NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT Lansdale, PA 19446-3960 INFORMATIONAL SHEETS

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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: 04-15______
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SUBJECT: New and Amended Board Policies
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: February 2015
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE: Education/Community/Policy Committee
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval of new Board Policy #6175: Home
Education Progams and amended Board Policy #6162: School Volunteers.
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BACKGROUND:
One new policy and one amended policy are being presented for the Board’s review and approval
process. The policies are as follows:
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Board Policy #6175: Home Education Programs [new]
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Board Policy #6162: School Volunteers [amended]
Both policies have been reviewed by the NPSD Solicitor.
[Note: Changes to the amended policies are indicated in the following manner: additions in
italics and bold; deletions with a strikethrough.]
Date Prepared: 2/11/2015
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
School Board Policy
6175(a) [new policy]
INSTRUCTION
Elementary and Secondary
Home Education Programs
Children residing in the district may comply with compulsory education laws through private
tutoring or through home schooling programs (schooling by a parent or guardian or other person
having legal custody of the child), rather than by attending district schools.
Home education students (those being educated by private tutor or in a home schooling
program) are not enrolled in the North Penn School district; therefore, they are not eligible to
participate in school district courses. However, they may use school libraries if they make
arrangements in advance with the superintendent’s office. Home school students may also
participate in extra-curricular activities by contacting the principal of the school that they would
attend if they were enrolled in the district.
The district will not award a diploma or otherwise acknowledge the completion of a home
education student’s program of studies.
Definitions
“Home Education Program” shall mean a program conducted by the parent or guardian or such
person having legal custody of the child or children. A home education program shall not be
considered a nonpublic school.
“Appropriate Education”, as applied to a home education program, shall mean a program
consisting of instruction in the required subjects for the time required by the Pennsylvania Public
School Code and in which the student demonstrates sustained progress in the overall program.
“Supervisor”, as applied to a home education program, shall mean the parent or guardian or
such person having legal custody of the child or children who shall be responsible for the
provision of instruction, provided that such person has a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Procedure for Instituting a Home Education Program
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6175(b)
The parent/guardian/legal custodian of the child or children shall file an affidavit with the
superintendent of the residing district prior to the commencement of the home education
program. The affidavit shall state the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Name of supervisor of the home education program
Person responsible for instruction
Name and age of each child participating in the program
Address and telephone number of the home education program site
That such subjects as required by law are offered in the English language
Outline of proposed education objectives by subject area
Evidence that the child has been immunized in accordance with the provisions of
Section 1303(a) of the Pennsylvania Public School Code and has received the health
and medical services required for students of the child’s age or grade level in Article XIV
of the Pennsylvania Public School Code
8. That the home education program shall comply with the provisions of Section 1327.1 of
the Pennsylvania Public School Code and that the notarized affidavit shall be
satisfactory evidence thereof
NOTE: If the home education is to continue beyond the initial year, a revised affidavit
shall be filed with superintendent prior to August 1 of each successive year that the
home education program is in effect.
9. The affidavit shall contain a certification to be signed by the supervisor that the
supervisor and all adults living in the home (where the program is conducted) have not
been convicted of the criminal offenses enumerated in Subsection E of Section 111 of
the Pennsylvania Public School Code within five years immediately preceding the date
of the affidavit.
Requirements for a Home Education Program
1. A child or children enrolled in a home education program under the direction of a
supervisor must be provided a minimum of 180 days of instruction or 900 hours of
instruction per year at the elementary level (Gr. K-6) or 990 hours per year at the
secondary level (Gr. 7-12).
2. Required courses at the elementary level shall include the following: English (to include
spelling, reading, and writing), Arithmetic, Science, Geography, History of the United
States and Pennsylvania, Civics, Safety Education (including the regular and continuous
instruction in the dangers and prevention of fires), Health and Physiology, Physical
Education, Music, and Art.
3. Required courses at the secondary level shall include the following: English (to include
language, literature, speech, and composition), Science, Geography, Social Studies (to
include civics, world history, United States history, and Pennsylvania history),
Mathematics (to include general mathematics, algebra, and geometry), Art, Music,
Physical Education, Health and Safety Education (including the regular and continuous
instruction in the dangers and prevention on fires)
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6175(c)
4. A home education program may include, at the discretion of the supervisor: Economics,
Biology, Chemistry, Foreign Languages, Trigonometry, or other age appropriate courses
as contained in Chapter 5 (Curriculum Requirements) of the State Board of Education.
