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

On Monday, Aug. 10, Deer Lakes held a virtual Q&A forum with district families to explain the various learning tracks being offered as well as the modified Phased Schools Reopening Health & Safety Plan.  


As schools across the country begin a new academic year, the persistence of COVID-19 continues to create challenges for traditional approaches to in-school learning. In this webinar learn about how different reopening, quarantining, and closing strategies can mitigate the spread of COVID-19—and associated disruptions to school schedules—based on the unique circumstances of your school and community. 

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].

Deer Lakes approves modified back-to-school plan and schedule

In August, at a special meeting, the Deer Lakes School District Board of School Directors unanimously approved the Modified Phased Reopening of Schools Health & Safety Plan.  
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Transportation Rules and Protocols

  1. Should a family opt to drive their child to school, that does not take away the bus option. Students may still utilize their assigned school bus on any given day. All children must wear a mask while on the bus and family members will be required to sit together on the bus.

  2. The school district strongly encourages student drivers at the high school level. For that reason, Deer Lakes is waving all student parking permit fees for the 2020-2021 school year. Students will still be required to submit vehicle registration information.

  3. School buses will be disinfected after the morning run and again after the afternoon run. Hand sanitizer will not be available on the bus but will be available at your child’s school.

  4. Parents are strongly encouraged to assist with providing transportation to and from school to help promote social distancing.

  5. Deer Lakes will follow the state mandate requiring face coverings for individuals on district property.

  6. Should your child forget his or her protective face covering, one will be provided when boarding the buses with loading occurring from back to front.

  7. Social distancing will be encouraged at bus stops.

  8. School buses will be cleared and sanitized daily using electrostatic cleaners.

  9. Deer Lakes will temporarily permit students who also AW Beattie Career Center to drive to that school for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.