Wednesday Weekly

Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 9/1/21

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Greetings PV Families

The 2021-22 school year is off to a great start. We welcomed many smiling faces this week! The level of excitement was evident and we look forward to learning and growing together this year. Thank you to all that sent us first day pictures. Above are just a few! Please take a moment to view the slide shows on our website (

While we are thrilled to be back in school focused on teaching and learning, the conversations about health and safety continue. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) announced that masks/face coverings will be required in schools in Pennsylvania beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021. This order will remain in effect until the Acting Secretary of Health determines the public health risk is sufficiently reduced so that masks/face coverings are no longer necessary as public health mitigation measures in schools.

The order outlines the situations when a mask/face covering must be worn and also identifies the limited exceptions to the mandate. Mask/Face covering exemption requests must be based on a medical or mental health provider attesting to the fact that wearing a mask/face covering either causes a medical condition or exacerbates an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition, or a disability. The District has updated its Student Mask/Face Covering Exemption Request Form. In the event you believe your child needs an exemption and qualifies based on a PA licensed medical or mental health provider’s diagnosis, please complete the form and submit to your child’s school nurse electronically or in print format.

  • Mask/Face covering exemption forms should be submitted electronically or in print to the school nurse. The email address of your child’s school nurse is available on the website: Staff Directory.

  • Students with an IEP or 504 requesting a mask/face covering exemption should reach out to their child’s case manager. These requests will be reviewed by the IEP or 504 team, respectively.

As a note, the DOH order does not apply to school sports or outdoor activities. However, the District’s approved Health and Safety Plan continues to require masks/face coverings for student athletes when practicing and competing indoors as well as all spectators attending events indoors. Masks/face coverings are recommended when outdoors on the fields or in the stadium when the gathering size is large, i.e., football games, otherwise they are optional.

The District continues to monitor the incidence and positivity rates and the most appropriate recommendations for health and safety in response. The District’s COVID dashboard is active now that the school year is underway.

Your partnership in supporting student learning as well as upholding these mitigation measures is much appreciated.


Dr. Barbara A. Russell


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Board Work Session - New Date

The School Board Work Session, originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 7, has been changed to Wednesday, September 8th. The time remains the same: 7:00pm.

Inclement Weather Plan

In the event we are unable to hold school onsite, in person, tomorrow, Thursday, September 2, the day will act as a true closure. Students and staff will not be expected to attend classes remotely or online. This will mark the use of the first of our 3 built-in inclement weather days. As a note, we did consider a virtual instruction day, however, we are in the midst of chromebook distribution and some students have not yet received their device.

The decision for a delay or closure will be made tomorrow morning and you will be notified of any alteration to the school day schedule.

If we end up using all three built-in inclement weather days as the school year progresses, we will shift to virtual learning days.

Health/Medical Card Information Update

A Health/Medical Information Card will be sent home with students this week. While most of our back-to-school paperwork shifted to an online process this year, we are requesting completion of this paper document to ensure the proper medical care for students during the school day, as well as in the event of emergency situations. We are asking families to complete the card and return to your school nurse as soon as possible.

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.

To learn more, visit:

Comprehensive Planning

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. 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 to the Superintendent, if you have any questions about this process. We hope you will consider joining us!

Save the Dates!

Consult calendar for details regarding activities below

Wednesday, September 8 - School Board Work Session @ 7pm

Thursday, September 9 - HS Meet the Teacher @7pm

Monday, September 13 - School Board Business Meeting @ 7pm
Tuesday, September 14 - MSE/MSW 7/8Gr Meet the Teacher @7pm
Thursday, September 23 - Elementary Meet the Teacher @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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