5. The district shall, at the request of the supervisor, lend to the home education program
copies of the district’s planned courses, textbooks, and other curriculum materials
appropriate to the student’s age and grade level. Supervisors who intend on having their
students participate in statewide tests administered by the district at no cost should
notify the district’s Home Education Program Supervisor early in the school year so that
the school can order extra tests and make arrangements for where they will be
administered.
Evaluation Requirements
1. After filing the affidavit and commencing home education, the supervisor must
demonstrate that appropriate education is occurring by maintaining a portfolio for each
student containing the following:
a. A log made contemporaneously with the instruction which designates, by title, the
reading materials used, and samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or
creative materials used or developed by the student
b. In grades 3, 5, and 8, results of nationally normed standardized achievement
tests in reading/language arts and mathematics or the results of statewide tests
administered in these grade levels.
2. A teacher or administrator who evaluates a portfolio at the elementary level or secondary
level shall meet the requirements established in law.
3. An annual written evaluation of the student’s educational progress as determined by a
licensed clinical or school psychologist, a teacher certified by the Commonwealth, or a
nonpublic school teacher or administrator is required. The evaluation shall be based, in
part, on an interview of the child and a review of the portfolio and shall certify whether or
not an appropriate education is occurring. At the request of the supervisor, persons with
other qualifications may conduct the evaluation with the prior consent of the
superintendent. In no event shall the evaluator be the supervisor or his/her spouse.
4. An evaluator’s certification stating that an appropriate education is occurring for the
school year under review shall be provided to the superintendent by June 30 of each
year.
If the supervisor fails to submit the certification due on June 30, the
superintendent shall send a letter by certified mail (return receipt requested) to the
supervisor of the home education program, stating that the certification is past due and
notifying the supervisor to submit the certification within ten (10) days of receipt of the
certified letter. If the certification is not submitted within that time, the board shall
provide for a proper hearing.
5. If the superintendent has a reasonable belief, at any time during the school year, that
appropriate education may not be occurring in the home education program, or that the
home education program is out of compliance with any other provisions of the
Pennsylvania Public School Code, he may submit a letter to the supervisor, by certified
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6175(d)
mail (return receipt requested) requiring that an evaluation be conducted and that an
evaluator’s certification stating that an appropriate education is occurring for the school
year under review, be submitted to the district within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the
certified letter. The certified letter shall include the basis for the superintendent’s
reasonable belief. If required tests have not been administered at the time of the receipt
of the certified letter by the supervisor, the supervisor shall submit the other required
documentation to the evaluator and shall submit the test results to the evaluator with the
completed documentation at the conclusion of the school year. If the certification is not
submitted to the superintendent within thirty (30) days of receipts of the certified letter,
the board shall provide for a proper hearing in accordance with the law.
Hearing Procedures
1. When a hearing is required, the board shall provide for a proper hearing by a duly
qualified and impartial hearing examiner within thirty (30) days.
2. The hearing examiner may not be an officer, employe or agent of the district,
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit or the Department of Education.
3. The hearing examiner shall render a decision within fifteen (15) days of the hearing
except that he/she may require the establishment of a remedial education plan mutually
agreed to by the superintendent and supervisor of the home education program which
shall continue the home education program.
4. The decision of the hearing examiner may be appealed by either the supervisor of the
home education program or the superintendent to the Secretary of Education,
Commonwealth Court or court of common pleas. The home education program may
continue during the time of any appeal.
5. If the hearing examiner finds that the evidence does not indicate that appropriate
education is taking place in the home education program, that program for the child shall
be out of compliance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Public School Code
regarding compulsory school attendance and home education programs. The student
shall then be promptly enrolled in the district, a nonpublic school or a licensed private
academic school.
6. At such time as the child’s home education program has been determined to be out of
compliance, the supervisor or spouse of the supervisor of the home education program
shall be ineligible to supervise a home education program for that child for a period of 12
months from the date of such determination.
Students with a Disability
Section 1327 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code provides that a home education program
meets the compulsory attendance requirements for students identified as a student with a
disability pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act only when the program
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addresses the specific needs of the exceptional student and is approved by a teacher with a
valid certificate from the Commonwealth to teach special education or a licensed clinical or
certified school psychologist. Written notification of such approval is submitted with the annual
notarized affidavit.
Transfer of Students in Home Education Programs
1. When a district child or children in a home education program intend to relocate to
another school district within this Commonwealth, the supervisor of the home education
program must apply, by registered mail, thirty (30) days prior to the relocation, to the
superintendent requesting a letter of transfer for the home education program to the
district where the home education program is relocating.
2. The superintendent must issue the letter of transfer thirty (30) days after receipt of the
registered mail request of the home education program supervisor.
3. If the home education program is not in compliance with Section 1327.1 of the
Pennsylvania Public School code, the superintendent must inform the home education
supervisor and the superintendent of the district to which the home education program is
relocating the status of the home education program and the reason for the denial of the
letter of transfer.
4. If the home education program is in hearing procedures, the superintendent must inform
the home education supervisor, the assigned hearing examiner, and the superintendent
of the district to which the home education program is relocating the status of the home
education program and the reason for the denial of the letter of transfer.
5. The letter of transfer must be filed by the supervisor of the home education program with
the superintendent of the new district of residence.
6. In the case of pending proceedings, the new district of residence superintendent shall
continue the home education program until the appeal process is finalized.
Adopted:
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
School Board Policy
6162
INSTRUCTION
Reference: Administrative Regulation #6162
Elementary and Secondary
Instructional Services
[Volunteer Aides] School Volunteers
[In order to provide teachers with more time to teach and allow students to benefit from
the diverse talents and skills within the community, the North Penn School District shall
maintain an active program of school volunteer assistance.
While volunteers shall not be asked to assume the professional responsibilities of the
school staff, carefully selected volunteer aides may be used to help classroom teachers
and other professional employees in the district schools so long as the students
involved are under the general supervision of the teacher or other professional
employee. Under these conditions, a reasonable degree of supervision over the students
may be exercised by the volunteer aide.
The superintendent shall maintain supervisory control over the program and shall
provide for the development of administrative guidelines in the implementation of
volunteer service. General administration of the volunteer program in the district shall
be the responsibility of the coordinator of volunteer services. An advisory committee of
community persons and school employees shall assist in the administration of the
program.
The principal (or designee) shall assume the same general authority over volunteers as
in the case with other employees of each school. A community person, known as a
building coordinator, shall work with the principal in recruiting and assigning aides.
Basically, the requirements of a school volunteer are general good health and moral
character, a sincere interest in children, a belief that they can learn, and a genuine desire
to help in the schools. When training is needed it will be provided by the district.]
The board recognizes that community volunteers can make valuable contributions to the
educational program. The use of community volunteers is endorsed by the board,
subject to legal requirements and administrative procedures.
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6162(b)
The board authorizes the selection and use of parents, community members, and others
as volunteers to assist and supplement regular district staff. The board defines a North
Penn School District Volunteer as an adult individual who provides a service to students,
staff or school/district operations without compensation.
Examples of volunteer
activities include chaperoning field trips, assisting at classroom or school events,
reading in classrooms, shelving books in the library and office support with
photocopying.
A volunteer is not considered an employee of the school district. A volunteer shall
receive no wages or other consideration which has a monetary value for the performance
of volunteer services. The volunteer position is not a right, but rather a privilege that is
conferred by the board and the administration. As such, any volunteer position or
volunteer may be eliminated at any time.
Volunteers do not assume the responsibilities of school district staff but may, under the
direction of the school principal(s), teachers, or coaches, provide assistance in an
approved and appropriate school level activity such as tutoring, demonstrating,
chaperoning, monitoring, speaking, reading, athletic activities and similarly appropriate
activities.
Clearance Requirements
Effective immediately, new volunteers must submit the following clearances to the
district for review prior to commencing their volunteer service:

PA Child Abuse History Clearance;
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PA State Police Criminal Background Check; and
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Either a North Penn School District Volunteer Affirmation or a Report of Federal
Criminal History Record (fingerprinting)
Upon review of the submitted clearance materials, the district will make a determination
as to whether an individual is properly qualified to serve as a volunteer. Volunteers must
obtain and submit updated clearances to the district every 36 months.
Effective July 1, 2015, the only individuals who will be authorized to serve as volunteers
are those whose background clearances have been submitted, reviewed and approved
by the district and anyone who has been approved by the superintendent to serve as a
Provisional Volunteer.
Provisional Volunteers
The board authorizes the superintendent to approve, on a case-by-case basis,
individuals to serve as provisional volunteers without requiring them to submit
background clearances pursuant to this Policy. The superintendent may only approve
provisional volunteers to the extent permitted by law. An individual may not be approved
as a provisional volunteer if that individual’s service as a volunteer will include being
responsible for the welfare of a child, providing for the care, supervision, guidance or
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control of children or having routine interaction with children. Provisional volunteers
who enter a district school as part of their volunteer service shall be required to submit
to all security protocols required of other school visitors and shall be accompanied by
district staff at all times.
Policy:
Adopted: October 18, 1971
Amended:
July 15, 1976
Reviewed: September 19, 1991
Amended: ________2015
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
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ITEM NUMBER: 13-15
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SUBJECT: North Penn High School Detention Basin and Dam Violation Remediation
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: March 2015
INITIATED BY: Tom Schneider
COMMITTEE: Support Services
RECOMMENDATION:
Recommend acceptance of Toth Bros. Clearing & Dredging, Inc.’s proposal to remediate
unacceptable conditions at the North Penn High School’s regulated dam and to coordinate with the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Dam Safety Division in the amount of $15,000.00.
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BACKGROUND:
In August the Department of Environmental Protection issued a letter outlining unacceptable conditions at
the North Penn High School’s detention basin and regulated dam. A letter outlining the required
remediation and DEP coordination was received on August 19, 2014. Toth Bros. Clearing and Dredging
was recommended and specialize in this type of work and coordinates with the DEP on a regular basis. This
proposal includes:
-Coordinating and gaining approval of work from PADEP, Dam Safety Division.
-Installation of a required access gate to the basin and dam area.
-Clearing large trees 15’-0 for both sides of the dam.
-Supply and installation of two trash racks on the inlet side of the dam.
-Follow-up with letters and photos to PADEP, Dam Safety Division to ensure compliance.
The Administration and the Support Services Committee have reviewed and recommend ratification of
these transactions.
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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
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ITEM NUMBER: 14-15
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SUBJECT: Meridian Software Subscription and Maintenance Agreement Approval
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: March 2015
INITIATED BY: Thomas Schneider
COMMITTEE: Support Services
RECOMMENDATION:
Recommend approval of a three year agreement with Meridian Systems to provide subscription
license and maintenance for the Prolog Construction Management Software used for our renovation projects in
the amount of $3,411.45 for the three year term.
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BACKGROUND:
The North Penn Facilities Department and Construction Manager utilizes the Prolog
Construction Management software to maintain records and reports on all construction and renovation
projects. This is a renewal of a previous three year contract at a reduced fee.
Annual Contract Amount 2015/2016:
Annual Contract Amount 2016/2017:
Annual Contract Amount 2017/2018:
Total Contract Amount:
Contract Expiration:
$1,197.00
$1,137.15
$1,077.30
$3,411.45
March 25, 2018
The Administration has reviewed and recommends approval of this change order.
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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
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ITEM NUMBER: 15-15
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SUBJECT: Fire Alarm Replacement at Gwynedd Square Elementary School – Electrical Construction
Change Order
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: March 2015
INITIATED BY: Thomas Schneider
COMMITTEE: Support Services
RECOMMENDATION:
Recommend approval of Deduct Change Order # EC-1 to A. N. Lynch Company, Inc. for the
Gwynedd Square Fire Alarm Replacement Project, at a change of contract amount of ($9,279.70) for the
balance of the allowances owed to the District.
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BACKGROUND:
The following Change Order was found necessary and is recommended for approval for the
Gwynedd Square Fire Alarm Replacement Project:
A. N. Lynch Company, Inc.
Change Order # EC-1
($9,279.70)
The Administration has reviewed and recommends approval of this change order.
Change Order EC-1 Total:
Original contract amount:
Previously approved change orders:
Amount of this change order:
Revised contract amount:
($9,279.70)
A.N. Lynch Company, Inc.
$177,078.00
$
0.00
($ 9,279.70)
$167,798.30
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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
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ITEM NUMBER: 16-15
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SUBJECT: Amended Board Policies
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: March 2015
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE: Education/Community/Policy Committee
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval of amended Board Policy #6121:
Curricular Activities; Board Policy #6179: Extracurricular Participation by Private School
Students; Board Policy #6180: Extracurricular Participation by Home Education Students;
Board Policy #6181: Extracurricular Participation by Charter or Cyber Charter School
Students.
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BACKGROUND:
Four amended policies are being presented for the Board’s review and approval process. The
policies are as follows:
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Board Policy #6121: Curricular Activities
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Board Policy #6179: Extracurricular Participation by Private School Students
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Board Policy #6180: Extracurricular Participation by Home Education Students
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Board Policy #6181: Extracurricular Participation by Charter or Cyber Charter School
Students
All policies have been reviewed by the NPSD Solicitor.
[Note: Changes to the amended policies are indicated in the following manner: additions in
italics and bold; deletions with a strikethrough.]
Date Prepared: 3/9/2015
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
School Board Policy
6121
INSTRUCTION
Reference: Administrative Regulation #6121
Secondary
Curriculum Extensions
Curriculum Relationships With Co-curricular Curricular Activities
The North Penn Board of School Directors recognizes the important relationships which exist
between the school district curriculum and co-curricular activities. Each activity sponsored by
the district is directly tied to at least one academic discipline. The superintendent shall maintain
a listing that shows the relationship between each co-curricular activity and the pertinent
academic discipline.
