on Thursday...an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 9/23/21
Greetings PV Families
Yesterday marked the first day of fall with the arrival of the autumnal equinox (when the sun is exactly above Earth's equator, moving from north to south). Fall is a time for changing leaves, shorter daylight hours, and pumpkin flavored everything! It also marks a time of activity. Our students have settled into classroom routines and many also participate in a variety of after school activities.
As a reminder, after-school activity transportation is available every afternoon at each of our secondary buildings: PV High School, Middle School East, and Middle School West. The bus departs at 5:30pm and is available to any student participating in an after-school activity such as athletics, music practice or student clubs. In addition, after-school transportation is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00pm at PV High School only. This transportation will become available to our middle school students sometime in October. Look for additional details to follow in the near future.
As always, thank you for your continued support. We are PV Strong!
Dr. Barbara A. Russell
We are thrilled to share that all of our students, grades K-12 have been provided with a District device. To learn more about your child(ren)'s Chromebook visit our District Technology Department webpage.
In addition, we will no longer be using QR codes to log in at the elementary level (primarily used in K-2). All of our students are learning how to login to their devices with their District username and password.
Special Education Partnership Opportunities
What is an IEP? My child is struggling, and I don’t know what to do! How is a 504 different from an IEP? Oftentimes, these are questions or concerns we hear. This year we are excited to offer a series of opportunities for our families in efforts to build partnerships and provide information to questions you may have about the supports and services available to you and your child. Please see the list of dates below for Special Education (SE) Roundtable sessions and MCIU Local Task Force meetings.
For more information about the MCIU Local Task Force and links to additional resources, please click HERE. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about these opportunities, then contact Dr. Kimberly Boyd, Director of Special Education at 610-489-8506 ext. 1106 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have not done yet so, please complete online verification in ParentVUE by 9/30/21. If you need assistance reach out to email@example.com.
To complete online verification:
Login to ParentVUE
At the prompt, choose the dropdown and select ANNUAL VERIFICATION (NOT new enrollment)
If you are not automatically prompted to complete the online verification process, choose Online Verification from the top menu items.
Follow the prompts on the screen to complete the verification process (the process will need to be completed for each child you have enrolled in the PV School District). For assistance, refer to the directions within each section.
When finished with all steps, select Submit
Note: Parent contact information such as email and phone number can be updated at anytime via ParentVUE.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Kimberly Boyd, Director of Special Education, email@example.com, 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/.
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.
Save the Dates!
Thursday, September 23 - Elementary Meet the Teacher Night @6:30pm
Thursday, September 23 - Safety & Operations Committee @ 7pm
Wednesday, September 29 - Education Committee @ 7pm
Thursday, September 30 - Finance Committee @ 7pm
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