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  • November 22, 2020 - COVID Notice - Panther Valley Junior Senior High School


    Dear Panther Valley Junior Senior High School Staff, Parents & Guardians,


    I wanted to make you aware that we were notified today by the Department of Health that two individuals who were last in attendance at Panther Valley on 11/17 (one individual), 11/20 (one individual) have subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Due to procedures related to privacy laws, I am limited in what I can say. I urge you to also respect the privacy of our students and staff.


    The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) is monitoring all identified cases. The PA DOH is responsible for all contact tracing and school district administration has assisted our public health officials with this endeavor. Staff members and students that are determined to be a close contact with any individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be directly contacted by PA DOH with instructions to quarantine. Close contacts are those who are within 6 feet distance for greater than or equal to 15 minutes with a person identified as a confirmed case with COVID-19.


    PA DOH officials have determined because of the increase in positive cases of individuals at the Panther Valley Junior Senior High School, it is recommended we close our school for three days to perform appropriate contact tracing, communicate appropriately any required quarantine recommendations and to continue to clean and disinfect our buildings. All students will continue their education via remote learning during the school closure. Staff will also work remotely during this school closure. We will reopen Panther Valley Junior Senior High School for face to face instruction on Monday, December 14, 2020.


    Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine and contact your doctor. If you are feeling ill, it is recommended that you separate from others in the home, wear a face mask, cover coughs and sneezes, clean hands and surfaces often, and avoid sharing personal items. It should be emphasized that anyone who is ill should stay home except to get medical care. As you know, virus symptoms can range from mild to severe and could include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills without a fever, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, and

    temporary loss of smell or taste. Symptoms may appear in a few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.


    If you have questions or concerns regarding your individual health and COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.


    We thank you for your cooperation and support.


    David F. McAndrew Jr.

    Superintendent of Schools




    November 20, 2020 - COVID Notice - Panther Valley Junior Senior High School

    Dear Parents/Guardians or Staff Member, 

    Panther Valley School District was notified today of a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Panther Valley Junior Senior High School.  This person was last in attendance on November 17, 2020.  The individual is a student at our Junior Senior High School and is now in isolation.  Thankfully, the person is asymptomatic and feeling well.  All other information related to the individual is confidential.

    The PA Department of Health, in conjunction with school leadership, has determined that there is no need to close our school at this time. Students that were in close contact with the individual were notified and will be quarantined.  The spaces used by the individual were cleaned and disinfected according to our Reopening and Health and Safety Plan

    This is an opportunity to remind all members of our community the importance of staying vigilant and taking all necessary precautions to stop the spread of the virus.  Please continue to follow your respective screening procedures.  If you meet the criteria defined within the procedure, please stay home and contact your medical provider, schedule a virtual COVID-19 screening, or call PA Department of Health (1-877-PA-HEALTH) to discuss symptoms. 

    As a reminder, everyone is encouraged to do the following to help prevent the spread of illness at home, in school and at work:

     

    •  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • Wash your hands frequently.

    •   Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

    •  Stay home when you are sick.

    •  Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough and sneeze.

    •  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    •  Practice social distancing and wear a mask.               

     

    For more information about COVID-19, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or Pennsylvania Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19). The District’s Reopening Health & Safety Plan and resources can be found on the Panther Valley SD website.

    The Panther Valley School District will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed. If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please email covidinfo@panthervalley.org.

     

    We thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

    Sincerely,

    David McAndrew

    Superintendent of Panther Valley SD





    November 19, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

     

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Panther Valley administrative team and the Board of Education are working to minimize positive COVID-19 case numbers in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties by moving all students to remote learning for two weeks after the Thanksgiving holiday. This move follows the recommendation of both the Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

    The objective of this nine school day fully remote learning period after Thanksgiving break is to avoid a surge of community transmission and increase the chances that in-person learning will remain an option. The state is encouraging everyone to minimize social gatherings during the holidays; however, we anticipate increased exposures in a time when local transmission rates are headed in the wrong direction. We also recognize that many colleges will be sending students home at this time which could possibly increase family exposure.

    This period of remote learning includes the 14-day quarantine period required after exposure and/or required quarantine for travel. We hope this time period serves as a "contact break" for us to keep everyone safe and possibly turn the tide of cases in our school community. We ask for your help to reduce the number of coronavirus cases in the Panther Valley School District by following health and safety protocols and being socially responsible by following proper guidelines.

    Without question, the PVSD understands that the decision will have an impact on the families of our students. Our goal is to only transition to fully remote learning for two weeks and return to live instruction on December 14th. However, if case numbers rise, we may need to extend virtual learning through the Christmas break.

     

    During this temporary shift to remote learning, please continue to report all cases of COVID-19 to your building principals. Thank you in advance for your diligence in helping us mitigate COVID-19 in our school community.

     

    Sincerely,

    David McAndrew Jr.
    Superintendent of Schools







    Superintendent’s Message - Mr. David McAndrew Jr.


    The Panther Valley School District is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities for all of our students.  We set high expectations for ourselves and our students.  With the work that has already been done with our strategic plan, the ongoing development of a District Facilities Plan, and the fiscally responsible decisions that have been made, there is a strong foundation from which we build upon to accomplish our goals.


