Update April 10, 2020
To the Valley View School Community,
We all learned yesterday that, unfortunately, our students won't be back this school year. While we recognize that our students' safety is at the forefront of the Governor's decision, we are collectively saddened by the news as we were holding out hope that we'd return to normalcy before the end of the school year. I very much appreciate how difficult and frustrating this is for our entire school community, especially our seniors, their parents, and their families. I'd like to share a few initial thoughts:
We are committed to helping our school community every way we can, which includes continuing to provide meals, loaning Chromebooks, and being an email or phone call away for any questions or concerns.
Even prior to yesterday's announcement, we were already planning to enhance our Continuity of Education Plan and move into Phase 2. Knowing that we are not returning places even greater importance on providing increased educational opportunities for our students. These opportunities will include teacher-made recordings and live, interactive sessions with teachers. Teacher preparations have already begun and Phase 2 will start soon. We are excited to work closer with our students and get back to doing what we do best--helping students learn! We all miss our students and can't wait to see them, albeit in cyberspace.
To the Class of 2020, their parents and families: I am sincerely sorry that this very special time in your lives has been altered in the way that it has. I wish this weren't the case. Please know that we are absolutely committed to recognizing and celebrating your time at Valley View. Since the closure began on March 13th, we have been considering options for our important end of the year events. We have purposely held off on any decision-making, hoping we'd be back to school prior. We, now, are considering all possibilities, including creative and innovative ones, and will do whatever we can to give you the sendoff you deserve. We stand with you! We plan to discuss our options and make decisions with regard to our end of the year events, including graduation, at our upcoming "virtual" Work Session and Board Meeting on Wednesday, 4/15, and Monday, 4/20, respectively. We welcome your input. Public comments can be submitted at https://bit.ly/pcvvsd4-20. All comments, concerns, and/or suggestions will be considered. Please know that we are committed to keeping our students, their families, and our entire community safe and that whatever we ultimately decide will be reflective of Federal, State, and local guidelines with regard to health and safety.
Please continually check our webpage and social media for more updates on our Continuity of Education Plan, our end of the year events, including graduation, and all things VVSD.
I wish you and yours a healthy and happy Easter!
Stay safe!Dr. Michael J. Boccella,