Arrest made in threats to Quakertown sCHOOLs

A 14-year-old juvenile has been charged with making several false threats through the Safe2Say Something app that forced a lockdown at Quakertown Community High School and closed Strayer Middle School twice in March.


The Bucks County District’s Attorney’s office and Quakertown Borough Police each sent out press releases on Monday, April 12, to alert the community of the arrest. The perpetrator faces five counts each of terroristic threats, false reports to law enforcement authorities disorderly conduct and false reports to the Safe2Say program. The terroristic threats charges are graded as third-degree felonies and the other charges are third-degree misdemeanors.


“The Quakertown Community School District is very appreciative of the efforts of our law enforcement community to solve this crime,” Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner said. “I personally want to thank our School Resource Officers, Brian Hendrzak and Bob Lee, for their hard work and dedication in the investigation. They, along with police from Quakertown Borough and Richland Township, performed flawlessly during this entire process and we are incredibly grateful.”


Following the threats, Dr. Harner respectfully requested that parents speak with their children about the importance of not using Safe2Say for anything other than its intended purpose.  He has also asked parents to take the time to check all apps on their child’s cell phone. 


“It is my hope that our school community, which has been so supportive of our actions during this stressful time, can use these events and this outcome as a teachable moment,” Dr. Harner said. “Everything anyone does online leaves a digital footprint behind, which ultimately can be traced.”



School BOARD ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OPEN SEAT

The Quakertown Community School Board is accepting applications for an open seat as Director Jennifer Weed, who is moving out of the area, will be resigning. Ms. Weed’s resignation becomes effective on May 12th.

QCSB Members represent three regions. The vacancy for Ms. Weed’s former seat is in Region 2: Milford Township and Trumbauersville Borough.

The Board is accepting applications for the open seat until noon on Friday, May 7th. Only residents of Milford Township and Trumbauersville Borough may apply.

Click here for an application. Download the form to fill it out electronically.

Please mail applications to the District Services Center, 100 Commerce Drive, Quakertown, PA, or email them to Board Secretary Terry San Angelo at tsanangelo@qcsd.org.

According to the 1,026-page Pennsylvania School Code, the School Board has 30 calendar days to fill the seat from the acceptance of Ms. Weed’s resignation. The information on Chapter 315, “Filling of Vacancies,” can be found on Page 116.

The Pennsylvania School Code can be found here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/US/PDF/1949/0/0014..PDF


STATE TO AGAIN ISSUE P-EBT CARDS

The state of Pennsylvania will be issuing Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards again to families of students who participate in the Free and Reduced lunch program and are attending school in a virtual or hybrid setting.
The cards are expected to be mailed out beginning in mid-May.
The United States Department of Agriculture is increasing the P-EBT benefit by approximately 15 percent, providing more money for low-income families. Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that are used to purchase food.
For more information, please
click here.
Please Note: The District does not make any determination on who receives a P-EBT card or how much is received. All questions related to the P-EBT card should be directed to the Department of Human Services Pandemic EBT Helpline, 484-363-2137. 


Redistricting Maps

The elementary Redistricting Committee made its recommendations to the School Board on February 11th. To learn your school of attendance for the 2021-22 school year based on the map, please click here and enter your address. 

For more information about the committee, please click here.

Kindergarten, Pre-K, Head Start and Early Head Start

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The Quakertown Community School District has a wonderful kindergarten program. Registration information can be found here. To be eligible for Kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year, a child must be five years of age on or before August 31. Registration needs to be completed by May 31st.

Please click here for information and an application about the Bucks County Pre-K Counts program.

Please click here for information about Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

 

2021-22 Preliminary Budget


The 2021-22 Preliminary Budget was presented to the School Board on February 11th.

 Here is the PowerPoint presentation.

 In the School Board video, the presentation begins at 2:08:30.

 

 

Mid-Year Benchmark Data

During the February 11th School Board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lisa Hoffman gave Directors an update on Mid-Year Benchmark Data.


Please click here for the presentation.


The School Board video of that discussion begins at 13:10.


COVID-19 Directory

The Quakertown Community School District has compiled much information related to COVID-19. To help our school community deal with this pandemic we have dedicated a section of this website for both educational purposes and transparency as it has impacted the district.

Please click here for these resources.



Panther in Q with Title IX writing above Q
 

 On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education amended the regulations implementing the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. To ensure that no student, employee or third party participating in or attempting to participate in an education activity or program is discriminated against based on sex, the Quakertown Community School District has updated its Title IX procedures. Click here for information.

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