Back-to-School Information

Back-to-School Information

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

Mark your calendar! The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 for the 2022-2023 school year is Monday, August 29, 2022. 

Please note the following schedule for Kindergarten students: 
  • Tuesday, August 30 - Kindergarten Orientation (for students and a guardian). 9:30 a.m. at each elementary building. 
  • Wednesday, August 31 - Kindergarten Early Dismissal (Aiken - 12:30 p.m.; Dormont - 12:30 p.m.; Myrtle - 12:15 p.m.)
  • Thursday, September 1 - Kindergarten Early Dismissal (Aiken - 12:30 p.m.; Dormont - 12:30 p.m.; Myrtle - 12:15 p.m.)
  • Friday, September 2 - Kindergarten Early Dismissal (Aiken - 12:30 p.m.; Dormont - 12:30 p.m.; Myrtle - 12:15 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, September 6 - First Full Day of School for Kindergarten
Please also note that the last day of school for kindergarten students is Tuesday, June 6, 2023. This is different from the last day of school for students in grades 1-11. 

Summer Assignments

The following Keystone Oaks High School courses have been assigned summer coursework to be completed prior to the first day of school: 

School Supply Lists

Please find below the school supply lists for the 2022-2023 school year. Supply lists will be added as they are provided by teachers. 

Aiken Elementary School
Dormont Elementary School
Myrtle Elementary School

Keystone Oaks Middle School

Elementary schools moving to common arrival and dismissal schedule

As we prepare for the start of the 2022-2023 school year, please see below for important information regarding changes to the start times at the District’s three elementary schools for the 2022-2023 school year.

 

These changes were made in order to provide elementary teachers across the District with a common schedule, both for meetings and professional development, as well as for special-area teachers who travel between one or more school buildings to teach art, music, library, STEM, and physical education classes. These time changes also will allow for afternoon transportation to run more smoothly, returning students home in a timely manner. 

 

The following daily schedule is in effect at Aiken, Dormont and Myrtle Avenue Elementary Schools for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Doors open for students
  • 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.: Student arrival / breakfast
  • 8:45 a.m.: Homeroom begins
  • 8:55 a.m.: Tardy time
  • 9 a.m.: First class begins
  • 3:35 p.m.: Dismissal

We realize that this change may impact your family’s schedule. Before and after school care is available at all three elementary schools through Extended Day Services, a private company.  Information about their programs is available on their website - https://www.extendedday.com/keystone-oaks

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to the building principal at your child’s elementary school:

 

Aiken Elementary School
Mr. Dave Thomas - [email protected]

 

Dormont Elementary School
Mr. Brian Werner - [email protected] 

 

Myrtle Avenue Elementary School
Mr. Scott Mizikar - [email protected] 

 

In advance, thank you for your cooperation as we make this necessary schedule change to better serve the students of the Keystone Oaks School District.

Food Service Department Updates

The United States Department of Agriculture’s free meals program for schools, which was approved by Congress in 2020, during the early days of the pandemic, is set to end on June 30, 2022. This will not impact the District’s Free Summer Lunch Program; however, it does mean that the District’s Food Services Department will return to pre-pandemic operations under the National School Lunch Program. 

 

As we prepare for this change, families are reminded of the following: 

 

Daily Breakfast & Lunch Program
Breakfast and lunch is available daily in all schools. For the 2022-2023 school year, breakfast and lunch prices are as follows: 

  • Elementary Breakfast - $1.55 

  • Elementary Lunch - $2.65 

  • Secondary Breakfast - $1.65 

  • Secondary Lunch - $2.75

  • Reduced-Price Breakfast - $0.30 (for students who qualify)

  • Reduced-Price Lunch - $0.40 (for students who qualify)

A full meal includes a minimum of three items, one of which must be a half cup of either a fruit or a vegetable. Meals that do not include at least three components will be charged as a la carte ($1.85 for an entree). The Food Service Department also proudly serves unlimited fresh and canned fruits and fresh vegetables to students who receive or purchase a school lunch. 

 

Free & Reduced Price Lunch Program
Children may qualify for free and reduced price meals if their family meets the income guidelines set by the US Department of Agriculture, as well as:

  • All children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly Food Stamps, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are eligible for free meals.

  • Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. 

  • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.

  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.

Even if your child/children previously qualified for free or reduced-price meals, you must complete a new application each year. Additionally, if your income changes during the year, you may submit an application at any point.

 

More information is available on our website: https://www.kosd.org/FoodServices.aspx

 

SchoolCafe
The Food Service Department utilizes SchoolCafe to allow families to manage and view breakfast and lunch purchases, make online food service payments, and set certain cafeteria account restrictions. 

 

Families should visit https://www.schoolcafe.com/ to create a new account. To create an account, families will need to enter their name, email address, phone number, student name(s), school(s) and student ID number, which can be found in PowerSchool. 

 

Families can add money to students’ lunch accounts via the SchoolCafe website using a credit or debit card. Families may also add money to students’ lunch accounts by sending a check or cash to the school. Please be sure to place the check or cash in an envelope that is sealed and clearly marked with the name of the student, their school, and direct it to the attention of the school cafeteria. 

 

Families may also use SchoolCafe to: 

  • View the current balance

  • View purchase history 

  • Set up low balance alerts and auto pay 

  • Submit applications for the Free & Reduced Price Meals Program 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kevin Lloyd, Director of Food Service, at [email protected] or 412-571-6059.

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