2022-2023 Back to School Information

2022-2023 Annual School Calendar

Bensalem News and Notes (District Newsletter)


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