High Lites January 14, 2022

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley High School

Program Planning

We are already planning for the 22-23 school year. Last month our school board approved the addition of one new course, Black History, in our Social Studies Department. You can view all of the courses we offer in our program planning guide online at our Program Planning page. In addition to course descriptions, the guide contains other pertinent information.


This year we have added a search tool on our website so that you can use various filters to search for courses (by grade level, number of credits, weighting, graduation requirements, etc). I am hoping that the addition of this search feature will make it easier for you to find information regarding the courses we offer at the high school.


Timeline for Program Planning 22-23

January 24-February 8 Teachers will make recommendations for next year's courses.

February 17- March 7 ParentVue and StudentVue Course Recommendation tab will be open for students to pick their courses for next year.

June 22 The last day for students to make any changes to the courses they pick.


Please reach out to your student's counselor with any questions about Program Planning.

Extended Homeroom Jan 20

There will be an extended homeroom on January 20th. We will follow a PM Assembly Schedule.

9th - Link Crew activities

10th - Naviance career activity

11th - Graduation Project

12th - Career Study presentation

Reporting of a Positive COVID Case

We have been experiencing very high call volumes and increased activity in the nursing suite. To assist us in collecting data, we are asking families to report their child's confirmed positive COVID case using this form, Report a Positive COVID Case. Please refrain from calling the nursing office if possible; if needed, a member of our nursing staff will reach out to you in response to your form submission.

If you are seeking medical advice, we ask that you contact your child's medical provider with questions about their health, including guidance if your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

As a reminder, if your child is not feeling well or showing signs of possible COVID exposure, please keep them home until they are symptom free.

Thank you, in advance, for your support and understanding.

PV High School Nursing Team

Masks Required Through 1/21/22

During a Special School Board meeting, held on Sunday, January 2, PV's Board of School Directors approved an updated Health and Safety Transition Plan (v3). As part of this plan, masks are required for all students and staff during the school day when indoors extending through January 21. During after school activities such as athletics, music rehearsals, Community Ed., committee meetings, Board meetings, etc., masks are strongly recommended.


Beginning on January 24, masks will be strongly recommended during the school day.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Our annual Martin Luther King Day of Service will be held Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. In light of current COVID conditions, we have modified our activities and projects for families and are offering a variety of ways for people to serve and come together in a safe way including
  • High school students (only) are invited to sign up for their own volunteer opportunities using this SignUp Genius.
  • Join our MLK Community Day – a one hour event held at Thomas J. Keenan Stadium!
  • Bring a donation to a drive-through donation station

Thank you for your interest in our event and we look forward to honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Jan. 17 with you! Visit our site, MLK Day of Service, for details.

Updated Guidance for COVID

  • The MCOPH has recently updated its guidance in regard to isolation and quarantine. I strongly urge you to review the School Exclusion Guidance 1/6/2022 information on their website which explains isolation and quarantine requirements.
  • The definition of fully vaccinated for individuals under 18 years of age has been revised. Children ages 5 - 17 years are considered fully vaccinated once they receive a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine. For children 5 - 17 years of age, a primary series consists of 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines | CDC.

  • Daily Symptom Monitoring: Daily symptom monitoring is one of the most effective mitigation measures. Each morning, prior to boarding a bus or entering a school building, students and staff are expected to perform daily symptom monitoring. Any student or staff experiencing symptoms as listed below should not report to school and are further advised to contact their medical provider. If a student reports to school, and then begins to experience any of the symptoms below, they are advised to visit the school nurse.

  • One of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or new loss of taste or smell. OR

  • Two of the following: fever (measured or subjective), chills, fatigue, myalgia, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Safe2Say

Our students can submit an anonymous tip through the Safe2Say Program. Tips are typically related to a variety of challenges our students experience or witness, such as bullying, harassment, disrespectful language, safety concerns, etc. When a tip is received, the State (who runs Safe2Say) immediately follows up with building administrators. Students should check on the status of the tip they submit as often the state will ask follow-up questions which often are helpful in resolving the situation.

Having Tech Issues?

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

From our Handbook

Educational Trips- Board Policy 204

Upon receipt of a written request from the parents of the students involved, students may be excused from school attendance to participate in an educational tour or a trip during the school term at the expense of the parents.


  • An Educational Trip Form form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure.
  • Approval for such trips is limited to five (5) school days per year. Additional days will be classified as unexcused and be subject to legal attendance regulations.
  • A signature of the parent(s)/ guardian(s) must accompany the application.
  • Every effort should be made to avoid proposing trips during final examinations and the State testing dates for students in participating grades and/or courses as such absences cannot be recorded as excused. Please see the testing schedules for PSSA and Keystone Exams included in this handbook.
  • Non-school educational trips are not recommended for students in academic difficulty or with attendance problems and will not be approved.
  • The five (5) days will be recorded absences and fall within the attendance policy. It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her teacher to make arrangements to make up work missed during an educational trip.
  • Students attending a college visit must complete an Educational Trip Form and return it to the attendance office with proof of the college visit.
  • For additional information, contact your school principal.

Class of 2022

Student Loans



The Perkiomen Valley Student Loan Association provides financial aid for graduates of Perkiomen Valley High School to continue their education. The interest-free loans can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning and are repaid after the student has graduated or left school.




Applications for interest-free loans are available online. If interested please feel free to message me or email pvstudentloan@gmail.com

Website - https://sites.google.com/view/pvsla/home

Senior Dates

Wondering when Career Study starts? When are APs? When is prom, graduation practice, the senior walk, and graduation? Senior Dates


This information is also posted on the class of 2022 webpage.

From Our Counseling Center

Thinking about College Athletics?

If your student might want to participate in athletics at the college level you need to start to plan now. From taking the correct courses, taking the ACTs or SATS and registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Click on the picture for a timeline of things to do.

Resources

Attendance

Contact our Attendance Office about all things attendance

Educational Trip Forms

Turn this in 5 days prior to an educational trip.

High School Student Handbook

Your reference guide to everything you need to know about the high school

District Information

Power Packs

PV Power Packs is a weekend food program for students experiencing food insecurity. Bags of food, including 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 snacks, and 2 fruits, are sent home with students prior to every weekend. There is no financial information required to participate in this program and students pick up their bags from their counselor or designated person every week.


We will begin distributing Power Packs on 9/10. You can sign up for your student to receive a Power Packs bag by filling out this form: Power Packs Sign Up


If you have any questions, email Sarah at powerpacks@pvsd.org.


Donations for Power Packs are always welcome!

District Health and Safety Plan

The 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan includes the following updates:

  • when in our schools, all staff and students are required to wear masks indoors; (We recommend students carry an extra mask in their bag in case it breaks.)

  • students are required to wear masks while riding on buses (in accordance with the CDC order);

  • physical/social distancing of 3’ is recommended;

  • while eating lunch, students in grades 1-6 will be situated 6’ apart to the greatest extent possible;

  • masks remain optional when students are outdoors (for example, during physical education classes, recess, learning activities, etc.)


To learn more about PVSD's updated Health & Safety plan, along with other COVID information, please go to https://www.pvsd.org/covid-information/.