BASD e-News May 15, 2020

To the BASD Staff, Parents, Students, and Community

I hope you are safe and healthy. The BASD e-News is designed to help keep us connected as a school district and a community, to share events in the Bethlehem Area School District and in the Lehigh Valley, and to show how we are #builtbybethlehem. We would also like to use it at this time to help connect you to different types of services that are available to our students, parents, staff, and community as we face different challenges each day with the panademic that we are living through with the COVID-19 crisis. It is our hope that you find it informative.

If you would like to acknowledge a student or staff member or share an upcoming event, please feel free to e-mail my Assistant for Communications, Barbara Clymer, at bclymer@basdschools.org.

Dr. Joseph Roy, Superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District


Dr. Roy's Video Message on possible scenarios for opening schools this fall

BASD Tiered Mitigation Plan - Updated April 23, 2020 - We are currently on Tier 5


What BASD Teacher Inspired You


Senior Showcase Videos


If you are in need of diapers, formula or baby wipes the United Way and other area organizations can help. Click on the link below for more information.

YMCA is Providing Youth Meals

Pandemic EBT Benefits for School Meals

BASD Updated Meal Distribution Plan for Memorial Day Meal Distribution

Here is a Quick Tip from Mr. Wellness - New COVID-19 Symptoms from St. Luke's University Health Network

Lehigh Valley Live Article Featuring BASD Teachers Courtney Weikert, Jenna Husovsky, Denise McKeown, Danette Walters, Lindsey Joseph, and Eric Frank, written by Heather Mayer Irvine

James Buchanan Faculty 2020


Parents or students needing IT Help.

Submit a online form through our Service Desk ticket and a BASD Information Services Department team member will contact you via email. The ticket contact will come from the ISD Service Desk. Click on the link below to fill out a ticket.

"Flat teachers and scavenger hunts: The ingenuity of Lehigh Valley education in COVID-19 era" - This article written by Heather Mayer Irvine from Lehigh Valley Live was recently published. It features BASD Teachers, Courtney Weikert from Thomas Jefferson, Jenna Husovsky from Calypso and Marvine Elementary Schools, Denise McKeown from Calypso Elementary School, Danette Walters from Governor Wolf, and Lindey Joseph and Eric Frank from William Penn. You can view the story on the link below...

Did you see the East Hills Video - Stand Together Performed by the 7th and 8th Grade Choir?

Sheetz Free Student Meal Program

Sheetz is proud to announce a new Kidz Meal Bagz program providing free food to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meal Bagz will be available all day starting Thursday, April 2 and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink. Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz program should go to participating Sheetz locations and ask an employee at the register for a meal. Families will be offered one bag per child and meals will be available daily while supplies last. The Kidz Meal Bagz program will be available at 293 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The program will start April 2, 2020 and be available for a period of two weeks at which time it will be reevaluated based on community need. A full list of participating locations can be found here: https://www.sheetz.com/news/kidzmeals

Here is the Marvine Mustang Challenge - "Evolution of Dance"

Please view the updated BASD Workplace Mitigation Protocol. This protocol will be updated as new information is released by the CDC and PDH. We will continue to send these updates to make sure your employees stay informed.

Nursing Services Provided by/through Our District at this Time

Miller Heights Staff

To Our Staff - If You are Sick - You Can Stay Home and Use Capital BlueCross Virtual Care Instead!

As of April 1, 2020, Bethlehem Area School District has expanded all benefit plans to include Virtual Care through Capital BlueCross. Virtual Care doctors can evaluate your risk for COVID-19 and other respiratory conditions, provide a treatment plan, or refer you to in-person care if needed. Of particular note is that you can also use Virtual Care if offered by your own providers for Medical, Behavioral Health, and Specialty doctor visits.

With Virtual Care, you: avoid being infected by others and obtain care from the safety and comfort of home. Don't run the risk of infecting others with whatever ails you.

Until April 15, visits to Capital BlueCross Virtual Care for medical and behavioral health services are free for all members.

After the above time period, the member will be responsible for co-pays as follows:

PPO - $10.00 Primary Care and $25.00 Specialty Provider

Traditional - Coinsurance will apply

Should you have any questions please contact Carole Hall, Employee Benefits Specialist, chall@basdschools.org.


Elementary School Principal

Email letter of interest, resume, and three letters of recommendation to Mr. Russell Giordano, Chief Human Resources Officer, rgiordano@basdschools.org by May 21, 2020

Art Teacher - Nitschmann

Library Teacher - Nitschmann

Mathematics (.5) Teacher - Freedom

Industrial Arts/Technology Teacher - Liberty

Contact Jane Fischer at jfischer@basdschools.org for more information about these teaching positions.


BASD is searching for a Supervisor for the district’s child care program. The program is currently located at 12 elementary schools within BASD and provides for before school and/or after school care at parent discretion. This is a full-time, 12-month Act 93 non-instructional supervisory position. Submit a cover letter and resume to: mduchesneau@basdschools.org 

Secretary/Clerk - Business Office - Full-time

For more information or to apply contact MaryBeth at mduchesneau@basdschools.org.

To view all available job opportunities in the BASD, please click on the link below to visit our website.

COVID-19 Job Opportunities


A message from the William Penn Staff

KINDERGARTEN VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES - Come join us at our Virtual Open Houses for Kindergarten students. During these Zoom Virtual Open Houses meet the prinicpal, kindergarten teachers, and guidance counselors. Receive a virtual tour. See the flyer below for more details. COME JOIN US!

2020 B.E.S.T. Nominations Awards are now open.

Parents, students and staff - Nominate a teacher who is critical to the community for the 2020 B.E.S.T Awards. For more information, check out this video and click on link below the video for the nomination page located on The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District's website.

2019-2020 Revised School District Calendar

Friends of the Frontline - BASD Teachers Wishing to Help Healthcare Workers in Our Community

Mrs. Howells Strengthening Connections

BASD Gear is Here - More Items Added Every Week

BASD Gear is now available to purchase. Items available include t-shirts, sweatshirts, backpacks, messenger bags, blankets, etc. More items coming soon. The items contain our BASD logo and some items contain our District theme #builtbybethlehem and all are very reasonably priced.

Items can be delivered to your school free of charge or to your home for a nominal fee. For each item sold, $1 will be donated to The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District.

The BASD Gear Website is available by clicking the link below. On the top of the page, by the shopping cart, click on the group sign in. Our password is BASD. Sign in and start shopping!

Teachers - Moravian College is offering some courses this summer

William Penn Elementary School Students visit the campus of Moravian College. Moravian College is the Lead Partners at William Penn Elementary School. #BASDproud

Leader in Me April 2020 Newsletter


Marvine Elementary School - Count on Marvine

A video from Nitschmann Middle School - Can't Stop the Lions

We leave you with Remember Me performed by the Freedom High School Choir - A Must Watch!


Created By
Barbara Clymer