• Back-to-School

    Backpack Updated: June 22, 2020

    Back-to-School Resources 

    The following information has been compiled to help our Upper St. Clair families prepare for the start of school. Additional information will be added as it becomes available. 

    Is there additional back-to-school information that would be helpful to you and others? Please share your suggestions via email to tvojtko@uscsd.k12.pa.us. The district’s intent is to make this page as helpful and user-friendly as possible

    Back-to-School Registration set for August

    Information coming soon!

    Family Directory

    The Upper St. Clair School District Family Directory is produced annually by the USC Parent Teacher Council. Whether you’re scheduling a play date for your elementary student, planning a graduation party or you’ve simply forgotten the parents’ names of your child’s new best friend, the USCSD Family Directory is a lifesaver!!!! The the is available as an app or you can purchase a printed copy. For questions regarding the Family Directory, please email uscdirectory@gmail.com.

    2020-21 Important Upcoming Back-to-School Dates

    Coming soon

    • Visit the online activities calendar. The online calendar can be customized to show events for one or more schools. Click “Customize Calendar View” from the top left of the window, select the edit icon directly below and click add/remove. (iPhone users - turn your phone sideways to see the monthly view and to customize your calendar.)

    • Download the 2020-21 School Calendar

    Parent Communications:

    The Upper St. Clair School District makes a concerted effort to enhance the ways we communicate with our families and the community and to enable that communication to become more effective, efficient, and timely. The information outlined below is intended to serve as a quick reference for families:

    • Parent Portal:  The USCSD Parent Portal is used annually for Back-to-School Registration for ALL students K-12. In addition, the portal provides access to bus transportation information.

    • School Calendar:  A PDF of the school calendar - indicating all days off and early dismissals - is posted on the district's website (under Quick Links, on the left side of the website) and can be easily printed for your reference. Click here for the 2020-21 Calendar. School calendars are typically drafted for public review in February and approved by the school board in March for the following school year.
    • Cafeteria Information (menus and online payment):  Monthly menus are posted online and are easily accessible from the menu icon on the district's website. Upper St. Clair families are encouraged to utilize SchoolCafé - a FREE tool to manage their children's meal accounts. SchoolCafé - available online and as an app from the AppStore and Google Play - enables families to access their child's purchase history; monitor account balances; receive low balance alerts; make online payments and set up automatic payments any time your student's account falls below your pre-determined limit.

    • eAlerts:  Upper St. Clair School District utilizes an email news system – eAlerts – to communicate with families and the community. Every Friday, a Weekly Recap is sent with all of the latest district news, upcoming events, bulletin board fliers and links to media coverage of the school district. 

    • School Messenger Automated Alert System:  In the event of a school-wide or district-wide urgent situation (i.e. school delays/cancellations, evacuation, lockdown, relocation, emergency dismissal), information will be shared via our Automated Alert System (School Messenger). Phone calls and/or emails will be sent to the numbers/emails that are designated by parents/guardians through the Back-to-School Online process. In addition, School Messenger will be used to contact families via email with news and other information related to the district and/or specific school that their child attends. Please DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE from the emails as you will also be opting out of the urgent phone messages too.

    • Volunteering in USC schools:  Hundreds of parent and community members volunteer each year in our schools and classrooms. Background checks, which are valid for five years, are required for school volunteers. The district's safety and security coordinator, Stacey Liguori, manages the volunteer clearance process for the district. Click here for more information and the step required to become an approved volunteer.

    • Bulletin Board:  The USC Online Bulletin Board provides information about non-district sponsored community events, activities, camps, classes, concerts, and other opportunities that might be of interest to our families and community members. Information is updated as it is received - check back often for the latest information. Click here to visit the Bulletin Board. To access the Bulletin Board from the district's website, select the lowercase pushpin icon, located below the rotating photo.

    • Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: The district utilizes social media to communicate and share district-wide news, upcoming events, photos, videos and more. Like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - @uscschools. 

    Food Services

    Upper St. Clair’s Nutrition Center offers a variety of meal choices with one goal in mind: to provide outstanding service and high quality “kid-friendly” meals that meet or exceed the latest federal and state requirements. Menus are designed to ensure that students receive a balanced meal, consisting of foods from all major food groups in the right proportions to meet calorie and other nutritional needs. Our staff is looking forward to serving your children nutritious, great-tasting menus that support their achievements in school and promote healthy lifestyles.
    August & September menus (coming soon)

    Free/Reduced Price Meal Application:  

    Free/Reduced Priced Meals are available for eligible families. Family circumstances can change at any time; therefore, please know that applications can be completed anytime during the school year.
    • Families can submit Free and Reduced-Priced Meal Applications online by logging in to www.schoolcafe.com. The application process is quick and easy. This process will require an adult to login using the Student ID of any student in your household. Applying online will speed up the determination process and benefits can be utilized sooner. Please remember to include all students in your household that attend USC schools on the same application. 
    • OR - click here to download and print the application


    Upper St. Clair families are encouraged to utilize SchoolCafé - a FREE tool to manage their children's meal accounts. SchoolCafé is available online and as an app from the AppStore and Google Play.

