AllentownSchool District

Student and Family Handbook

Handbook CoverThe Student and Family Handbook is adopted by the Allentown School District Board of School Directors every year to help create a safe and orderly academic environment where students can receive, and District personnel can deliver, a balanced education without disruption or interference. The Handbook reviews responsible behavior by students, District personnel, parents and guardians, and other visitors. Parents/guardians are expected to review the Handbook with their children. Printed versions of the Handbook are provided to all students at the beginning of the school year.
Although we are starting the school year using our Virtual Campus, we want to make you aware that the 2020-2021 Student and Family Handbook is now available on the ASD website in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Students will receive printed copies as they normally would when we bring students back into the buildings. 

Click here to download the 2020-2021 Student and Family Handbook: English | Spanish | Arabic (Coming soon!) 

Below you will find information on adjustments made to the 2020-2021  Handbook to better serve our students and families: 

Overview of Changes
Page 5: Updates from the PA Department of Education regarding the PA Compulsory Attendance Law (Pennsylvania Public School Code 24 P.S. 13-1327) states that all children ages 6-18 years of age must be enrolled in school or an approved home education program.

Page 6: ASD is committed to being as transparent and communicative as possible. It is critical that our families stay engaged with our schools so we can contact families in the event of an emergency, but also regular updates about what is happening in your school community. 

Page 24: Connecting parents directly with their child’s grades and attendance information has never been easier! This page now has detailed instructions on how to set up an account in our Sapphire Parent / Community Portal. 

Page 27: In a digital world, we know our students may be at risk of cyberbullying. ASD’s bullying policy was recently updated to reflect a clear and defined process for reporting incidents of bullying and creating a safer school community for all. 

Other pertinent information: