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!
DUQUESNE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
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
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.
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.
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).”
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.
Due to the weather, Duquesne City School District is CLOSED Friday, February 7.
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.
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
December 18th, 2019
Due to weather conditions, the After School Program is cancelled for today.
Duquesne City School District
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.
Sue A. Moyer,
In recognition of his bravery, in May Arnez was awarded the AAA School Safety Patrol Lifesaving Medal. He was one of only four students in the nation to receive the award this year, and was honored in front of his classmates during an assembly. In the last 99 years, the award has been given to only 463 individuals. Earlier this year, Arnez received the Duquesne City School District’s Heroism Award.
The administration is pleased to announce that it has received a $79,279 school safety grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Deliquency's School Safety and Security Committee. The grant will be used to fund school safety initiatives. Go Dukes! #DuquesnePride