What’s New

There's a lot happening in our vibrant and growing school district! From events taking place at school to public information notices, we’ve included all the latest events here on one page. Make it your first stop when you visit our website to ensure you are always aware of what’s happening at DuBois.

DuBois Area Middle School Environmental Notice

The DuBois area, along with most of the eastern seaboard, has been experiencing higher than normal rainfall amounts over the course of the summer. As a result of the increased amount of rainfall, combined with the higher than normal humidity levels in our area, the DuBois Area School District has taken a proactive approach to monitor and measure indoor environmental quality. During this process, we have identified one classroom at Oklahoma Elementary School that we believe may have indoor environmental quality concerns. Students and staff within this one classroom have been relocated within the building. An indoor environmental quality specialist from Mountain Research, LLC. was contacted for consultation. An inspection and sampling will be completed along with a recommendation made by the professional to do a full room professional cleaning of the identified classroom. Professional cleaning has been scheduled and will be completed this evening to alleviate any environmental concerns. The environmental specialist will perform air quality clearance sampling. Our approach is focused on ensuring the best possible learning environment for students and staff. The indoor environmental quality specialist that we have contacted will support our efforts in managing temperature, humidity, and overall air quality. In addition, we will complete monitoring in other areas throughout the school.

The DuBois Area School District will continue ongoing communication through our district website. We are taking every precaution necessary.

9-19-2018 Update: We have decided to close the DuBois Area Middle School on Thursday, September 20, 2018. We have retained Mountain Research, LLC. to conduct additional site inspections and air quality testing throughout our school district. Upon testing at the middle school, we have identified 12 rooms and the two cafeterias for remediation efforts. As a result, the middle school will close until professional cleaning and dehumidification can occur. Mountain Research will complete the inspections of the remaining classrooms and collect air samples. Upon completion of professional cleaning and dehumidification, confirmatory air sampling will occur to ensure the cleaning was effective to address the air quality concerns.

Oklahoma Elementary School Environmental Notice

The DuBois area, along with most of the eastern seaboard, has been experiencing higher than normal rainfall amounts over the course of the summer. As a result of the increased amount of rainfall, combined with the higher than normal humidity levels in our area, the DuBois Area School District has taken a proactive approach to monitor and measure indoor environmental quality. During this process, we have identified one classroom at Oklahoma Elementary School that we believe may have indoor environmental quality concerns. Students and staff within this one classroom have been relocated within the building. An indoor environmental quality specialist from Mountain Research, LLC. was contacted for consultation. An inspection and sampling will be completed along with a recommendation made by the professional to do a full room professional cleaning of the identified classroom. Professional cleaning has been scheduled and will be completed this evening to alleviate any environmental concerns. The environmental specialist will perform air quality clearance sampling. Our approach is focused on ensuring the best possible learning environment for students and staff. The indoor environmental quality specialist that we have contacted will support our efforts in managing temperature, humidity, and overall air quality. In addition, we will complete monitoring in other areas throughout the school.

The DuBois Area School District will continue ongoing communication through our district website. We are taking every precaution necessary.

9-17-18 Update: We would like to announce that we have received analytical samples for Oklahoma Elementary School. Mountain Research, LLC. has authorized us to re-occupy the space. Our maintenance staff is working to re-open the classroom.

9-17-18 Update: Professional cleaning of the individual classroom at Oklahoma has been completed. The classroom has passed visual inspection, and an air quality sample has been sent to the laboratory for analysis. We expect the laboratory test results to be available today.

DuBois Area High School Environmental Notice - Update

The DuBois area, along with most of the eastern seaboard, has been experiencing higher than normal rainfall amounts over the course of the summer. As a result of the increased amount of rainfall, combined with the higher than normal humidity levels in our area, DuBois Area High School has taken a proactive approach to monitor and measure indoor environmental quality. During this process, we have identified three classrooms that we believe may have indoor environmental quality concerns. Students and staff within these classrooms have been relocated within the building. An indoor environmental quality specialist from Mountain Research, LLC. was contacted for consultation. An inspection and sampling was completed along with a recommendation made by the professional to do full room cleanings in each identified area. Cleaning has been scheduled and will be completed this weekend for each of the three classrooms to alleviate any environmental concerns. We will perform air quality clearance sampling at the beginning of next week. Our approach is focused on ensuring the best possible learning environment for students and staff. The indoor environmental quality specialist that we have contacted will support our efforts in managing temperature, humidity, and overall air quality. In addition, we will complete monitoring in other areas throughout the school.

