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 - 12:45 p.m.; Myrtle - 12:15 p.m.)
  • Thursday, September 1 - Kindergarten Early Dismissal (Aiken - 12:30 p.m.; Dormont - 12:45 p.m.; Myrtle - 12:15 p.m.)
  • Friday, September 2 - Kindergarten Early Dismissal (Aiken - 12:30 p.m.; Dormont - 12:45 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. 

The complete academic year calendar for the 2022-2023 school year is available on the District's website

Superintendent's Welcome Back Message

Orientation Presentations

Please find below links to presentations from both the Middle & High School Orientation events:

The Middle School 6th Grade & New Student Orientation Presentation for parents/guardians and family members is available by clicking here: 2022-2023 KOMS Parent Orientation[16].pdf

The High School 9th Grade & New Student Orientation Presentation students and parents/guardians is available by clicking here9th Grade and New Student Orientation 2022-2023.pdf

Summer Assignments

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


For families that need an earlier drop off time to accommodate their schedule, staff members will be present at all three elementary schools beginning at 8:05 a.m. to allow students to be dropped off early. Students will be supervised in the lobby area of each building until the regular school day schedule begins. Students will not be permitted to go to other areas of the building during this early arrival time.
 

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

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

Mrs. Suzanne Lochie, Interim Principal - [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

School meals will not be free for students for the 2022-2023 school year. Federal funding for free meals, which began during the COVID-19 pandemic, ended on June 30.


Breakfast and lunch is available daily in all schools and the following prices are in effect:
 

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 ($1.90 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. 

Chromebook Device Protection Program

Every Keystone Oaks student is given a Chromebook device that they keep with them for the entire school year and can use both during school and at home.
 
Before students receive their device, the student and the parent/guardian must agree to abide by the rules and guidelines outlined in the Chromebook Program Handbook and must either purchase, or waive the option to purchase, device protection insurance.

The Keystone Oaks School District partners with One2One Risk Solutions to provide accident and loss protection for student Chromebook Devices. By registering with One2One and purchasing a damage waiver, your child/children will be protected from the full cost to repair or replace a device. While purchasing device protection is not mandatory, it is highly
recommended as the cost to replace a new Chromebook is $335.

For the 2022-2023 school year there are some changes to the device protection plan. Those changes are listed below along with a review of what the plan covers:

  • The cost for the protection plan is $20 per device.
  • The protection plan is optional but highly recommended. You must Enroll to receive a device but you can decline the protection plan if you wish to do so.
  • Purchasing the protection plan will cover three incidents at no additional cost. This includes accidental damage (dropped or liquid damage), a broken screen, a broken keyboard, and a lost charger.
  • The protection plan will no longer cover a lost stylus.
  • If you purchase the protection plan and the device is lost or stolen you will pay $100 to get a replacement device.
  • If you choose not to purchase the plan and the device is lost or stolen, a parent or guardian will be responsible for the full cost of the device, which is $335.
  • If you choose not to purchase the plan and the device is
    damaged you will be responsible for the cost to replace what is broken (screen, keyboard, top/bottom cover, charger).

To purchase:

  • Click on the following link: https://www.one2onerisk.com/ 

  • Click “Enroll my Device.” 

  • Please make sure to choose the 2022-2023 year.  

  • Even if you do not wish to purchase the protection plan, you must click the link and enroll your device and then click the box that you Elect not to participate.

  • The windows you will see look like the screenshot below, you must select “purchase damage waiver” to get to the next screen where you can decline if you so choose.

Chromebook Device Protection InstructionsChromebook Device Protection Instrucitons


If you have any questions, please reach out to the Keystone Oaks Technology Department via email - [email protected].

2022-2023 Transportation Information

Bus pass information  for all students, K-12, will be available on the “Transportation Info” icon in PowerSchool before noon on Friday, August 19, 2022. Bus passes will no longer be issued; all bus information is found by clicking on the icon. This information will only be accessible on PowerSchool's website, not through the PowerSchool app

Due to ever changing traffic conditions, it is impossible to maintain an exact time schedule. Students should be at their assigned stop at least ten minutes prior to the time designated in PowerSchool. Students must also board and leave the bus only at their assigned stops.

Parents and students should be aware that the Board of School Directors has approved the use of video cameras on Keystone Oaks School District buses, as per Policy 810.2.

The cameras are used to document driver and passenger behavior in order to provide a safe environment for both the driver and the passengers. The Keystone Oaks School District will use video cameras on the buses during the 2022/2023 school year.

 Proper behavior on a school bus is essential for the safety of all students. To ensure the safety of all students, the following rules of conduct will apply:

  • Each student shall be seated immediately upon entering the bus.

  • No student shall stand or move while the bus is moving.

  • Students must keep their feet out of the aisle once seated.

  • Smoking is prohibited on the bus.

  • No items are to be thrown out of the bus, within the bus, or into the bus.

  • Students must board and leave the bus only at their assigned stop, unless approved otherwise by an administrator.

  • The bus driver has the same authority for discipline as does a teacher.

  • All school rules found in the Student/Parent Handbooks and the Students’ Code of Conduct apply to the bus.

 Violations of the rules will be addressed as follows:

  • First Offense: A warning will be given to the student. The principal will consult with the student and notify the parent. The principal will work with the driver to assign the student a seat on the bus for the remainder of the semester.

  • Second Offense: Transportation privileges will be suspended for a specific period, or the student will be suspended from school. A conference will be held with the student’s parents/guardians to discuss the conduct of the student.

  • Third Offense: Transportation privileges will be suspended from the remainder of the semester, or the student will be suspended from school. A conference will be held with the student’s parents/guardians to discuss the conduct of the student.

  • Serious Offense: Offenses of a serious nature that affect the health and/or safety of bus occupants or damage the bus will result in suspension from school even though the offense may be a first infraction of the rules. Parents/guardians of students guilty of vandalizing a bus will be responsible for the cost of the repairs.

The policies and rules have been established for a safe experience on the buses. It is essential that your child understands the rules and obeys them. These rules will be strictly enforced.

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