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Local Resources

2 months ago

Food Pantries: 

  • Helping Harvest Food Bank - 117 Morgan Drive, RDG, PA 19608 - (610) 373-5208
    • Contact for additional food banks/pantries in the area and/or additional food resources
  • Hope Rescue Mission - 645 N. 6th St. RDG, PA 19601 - (610) 375-4224
    • Contact for various food distribution/meal times
  • New First Baptist Church of Birdsboro - 216 N. Mill St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 - 610-850-2554
    • First Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm-7:00pm
    • Must have state issued ID card
  • The Salvation Army of Reading - 301 S. 5th St. RDG, PA 19601 - 610-373-5208
    • Last Thursday of each month at 4:00pm

Homeless Resources for Men, Women and Families:

  • Dial 211 or text your zip code to 898211 to receive free, 24/7, non-emergency information from Berks County from a live chat specialist. 
  • Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc.- 831 Walnut Street, 610-372-7222 
  • Family Promise- 325 North 5th Street, 610-373-3323
  • Mary’s Shelter (women w/ children & unaccompanied youth) - 615 Kenhorst Blvd, Reading, PA 19611, 610 603-8010
  • Opportunity House- 430 North 2nd Street, 610-374-4696
  • Salvation Army- 301 South 5th Street, 610-373-5208
  • Berks County Assistance Office - 625 Cherry St. RDG, PA 19601 - 610-736-4211
    • Food stamps, utilities assistance through LIHEAP, Medicaid / Medical Assistance, etc. 


Drug, Alcohol, and Mental Health Resources:

  • Council on Chemical Abuse- Information/Referrals: 601 Penn Street, Suite 600, 610-376-8669
  • Treatment Access Services Center (TASC)-Drug & Alcohol Treatment: 19 North 6th Street, 610-375-4426
  • Service Access and Management- Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities intake and referrals: 19 North 6th Street, 610-236-0530 (24/7 Crisis Line)
  • Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance- 1234 Penn Avenue, 610-775-3000
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness- 610-685-3000
  • RUOK: Secure, anonymous communications: text ruOK to 484-816-7865 for 24/7 mental health response 
  • SafeBerks-shelter and counseling services for domestic and sexual violence victims: 24/7 hotline 610-372-9540


Health & Wellness Resources: 

  • Tower Health at Home Clinics- 1170 Berkshire Blvd. Wyo, PA 19610 - Call for appointment 610-378-0481, ext. 3294
    • Immunization clinics, wellness checks, etc. 
  • Berks Community Health Center - 838 Penn St.Reading, PA, 19602 - (610) 988-4838
    • Primary care, triage services, dental, reproductive resources, women and children, etc. 
  • Penn State Health - St. Joe’s - 610-378-2000 
    • Call for services available in your area.
  • Berks County Women, Infant, & Children (WIC) - 1110-C Rockland Street. Reading, PA 19604 - 610-373-5545
    • Screenings, resources, medical services, etc. 

Parent Resources for COVID-19

about 1 month ago

Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

                  COVID-19: Resources for Parents

FERPA Notice
The Oley Valley School District has made reasonable efforts to ensure that video/audio conferencing is confidential and access is limited to students in the assigned groups. However, some of these services will be provided in a group format and when this occurs students will be able to see other students in the group. In addition, the Oley Valley School District is unable to control who else may be in the room in which a student is receiving these services remotely, including other family members or others who are living with the other students, who may observe the session and what other students are in the group. Due to the nature of distance learning which may include Zoom meetings and other internet-based platforms, parents also acknowledge and agree that the District (although it will take precautions to try to do so) may not be able to ensure confidentiality per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). By agreeing to have their child engage in distance learning, Parents agree to waive the protections under FERPA during the time period of the mandatory school closing, and understand that the recording of Zoom or other virtual meetings by parents/guardians or students is prohibited. If Parents do not wish to waive FERPA during this time, they may opt out of distance learning, but understand that due to the state of emergency caused by COVID-19, other types of instruction may not be available.
Service Electric Free Internet
Service Electric is currently offering students and teachers free Internet access for 3 months. You have to be in their service area, and cannot currently have their Internet service already. For more information, call 610-865-9100.
Comcast Hotspots
Free Comcast Hotspots
Free Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are now available to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Additionally, low-income families who live in a Comcast service area can sign-up for Internet Essentials. New customers, who apply by April 30, 2020, will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
Remote Technology Support
For remote technological support please contact the technician associated with your building.

High School - Donna -

Middle School - Jon -

Elementary - Kathy -

Tech Director - James -
Progressions School Based Therapy:
Progressions School Based Therapy:

If your son or daughter is receiving school based therapy from Progressions and school is closed, please reach out to Progressions main office at 610-375-7454 to schedule outpatient services at 144 North 6th Street, Reading 19601
Assessment Cancellations
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will be announcing a cancellation of statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. This cancellation includes the PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams.
Extended Closure Information
Due to the Governor's extended closure, please note the following:

* All athletics are canceled through April 13
* Spring Musical is canceled
* Fashion show canceled
* Mini thon is canceled
* Field trips are canceled through April 30
Make-Up Days
Make-up Days After Forced Shutdown

Based on the information shared thus far, it appears that school districts may be expected to attempt to make up the missed school days during the 10-day forced shutdown; however, guidance changes on a daily basis. We continue to have a lot of questions about this and are awaiting additional clarification from the PA Department of Education. At this time, no one knows for sure. Thank you for your patience as we seek to understand what will be expected. We anticipate another update on this later in the week and will certainly keep our school community updated with any new information about this topic.
AP Classes & SATs
AP Classes & Tests

The College Board is finalizing AP Exam options that may allow students to test at home, depending on the situation, in May. Additional resources, including online lessons and review sessions will be made available from College Board, who will communicate details by Friday, March 20. Stay tuned for more information.


The College Board canceled the May 2, 2020 SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled. Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities, will receive refunds. In the coming days, the College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers.

College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. They intend to be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college. They have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as the top priority. They are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.

The College Board is working with local partners, and will soon share information about weekday, school-based SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 administrations scheduled for this spring.
All Building & Grounds Closed, Activities Cancelled
All Building & Grounds Closed, Activities Cancelled

Governor Wolf’s decision to close schools for 10 business days means that schools are prohibited from having any activities on campus, including athletic competitions or practices.There should be no athletic practices or contests during this 10-day time period. In regards to “captain’s practices” (student-led practices held off-campus), the PIAA states, “It’s our position this is contrary to the intent of the Governor’s order and these activities are not permitted.”
Unemployment Information
Oley Valley School District employees affected by COVID-19 can find guidance offered by the PA Department of Labor and Industry Office of the Unemployment Compensation at the following links:

PA Department of Labor and Industry COVID-19 Guidance and Resources-

Tools, Tips and Expectations when filing an Unemployment Compensation Claim-

Unemployment Benefits and HOW TO APPLY , specifically designated for employees affected by COVID-19 -