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  • Additional information regarding the upcoming school year has been posted on each school buildings Facebook page.  You will find a video from each building principal detailing the reopening of their specific building, a suggested supplies list for students in grades K-6, and a frequently asked question document.  If you have child at the Junior Senior High School please make sure to like the newly created page for the school on Facebook.  Search Panther Valley JHSH on Facebook to find the page.  Below is a link to each of the videos, the school suppplies' lists, and the FAQ.

    Elementary School Video: https://youtu.be/lxc9aiWfOsw

    Elementary School Supplies List:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ApD-Z1iQ6fh7iuSkJzQDLcikbtwmM9Xxwoo1GeeYEZo/edit?usp=sharing

    Intermediate School Video:  https://youtu.be/tycz17yRaBA

    Intermediate School Supplies List:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FIzD8jOfzV7nuDCBFJNMV9vkk_bOOoov6xp9HCbL8No/edit?fbclid=IwAR1XTBDy1eTkO3aYglqD1bD5uG_7oAmGiEoqyoqxvLd_INlcm-p7kjZzAvg

    High School Video:  https://youtu.be/oSktNG-sHlI

    Frequently Asked Questions Document:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bNSMeWrwfmgPcIN4Jwhj9EBgbX45QecSLQPx7k6WNYI/edit?fbclid=IwAR30CzS1WOotp7Jr3BMgRT3CTjHMBsg7z7acGuoTt262BM9viQdzyHBqjAc




    Panther Valley School District

     

    Press Release Regarding Panther Valley Learning Network and School Reopening

     

    The Panther Valley District is excited to reopen our schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Please take some time to view a video from Mr. McAndrew, Superintendent of Panther Valley School District.  The video highlights key points from our district reopening plan that was approved at the school board meeting last week.  It is our hope this will help you make an informed decision about the best educational choice for your child.  We are all in this together, and the district pledges to do our best to work with families during this unpredictable time.

     

    View the video by clicking the link below:

    https://youtu.be/pImFX4TbVx0

     

    Panther Valley Learning Network (Distance Learning)

    If you are choosing to not send your child to traditional school for the start of the upcoming school year, you may now sign them up for the Panther Valley Learning Network.  Students that participate in the Panther Valley Learning Network will complete their education from home.  There will be opportunities to participate in live lessons and view recorded lessons from Panther Valley School District teachers.  

    There will be a daily attendance requirement for the program.  While work will need to be submitted daily, it will not need to be completed during a set time of day.  It is expected that students in grades K-8 will spend approximately 5 hours per day on their work and students in grades 9-12 will spend approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes per day on their work.  This is comparable to the amount of time students are participating in the traditional setting.

    To sign your child up for the Panther Valley Learning Network, please click the link below for the appropriate school building.  If you have more than one child, you should complete the proper form for each child you are enrolling in the program.

    Panther Valley Elementary School (Entering Grades K-3 for 2020-2021):

    https://tinyurl.com/pvesdistancelearning

     

    Panther Valley Intermediate School (Entering Grades 4-6 for 2020-2021):

    https://tinyurl.com/pvisdistancelearning

     

    Panther Valley Junior Senior High School (Entering Grades 7-12 for 2020-2021):

    https://tinyurl.com/pvjrhsdistancelearning

    We will continue to take new enrollments up until the beginning of the school year.  Information will be released in August about picking up computers and an opportunity to participate in orientation sessions.

    We are asking that you please sign your child up for the Panther Valley Learning Network by July 31st so we can plan our transportation and class sizes appropriately.

    High Risk Students/Face Coverings

    If your child is attending traditional school and he/she has a medical condition that makes them high risk for COVID-19, please complete the form below.  Before the beginning of the school year, the school nurse from your child’s school building will contact you to discuss your child’s medical condition and any accommodations that may be needed.

    https://tinyurl.com/pvhighrisk

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently changed the requirements for the wearing of face coverings.  Students must wear face coverings in school, in accordance with this guidance.  

    Schools should provide face covering breaks throughout the day. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet during these face covering breaks. Schools may allow students to remove face coverings when students are:

    • Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart;
    • Seated at desks or assigned workspaces at least 6 feet apart;
    • Engaged in any activity at least 6 feet apart (e.g., face covering breaks, recess, etc.); or
    • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.

