Coronavirus Resources (updates added as necessary)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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(3.24.20) Email to families:

Good afternoon CV Families,

Please find a short video and email below explaining some next steps that CVSD will be taking.

(Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/5ziExfbV8eE

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the closure of all K-12 schools for an additional two weeks. The extended closure order is effective immediately and calls for students to return on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at the earliest. As a result, all Cumberland Valley School District buildings will remain closed and all school activities will continue to be cancelled until the closure is lifted.

Additionally, the Department of Education has announced the cancellation of the PSSA and Keystone exams that are administered in select grades across the Commonwealth. They also are cancelling standardized testing for students in career and technical education programs. These exams include National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Please know that we sincerely understand the implications of this school closure and the challenges that many families face right now. At this time, the District is planning to continue providing optional enrichment and review activities for all students for the next week, but planning to move to more formal student remote instruction on April 6, 2020, if it appears that schools will continue to be closed beyond that date.

We are hoping to share a plan for instructional and student expectations should we not be able to come back to school as planned and, therefore, would need to utilize remote learning in a formalized way. We have been working diligently on addressing student technology access concerns and are currently working with our teachers and staff to move our educational model to a remote format that continues to support all learners. Please know that all of the plans we are creating offer significant flexibility for our students and their families, while continuing to support individual students. It is our hope that we will be able to continue to assist our students in gaining necessary skills and learning new content should we need to move to a remote model because we are unable to return to school. We are also making all plans being mindful of the challenges our parents and families will face in supporting students while they are learning new content.  We are asking our faculty to focus only on essential skills and are developing an online schedule that we believe will allow those essential skills to be taught without overwhelming our students, staff, or families.

We encourage you to continue to check your email as well as Schoology and/or Seesaw for classroom and building based communication as the connection between families and our school staff today, and always, is paramount.

We will continue to inform you of updates as decisions are made and as additional information becomes available. You may also visit our website at www.cvschools.org/coronavirus for updates.

With sincere appreciation,

Dr. David E. Christopher
Superintendent of Schools

(3.24.20) Email to families:

Dear Cumberland Valley families:

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, we will alter our distribution schedule for Grab-and-Go meals for children. We will continue to provide lunch (plus breakfast for the next day) for five days. However, we will only distribute two days per week. On Mondays, we will provide lunch and breakfast for two days and on Wednesdays we will provide lunch and breakfast for three days.

When:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where:
Hampden Elementary | Monroe Elementary | Middlesex Elementary | Sporting Hill Elementary | Cumberland Valley High School

(3.23.20) Email to CVHS families

Dear Cumberland Valley High School families:

Yesterday, Cumberland Valley School District received notification of a possible positive COVID-19 test of a Cumberland Valley High School student. The District did not receive notification or action steps from state or local officials regarding this possible case, however, this morning administration learned the following information after speaking with the student’s family:

- The student’s last day of school was March 9, 2020.
- The student tested positive for COVID-19 on March 13, 2020.
- The student and the family worked extensively with the PA Department of Health to notify individuals who may have come in close contact with the student, and to comply with all required actions of the Department.
- It is believed the student contracted the virus from another family member.

We share this information not to cause panic, but to provide transparency with information we have received and to make you aware so that you can make informed decisions regarding your family. In order to protect the student's privacy, and because none of the information received has come from an official source, the District is not able to elaborate on the information provided above. We will notify the school community if we learn of other cases that were verified while schools were still in session.
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Prior to the school closure, our facilities team had increased their daily disinfecting and sanitizing procedures and will ensure buildings are again thoroughly cleaned prior to the return of students and staff.

We encourage you to continue to practice safe and appropriate social distancing, in addition to washing your hands often with soap and water, cleaning often-touched surfaces, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has indicated that the coronavirus spreads just like the flu or a cold - through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the virus; and occasionally, through fecal contamination. Additionally, the DOH indicates that symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Please visit the PA DOH website at www.health.pa.gov for further information regarding COVID-19 and action steps should you believe that you or a family member might be exhibiting symptoms of the virus.

With sincere appreciation of your continued support and understanding,

Dr. David E. Christopher
Superintendent

 (3.18.20) - Email & video message to families 

 

Dear Cumberland Valley families.
 
