Weekly Message

an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 11/10/21

Greetings PV Families,

Today is World Science Day, a time to celebrate the significant role science plays in society. Developed in 2002, World Science Day is intended to showcase the world of scientific research and discovery and encourage discussion about current scientific issues and developments. As a former chemistry and biology teacher, I appreciate the power of an inquiry-based approach and hands-on learning activities in support of learning; all of which occur in our science classes. And with the many STEM careers that exist today, it is important our students develop a strong understanding of not only science, but also technology, engineering, and math. The critical thinking and problem solving exercises that come with these subject areas is imperative in today's world.


Science, along with the other subjects that make up the STEM acronym, and all academics are at the center of what we do in PVSD. However, our top priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. The mitigation measures currently in place have assisted in preventing a significant number of COVID-19 cases in our schools this year. Recent updates to the District’s Health and Safety Plan (v10) were approved at this month’s School Board meetings. The updates included approval for the Test to Stay (TTS) program developed recently by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH). The TTS program offers an option for unvaccinated (or partially vaccinated) students and staff who have been identified as close contacts and would otherwise be required to quarantine, the opportunity to participate in rapid antigen testing every other day. If during the every other day testing individuals consistently yield negative results and remain asymptomatic, they do NOT need to quarantine and be out of school for 7-10 days. To participate in TTS and be able to attend school onsite, continue with extra-curricular activities, and riding the bus over their quarantine period, students will need to:


  • provide parent consent to participate in testing every other day from the time of close contact identification,

  • remain asymptomatic and exhibit no feelings or symptoms of COVID-19,

  • consistently test negative throughout the TTS period,

  • and regularly wear a mask when indoors at school or on the bus.


Close contacts who test positive during TTS will be required to isolate, per MCOPH. Those who do not participate in TTS will be required to quarantine 7 - 10 days in accordance with standard requirements, per MCOPH.


As a note, students participating in the TTS program will have the opportunity to test in the morning before entering the school/classroom. Testing during TTS will occur at the district office and require an adult accompany their child for each test. The District’s Pandemic Liaison, Mrs. Meg Lewis, mlewis@pvsd.org, is available to provide additional information as needed.


Lastly, when it comes to mitigation measures, you may have learned the outcome of the court case brought against the Acting Secretary of the PA Department of Health for the masking order implemented earlier this school year. The plaintiffs prevailed in the Commonwealth Court of PA and the masking order is no longer in place. Questions have been posed about whether the District plans to change their requirements for masking. The District’s Health and Safety Plan implemented masking requirements based on its authority to do so under the PA School Code, section 510. This action occurred before the Acting Secretary imposed her order. While masking requirements will likely be a topic of discussion in December, PVSD is not in a position to implement a change to its Health and Safety Plan before the December School Board meetings. Masks continue to be required in the school setting and on buses.


Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara A. Russell

Superintendent

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Student Vaccination Clinic - Second Dose

The District is working with Skippack Pharmacy to organize and host a second dose clinic for the children ages 5-11 years that recently participated in the vaccine clinics held here in PV. We are looking to schedule an evening clinic during the week of November 29. Stay tuned for details.

Parent~Teacher Conferences - Schedule via ParentVUE

Parent/teacher conferences will be held Monday, November 22, and Tuesday, November 23. Parents/guardians can schedule using the conference module in the ParentVUE portal.

View Instructions for how to schedule a conference are located here for assistance.

Parent/teacher conferences are onsite and in-person unless otherwise requested. Please reach out to your teacher directly to specify the desire to have a virtual conference after scheduling your time.

If you do not yet have a ParentVUE account, you will need to create one in order to access the conference scheduling module. To set up your account, please contact the helpdesk@pvsd.org.

School Climate Survey - Reminder!

Two weeks ago, we shared links via email to complete our School Climate Surveys. The results will help us to know how things are going in our schools from the perspective of each of these stakeholder groups (parent/guardian building specific links were shared via email). We would truly appreciate your time in completing the survey. We are asking parents/guardians to complete the survey by Friday, November 12th. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts.

PV Power Packs Holiday Shop

Perkiomen Valley School District is proud to support our families in need. This season, we are excited to announce the PV Power Packs Holiday Shop! The PV Power Packs Holiday Shop, run by community volunteers, will be open from November 29th through December 2nd from 3:30 – 7:30 pm in the Middle School East Auditorium.


FAMILIES IN NEED- If you are a parent or guardian of an in-district student (a student attending a PVSD school) and in need of assistance this holiday season, you may visit the store during the times above to shop for your student(s) and any younger siblings.


DONATIONS - This event would not be possible without the generosity of our community! Toys, gift cards, bath & body products for men & women, arts and crafts, adult sized hoodies and more are being collected to support the PV Power Packs Holiday Shop.


To learn more about donations or shopping at the Power Packs Holiday Shop click here: Power Packs Holiday Shop

COATS FOR KIDS

In a partnership with Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia & Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation, Perkiomen Valley School District has graciously been given 200 new winter jackets to be distributed to children in need. Thank you Bergey's Car Dealership (Franconia, PA)!


Families do not need to complete any forms or demonstrate any specific economic need to receive a coat. Please contact your school counselor or Patti Colucci (pcolucci@pvsd.org). Coats will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

PV Instructional Mode Request

Families requesting a change in instructional mode, in person/Viking Academy (virtual), may complete this form - Instructional Mode Change Request - as per the deadlines indicated below.

  • Elementary Deadline for Trimester 2 ~ November 12th
  • Secondary Deadline for Semester 2 ~ January 5th
  • Elementary Deadline for Trimester 3 ~ February 17th
All requests will be reviewed by building administrators. Requests do not guarantee a change in instructional mode as several factors need to be considered. Parents will be contacted by building administrators to confirm changes. Approved changes will be effective on the first day of the next trimester/semester.
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PV Campus Traffic Study

As part of our efforts to closely examine campus traffic, PV School District has partnered with the Montgomery County Dept of Public Safety to collect video data via drone flights. Data-collecting flights are scheduled for today (Wednesday, November 10) and Friday November 12 during high traffic times (7-8am and 2-3pm). The focus is on the PV Campus area which includes Evergreen Elementary, Middle School East, and the PV High School. We look forward to learning more from the recorded data collected.

COVID-19 Dashboard - Updates

In response to comments about the COVID-19 Dashboard, the District plans to implement changes beginning in the next week or two. The goal is to make the information presented more purposeful while also understandable. Stay tuned for additional details.
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American Education Week

We celebrate education every day and just a bit more during American Education Week each November. This week traditionally invites parents in as guests to observe the experiences of our students. As we did last year, again this year, we will refrain from hosting parents during this week and look forward to engaging with our parents in this way once again in Nov. 2022.


Save the Dates!

Consult the District calendar for details regarding these upcoming activities.


Wednesday, November 10 - Special Education Planning Committee Meeting @7pm

Tuesday, November 16 - Secondary report cards for MP 1 available in ParentVUE at noon

Tuesday, November 16 - Policy Committee Meeting @7pm

Wednesday, November 17 - Wellness Committee Meeting @7pm

Thursday, November 18 - Safety & Operations Committee Meeting @7pm

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Having Tech Issues? See Below for Details

Here are a few friendly reminders from the Technology Department about where to go if you are having issues with any of the following:

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