9-19-18 UpdatePost-remedial sampling results received from the environmental engineering firm of Mountain Research, LLC. for the DuBois Area High School indicate that our high school can re-open. Students at DuBois Area High School will return to school Thursday, September 20. Air scrubbers will remain in three rooms and the pool area today until test samples return. Serv-Pro completed remediation of all areas affected by mold today, September 19. It is with pleasure that we report the results of these tests to indicate non-elevated levels of mold spores at DuBois Area High School. The air quality has returned to normal indoor environmental quality and we will continue our monitoring efforts. We have retained Mountain Research, LLC. to conduct additional site inspections and air quality testing throughout our school district.

9-18-18 Update: Lab tests returned this afternoon from Mountain Research, LLC indicated that they cleared three rooms. Additional results from the other rooms will be available later this evening. Serv-Pro is continuing with the final stages of the remediation process. As part of this remediation, a vapor barrier is being installed in a crawl space beneath the first floor in one area of the school. Once the vapor barrier is completely installed, Serv-Pro will treat the area with an anti-microbial agent. Mountain Research, LLC. will then conduct follow up tests. The high school will remain closed tomorrow, September 19, 2018.

9-17-18 Update: Mountain Research, LLC. staff completed visual inspections and collected clearance samples today on rooms at the high school that Serv-Pro recently cleaned. Serv-Pro finished cleaning the remaining spaces today that they were unable to complete over the weekend. Serv-Pro collected air samples and submitted them to a laboratory. We are awaiting the lab results from Mountain Research. The high school will remain closed on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, while we await the analytical results.

9-17-18 Update: The DuBois Area High School will remain closed on Monday, September 17, 2018, so the professional cleaning company may complete their work.

Mountain Research, LLC staff will be performing visual inspections/clearances today on the rooms at the high school that have been cleaned by Serv-Pro. They are almost finished cleaning and should be done today. If those rooms pass visual inspections then Mountain Research will immediately proceed with air sampling of each room that was cleaned. They will ship the air samples overnight to the laboratory for expedited analysis.

9-13-2018 Update: Once again our area experienced significant rainfall for the past couple of days which resulted in elevated humidity conditions in the high school. During inspections last evening of the first floor classrooms by our environmental consultant, over a dozen classrooms, cafeteria, and indoor pool had elevated humidity and air quality concerns. As a result, the high school will remain closed on Friday, September 14, 2018, due to mold identified on surfaces within several classrooms. The presence of mold is primarily caused by the humidity that has been affecting our area for the past few weeks. The unprecedented rainfall is further affecting humidity levels. The professional cleaning company is working diligently to clean the affected classrooms, however the cleaning will take several days. Once cleaning is completed, visual inspections and confirmatory air sampling will be conducted. Please continue to monitor the district website for further updates.

Jeff Tech students and Penn State classes will continue to operate as normal.

We are taking every precaution necessary to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

The volleyball game scheduled for tonight will continue as planned. Our consultant has reported that based on visual inspection and field instrumentation readings, no environmental quality impacts or concerns were identified in the entranceways, hallways, and gymnasium. The affected classrooms will be temporarily sealed off, and HEPA air scrubbers have been installed in the classrooms to filter the air and provide negative air containment so there is no air leaking out of the classrooms. As a result, there will be no adverse effects to air quality in the gymnasium. The professional cleaners are on-site and working diligently to resolve the air quality concerns. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

9-11-2018 Update: Based on sampling conducted on Friday, September 7, 2018, laboratory results confirmed that mold was present on surfaces within the three affected classrooms. We had professional cleaning performed during this past weekend. At the onset of cleaning, we sealed the affected rooms and placed dehumidification and HEPA air filtration equipment in each room to dehumidify and filter the air. We performed sampling of surfaces and air within the affected classrooms on Monday, September 10, 2018. Based on discussions with our consultant, the laboratory results from yesterday’s sampling indicate that elevated concentrations of mold spores still remain in these affected classrooms. As a result, re-cleaning of these rooms will occur this evening by a professional cleaning company. The affected rooms have remained sealed. Air filtration with dehumidification will continue to occur until we obtain laboratory results to demonstrate that these classrooms can be re-occupied. Our consultant will be on site during the evenings/nights of September 12 and 13, 2018, to conduct visual inspections and collect humidity readings of the remaining classrooms, offices, auditorium, pool, and gymnasium at the high school.

