Deer Lakes

School District

Safe Return-to-School Plan

As we work hard to adapt and prepare Deer Lakes for this fall, one thing will remain constant - our commitment to providing a robust education while protecting the health and safety of all students and staff.  We are calling on all members of our community to help build a safer, even stronger community!

The district's Safe Return-to-School Team is developing plans for a safe return to instruction this fall. The Pennsylvania Department of Education's preliminary guidance for reopening schools includes a series of both suggestions and requirements, which differ according to which phase the county is in -- red, yellow, or green.

  • In RED, schools are to be closed to in-person instruction; instruction should be conducted online only.
  • In YELLOW, schools may offer in-person instruction with limitations and restrictions.
  • In GREEN, in-person instruction may resume with precautions and procedures in place. 

Should you have any questions please direct them to [email protected].  

Survey Results and Plans

On June 10, and again on July 14, Deer Lakes released surveys seeking parental feedback on how it could best implement its Safe Return-to-School Plan. Here are some of the insights the District gained through those surveys.
This link walks parents through the district administration's presentation to the school board for how it intends to safely reopen its schools.
This link walks parents through the Pennsylvania Department of Education's application process for its Phased Reopening of Schools Health & Safety Plan as well as Deer Lakes' responses.

Healthy & Safe Return-to-School Virtual Q&A

Deer Lakes will hold a virtual Q&A forum for district families at 6 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 10, so that everyone can be sure they are making the best decision possible for their child’s education.  

Students or parents wishing to ask questions may submit them via the Zoom meeting's chat function. District personnel will read the question aloud before answering it.  Also, students and parents looking for answers may also submit questions to the district's dedicated email address: 
[email protected].  We regularly monitor the account and are posting reponses to those questions here.

The district will not address any personnel-related issues during the meeting.  Should you have any questions highly specific to your situation, please reach out to your child's principal.

Formal registration for our various learning tracks will open on Friday, Aug. 7 and will close on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 11:59 p.m. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar: 

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for visiting Deer Lakes School District’s Frequently Asked Questions platform where responses to your Reopening Plan inquiries will be shared.  To submit a question, simply send an email to [email protected].

Questions will be answered regularly.  Answers will be presented by common themes, and not all individual questions may be represented.   Answers may be embedded within themed questions.

Information for Families of Students Who Receive Special Education

As we work toward developing plans for reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, we recognize there are still concerns that many of our families still have regarding the upcoming school year. In an attempt to help answer some questions, we have created a Special Education Frequently Asked Questions document.

Please know the Deer Lakes School District is committed to providing free and appropriate educational opportunities for students with disabilities in alignment with public health guidelines.

Thank you again for your partnership and patience during this challenging time. As additional information becomes available, we will keep you updated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 724-265-5300 Ext. 2642 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected].