Dear Parents and Guardians:
Nowadays, threats towards schools, students, administrators and other staff members are vastly increasing. The Educators School Safety Network reports it has recorded 50 threats a day on average since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida. That number, compared to the previous average of 10 threats per day is staggering!
This nationwide epidemic is breeding fear, anxiety and frustration into everyone. And social media and other electronic means do not help the situation. We here at Shamokin Area School District want to reassure all parents and guardians that we are taking every precautionary measure to protect and defend the safety of our students.
Children are frightened. Parents are angry. Sadly all children experience fears, but they should be able to feel safe in school. They should also have a stress free zone to learn but threats affect education by monopolizing classroom teaching time and wasting costly resources.
What are we as a school doing?
In order to accomplish this we have hired armed guards and additional security, made building improvements, installed metal detectors, updated security cameras, implemented many backpack policies, educating students about bullying, implemented a dress code policy, training teachers and staff, increasing area police presence in our schools, etc.
Now, what can you do?
According to Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology & Director if Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University, a few things parents/guardians can do to help are:
If you suspect your child or someone you know is having emotional struggles, please say something. Our school counselors can be contacted at the appropriate building if you would like them to speak with a student. Their information is:
Mr. Weller at the MHS: (570)648-5731, extension 3509
Mrs. McCabe at the MHS: (570)648-5731, extension 3507
Mrs. Fetterman at the Elem/Annex: (570)648-5721, extension 2728
Or you can contact the Northumberland County Behavioral Health / Intellectual & Developmental Services at (570)495-2040 or checkout their website at https://www.norrycopa.net/index.php/bhids/.
Jim Zack, Superintendent of Schools
*UPDATED JANURY 2, 2018 - Attention Volunteers*
IMPORTANT: Please be advised that effective at close of business November 18, 2017, Cogent will no longer be providing fingerprint services for 'new applicants'. All 'new applicants' will be required to begin a new pre-registration with the new Commonwealth supplier, MorphoTrust, on November 28, 2017. Those unable to meet this deadline will be required to restart the process with the new Commonwealth supplier, MorphoTrust. (Registration information will not be transitioned to the new supplier; any unused registration files will be purged from the Cogent System and any payments will be issued refunds by Cogent.)
Applicants that have been notified their prints were rejected for quality purposes will have an additional time-period to complete the reprint process with Cogent. Any 'reprint applicants' who have not completed the reprint process with Cogent within this additional time-period, will be eligible to continue the reprint process with the new supplier. Please Note, 'reprint applicants' will have a limited time-period of 90 days to obtain their reprint services without charge. Additional information regarding that process or the new solution and start date will be forthcoming from the Department of General Services.
Applicants may visit the new supplier website at https://uenroll.identogo.com/
Above attached is the link to the instructions to begin the new process to obtain a "new" fingerprint clearance:
*Revised December 4, 2017
Free and Reduced Meal Online Application
Shamokin Area School District has made it faster and easier for parents to apply for free and reduced meals.
This free service enables families to recieve program benefits faster than using the paper application. Your application is electronically submitted directly to the child nutrition office for processing.
If you have any questions or need assitance please call Bernadette Miller at (570)-648-5731 ext. 3652.