- Hempfield School District
Summer Resources for Students & Families
While our Food Services Department does not offer a Summer Food Service Program, families may use the following resources:
- WhyHunger hotline , 800-548-6479
- Hempfield Area Food Pantry, 717-898-2954
- USDA Summer Food Program
- National Hunger Hotline, 1-800-3HUNGRY
- 2-1-1 Helpline, 2-1-1
- Hempfield Power Packs
Additionally, under the Family’s First Coronavirus Response Act a new benefit is available to help families who qualify for free or reduced priced meals. The benefit will come on an Electronic Benefit Transfer Card (EBT), a debit card. The benefits can only be spent on food. The card is valid for six months. Read more about this benefit here.
Parents/Guardians may use this online P-EBT Inquiry Form if you believe you should have already received P-EBT benefits at https://www.emergencymealsurvey.com/PA.
Mental Health & Social Service Resources
Hempfield School District has sourced a variety of links and information for families seeking information about supporting their student's social, emotional, and mental health during this potentially stressful time. Read about these resources here.
Our school counselors provide a variety of services to students and families including individual and small group counseling. Other responsibilities include working with education support teams, managing 504 Accommodation Plans, helping students transition to a new school or grade level, and conducting mediations. Our school counselors will be available to respond to your questions via e-mail over the summer months. Feel free to check your building level Counseling page for contact information.
Our Technology Help Line closed on Friday, June 5. We are transitioning back to normal operations for phone calls and support. Please contact the Technology Office at 717-898-5596 for any iPad or technology-related questions over the summer.
Over the summer, we encourage you to enjoy your children and engage them in healthy options and active play. If you would like to engage your child in academic activities, please consider the ideas and resources provided here at this curated link.
Health Services/Nursing Reminder
Physical exams, dental exams, and updated immunizations will be due by the first day of the 2020-21 school year.
- Physical exam forms are needed for Kindergarten, Grade 6, and Grade 11 students. We will take whatever form your provider completes, or families may use the Physical Form linked here.
- Dentals exam forms are needed for Kindergarten, Grade 3, and Grade 7. Please use the Dental Exam form linked here.
- All students need up-to-date immunizations OR a plan to have them completed, (i.e. a confirmed appointment) by the FIRST day of school. This especially affects Kindergarten, Grade 7, and Grade 12 students who are due for specific immunizations when entering these grades.
The Immunization Law in Pennsylvania requires that all students have required immunizations by the first day of school. To view these requirements, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.
Please note: We understand that families have had difficulty accessing well care and immunizations during the pandemic. A presented plan or appointment will suffice for the first day of school, as long as the appointment is kept.
Any student who needs a medication or nursing procedure for 2020-21 must have new orders from their provider for 2020-21 school year. We will take whatever the provider writes, or families may use this form Procedure for Administration of Medication at School linked here.
Please email your building school nurse with any health concerns or questions for the 2020-21 school year. Find their email address here.
Reopening of School in August
We know that students and families have questions about how school can and will reopen on August 25, 2020. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) said elementary and secondary schools in the state’s yellow and green phases may resume in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1 under a phased reopening approach. Any reopening first requires schools to develop health and safety plans based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state Department of Health (DOH).
We are currently reviewing this guidance, and we have established work teams to develop health, safety, and reopening plans. Our reopening plan, specifically, will look at various areas, including but not limited to: transportation, instruction, facilities, safety and security, and extracurricular activities.
Over the next few weeks, we will consider a variety of factors to produce a plan that focuses on the mitigation of risk while educating our students. The goal is to take an initial plan to the School Board in July, then incorporate any changes, and have a final plan ready to release to our broader school community in August. Part of this process will be incorporating feedback from various stakeholders. Please be on the lookout for this opportunity!