commonwealth’s social distancing recommendations. 
    • Whatever decision is made, LEAs must ensure full access to learning for all students, with particular attention to free appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities and English as a second language (ESL) services for English Learners.

    Is a school required to continue to provide FAPE to students with disabilities during a school closure caused by COVID-19 response efforts?

    • When a school is closed because of COVID-19 response efforts and does not provide any educational services to the general student population, the school is not required to provide services to students with disabilities during that closure period.  Once school resumes, the district/school must provide special education and related services to the child in accordance with the child’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan.
    • When a school is closed because of COVID-19 response efforts and does provide educational services to the general student population, the school must ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the same opportunities, including the provision of FAPE.  In addition, districts/schools must ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each student with a disability can be provided the special education and related services identified in the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan.  Once school resumes, a child’s IEP team (or appropriate personnel under Section 504) must make an individualized determination whether and to what extent compensatory services may be needed, consistent with applicable requirements, including to make up for any skills that may have been lost during the closure within a reasonable timeframe.

    Will Early Intervention services be offered while schools are closed?

    ·         Preschool Early Intervention programs should suspend all services to children and families in alignment with public K-12 closures. 

    ·         If the Preschool Early Intervention administrative offices are open while Preschool Early Intervention services are suspended, referrals to Early Intervention should continue to be managed by the program; once services resume, referrals can proceed.

    Are PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Programs expected to close?

    • PA Pre-K Counts (PKC) and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) Grantees operating within a K-12 building should close in alignment with the closure of all public schools. 
    • Those grantees operating PKC or HSSAP in community-based settings have the discretion to continue to operate unless the county is under aggressive social distancing guidelines (Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Chester counties as of March 14).
    • In order to track program impacts, closures must be reported to both the Preschool Program Specialist assigned to each grant and to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning: RA-PWOCDELFacilclose@pa.gov.

    The PDE guidance documents can be found on the PDE webpage - education.pa.gov/COVID19 - under “Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (COVID-19).”

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  • We are now accepting applications from community agencies who are interested in hosting a free table at our 2nd Annual Community Resource Fair. Click here for an application to participate! Click here for more information! 

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  • DUQUESNE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIAL NOTICE

    NOTICE is hereby given that the Receiver and the Board of School Directors of the Duquesne City School District will hold a Special Receiver Business Meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the board room of the Duquesne Education Center, 300 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110 for the purpose of discussing generating new revenues that will directly benefit student activities and related facilities and student educational programs and services.

    March 15, 2020 UPDATE - SPECIAL MEETING CANCELED 


     

    DUQUESNE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIAL NOTICE

    NOTICE is hereby given that the Receiver and the Board of School Directors of the Duquesne City School District has rescheduled the Receiver Business Meeting advertised for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held in the board room of the Duquesne Education Center, 300 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110. 

     

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  • Due to the weather, Duquesne City School District is CLOSED Friday, February 7. 
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  • DUQUESNE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIAL NOTICE

    NOTICE is hereby given that the Receiver and the Board of School Directors of the Duquesne City School District will hold a Special Receiver Business Meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM in the board room of the Duquesne Education Center, 300 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110 for the purpose of adopting the Act 1 Resolution.

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  • Last school year DCSD held our 1st annual Community Resource Fair where we were honored by over 30 local agencies being available to introduce their many different services to the citizens of Duquesne. Let's make this year's event even more successful! 
     
    Please consider joining us at 3:30 PM Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in the board room located inside Duquesne Elementary to begin planning for DCSD's 2nd annual Community Resource Fair occurring this upcoming May. If you wish to participate in coordinating this event or have questions,  contact me at 412-466-5300, ext. 2219 or reply to this message by Thursday, January 23, 2020. 
     
    Thank you, 
     
    DCSD
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  • December 18th, 2019

    Due to weather conditions, the After School Program is cancelled for today.

     

    Thank you, 

     

    Duquesne City School District

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  • Dear Duquesne Community,

     

    The Duquesne City School District would like to express its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of former district employee and contractor John Joseph.  Mr. Joseph served in the district’s maintenance department for many years and was beloved by our students and staff.  A resident of McKeesport, Mr. Joseph was a friendly, warm and joyful person, and greatly contributed to the positive environment at our school.  His absence will be keenly felt.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Sue A. Moyer,

    Superintendent

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