2022-2023 School Year

2022-2023 Annual School Calendar

Bensalem News and Notes (District Newsletter)


February 9, 2023
Dear Parents & Guardians,
We hope this letter finds you well. We are writing to inform you of some transportation issues the school district is experiencing. You may be aware of the nationwide shortage of certified school bus drivers. These staffing shortages have also impacted our bus transportation system and resulted in occasional delays.
We understand the inconvenience this causes and assure you that we are taking all necessary steps to resolve the bus and van driver shortage situation as soon as possible. The district would like to thank all our employees in the transportation department for the outstanding job they have done in keeping the department operational despite the staffing shortages.
In the meantime, we encourage parents to develop backup plans that consist of alternative modes of transportation for their child(ren), such as a parent/guardian transporting their child or carpooling. The staffing challenges could result in a worst-case scenario such as the bus being unable to transport your child to and from school for the day. The bus cancellation would be communicated through Sapphire Notification System and TalkingPoints. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to resolve the driver shortage situation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our transportation department or school administration. We continue to recruit new bus drivers. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a bus driver, please apply using the below link.
Thank you for your support.
Samuel Lee, Ed.D.                  John Steffy
District Superintendent          Director of Business Operations
December 14, 2022

Dear Bensalem Community:

Weather emergencies are all very different and we do our best to handle the situation appropriately; student safety is always our main concern, as well as communicating effectively with our school community.

Please make sure to monitor our official communication portals: TalkingPoints, the School District Website, Facebook: BensalemTownshipSchoolDistrict, Twitter: @BensalemSchools.  We will also send a message via our Sapphire Notification System and School News App.  If you do not have our App, please click here to sign up today.

We have a Weather Emergency Team that assembles during these events. This team consists of key Bensalem Township administrative, facilities and technology/communications staff. During a typical overnight weather event, we will begin our work at 4:00AM, consulting with other school administrators and local authorities about weather and road conditions. We do our best to make our decision by 5:00AM and begin communicating that decision to the community through our official communication portals. I realize that is early in the morning to receive phone calls; however, our transportation team is on the road by 5:30AM, the high school begins at 7:21AM and we have many employees who have significant commutes to work.

A 2-hour delayed opening will be called if there is a strong belief that weather and travel conditions will improve significantly throughout the morning. We like to make delayed opening announcements as soon as possible, as we know that it has a big impact on a working family’s morning arrangements. We strive to avoid early dismissals as we recognize that it is not an ideal situation to have students coming home before their parents. Sometimes this is unavoidable, especially in rapidly deteriorating conditions when it looks like things will be far worse at the end of the regular school day.

The Bensalem Township School District received permission from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to have 5 Flexible Instruction Days, also known as Remote Learning Days, that will count toward the 180-day mandated minimum of school.  Since BTSD does not build weather emergency days into the calendar, if there is severe weather, unless there is a strong possibility of power outages or other issues that could impact the effectiveness of a Remote Day, the school district will move to a Remote Learning Day.

This is what a Remote Learning Day will look like for your child:
Elementary Level (Grades 1-6):
1.    Asynchronous Instruction available via Google Classroom
2.    Attendance will be taken by completing a Google form in your child’s Google Classroom  
3.    Activities and Support Sessions will be posted by your child’s classroom teacher by 9:00AM. 4.    Teachers will schedule two (2) support sessions where your child can Zoom with their teacher for assistance 
NOTE for Kindergarten Families: If the Remote Learning Day is planned, kindergarten students may bring a Chrome tablet home for asynchronous instruction.  Printed resources will be available for an unplanned remote day of learning. Completing the activities will count your child present for attendance purposes.   
Secondary Level (MS/HS):
1.    Asynchronous Instruction available via Schoology 
2.    Attendance is recorded automatically when logging in to Schoology 
3.    Activities and Support Sessions will be posted by your child’s teachers by 9:00AM.  
4.    Teachers will schedule two (2) support sessions where your child can Zoom with their teacher(s) for assistance
Additional Weather Emergency information can be found in our School Closing Brochure.

Best wishes for a happy, safe and joyful holiday season.
Samuel Lee, Ed.D.
District Superintendent
Chromebook distribution for students in grades 1 - 12 will take place at your child's school.  
Kindergarten students will have tablets to use in school.
Look for more information from your child's school.

August 25, 2022

Dear BTSD Families:

We are pleased to inform you that Bensalem Township School District (BTSD) will be implementing a new provision known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2022-2023 school year. This program is available to schools and districts that are participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

All BTSD enrolled students are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch each school day at no charge to your household.  No further action is required. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without paying a fee or submitting an application. NOTE: There is a charge for any snack or a la carte item.

While there is no charge for both breakfast and lunch for all BTSD students this year, families are encouraged to apply for the Free/Reduced Meal Program. Approval for the program may allow you to qualify for possible additional P-EBT benefits from the state, fee waivers for college applications and fee waivers for certain testing, i.e. SAT’s. Please apply for the Free/Reduced Meal Program at www.schoolcafe.com.

If we can be of further assistance, please contact BTSD Food Services Department at 215-750-2800 ext. 4080.