The board recognizes the important role that curricular and extracurricular activities play
in a student’s overall education. Curricular activities are those programs that are closely
associated with the curriculum and require participants to enroll in a regularly scheduled
course during the instructional day. Extracurricular activities, in contrast, are not
necessarily closely linked to the curriculum, are not graded, do not offer credit, and do
not require participants to be enrolled in particular courses during the instructional day.
The superintendent or designee shall maintain a listing of the district’s curricular and
extracurricular activities. The superintendent is further authorized to establish eligibility
criteria for student participation in both curricular and extracurricular activities.
Policy:
Adopted: November 19, 1985
Amended: February 17, 1989
Amended: January 23, 1990
Amended: January 25, 1991
Reviewed: January 3, 1995
Amended: June 15, 1995
Amended: November 15, 2007
Amended: May 2015
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
School Board Policy
6179
INSTRUCTION
Reference: Board Policies #6180 & 6181
Elementary and Secondary
Curriculum Extensions
Extracurricular Participation by Private School Students
Resident students who attend a nonpublic school that is not defined as a charter school,
cyber charter school, or home education program may not participate in the district’s
extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletic programs.
Participation by charter school, cyber charter school, and home education program students in
the district’s extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletic programs is governed by
School Board Policies 6180 and 6181.
Policy:
Adopted:
Amended:
Reviewed:
Amended:
Amended:
Amended:
April 4, 1974
May 17, 1979
October 23, 1991
November 15, 2007
April 15, 2010
May 2015
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
School Board Policy
6180(a)
INSTRUCTION
Reference: Board Policies #6179, 6181, & 5110
Elementary and Secondary
Curriculum Extensions
Extracurricular Participation by Home Education Students
The board shall approve participation in the any district’s district extracurricular activities
activity and interscholastic athletic programs by a student enrolled in a home education
program if all of the following conditions are met:

The student is a resident of the school district; and

The student fulfills all school district eligibility criteria, or their equivalent, required for
participation in an activity or program by district students.

The student meets the tryout criteria, or their equivalent, for participation in the
activity that apply to district students.
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The student complies with all policies, rules, and regulations, or their equivalent,
of the governing organization of the activity
The board shall not provide individual transportation for student enrolled in home education
programs who participate in the district’s extracurricular activities or interscholastic athletic
programs. When the district provides transportation to and from an away competition, game,
event, or exhibition and requires district students to use district transportation, home education
students shall be required to use the transportation provided by the district.
Guidelines
Students attending home education programs shall be given an equal opportunity to compete
for positions and participate in the district’s extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletic
programs.
A home education student may participate only in extracurricular activities and interscholastic
athletic programs at the school building the student would be assigned to if she/he was
enrolled in the school district.
If class for credit held during the school day by the school district is required for participation in
curricular activities that take place outside of the class, home education students shall not be
eligible to participate in such activities.
Prior to trying-out or joining an activity, a home education student shall submit required
documents and written verification of eligibility to the building principal or designee.
To be considered in attendance, in accordance with board policy #5110, Student
Attendance, the home education student must participate in a full, normally scheduled
academic program, in accordance with the planned home education program.
The following guidelines shall govern participation in the district’s extracurricular activities and
interscholastic athletic programs by home education students, who shall:
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1. Meet the same eligibility criteria, or their equivalent, required of district students, in
accordance with applicable board policies and administrative regulations;
2. Maintain appropriate insurance coverage, consistent with the coverage requirements for
district students;
3. Comply with board policies and school rules and regulations regarding extracurricular
activities, interscholastic athletics, and student discipline;
4. Comply with policies, rules and regulations, or their equivalent, of the activity’s governing
organization;
5. Meet attendance and reporting requirements established for all participants of the
activity or program;
6. Meet the requirements for physical examination and physical fitness and any height
and/or weight restrictions; and
7. Comply with all requirements and directives of the district staff, coaches, and
administrators involved with the extracurricular activity or interscholastic athletic
program.
Delegation of Responsibility
The building principal or designee shall receive and review verification from the parent/guardian
that a student has met and continues to meet the requirements of this policy with respect to
eligibility criteria for an extracurricular activity or interscholastic athletic program.
The district shall distribute information regarding eligibility criteria for student participation in
extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletics to all affected administrators, students,
teachers, coaches, etc.
The district shall develop a procedure to ensure that home education students have
access to information regarding the district’s extracurricular activities and
interscholastic athletic programs.