    • access your child's purchase history
    • monitor account balances
    • receive low balance alerts
    • make online payments
    • set up automatic payments any time your student's account falls below your pre-determined limit

    The student ID number (which will be sent to families in the Back-to-School Online email) is needed to set up a SchoolCafé account. Click here to learn more about SchoolCafé.


    • Preliminary bus stop information will be posted in the Parent Portal. However, this information will not be available for a few weeks as we process educational program selections. Notification will be sent via email when this information has been posted. Bus stop information typically changes slightly over the few weeks leading up to the start of the school year as our transportation team refines the data to make it as accurate as possible. In lieu of mailing bus postcards, families will receive email notifications from the transportation department if/when any changes are made relative to bus transportation.
    • Students who enroll after mid-August will receive transportation assignments by email as soon as we receive and are able to schedule the information.
    • Bus stop assignments are usually at the closest intersection to your child’s address. The Bus Stop Guidelines are used to route the buses to and from school in order to meet the school bell schedule.
    • Bus stop times are approximate and may vary slightly due to loading times and traffic. Therefore, please have your child at the stop location five minutes in advance in order to prevent students running after the bus or delaying the next stop.
    • If needed, route adjustments and changes may be made after the start of the school year.
    • Transportation requests with extenuating circumstances can be made by contacting the transportation office at 412 833-1600 Ext 3451.
    • Please call the garage ASAP at 412 833-1600 Ext. 3450 if an error was made in your child’s transportation schedule. 

    Transportation Safety

    Please keep in mind that during the first week of each school year buses tend to run late – especially the elementary buses in the afternoon. Our school staff will be taking extra time and care at dismissal to ensure that our students board the correct bus in the afternoon. Each day you should see a gradual improvement as we inch closer to the target arrival time. Your patience and understanding throughout these first days of school are much appreciated.

    Parochial and extended day transportation information will be communicated by telephone. Matthews Bus Company and Extended Day Services should be in contact with you regarding your transportation arrangements. 

    For questions or concerns regarding bus transportation, contact Jonn Mansfield, director of transportation, at jmansfield@uscsd.k12.pa.us or by phone at 412-833-1600 ext. 3451.

    2020-21 Student Handbooks

    • Baker, Eisenhower and Streams Elementary Schools (K-gr. 4) coming soon
    • Boyce Middle School (gr. 5-6) coming soon
    • Fort Couch Middle School (gr. 7-8) coming soon
    • High School (gr. 9-12) coming soon

    High School Information


    School Supply Lists 

    • Baker Elementary
    • Eisenhower Elementary (coming soon)
    • Streams Elementary (coming soon)
    • Boyce Middle School (coming soon)
    • Fort Couch Middle School: The basic supplies such as pens, pencils and paper along with a school-issued iPad will be needed to start the school year. Any additional items will be teacher-specific and will be addressed at the beginning of the school year. 

    Physicals, dental exams, immunizations & sports physicals

    Please make sure your child’s health information is up-to-date.

    • Physicals required for kindergarten, grade 6 and grade 11
    • Dental exams required for kindergarten, grade 3 and grade 7

    Click here for downloadable forms
     and detailed information.

    Family Involvement

    Research supports a strong correlation between family involvement and academic success. Parent organizations are formed at the individual school level with leadership and coordination provided by an overarching USC Parent Teacher Council. 

    Additional Information

    Before & After School Care and Kindergarten-Plus Services

    Extended Day Services (EDS) operates within all three Upper St. Clair elementary buildings as well as Boyce Middle School. Before-school care operates from 7 a.m. until the beginning of the school day. After-school care is offered from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. In addition, Kindergarten-Plus is available for all kindergarten families. Click here for information about EDS services.

    Resources for families with reluctant talkers:

    The start of a new school year is exciting for the whole family. At the same time, we know how frustrating those one-word answers to parents’ many questions can be. Here are a few resources that may help get conversations flowing with your child.

    Is there additional back-to-school information that would be helpful to you and others? Please share your suggestions via email to tvojtko@uscsd.k12.pa.us. The district’s intent is to make this page as helpful and user-friendly as possible.