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District News

We love to share great news and the triumphs of our students and staff with the community. We’ll also post important announcements and all the information you need to know right here.

Continuity of Education Plan

The goal of the Port Allegany School District continuity of education Plan (CEP) is to provide continuity of education for all learners of the Port Allegany School District during the time of mandated school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Port Allegany School District has been in advanced planning to allow flexible instructional days during the 2020–2021 school year. Plan designs for remote and distance learning have been incorporated into the current school year during this closure period. The plan will begin on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Please take a moment to review our continuity of education plan for complete details.

Open Letter to the Community

After the state mandated closure of school districts announced on March 13, the district has worked continuously with our local, regional, and state partners in an attempt to provide for the community that we serve. Many of our teachers have prepared paper and online resources that families can use during this period of closure.

With the most recent guidelines by our legislature, we would like to inform everyone of our ongoing and updated plans to provide continuity of education during this time of school closure.

The Port Allegany School District will: While operating in good faith, provide the most reasonable and appropriate instruction to the students that we serve. We will use the resources available to us to continue to provide educational opportunities to all of our students.

Please take a moment to read Superintendent Gary M. Buchsen's complete letter to families for more information on our continuity of education plan.

District Press Release

The McKean County Superintendents have been in constant contact with each other as well as other state agencies to determine a best course of action to proceed to ensure the safety of our students and our communities during this pandemic. Across McKean County, the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recent actions taken regionally and nationwide regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we want to be sure our public is aware of the planning considerations underway in our public schools. We invite you to read additional details in our March 12 press release.

Census 2020

When you shape education, you shape our future. Respond to the 2020 census, and inform funding for educational programs that benefit our children like after-school activities, school meal programs, and Head Start. It’s more than just a count, it’s an opportunity to shape the next generation. Please visit the United States Census 2020 website for more information.

When you shape education, you shape our future. Census 2020

Athletics Events

We are now using a Big Teams website to help you stay updated on all of our junior high and high school athletics events. We invite you to visit this new athletics site often to stay up to date on our team schedules.


The Port Allegany School District buildings will be closed beginning Thursday, April 9 through Tuesday, April 14 for the Easter holiday.

High School students should continue their planned instruction lessons and elementary students should continue their enrichment activities on Wednesday, April 15. 

In the meantime, stay engaged with your education, maintain your social distancing, and be sure to do your part as we work through this closure period.  Our buildings will again be opened to our students and the public once it is safe to do so.

On behalf of everyone with the Port Allegany School District, we wish you a safe and Happy Easter.