Policy
Adopted: April 15, 2010
Amended: May 2015
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
School Board Policy
6181(a)
INSTRUCTION
Reference: Board Policy #6179 & 6180
Elementary and Secondary
Curriculum Extensions
Extracurricular Participation by Charter or Cyber Charter School Students
The board shall approve participation in the any district’s extracurricular activities activity and
interscholastic athletic programs by a student enrolled in a charter or cyber charter school if
all of the following conditions are met:

The student is a resident of the school district;

The charter or cyber charter school does not provide the same extracurricular activity or
interscholastic athletic program; and

The student fulfills all requirements for of participation in the activity or program
required for district students.
The board shall not provide individual transportation for individual students enrolled in charter or
cyber charter schools who participate in the district’s extracurricular activities or
interscholastic programs. When the district provides transportation to and from an away
competition, game, event, or exhibition and requires district students to use district
transportation, charter or cyber charter students shall be required to use the transportation
provided by the district.
The board may require the charter or cyber charter school to pay the cost of the expenses for
its students’ participation in the district’s extracurricular activities or interscholastic athletic
programs.
Guidelines
Charter and cyber charter students shall be given an equal opportunity to compete for positions
and participate in extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletic programs.
A charter or cyber charter school student may only participate in extracurricular activities and
interscholastic athletic programs at the school building the student would be assigned to if
she/he was enrolled in the school district.
If a class for credit held during the school day by the school district is required for participation in
a co-curricular activities activity that takes place outside of the class, charter or cyber
charter students shall not be eligible to participate in such activities activity.
The following guidelines shall govern participation in the district’s extracurricular activities and
interscholastic athletic programs by eligible charter or cyber charter school students. Each
student shall:
1. Meet the same eligibility criteria required of district students, in accordance with
applicable board policies and administrative regulations;
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2. Maintain appropriate insurance coverage, consistent with the coverage requirements for
district students;
3. Comply with board policies and school rules and regulations regarding extracurricular
activities and interscholastic athletics, and student discipline;
4. Comply with policies and rules and regulations of the activity’s governing organization;
5. Meet the attendance and reporting requirements established for all participants of the
activity or program;
6. Meet the requirements for physical examinations, physical fitness, and any height and/or
weight requirements;
7. Comply with all requirements and directives of the district staff, coaches, and
administrators involved with the extracurricular activity or interscholastic athletic
program.
The building principal or designee shall receive and review written verification from the charter
or cyber charter school that a student has met and continues to meet the established eligibility
criteria for an extracurricular activity or interscholastic athletic program.
Policy
Adopted: April 15, 2010
Amended: May 2015
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: ___17-15
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SUBJECT: 2014-15 ASSIGNMENTS - EXTRA DUTY
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: March 2015
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE:
Board Leadership
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval of additions and changes to extra duty assignments for the
2014-15 school year.
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BACKGROUND:
GROUP
EXPERIENCE
2
A
SALARY
EXTRA DUTY
CHANGES
PB
Date Prepared:
March 2, 2015
FROM: Katie McCollum– Assistant Coach, Girls
Track – 7/8
TO: Matthew Olinik – Assistant Coach, Girls Track
– 7/8
$2, 014.00
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: __18/15_______
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SUBJECT: 2015-16 Elementary & Middle School Boundary Realignments
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: March 2015
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE: Education/Community/Policy Committee
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval to adopt the proposed elementary
and middle school boundary realignments as described.
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BACKGROUND:
Proposed Boundary Realignment for 2015-16
Rationale:
For the past several years, the enrollment in the Lansdale and Hatfield areas of the district has
demonstrated an increase. Accordingly, the schools serving those areas have increased in enrollment while
the schools in other portions of the district have decreased enrollment. Three of the schools most affected
by this enrollment shift are York Avenue Elementary and Knapp Elementary. The chart below summarizes
the recent enrollment trend for these two schools.
School
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
Projected
2015-16
674
370
Knapp
622
593
598
623
672
York Avenue
323
359
373
361*
342*
*Boundary realignment reduced the enrollment by approximately 25 students who were reassigned to Inglewood in each of these two years.
Given the increases to enrollment in these attendance areas and the likelihood that these trends will continue,
the district recommends a realignment of boundaries to balance the enrollments at these schools. In addition,
boundary realignment for Penndale Middle School is also recommended to better balance the enrollments
among the three middle schools.
