Welcome To The Blue Mountain School District

The Blue Mountain School District will provide a comprehensive educational program to prepare all students to become successful citizens.

Update to 2017-2018 School Calendar

At the Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Board of School Directors approved the following revisions to the 2017-2018 school calendar:

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Seniors Only, School in Session
Saturday, May 19, 2018 –
Seniors Only, School in Session
Friday, June 1, 2018
– Early Dismissal, Graduation
Monday, June 4, 2018 – School in Session (Grades K-11)
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Last Day for Students (Grades K-11), Early Dismissal
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Act 80 Day (Staff Only)

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

As all of you are aware, recently there has been a great deal of media attention brought to Blue Mountain School District. This attention was due to social media posts that took comments out of context and misrepresented our actual planned response to armed intruders (particularly with the planned use of stones). This unfortunate circumstance has increased our concern regarding the possibility that something may happen because of the media attention. Starting tomorrow and into the near future, we have arranged for additional armed security for our buildings. We will continue to reevaluate this situation moving forward. Please be assured, the safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance to us.

Thank you,
David Helsel, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools

School Safety Address

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS CONCERNING INTRUDER SECURITY
Blue Mountain has been in the local and national media spotlight concerning portions of the emergency procedures for intruders. These procedures were called into question after stories about students throwing river stones were publicized. To bring focus to this issue, read some of the Frequently Asked Questions below.

What emergency guidelines have been established concerning intruders into our Blue Mountain schools?
Blue Mountain has established emergency security guidelines for intruders in our buildings that are outlined by the ALiCE Training Institute. ALiCE stands for Alert, Lock Down, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. This training calls for intruder emergencies to be handled in the following manner:
1. Inform all building occupants that there is an intruder in the building.
2. Alert the building occupants on where the intruder is in the building.
3. Teachers need to evaluate whether it is safe to Evacuate their students from the building.
4. Teachers who cannot evacuate their classes are to Lock Down their classrooms.
5. Students and teachers in locked down classrooms are to put up physical barricades. If the intruder gets past these barricades, all students are to Counter their entry by throwing items at the intruder to inflict as much damage as possible and protect themselves.

When will the river stones actually be used?
This is a last resort! Throwing river stones or other items will only be used if all other steps have been taken to avoid contact with an intruder.

Do all school buildings have security equipment?
Yes, all Blue Mountain Schools are equipped with intercom systems, emergency phone systems, walkie-talkies, surveillance equipment, and other security equipment. All classroom doors have been equipped with locking mechanisms.

Are classroom equipped with items to throw at an intruder?
Yes, all classrooms have buckets of river stones that students and faculty can throw at an intruder as a last level of defense against intruders.

Why not have students just hide in classrooms?
ALiCE guidelines suggest that students and faculty fight back against an intruder rather than wait passively for an intruder to attack.

Have teachers received training on procedures for building intruders?
Yes, a team of administrators and teachers received training through ALiCE. This team brought this training back to Blue Mountain and trained the remaining teachers and administrators.

Have students received training on procedures for building intruders?
Blue Mountain has held numerous training scenarios for students and some drills. Teachers have instructed their students on what to do in the case of a building intruder and drills have covered numerous different escape or Lock Down cases.

 

Please see our district Facebook page for additional information and a video further explaining our policies.

https://www.facebook.com/Blue.Mountain.School.District/

2017-2018 Dress Code Changes

Blue Mountain School District has approved revisions to the dress code guidelines.  There are different changes at the elementary and secondary levels.  A summary of the changes and links for the full listings of the dress code guidelines for each level are provided below.

 

Elementary Dress Code Changes (Kindergarten – Grade 5):

Florescent and neon apparel is permitted.

Tops and bottoms do not need to be solid color (stripes, plaid, patterns, etc. are permitted).

Blue jeans are permitted.

All Blue Mountain apparel may be worn over a regulation shirt.

Hooded sweatshirts are permitted over a regulation shirt (Hoods on tops may not be worn on the head in the building).

Appropriately placed designer names, emblems, or manufacturers’ logos are permitted on all apparel.

Reimbursement for dress code policy clothing will no longer be available.

*Reminder – Leggings may not be worn separately as dress policy bottoms but may be worn under dress code appropriate skirts.

 

Secondary Dress Code Changes (Grade 6-12):

Blue jeans are permitted

Tops do not need to be a solid color (stripes, plaid, and patterns are permitted)

Reimbursement for dress code policy clothing will no longer be available

Additional guidelines were developed for Schuylkill Technical Center (STC) students, see the full information below.

 

Elementary Dress & Grooming

Secondary Dress & Grooming

STC Dress & Grooming

Enrollment Information

In addition to the enrollment forms below, proof of birth, proof of residency and an immunization record must be provided.  Missing items will delay the enrollment of your student.  Please see the links below for the documentation that is required. Upon completion of the forms and all required documentation, please call the district office at 570-366-0515 ext 1062 to schedule an appointment.

Enrollment form

Home Language Survey

Earned Income Tax Form

Parental Registration Statement

Child Custody Information Form

Messenger Alert System

Required Registration Documentation

 

Budget Update (No tax increase for a fourth consecutive year)

The Blue Mountain Board of School Directors approved a tentative budget for the 2017-18 School Year and placed it for review on May 18, 2017. The budget will be formally adopted at the June Board Meeting scheduled for June 22, 2017. This budget calls for a 0% increase in property taxes (for a fourth consecutive year). The Budget is the result of the collective efforts of the Board and entire staff of the school district. It effectively addresses significant increases in state mandated retirement contributions in the sum of $478,000 and increases in healthcare costs in the sum of $531,000. In addition, it also includes the estimated reduction in state reimbursement for transportation costs of $161,500. The district, while facing increased operating costs and decreases in state and federal subsidies, has been able to:  [Read More…]