Dear Parents and Guardians,
Netflix currently has a series entitled “13 Reasons Why.” We wanted to ensure that as parents and guardians you were aware of this series. As a recent York Dispatch article stated, mental health and education professionals have expressed concern after viewing “13 Reasons Why.” According to the National Association of School Psychologists, "We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies." The series graphically depicts some horrific events, ultimately ending in a suicide death. It addresses in detail a number of difficult topics, such as bullying, sexual assault, self-harm, drug/alcohol use, and other social issues.
We encourage you to talk with your child since this is a popular topic of conversation in social media and with students at school. Please view this link with important information on starting that conversation.
As a district, our primary role is to keep your children safe and to educate them. If your child needs support or someone to talk to, please contact our school counseling staff. We are happy to assist you in engaging your student in supportive conversations and provide you with resources and expertise in preventing harmful behaviors. Please know that you can always reach out to our schools if you have questions or need to discuss concerns about your child at 814-643-4140.
Fred E. Foster
Attention HASD families:
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year there will be new immunization requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The new requirements include:
ALL students grades K-12 will be required to have four doses of Polio. (The final dose in the series should be administered on or after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after the previous dose). Students over the age of 18 are exempt.
Students in grade 7 will be required to have a Tdap (if 5 years has expired since the last Tdap) and a MCV.
Students in grade 12 will be required to have a 2nd MCV.
Students entering Kindergarten will be required to have MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella, varicella) booster entering Kindergarten or if transferred from out of state and your child does not have the second booster.
Documentation must be provided to your child's school nurse. If your child does not have all the doses listed above, the child MUST provide a medical plan card within the first FIVE days of school or they will be excluded. This date will be August 31, 2017 your will child will not be permitted to attend school.
If you have any questions regarding these new changes, please contact your child's nurse.
Mrs. Amy Hiquet , BSN, RN, CSN (643-0771 ext. 4208/627-1100 ext. 5112)
Mrs. Denise Felton, BSN, RN, CSN (643-2900 ext. 2188/643-1080 ext. 2154)