DATE PREPARED: 2/4/15
Realignment 1: York Avenue Elementary
The proposed boundary realignment for York Avenue would reassign approximately 67 students to GwynNor Elementary. Currently, Gwyn-Nor has the capacity to enroll more students and staffing would be
adjusted accordingly between the two schools. The area designated for reassignment is marked on the
attached map and includes the following streets:
Chestnut
Church Road
Park Avenue
East Main
East Mt. Vernon
Jenkins
Kriebel
Park Avenue
Penn
South Line
The specific number of students impacted is represented in the chart below:
School
York Avenue
Gwyn-Nor
Projected 2015-16
Enrollment
370
595
Number of Students
Reassigned
-67
+67
Revised 2015-16
Projected Enrollment
303
662
Given that the area designated for redistricting is immediately adjacent to Penndale Middle School, these
students will remain assigned to Penndale for grades 7-9.
Realignment 2: Knapp Elementary
The proposed boundary realignment for Knapp would reassign approximately 111 students to Montgomery
Elementary. Currently, Montgomery has the capacity to enroll more students and staffing would be adjusted
accordingly between the two schools. The area designated for reassignment is marked on the attached map
and includes the following streets:
Amy
Anthony
Avondale
Carson
Cheswick
Devon
Dayton
Eaton
General Hancock
Georges
Jene
Joshua
Montclaire
Sterling
Susan Circle
The specific number of students impacted is represented in the chart below:
School
Knapp
Montgomery
Projected 2015-16
Enrollment
674
563
Number of Students
Reassigned
-111
+111
Revised 2015-16
Projected Enrollment
563
674
Realignment 3: Penndale Middle School
The proposed boundary realignment for Penndale is two-fold. In total, approximately 165 students would be
reassigned to either Pennfield or Pennbrook. Currently, both Pennfield and Pennbrook have the capacity to
enroll more students and staffing would be adjusted accordingly between the two schools. The proposed
shifts are marked on the maps attached and are described below.
Penndale to Pennbrook
The students reassigned from Knapp Elementary to Montgomery Elementary would also be reassigned from
Penndale to Pennbrook for grades 7-9. The area and streets affected are the same as the Knapp to
Montgomery realignment. The specific number of students impacted is represented in the chart below:
School
Penndale
Pennbrook
Projected 2015-16
Enrollment
1351
845
Number of Students
Reassigned
-51
+51
Revised 2015-16
Projected Enrollment
1300
896
Penndale to Pennfield
The proposed boundary realignment from Penndale to Pennfield would reassign a portion of the Kulp
Elementary School attendance area to Pennfield for grades 7-9. Currently, Pennfield has the capacity to
enroll more students and staffing would be adjusted accordingly. The proposed shift is marked on the
attached map and includes the streets listed below:
Anthony
Georgia
East Orvilla
Bent
Greenwood
Pebble Wood
Bethlehem Pike
Hilltown Pike
Pelham
Birchwood
Holly
Quincy
Brentwood
Huntingdon
Roxbury
Cabin
Ida
Schwab
Chelsea
Independence
Sharon
Cindy
Jodi Sue
Stewart
Claremont
Karol
Stoneham
Clymer
Leas
Tennis
Concord
Line Lexington
Thatcher
Cowpath
Maple
Timber
Creek
Merel
Trewigtown
Deer Run
Moore
Valley Woods
Downing
Moyer
West Orvilla
Forest Hills
Needham
Wimbledon
Foster
New Galena
Woodview
The specific number of students impacted is represented in the chart below:
School
Projected 2015-16
Number of Students
Enrollment
Reassigned
Penndale
1300*
-115
Pennfield
748
+115
*Projection after the proposed realignment of 51 students to Pennbrook
Revised 2015-16
Projected Enrollment
1185
863
Transition Process:
Elementary:
•
Families impacted by boundary realignment will receive notification via a mailed letter to their home
pending approval by the School Board.
•
Principals of sending schools will host an informational session for parents to ask questions and address
concerns.
•
The two receiving schools will extend an invitation for parents to meet with the Principal and key staff
members in early Spring.
•
Students who are assigned to a new elementary school will participate in a tour of the building, “Meet and
Greet” with staff, and attend a luncheon. This will occur during the school day in late Spring.
•
In the Summer of 2015, families assigned to a new elementary school will have the opportunity to tour
their new school and meet with key personnel. This will occur in mid-July in the evening.
•
Grade 6 students will have the option to remain at their current elementary school. Specific information
will be sent to the impacted families.
Secondary:
•
Families impacted by boundary realignment will receive notification via a mailed letter to their home
pending approval by the School Board.
•
All incoming Grade 7 students will report to the newly assigned school beginning with the 2015-16
school year.
•
In the Spring of 2015, Grade 7 students will participate in all transition programs at their newly assigned
school including student visitation, Parent Evening, and Principal outreach. Students will also participate
in an orientation program at the end of the Summer.