    The Panther Valley School District will do our best to space desks or workspaces 6 feet apart; however, it will not be possible in all classrooms or areas.  If students are spaced the appropriate distance, they will be given the option to remove their face covering.  However, they must wear the face covering at all times, unless they are told otherwise.  Students are to bring their own face covering to school each day.  A limited amount of disposable face coverings will be available for those that do not have one.  However, they cannot be supplied daily.  Please note that students will not be permitted to board a bus without a face covering.

    The Department of Education revised their stance on excusal from wearing a face covering.  Please read the information below:

    Children two years and older are required to wear a face covering unless they have a medical or mental health condition or disability, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA, that precludes the wearing of a face covering in school. Accommodations for such students should be made in partnership with the student’s health care provider, school nurse, and IEP/504 team.

    If your child has a medical condition or disability that would preclude them from wearing a face covering in school, you should complete the high risk student survey that is listed above.  You will need to provide the proper documentation to support this request from your child’s doctor so that the appropriate plan can be put in place.

    We understand that smaller children will have a harder time keeping the face coverings on throughout the day and we will plan to work with them to teach the proper way to put it on, wear it, and remove it.  If your child does not have a medical condition or disability, but you do not want him/her to wear a face covering or he/she is an older student and refuses to wear one, you should enroll them in the Panther Valley Learning Network.  

    For the full information regarding face coverings, please go to: 

    https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/Waivers/MaskWearing/Pages/default.aspx

     

    Next Steps & Questions

    We will continue to communicate any additional information as it relates to our school reopening over the next few weeks.  Next week, each building principal will release videos detailing more specific plans for their individual school reopenings.  

    If you have any questions that were not answered by this information, please email covidinfo@panthervalley.org  

    In your email please make sure to reference your name, your child/childrens name(s) and the grades that they are entering.  This will allow us to provide a more efficient response. 




    The Health and Safety Plan for Panther Valley School District.

    This plan outlines how we will reopen the district in August. Mr. McAndrew, our new superintendent, will be releasing a detailed video outlining our plan. In addition, a building specific virtual meeting will be held soon to discuss how we will operate here at PVES.

    Parents will be able to elect to have their child attend traditional school or participate in the Panther Valley Learning Network. All students will have access to their own laptop computer during the school year.

    Those that attend school will attend from 8:30-1:30 each day. Elementary students will have lunch at school. We will distance student seating to the extent possible. Students and staff will need to adhere to the PA Department of Health face coverings order throughout the day.

    Those choosing the Panther Valley Learning Network will participate in their education from home. The online program will be run by the teachers in the building and include 1 live lesson daily from a teacher at your child’s grade level. This will occur between 2:00-3:15 each day. In addition they will have posted videos and assignments to complete throughout the day. If you are electing to sign up for this program, a sign up will be available next week.

    The plan includes comprehensive information about the preventative measures we will use and how we will respond to suspected cases of COVID-19. Any students who are at high risk will be able to identify as such in the survey posted next week. A principal or nurse will then call to discuss your child’s situation.

    If there are questions you still have after reading these documents you can email them to covidinfo@panthervalley.org and the district will compile answers to commonly asked questions.

    For questions regarding face coverings please read the information posted by the PA Department of Education and PA Department of Health

    PA Department of Health Order
    https://www.governor.pa.gov/…/20200701-SOH-Universal-Face-C…

    PA Department of Education Statement
    https://www.education.pa.gov/…/MaskWeari…/Pages/default.aspx

    For the full PVSD Plan, click here
    tinyurl.com/pvsdreopeningplan

    We believe that we are all in this together. A team worked very hard on this plan and we will do our best to work with your family to provide an education that is right for your child. As always, this is where we stand today and it is subject to change based on the Governor’s orders. Thank you.

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    Continuity of Education Plan - Revised 4/16/2020



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    Additional clarifications regarding the dress code policy:
     
    There are no color restrictions for polo shirts, blouses, dresses, or skirts.  They maybe any color, including patterns and stripes.  They may not have any pictures or wording on them. They may have a small logo on the pocket area.  All shirts, blouses, and dresses must have a collar.  Dress pants/khakis may not have elastic bottoms.  Shoes and sneakers may be of any color; however, they may not have lights or wheels.  



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