New and Noteworthy

Our students are making headlines, and we want to share all the great news with you. We will keep this page updated with important announcements, news stories, and student shout outs. Please check in often and help us celebrate our students’ many achievements.

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Test - November 26, 2020

Smethport Area School District has been notified that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, this situation does not require school to be closed.

For more information, please read the following letters in their entirety:

Future Plans for Smethport Schools

On November 23, 2020, government agencies in Pennsylvania took action to update many orders and recommendations for schools across the Commonwealth (see the links below). In Smethport, we are hopeful to continue with a model of providing education under our health and safety plan, plan A with students attending school. Please review the attached letter from Mr. London regarding the district’s current statusHowever, we also know that we must prepare for a switch to remote learning. We plan to return to school on December 1, 2020, for classes and in-person instruction. However, we are sending technology home with students so that we are prepared to switch to remote learning if virus cases surge over the Thanksgiving Holiday. A future increase in cases will prompt us to move to our remote learning model, Plan C.

DOH, PDE and Governor Wolf Provide Updates for Schools:

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Tests - November 23, 2020

Smethport Area School District has been notified that an elementary student and a high school student have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are not related. At this time, the situation does not require the school to be closed. 

For more information, please read the following letters in their entirety:

Letter from the School Nurse

We have made it through twelve weeks of school. We have been doing our best to keep our school community safe. Everyone has been wearing masks or shields, washing their hands more frequently, and keeping distant from their friends. As most of you know, we have had an increase in COVID-19 in our community in the past two weeks. We need to continue to do what is best for our school community.

In order to keep everyone as healthy and safe as possible, we need to have children who are ill stay at home. A child who is sick will not perform well in school and could spread the illness to other students or staff. Please know that we will be following Smethport Area School District’s health and safety plan and the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of students and staff. We ask that you screen your children in the morning before school. No children with symptoms should be on a bus or brought to school.

Please take a moment to read the complete letter from the school nurse for more information.

November 2020 Student of the Month
Cadence Gamet and Brianna Digel

Congratulations to Cadence Gamet, 12th grade, and Brianna Digel, 9th grade, for being selected as the students of the month. Each month the Smethport Junior-Senior Area High School teachers nominate one senior high and one junior high student to be recognized for their exemplary character. Congratulations, Cadence and Brianna!

McKean County Strengthen Families Program

Please register for the Strengthen Families Program for ages ten through 14. It gives parents/caregivers a chance to connect with their youth. There will be a weekly free family meal, weekly prizes, weekly Sheetz card, and a chance to win a grand prize worth $250. View the McKean County Strengthen Families Program flyer to learn more.

Live Stream Events Link

Please make a note of the Vimeo link that we use for live streaming events. We appreciate your support from wherever you may be viewing.

Upcoming Events

  • Live stream will return for SASD winter sports in December.

Smethport Schools Announces Free Lunch Program

The Smethport Board of School Directors has extended the Seamless Summer Option program to June 30, 2021. This program provides free breakfast and lunch to all Smethport students. Please review the letter to families from our Food Services Director, Mrs. Zeigler for further information.

SASD Buses Equipped with Audio and Video Recording

We are notifying parents, guardians, family members, and students that SASD equips school buses with audio and video recording equipment. The board authorizes the use of video and audio recording on school buses and school vehicles for disciplinary and security purposes. We will utilize bus cameras that record both video and audio on the bus for any transportation with a school-related purpose. Please view SASD Policy 810.2. We are doing this to promote the safety of all students who ride Smethport school buses.

Health and Safety Plans Approved

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Smethport Area Board of School Directors approved revisions to the health and safety plans and provided direction to continue operating school under Plan A. Smethport Schools will continue to be open for in-class instruction. You can view the health and safety plan, appendices for the plan, and the athletic health and safety plan in the following attachments. Please contact with questions, comments, or concerns regarding the plans. You can direct immediate questions on making adjustments to your educational choice to the high school (814) 887-5545 or elementary school (814) 887-5012.

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

The opportunity scholarship tax credit program is available to Smethport students for the 2020–2021 school year. Based on achievement results from the state testing programs, Smethport Jr./Sr. High School students qualify for a program to assist them in attending another participating public or non-public school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more, please review the opportunity scholarship tax credit program letter from the administration as well as review the overview of the program flyer.