    As our mission expresses, “Panther Valley School District will prepare students to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow,” we will ensure that our students - and graduates - will have knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to achieve their goals and aspirations.  As a Professional Learning Community, it is vital to our success to seek out and use the most valued and  reliable research available, comparing our district and student performances with state and national K-12 educational organizations.  We must continue to work to strategically align our resources which will positively impact and maximize student learning and operational efficiencies.  


    At the same time we are working towards meeting these goals, we face many new challenges, including an economic climate that impacts our current and future funding.  As well as try to keep our students and staff safe from the spread of Covid 19.  In order to manage these challenges we will continue to evaluate our operations in order to effectively align our resources to our strategic goals. 



    Panther Valley School District 2020-2021 Re-Opening Plan










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    Additional information regarding the upcoming school year has been posted on each school buildings Facebook page.  You will find a video from each building principal detailing the reopening of their specific building, a suggested supplies list for students in grades K-6, and a frequently asked question document.  If you have child at the Junior Senior High School please make sure to like the newly created page for the school on Facebook.  Search Panther Valley
    JHSH on Facebook to find the page.  Below is a link to each of the videos, the school suppplies' lists, and the FAQ.

    Elementary School Video: https://youtu.be/lxc9aiWfOsw

    Elementary School Supplies List:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ApD-Z1iQ6fh7iuSkJzQDLcikbtwmM9Xxwoo1GeeYEZo/edit?usp=sharing

    Intermediate School Video:  https://youtu.be/tycz17yRaBA

    Intermediate School Supplies List:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FIzD8jOfzV7nuDCBFJNMV9vkk_bOOoov6xp9HCbL8No/edit?fbclid=IwAR1XTBDy1eTkO3aYglqD1bD5uG_7oAmGiEoqyoqxvLd_INlcm-p7kjZzAvg

    High School Video:  https://youtu.be/oSktNG-sHlI

    Frequently Asked Questions Document:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bNSMeWrwfmgPcIN4Jwhj9EBgbX45QecSLQPx7k6WNYI/edit?fbclid=IwAR30CzS1WOotp7Jr3BMgRT3CTjHMBsg7z7acGuoTt262BM9viQdzyHBqjAc




    Panther Valley School District

     

    Press Release Regarding Panther Valley Learning Network and School Reopening

     

    The Panther Valley District is excited to reopen our schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Please take some time to view a video from Mr. McAndrew, Superintendent of Panther Valley School District.  The video highlights key points from our district reopening plan that was approved at the school board meeting last week.  It is our hope this will help you make an informed decision about the best educational choice for your child.  We are all in this together, and the district pledges to do our best to work with families during this unpredictable time.

     

    View the video by clicking the link below:

    https://youtu.be/pImFX4TbVx0

     

     

    High Risk Students/Face Coverings

    If your child is attending traditional school and he/she has a medical condition that makes them high risk for COVID-19, please complete the form below.  Before the beginning of the school year, the school nurse from your child’s school building will contact you to discuss your child’s medical condition and any accommodations that may be needed.

    https://tinyurl.com/pvhighrisk

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently changed the requirements for the wearing of face coverings.  Students must wear face coverings in school, in accordance with this guidance.  

    Schools should provide face covering breaks throughout the day. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet during these face covering breaks.

    • Schools may allow students to remove face coverings when students are:

      • Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart; or
      • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task; or
      • At least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes.

    The Panther Valley School District will do our best to space desks or workspaces 6 feet apart; however, it will not be possible in all classrooms or areas.  Students must wear the face covering at all times, unless they are told otherwise.  Students are to bring their own face covering to school each day.  A limited amount of disposable face coverings will be available for those that do not have one.  However, they cannot be supplied daily.  Please note that students will not be permitted to board a bus without a face covering.

    The Department of Education revised their stance on excusal from wearing a face covering.  Please read the information below:

    Children two years and older are required to wear a face covering unless they have a medical or mental health condition or disability, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA, that precludes the wearing of a face covering in school. Accommodations for such students should be made in partnership with the student’s health care provider, school nurse, and IEP/504 team.

    If your child has a medical condition or disability that would preclude them from wearing a face covering in school, you should complete the high risk student survey that is listed above.  You will need to provide the proper documentation to support this request from your child’s doctor so that the appropriate plan can be put in place.

    We understand that smaller children will have a harder time keeping the face coverings on throughout the day and we will plan to work with them to teach the proper way to put it on, wear it, and remove it.  If your child does not have a medical condition or disability, but you do not want him/her to wear a face covering or he/she is an older student and refuses to wear one, you should enroll them in the Panther Valley Learning Network.  

    For the full information regarding face coverings, please go to: 

    https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/Waivers/MaskWearing/Pages/default.aspx

     

    Next Steps & Questions

    We will continue to communicate any additional information as it relates to our school reopening over the next few weeks.  Next week, each building principal will release videos detailing more specific plans for their individual school reopenings.  

    If you have any questions that were not answered by this information, please email covidinfo@panthervalley.org  

    In your email please make sure to reference your name, your child/childrens name(s) and the grades that they are entering.  This will allow us to provide a more efficient response. 

     

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