Updates Concerning School Closure
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.
Dr. Michael J. Boccella
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!
Dr. Michael J. Boccella