• Back-to-School

    Backpack Updated: Oct. 13, 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.  


    Reopening Plan (approved Aug. 17 2020)


    Reopening Orientation / Training materials available online

    To view videos and other resources from our Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4 orientation sessions with students, visit this link: Orientation Canvas Course. This course features lots of information about our student technology as well as our health and safety plan. We hope these resources help to ensure a safe and successful start to the school year!!!

     

    School Start & Dismissal Times

    Click on the school name below to view the drop-off/pick-up traffic pattern for each school.

    Kindergarten:

    • Morning Session: 8:15 - 10:55 a.m.
    • Afternoon Session: 12:05 - 2:45 p.m.
     

    Technology Support

    Our technology department has developed a robust help site – http://uscsd.org/support – with information to quickly resolve many common issues. Search by keyword (i.e. Google Meet, Canvas, Single Sign-on) to find helpful articles and tips to assist you. The site also provides a direct link to submit a help desk ticket, if needed.


    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.

    • 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.
     
     

    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

    SchoolCafé: 

    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
     

    Transportation

    • Preliminary bus stop information will be posted in the Parent Portal. 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. New this year, 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 from 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, as student schedules change.
    • 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.
    • Visit our Reopening Plan - Frequently Asked Questions: Operations & Transportation section for information regarding mitigation strategies for the 2020-21 school year.


    Bus Info in Parent Portal

    Families of bus-riders, please be sure to double check your child’s bus information in Parent Portal. Bus stop information typically changes slightly leading up to the start of the school year as our transportation team refines the data to make it as accurate as possible.

    To locate your child’s bus information in Parent Portal:

    1. click on your child's name in the column on the left side of the screen;
    2. select CHILD INFO;
    3. and then click TRANSPORTATION.


    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.

    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

     

    School Supply Lists 


    Physicals, dental exams and immunizations

    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.

    Turning in completed forms: If you have completed dental/physical forms to turn in, you can do any of the following:
    • If participating in hybrid learning, have your child turn in the form(s) in-person when school begins
    • Mail the completed forms to the school. Please include "Attn. School Nurse" in the address line.
    • Scan and email your completed forms directly to your child's school nurse. click here for our health services staff by school


    Medication Procedures 

    There have been changes to the district’s medication policy; please review the school handbooks carefully. Medication drop off is asked to be done prior to the first day of school this year. We kindly ask you to drop off the medication and physician’s order on Wednesday, Sept. 2; Thursday, Sept. 3; or Friday, Sept. 4. Medication dropped off must be in an original labeled container with a medication order form, which can be found here.


    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. 

    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!!!! More information will be provided in the coming weeks. For questions regarding the Family Directory, please email uscdirectory@gmail.com.


    Additional Information


    Before & After School Care

    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.  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.