•
Grade 8 and Grade 9 students will participate in an orientation program at the end of the Summer at
their new school, as well as have the option to visit the school during the summer for a building tour.
Further details on summer building tours will be communicated at a later date.
•
Grade 8 and Grade 9 students will have the option to remain at their current middle school until the
completion of their middle school years. Specific information will be sent to the impacted families.
Note: Legend for attached maps: H ashed Lines = deleted boundary lines; Dashed lines = added
boundary lines
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: __19-15
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SUBJECT: 2014-15 Revised School Calendar
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: March 2015
INITIATED BY:
Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE:
Education/Community/Policy
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval of the revised 2014-15 school calendar.
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BACKGROUND:
The school calendar for the 2014-15 school year has been revised to reflect changes resulting from two (2)
instructional days lost as a result of snow. Consequently, days not originally scheduled for instruction have been
changed to instructional days. In addition, two lost teacher days have been added to the calendar as well.
In order to address lost instructional and teacher in-service time due to the two (2) snow days in March 2015, the
following changes are being made to the 2014-15 school calendar.





Wednesday, April 1, 2015 will be an instructional day for students. This was originally scheduled as a day
off for students and an in-service day for staff.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 will be an in-service day for teachers. This day was originally a day off for
teachers.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 will now be a full day of instruction for all students. This was previously an early
dismissal day for all students and the last student day.
Friday, June 12, 2015 will now be added to the calendar as an instructional day with early dismissal for all
students. This now becomes the last student day of the 2014-15 school year.
Tuesday, June16, 2015 will now be a teacher make-up day.
DATE PREPARED: 3/16/2015
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
2014-15 SCHOOL CALENDAR – REVISED (3-19-2015)
AUGUST
M
T
W
R
F
(25)(26)(27)(28)
Aug 25-26-27-28
In-Service
M
(3)
10
17
24
NOVEMBER
T
W
R
(4) 5
6
11 12 13
18 19 20
25 26 --
F
5
12
19
26
Sep. 1 – Labor Day
Sep. 2 – 1st Day of School
Sep. 25 – School Closed
F
7
14
21
--
Nov.3 - InService
Nov.4 -In-service
Nov. 27-28 School Closed
FEBRUARY
T
W
R
F
3
4
5
6
10 11 12 (13)
17 18 19 20
24 25 26 27
M
2
9
-23
SEPTEMBER
M
T
W
R
-- 2
3
4
8
9 10 11
15 16 17 18
22 23 24 -29 30
M
1
8
15
22
--
DECEMBER
T
W
R
2
3
4
9 10 11
16 17 18
23 -- --- --
MARCH
T
W
3
4
10 11
17 18
24 25
31
R
5
12
19
26
F
6
13
20
27
Feb. 13 - In-service
MAY
T
W
R
4
5
6
11 12 13
18 (19) 20
-- 26 27
7
14
21
28
F
1
8
15
22
29
May 19 – In-service
May 25 – School Closed
JANUARY
T
W
R
F
-- -6
7
8
9
13 14 15 16
20 21 22 23
27 28 29 30
M
5
12
-26
Jan. 1-2 – Winter Break
Jan. 19 – School Closed
M
-13
20
27
APRIL
T
W
1
7
8
14 15
21 22
28 29
R
(2)
9
16
23
30
F
-10
17
24
Apr. 1 – In-service Student
Day
Apr. 2 – In-service
Apr. 2,3,6 – Spring Break
Feb. 16 – School Closed
M
F
3
10
17
24
31
Oct. 13 - In-Service
F
5
12
19
--
Dec. 24-31 Winter Break
M
2
9
16
23
30
OCTOBER
T
W
R
1
2
6
7
8
9
(13) 14 15 16
20 21 22 23
27 28 29 30
M
M
T
JUNE
W
R
F
1
2
3
4
5
8
9 10 11 12
(15)(16) 17 18 19
22 23 24 25 26
29 30
June 11 12
- Last Day for Students
June 12, 15, 16 - In-service Days
June 15 16- Last Day For Teachers
Days in School
Student
Teacher
August
0
4
September
20
20
October
22
23
November
16
18
December
17
17
January
19
19
February
March
April
May
June
Student
18 17
22 20
18 19
19
9 10
Teacher
19 18
22 20
19 20
20
11 12
180 179
192 191
In the case of snow days, the elimination of in-service or vacation days will be considered. Decisions will be made as soon as
possible and at the latest by April 1st. The following dates are the designated Act 80 days, should these days be needed:
October 13, November 4, February 13, April 1, and May 19th. The following five (5) additional dates are the designated Section
1502 local holidays: November 28, December 24, December 26, December 31, and April 3.
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