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  • December 22nd, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Panther Valley administrative team and the Board of Education are working to minimize positive COVID-19 case numbers in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties by continuing the full remote learning model for two weeks after the Christmas Holiday.  This move follows the recommendation of both the Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

     

    The objective of this two school week fully remote learning period after the Christmas break is to avoid a surge of community transmission and increase the chances that we can resume in-person learning. The state is encouraging everyone to minimize social gatherings during the holidays; however, we anticipate increased exposures in a time when local transmission rates are headed at an all time high. We also recognize that many colleges will be sending students home at this time which could possibly increase family exposure. 

     

    This period of remote learning includes the 14-day quarantine period required after exposure and/or required quarantine for travel. We hope this time period serves as a “contact break” for us to keep everyone safe. We ask for your help to reduce the number of coronavirus cases in the Panther Valley School District by following health and safety protocols and being socially responsible by following proper guidelines.  


    Without question, the PVSD understands that the decision will have an impact on the families of our students.  We know it is a burden on families and cannot wait for our students to return safely.  Our goal and belief is that this will be our last two weeks of full remote learning and we will return to in person instruction on January 19th.  

    Please continue to report all cases of COVID-19 to your building principals.  Thank you in advance for your diligence in helping us mitigate COVID-19 in our school community.

    Please have an enjoyable, healthy, safe, and prosperous Holiday and New Year, 2021!

    Sincerely,

    David McAndrew Jr.

    Superintendent of Schools


     





    Superintendent’s Message - Mr. David McAndrew Jr.


    The Panther Valley School District is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities for all of our students.  We set high expectations for ourselves and our students.  With the work that has already been done with our strategic plan, the ongoing development of a District Facilities Plan, and the fiscally responsible decisions that have been made, there is a strong foundation from which we build upon to accomplish our goals.


    As our mission expresses, “Panther Valley School District will prepare students to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow,” we will ensure that our students - and graduates - will have knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to achieve their goals and aspirations.  As a Professional Learning Community, it is vital to our success to seek out and use the most valued and  reliable research available, comparing our district and student performances with state and national K-12 educational organizations.  We must continue to work to strategically align our resources which will positively impact and maximize student learning and operational efficiencies.  


    At the same time we are working towards meeting these goals, we face many new challenges, including an economic climate that impacts our current and future funding.  As well as try to keep our students and staff safe from the spread of Covid 19.  In order to manage these challenges we will continue to evaluate our operations in order to effectively align our resources to our strategic goals. 



    Panther Valley School District 2020-2021 Re-Opening Plan










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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




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    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

     

     

    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; or
      • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task; or
      • At least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes.

    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.  Students 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. 

     

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