It's Orientation Week! Below is the schedule:
Bensalem HS Freshman & New Student Orientation: Monday, August 22, 6:30 - 8pm 
Shafer MS Parent/Student Orientation for newly enrolled students: Tuesday, August 23, 2-3pm
Snyder MS Parent/Student Orientation Meeting: Tuesday, August 23, 6:00pm
Belmont Hills ES
Kindergarten Orientation: Friday, August 26, 10:30am
Cornwells ES
Kindergarten Orientation: Friday, August 26, 9:30am
New Student Orientation: Friday, August 26, 11:30am
Faust ES
Kindergarten Orientation: Thursday, August 25, 10:30am
Rush ES
Kindergarten and New Student Orientation: Friday, August 26, 12pm
Struble ES
New Student Orientation: Thursday, August 25, 2:30pm
Kindergarten Orientation: Friday, August 26, 10am
Valley ES
Kindergarten Orientation: Friday, August 26, 11:30am
If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office at your child's school.
  • Monday, August 29: First day of school for students in Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 12. These students do not attend on Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, August 30: First day of school for students in Grades Kindergarten, 1, 7 and 9.
  • Wednesday, August 31: All students K-12 report to school.


High School 7:21 am to 2:11 pm

Middle Schools 8:10 am to 2:56 pm

Elementary Schools 8:55 am to 3:41 pm

  • View Transportation information on Sapphire Community Portal (SCP) on August 22.
    • Bus information can be found under "Student Information" in the student's SCP login. It is not under the parent login.  
    • As of 1 PM on 8/24, bus information has been temporarily closed. Stay tuned for updates.
    • Updated transportation information is once again available on SCP.

NOTE: If you cannot access SCP, please contact your child’s school.

  • Bensalem students attending BCTHS, non-public, parochial and charter schools can contact their school for transportation information after August 15.
  • View Elementary class assignments on SCP beginning at noon on August 22.
  • Shafer and Snyder Middle School students can view their schedule on SCP beginning at noon on August 22. Students will receive a printed schedule on the first day of school.
  • Bensalem High School students can view their schedule on SCP beginning August 22. If you do not have access to CWP, please e-mail your guidance counselor by clicking on their name below. 

Counselor                Student Last Name begins with

Frank Kern

A - Cok

Pina Heslin

Col - Go

Eileen Gallagher

Gp - Lin

Dayna Harrison

Lio - Pas

Jeff Szczepaniak

Pat - Sb

Maryann Smith

Sc - Z

Doree Watkins

Counseling Secretary

 We look forward to welcoming your children for another successful year!


 Universal Free Meals Ended June 30


Dear Bensalem Families:


School breakfast and lunch has been available for Bensalem Township School District students at no cost since March 2020. Reimbursement for the cost of providing these meals has come through a United States Department of Agriculture Waiver issued to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This waiver suspended free and reduced lunch eligibility requirements, allowing for universal participation in the National School Lunch Program. The waiver expired at the end of June 2022.


Students may purchase breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria.  Listed below is the meal pricing:


Breakfast available in all schools - $1.75

Reduced Priced Breakfast - $.30 

Milk - $.50

Elementary Lunch - $3.00

Secondary Lunch - $3.50

Reduced Priced Lunch - $.40


In order for any student to be considered for free or reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year, an application must be completed to determine eligibility. The on-line application is safe, secure and private.  To apply, visit www.schoolcafe.com.  All children in households eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits do not need to apply and will receive a confirmation letter from the district by mid-August.


If you have any questions about your family’s eligibility, please e-mail Mrs. Kesselman at [email protected] or call 215-750-2800, ext. 4080. NOTE: Offices are open Monday to Thursday during the summer. Additional information is available on our website in the Food Services section at https://www.bensalemsd.org/apps/pages/foodserviceinfo. 


Back to School Nights 2022

All Back to School Nights begin at 6:30 PM, unless noted below.

Belmont Hills Elementary School - Thursday, September 8

Cornwells Elementary School - Wednesday, September 7 

Samuel K. Faust Elementary School - Monday, September 19 

Benjamin Rush Elementary School - Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 PM

Russell C. Struble Elementary School - Wednesday, September 14 

Valley Elementary School - Thursday, September 15  

Robert K. Shafer Middle School - Tuesday, September 13

Cecelia Snyder Middle School - Thursday, September 22

Bensalem High School - Tuesday, September 20           

Posted 7/19/22


Important Information for 2022-2023 Kindergarten Families

This will allow their teacher time to plan how to best support your child starting on the very first day of school. Your child will spend approximately 10 minutes with a teacher to complete the kindergarten screening.

All screenings will take place at Bensalem High School in the school library.

Monday, August 1st: Struble Elementary School

Tuesday, August 2nd: Belmont Elementary School

Wednesday, August 3rd: Valley Elementary School

Thursday, August 4th: Rush Elementary School

Monday, August 8th: Cornwells Elementary School

Tuesday, August 9th: Faust Elementary School

We recommend signing up for a time slot on the date your child’s school will be represented; however, you can sign up for any of the 6 days if your school’s date does not work for your family. 

Please click here to sign-up.


Student Arrival and Dismissal Times for the 2022-2023 School Year

High School                         7:21 am to 2:11 pm

Middle Schools                    8:10 am to 2:56 pm

Elementary Schools            8:55 am to 3:41 pm


Back to School 2022-2023

Monday, August 29:
First Day of School for Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12
Tuesday, August 30:
First Day of School for Grades Kindergarten, 1st, 7th and 9th
Wednesday, August 31:
All Students K-12 Report to School