The Central Bucks School Board approved the district’s comprehensive plan at its meeting Nov. 12.
The comprehensive plan – which encompasses a professional education plan, induction plan, safe and supportive schools and student services, was made available for public inspection and comment for 28 days. It will now undergo review by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Once approved, the district’s comprehensive plan will be in effect for three years.
Dr. Nadine Garvin, assistant superintendent for elementary education, presented the board with an update on what is contained in the district’s comprehensive plan as the document enters the public review period.
The state requires school districts to update their comprehensive plans every three years. For several months, teachers, administrators and community members have been working on the update, which will cover July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023.
The plan has three goals with their own sub goals and action plans. The main areas are:
Goal one: Social and Emotional Wellness
- Central Bucks School District will enhance the school community by providing curriculum, professional development, supports, and protocols to promote the social and emotional wellness of our students and staff.
- investigating the need for additional social workers and counselors;
- the development of a universal program that proactively addresses the social and emotional wellness of all students and explore avenues to address anxiety and stress management needs;
- and the development of training on cultural proficiency and culturally relevant instruction that promote the awareness, understanding, acceptance, and value of diversity in its many forms.
Goal two: The district plans to develop mutually beneficial partnerships that strengthen the relationship between schools and community while enhancing students’ pathways to college and career readiness.
- Since the plan was last presented, language on the integration of more service-based learning opportunities was added.
Goal three: Innovation and Leadership
The Central Bucks School District will create opportunities for students to problem solve, innovate, lead, and contribute to their local and global communities.
- Previously a technology integration goal, this area was revised to be more widely written as an innovation and leadership goal area, aligned with the district’s Vision and Pillars of Excellence.
- Additional sub-goals were added with a focus on STEM education, digital citizenship, and outreach to help families navigate the digital world with their children.