on Thursday...an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 9/16/21
Greetings PV Families
Our students have acclimated quickly to the new school year, almost as if they never left. Today, they had a day off from school in honor of Yom Kippur. To those who celebrate, I hope you had a meaningful fast and look forward to a good new year.
As the diversity within our community continues to grow, we strive to facilitate greater awareness and deeper understanding of our differences whether they are cultural or based on gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and/or sexual orientation. We are cultivating inclusive school communities where all students feel a part and equitable opportunities exist in the academic and extracurricular realms. In all of our schools and at all levels, we are prompted to consider how we promote respectful interactions and civil discourse. The Pennsylvania Department of Education includes speaking and listening skills as part of the mandated content standards in the subject area of English Language Arts (ELA). Students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels are expected to learn the basic tools of argument as well as how to engage in civil discourse. Many students find that exercises in developing structured arguments dramatically improve their ability to read and write. As a public school, we have the opportunity to expose our students to diversity and multiple perspectives in a variety of ways and on many different issues. These experiences serve to enrich the social and academic development of our students, while at the same time nurture their skills as respectful, active, and responsible participants in an ever-more diverse community and world.
At tomorrow night’s home football game, our coaching staff and team are hosting an Inclusion and Autism Awareness Night and encouraging fans to wear blue in support of understanding and acceptance of individuals with autism. Our players will be led onto the field by our autistic friends. I applaud the recognition and view it as one more valuable opportunity for our students to learn, understand and respect differences among us.
Across the District and in all schools, our shared focus is on students and creating a school experience for them that is positive, nurturing and productive for each and every one. We are preparing our students to be future ready and ready for their future, wherever that may lead. As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, it is my hope that despite the differences among us and in our personal views, we engage respectfully on all that is happening in our world today. I appreciate the community we are and know that we will remain PV Strong!
Dr. Barbara A. Russell
Congratulations to Mrs. Laurie Smith on her appointment as Assistant Superintendent of Perkiomen Valley School District! She was officially commissioned by Judge Thomas M. DelRicci at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 14.
Mrs. Smith will be serving alongside Dr. Russell, Superintendent of Perkiomen Valley School District. Dr. Russell was also commissioned on Tuesday, September 14 after the Perkiomen Valley Board of School Directors voted to renew her contract.
The 21-22 COVID-19 Dashboard is available on our website. The dashboard indicates positive cases in each of our schools on a cumulative basis. Click below to access.
We continue to work on supporting our students wearing masks throughout the entire school day. We recognize that providing periodic mask breaks can be helpful to our students and staff. The District received updated guidance on mask breaks indicating that when they occur indoors, it is important other mitigation measures are in place, including quality ventilation and social/physical distancing of 6’ to the greatest extent possible. The Montgomery County Office of Public Health (OPH) School Exclusion Guidance spells out the close contact definition which excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student when both are wearing masks/face coverings. As a result, it will be critical that mask breaks are brief in duration, 2-5 minutes, and students maintain social/physical distancing to avoid the obligation of quarantine as well as potential transmission of virus.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all school districts to engage in Comprehensive Planning every six years. In 2017, a committee of stakeholders collaborated to define our District’s mission, vision, and goals. This year we will be engaging in a mid point review of our Comprehensive Plan. This will include a review of our current plan, progress on goals, needs assessment, and identification of accomplishments and challenges.
Special Education Plan
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires all school districts to submit a Special Education Plan every three years. The timeline for submission of the Special Education Plan aligns with the Comprehensive Planning process this year. A committee of stakeholders will meet in October and November to develop our plan for submission to PDE.
We invite you to join us and welcome your voice to the process! We will be discussing this process during our first Education Committee meeting on September 29th @ 7:00 pm in the High School Library. A zoom link will also be available on our district website for anyone interested in joining virtually. We are encouraging various stakeholders to join us in these initial discussions to ensure various perspectives are considered. We are interested in stakeholders to represent the following groups… students, teachers, parents, administrators, School Board members, business partners, and community members. Please reach out to Mrs. Laurie Smith, Assistant Superintendent, email@example.com, or Dr. Kimberly Boyd, Director of Special Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about this process.
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.
To learn more, visit: www.pvsd.org/families/pv-power-packs/.
Save the Dates!
Tuesday, September 21 - Policy Committee @ 7pm
Wednesday, September 22 - Wellness Committee @ 7pm
Thursday, September 23 - Elementary Meet the Teacher Night @6:30pm
Thursday, September 23 - Safety & Operations Committee @ 7pm
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