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Continuity of Education Plan

5 days ago

First and foremost, on behalf of the entire VVSD, thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult time. This unprecedented situation has hit parents the hardest and we thank you for the tremendous balancing act you are all doing right now. As a school community, we are in this together and want to help any way we can!

In response to the Governor’s extension of PA school closures, VVSD has developed its Continuity of Education Plan to provide our students with voluntary opportunities to stay engaged in learning. In concert with the Northeast Educational Unit member schools, our plan provides “enrichment and review” opportunities exclusively.  While encouraged, these opportunities are completely optional. No instruction or new material will be provided and nothing will be graded or counted in any way. Further, teachers will not be actively monitoring students. These voluntary enrichment and review opportunities are designed to help students maintain or extend current academic skills. We believe this approach is the most appropriate and reasonable way to keep our students engaged at this time. Please note that our plan is subject to change as we receive further guidance from State and Federal leadership. 

Beginning on Monday, March 30th, enrichment and review opportunities will be provided on a weekly basis. 

For K-5, opportunities can be accessed by going to the school’s homepage and then to the specific grade-level. Anyone without computer and/or Internet access should call (570) 876-4110. We will get in touch with you and coordinate a safe and convenient way to provide you with the opportunities. 

For 6-12, opportunities can be accessed through Google Classroom, teachers’ webpages, and/or email.  Anyone without computer and/or Internet access should call (570) 876-4110. We will get in touch with you and coordinate a safe and convenient way to provide you with the opportunities. 

Questions can be emailed to help@valleyviewsd.org or you can call (570) 876-4110.

Please click on the following links for more information on the specific topics:

                Special Education Continuity of Education Plan

                Gifted Education Continuity of Education Plan

                Section 504 Continuity of Education Plan

                ESL Continuity of Education Plan

                Information for CTC Students 

Access to Technology
To assist families in need of technology, the VVSD will offer the use of a School District owned Chromebook.  To better serve our VVSD community we kindly ask that you only request the use of a Chromebook if you do not have a computer or a device such as a laptop, iPad, etc. for your family.  Please be advised that the use of a Chromebook does require WiFi internet access at home.  To request the use of a Chromebook please fill out the Technology Request Form located on our district website. 

Lunches
VVSD is committed to continuing to serve lunches for all students during this closure. In order to align to recent guidance with regard to social distancing, we have decided to serve on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays only at the same time (11-12:30) and in the same locations (HS and ES), curbside pickup.  Breakfasts and lunches for the following day(s) will be provided. For example, a student who comes Monday will leave with breakfast and lunch for Monday, breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, and breakfast for Wednesday. This adjustment in our schedule does not reduce the amount of meals we are providing and helps keep our students, families, and staff safer.

#VVSDTogetherAtHome

Finally, in an effort to stay connected while apart, effective immediately we will begin using the hashtag #VVSDTogetherAtHome on social media, such as Facebook. Please consider showing off your Cougar Pride, sharing your day-to-day, and especially posting pictures using #VVSDTogetherAtHome 

All the best and stay safe!

Sincerely,
Dr. Michael J. Boccella
Superintendent


Student Lunches being served Mon, Wed & Fri
VVSD is committed to continuing to serve lunches for all students during this closure. In order to align to recent guidance with regard to social distancing, we have decided to serve on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays only at the same time (11-12:30) and in the same locations (HS and ES), curbside pickup. Breakfasts and lunches for the following day(s) will be provided. For example, a student who comes Monday will leave with breakfast and lunch for Monday, breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, and breakfast for Wednesday. This adjustment in our schedule does not reduce the amount of meals we are providing and helps keep our students, families, and staff safer.

Schools Closed to April 6th

5 days ago

March 23, 2019 Update:

The PA Department of Education (PDE) announced today all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary.

As a result of the extended closure and updated guidance from the US and PA Departments of Education and the legal community, the Valley View School District will soon be rolling out a continuity of education program for our students. The safety of our students, their families, and our entire community is and always will be our top priority. More information will follow. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this complex and rapidly evolving situation.

As a reminder, we are serving lunches and breakfasts for the following day each day this week from 11-1230 at our HS and ES.

Stay Safe!

Dr. Michael J. Boccella
Superintendent


March 13, 2019 Update

Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

Governor Wolf made the following statement:

We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities.

First and foremost, my top priority as governor – and that of our education leaders – must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities.

As such, I am ordering that all schools in the commonwealth close for the next two weeks.

Be aware that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements.

The Department of Education will work with intermediate units and other stakeholders to support school districts with any continuity of learning plans they may be pursuing.

Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure. We will also work with schools to assist them with those plans.

We appreciate your collaboration as we work together to deal with this difficult issue.


School Closure  March 13, 2019

To the Valley View School Community,

All Northeast Intermediate Unit school districts, including the Valley View School District (VVSD), will be closed during the week of March 16, 2020. The rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the spread of Coronavirus require this response. The decision is made out of concern for all staff and students in our schools, especially those who are most vulnerable. We will monitor developments closely and consult with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies. All NEIU districts, including VVSD, recognize the impact school cancellations can have on families and communities. Timely and transparent updates will be provided to our school community.  

Additional information about our school closure:

While we are closed, we will provide 'grab and go' style lunches in the commons area of our High School (near the gym and auditorium) for all students from 11AM to 12:30PM. To be clear, any VVSD student is able to come to our HS while we are closed and get a lunch to take with them.  Students do NOT need to qualify for free/reduced lunch to participate.  

All school activities, including extracurricular activities, trips, events, our Guys and Dolls Musical production, etc., are cancelled while we are closed. Will will attempt to reschedule the events that we are able to to the extent that we can. Additionally, we will make every effort possible to refund students and parents with regard to monies spent on trips or events that cannot be postponed. 

While we have encouraged our students to bring their books and related materials home with them, students are not required to complete any work while they are home. We are treating this week similar to being closed for a number of days due to weather.  Our stance on this topic has changed due to expert legal and educational advice.

We plan to make a decision for beyond next week by Thursday, 3/19, if not sooner.

On behalf of the Valley View School District, I sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.  We will continue to provide you with updates as we navigate this unprecedented situation.  Stay safe!

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael J. Boccella

Superintendent






Coronavirus (COVID-19)

19 days ago

UPDATE:  VVSD is continuing to closely monitor the rapidly changing environment of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).  As COVID-19 has come closer to home, we are increasing our proactive measures.  As always, student safety is our priority.  Our decision-making is informed by the guidance of national, state, and local health, public safety, and educational organizations.


The PA Department of Health recommends the following good health habits to protect yourself from the flu and may assist you in the prevention of COVID-19:

  •  Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

  • Use alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with elbows, not hands. 

  • Clean surfaces frequently and other frequently touched areas.

  • If sick, please stay home, until feeling better and fever free.


With student safety in mind and informed by expert guidance, VVSD has taken the following steps thus far:

  • We have increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning our schools, using specialized products that combat COVID-19.
  • We have asked our teachers to review good health habits, including those listed above, with our students.
  • We have taken steps to provide more hand sanitizing stations throughout our schools.
  • We are carefully considering all upcoming school trips on a case by case basis, especially those to areas impacted by COVID-19.
  • Finally, while we hope they go unused, we have developed contingency academic plans in the event of school closures due to COVID-19.

VVSD, as always, is committed to providing our students, parents, families, and our community with timely and transparent communication. 

 Please see the following links for more information:






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Valley View School District
One Columbus Drive
Archbald, PA 18403
(570) 876-5080

Superintendent: Dr. Michael Boccella
Business Manager: Corey E. Castellani
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