9-10-2018 Update: The three classrooms were professionally cleaned over the weekend and once cleaning was completed, commercial grade dehumidification and Hepa-filtration was initiated after cleaning and continues to occur. This morning, air samples were collected in the affected rooms by Mountain Research officials, and the results of the air sampling should be available tomorrow afternoon. Assuming the air sampling results indicate no further impact, then the classrooms will be re-opened for normal use following the recommendation of our contracted In-door Air Quality Specialist from Mountain Research, LLC. 
Since our area has received a significant amount of rain over the past few days, maintenance staff will diligently continue to inspect the schools for evidence of moisture intrusion and any signs of elevated humidity in any of the occupied rooms. If any of our employees observe signs of moisture intrusion, including standing water, they should notify administrative and maintenance staff immediately.

The DuBois Area School District will continue on-going communication through our district website. We are taking every precaution necessary. Please take a moment to read Dr. Lansberry's environmental update letter for additional details.

Chickenpox Notice

The DuBois Area School District became aware on Thursday, September 6, 2018, that a child at our middle school has contracted chickenpox (varicella) and your child may have been at risk of exposure. Because the virus that causes chickenpox spreads easily, exposed children who have never had the vaccine or disease will most likely get the disease. Although chickenpox is not usually a serious illness, it can cause severe complications. Even a relatively mild illness can result in the loss of a week or more of class time for a child. Please see our full letter for more details about chickenpox and how it can affect your children.

DuBois Area School District Hosts Internationally-Recognized School Safety Expert

Janice Bart, Michael Dorn and Dr. Luke Lansberry pose togetherDuBois Area School District, recently named by Niche.com as one of the safest schools in the state, is preparing for the upcoming school year with an emphasis on school safety.

As a critical part of these efforts, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Luke Lansberry invited guest speaker Michael Dorn to address district administrators, faculty, staff, county employees, and local law enforcement with the DASD, DuBois Central Catholic Curwensville, Brockway, and Brookville Area School Districts last Friday.

Dorn, who is currently the executive director of Safe Havens International, a nonprofit campus safety organization, has been a full-time campus safety practitioner for most of the past 35 years and served as a full-time public safety official for 25 years. He has authored and co-authored 27 books on school safety and emergency preparedness including School/Law Enforcement Partnerships: A Guide to Police Work in Schools, Weakfish – Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child, and is currently co-authoring a 600-page university textbook for Cognella, Extreme Violence – Preventing and Preparing for Active Shooter, Active Killer, Terrorism and Hate Crimes, which is due for publication in 2018.

The internationally sought-after safety expert has worked with a wide array of public, charter, faith-based, military, international, and independent schools. He has also worked with state and federal departments of education, homeland security, law enforcement, public health, and emergency management organizations on over 100 major school safety initiatives. According to Safe Havens International, Dorn is considered a “neutral, accurate, and qualified expert by reputable media organizations,” with appearances on 20/20, NPR, CNN, FOX, Hannity, Al Jazeera America, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and ABC World News Tonight.

Lansberry says he felt Dorn’s message was well received and that he plans to follow up with his faculty and staff to ensure that the district’s safety policies and procedures reflect the insight provided. “The safety of our students will always be our number one priority,” Lansberry said. “It’s important to me to seek out opportunities like this to bring in experts of this caliber so that we are best prepared to meet today’s challenges in our schools.”

He added that the coordination with other local districts was a key part of the event. “The information that Mr. Dorn had to share is pertinent to concerns that all of us have,” Lansberry said. “I’m grateful for the collaboration of the local schools, the local law enforcement, and other community stakeholders to make this event happen. It really does take the whole community coming together in this way to keep our students safe.”

DuBois Area High School Principal Brian Weible discussed how Dorn’s presentation will help frame the 2018–2019 school year. “I’ve been incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of our school police officers and our staff in maintaining a priority on school safety,” he said. “I believe the message of the guest speaker will help us refine and improve our measures.”

*note Janice Bart is the officer in charge of the school police for DASD

SchoolPay

We are now partnered with SchoolPay to provide you with the tools to easily manage your child's food service payments! SchoolPay allows parents to manage food service accounts from anywhere at any time on any device. Please see our parent brochure for more information. 

Accessing your online payments through this service is quick and easy! You already have an account waiting for you! To register, please visit SchoolPay online. For your convenience, we have also provided printable registration instructions.

Information about SchoolPay is also available on our Food Services page.

Welcome to Our New Website

We are pleased to welcome you to our new and improved, responsive (mobile friendly) website. We are grateful to the many district and school staff members who worked together to envision a website that reflects how much we care about our students. Our partnership with School Webmasters has made our vision a reality. Working with School Webmasters also helps us keep our websites ADA compliant for those with disabilities. We hope you’ll check back in with us often!