Update – April 8, 2020
To the Valley View School Community,
I hope this correspondence finds you and yours safe and healthy! First and foremost, I thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation. Parents especially have been put in a difficult situation with little notice and great uncertainty. On behalf of the District, we thank and commend our parents for all they are doing. We’d also like to thank the countless helpers who have stepped up over the past many weeks to help their community. While there are too many to name, we would specifically like to thank the following: our cafeteria workers and volunteers who have helped feed our students, our maintenance staff who have disinfected our schools so that they are safe for the essential employees that are still working, including those who are distributing food, the organizations and individuals who are advocating for increased support for public schools during this crises, and the organizations and individuals who have generously donated to the school to provide increased technology that can be lent to our families. Of course, we also appreciate all of the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, first responders, police officers, grocery and restaurant workers, and anyone else performing life-sustaining work locally and around the nation. You are heroes! The outpouring of generosity, kindness, and togetherness (while apart physically) has been inspiring and is what makes Valley View a special place.
As you know, in concert with the NIEU 19 schools VVSD rolled out a Continuity of Education Plan about two weeks ago that features voluntary enrichment and review. As the school closure in Pennsylvania continues, some schools have begun revising their plans. VVSD has been and will continue to vet all options. Certainly, we want to do all that we can for our students. Our students’ welfare and academic progress are our priorities and why we do what we do. Please know that our decisions are informed by Federal and State guidelines with regard to access and equity issues. Any delays in our decision-making are the result of efforts to ensure, to the degree that we can, access to learning for ALL students. This is complex and challenging during normal circumstances and is truly uncharted territory at this time. Public schools have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure universal access to education. VVSD takes that responsibility very seriously. Our goal is to roll out a Continuity of Education Phase 2 Plan within the next few days. The plan will increase educational opportunities during the closure, be accessible to all, and be reflective of Federal and State guidelines as well as legal advice as to protect the taxpayers.
Updates regarding End-of-the-Year Events:
In order to adhere to the Governor’s order regarding social distancing, all of our events scheduled for April are cancelled. These events include: Kindergarten Registration (4/15, 4/16, 4/17), National Honor Society Induction Ceremony (4/23), High School Prom (4/24), and Pre-School Graduation at the High School (4/29). Should the Governor’s social distancing guidance change and we are able to return to school, we will make every effort to reschedule these events.
As for all graduation events, including Senior Awards Ceremony, Memories, and Graduation itself, please be assured that we are working diligently on solutions daily to address these very important milestones. While we are awaiting further information and instructions with regard to social distancing practices, we are considering many creative options that can be utilized if necessary. We will continue to update you as we learn more and as decisions are made. We will make every effort to recognize and celebrate our graduating class of 2020.
Finally, while none of us could have predicted this, we are in it together and will make the best of it. The Valley View community is a great place that I am proud to be a part of. I’m confident that we’ll emerge from this closer and stronger!
All the best and stay safe!
Dr. Michael J. Boccella, Superintendent