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Bus Transportation

Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parents.  If children live more than a mile and a half from the school, transportation will be provided by the public school district.  Pittsburgh Board of Education will provide either bus or van transportation or will issue PAT bus passes.

Other public school districts provide bus or van transportation.  In these districts, parents must contact the department of transportation of their local public school district to arrange transportation.  After that is completed, our school office will verify the eligibility of the student to receive transportation.  Buses will drop off and pick up students on Edgerton Street in front of the school.

Elementary and Middle Gifted Program 

St. Bede School participates in the EGP and MGP offered by the public school districts.  Requirements for acceptance in the program include stanines of 8 or 9, tests of cognitive skills with scores of 130 or above, and academic performance with a 3.5-4.0 G.P.A.  The recommendations of the classroom teacher and principal are necessary.  Potential participants will be identified after the results of the testing program have been received.  Parents will then be contacted for permission to continue the testing for eligibility.  The final decision for acceptance into the program will be made by the public school officials. Students attending the program will be responsible for making up missed classroom work from St. Bede School.

Elementary Student Assistance Program (ESAP) 

ESAP provides a team of trained educators who support and help students with academic and/or social needs that affect their success at school.  Areas of need may include; academic difficulties, family/home concerns, issues of personal safety, drug or alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, suicide, eating or sleeping problems, pregnancy, sexual issues. 

The Student Assistance Team, composed of an intervention specialist and school psychologist (provided through the Intermediate Unit), our principal, and teachers concerned, listens to teacher and parent concerns, discusses and recommends appropriate supports.  These may include outlining strategies for use in the classroom, on the bus etc. that address the student's needs, recommending the involvement of an outside agency that provides specialized services in the area of need, or providing intervention in a crisis. 

Contact the ESAP Co-ordinator-Marie Jo Marks, the principal-Mary Drummond, or your child’s homeroom teacher for assistance from ESAP.  All information is strictly confidential.

Additional Sources for Help:
Contact Pittsburgh, 24 hour Crisis Hot Line, 820-4357
Counseling Teen Hot Line, 361-8336
Suicide/Runaway, 1-800-621-4000
Sexual Assault Hot  Line, 765-2731
Allegheny County MH/MR, 24 hour, 350-4457
Children, Youth, and Family Services, 24 hour, 350-5701
CHILDLINE, 1-800-932-0313

Extended Day

The always effervescent, energetic Mrs. Kimbrough, our Kindergarten Aide, will once again administer the St. Bede School Extended Day Program.  Mrs. Kimbrough has been in charge of the program since its inception.  She is a very caring, responsible, patient, and pleasant individual.

The focus of the Extended Day Program is one of recreation and study.  The children need the support, guidance, and care of an adult.  The children are always busy.  Activities will include free play, both indoors and outdoors, games, and computer time.  The children will also have scheduled quiet time, providing an opportunity to study and do homework.
Important Notes:

  • The program is from 2:45 - 6:00 p.m.  Children are to be picked up promptly at a prearranged time.  No child should be left at school later than 6:00 p.m.
  • Late pick up will result in a $5.00 fee for each 15-minute period after 6:00 p.m.
  • Snack food will not be provided.  Each child should bring a snack to school.
  • Please call the school or send a note if there is any change in plans or an emergency.
  • If no one answers at school, please call the rectory at 412-661-7222.
  • Inappropriate behavior will result in dismissal from the program.
  • There is not afterschool care on half-days (11:50am dismissal).
If you have any questions regarding the Extended Day Program, please call the school or leave a message for Mrs. Kimbrough at 412-661-9425, X19 .
Health Services

The Pittsburgh Board of Education provides limited services by a nurse and a dental hygienist.  The following tests are administered annually:

Hearing   Levels K, 1, 2, 3, and 7
Vision   All levels
Scoliosis Screening   Level 7
Dental exams  Levels K, 3, and 7

By law children must be immunized before entering school.  No child may be allowed in school without the following immunizations:

3 - Hepatitis B, properly spaced (K-4) 
3 - DPT (Diptheria, Pertussis, Tenanus), one dose after 4th birthday
3 - OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine) or 4 Salk Polio
2 – Measles – given on or after first birthday or proof of measles by    blood test
1 – Rubella – given on or after first birthday or proof of German measles by blood test
1 – Mumps – given on or after first birthday or proof of mumps from physician.
1 -- Chicken pox

The school office must have on record any allergy or severe disability a child has, such as epilepsy, diabetes, nut allergies.  This must also be noted on the child’s emergency card along with correct and current phone numbers for parents/guardians and two emergency contacts. 

Any medication to be taken by a student in school must be cleared in advance and administered through the principal’s office or by a designee.  In case of illness during school hours, the principal may send a child home after parents have been notified and transportation arrangements have been made.  Children are not permitted to call the parents.  In case of an accident or illness requiring hospital attention, parents will be notified immediately.  The school will call the ambulance but state regulations require the permission of a parent before any medical attention will be given.

Intermediate Unit

Special services are provided through Act 89 funding by the Intermediate Unit in the areas of speech, remedial reading and remedial math for students in grades K-6.  Referrals to the program are based on teacher referrals, standardized test results, and parent approval.

Lunch Program 

All students must bring or buy a lunch.  Your child will be able to purchase an entire lunch, including milk, for $3.00.  We will also offer daily ala carte items: Slice of Plain Pizza $1.00 or Pepperoni Pizza $1.50; Fresh salad w/breadstick & dressing $2.00; Fresh fruit cup (cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grape mix) $1.00; Yogurt $1.00; Pudding $.50; Fresh fruit such as an apple, orange, grapes…$.50; and milk (2% white, whole milk white or chocolate) $.40.

Your child may acquire an EZ Lunch Pass from the cafeteria manager. (You send in any amount of money you choose & the cafeteria manager will let you know when your account is getting low. ($30.00 will buy 10 lunches, $60.00 will buy 20 lunches, and so on.) OR you may give your child money daily.