Below is a link to a video message from our Superintendent, in addition to a few important updates and reminders:
 
Click here to watch Dr. Christopher’s important video message. The text of the video message is also available at www.cvschools.org/coronavirus.
 
• Elementary families: If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to complete the technology access survey that is accessible through Skyward. Information was sent to your email yesterday (Tuesday, March 17). This survey is for parents/guardians of elementary students only.
 
• We will continue to provide grab-and-go lunches for all of our children during the mandated closure. As shared previously, bagged meals will include lunch, a drink, and a breakfast bar for the next morning. Meals will be available via an outdoor drive-thru service. Per federal regulations, students must be present during pickup. Meals are available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the following locations: Hampden Elementary School, Monroe Elementary School, Middlesex Elementary School, Sporting Hill Elementary School, and Cumberland Valley High School*. Contact the Cumberland Valley Food Service Department at 717-506-3318 with any questions. *Locations subject to change. Communication will be issued should there be any changes
 
• We are currently experiencing difficulties publishing new content to our District Facebook page. If you don’t already, please consider following us on Twitter (@CVSDnews) for news, updates, information, and the sharing of photos. As always, we will update our website with the latest information regarding the mandated school closure and we will continue to use email, phone, and text as communications options.

• All of these updates will be posted to www.cvschools.org/coronavirus. We are also updating our parent/guardian FAQ as needed.
 
Thank you.

Please click here to view the text of Dr. Christopher's video message.


(3.16.20) - Email to families

Dear Cumberland Valley families:

As we have said many times, the health, safety, and welfare of our students, our staff, and the greater CV community is of paramount priority. This includes ensuring access to nutritional meals during the school day.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Cumberland Valley School District will prepare meals for any student up to age 18 during the mandated closure. The bagged meals will be available at five drive-thru sites throughout the District. The bagged meals will include lunch, a drink, and a breakfast bar for the next morning. Meals will be available via an outdoor drive-thru service. Per federal regulations, students must be present during pickup.

When:
Monday-Friday (beginning March 18, 2020) during mandated school closure - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where:
Bagged lunch available at any of the following drive-thru locations: Hampden Elementary School, Monroe Elementary School, Middlesex Elementary School, Sporting Hill Elementary School, and Cumberland Valley High School.*

Questions:
Contact the Cumberland Valley Food Service Department at 717-506-3318.

*Please note: Locations subject to change. Communication will be issued should there be any changes.

(3.15.20) - Email to families

Dear Cumberland Valley Families:

This has certainly been a challenging time for all of us as we work to cope with a reality that is different than one that any of us have known. We appreciate your continued support and dedication to our students and your flexibility as we adapt and plan with each new challenge.

Our Pandemic Response Team met this afternoon to continue discussions regarding plans for the coming days and weeks. As a result of that meeting, we have created a list of Parent/Guardian Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). This and all district-level communications on this topic are posted www.cvschools.org/coronavirus. We strongly encourage you to review the FAQ, which we will update as necessary. For now, we ask that any specific questions you might have that are not answered in this FAQ be directed to your child’s building principal via email.

As we shared on Friday, there will be no instructional expectations during the planned two-week closure. However, teachers may send optional educational resources home with students or share electronically in the coming days as a way of providing non-graded activities that keep children engaged while not in school. We encourage you to continue to check your email, and we would suggest that parents and students log into Schoology and/or SeeSaw for additional potential communications.

With this being said, the District’s goal is to provide a continuity of education to the best of our abilities. Therefore, should the closure extend beyond two weeks, we may elect to provide online instruction and/or, once schools reopen, bring students in on available days (which may include spring break and/or after our expected last day of school). While we have some flexibility in not having to make up all missed days, we want to ensure that our students get what they need to be successful in subsequent years, and in life. We will share more information on these considerations as we receive additional updates and directive from our elected officials.

We know that not all students and families have available devices or Internet connections. Please know that we are working to ensure that all students will be able to access needed instructional materials, lessons, and activities should we need to begin providing remote instruction.

If your children depend on our school lunch program, please know that a separate communication about bagged school lunches and supplemental food resources will be sent out tomorrow with a planned launch of Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at five sites across the district.

We understand and appreciate that you likely still have many unanswered questions. Please remain assured that we will keep the lines of communication open throughout this closure and we will do our best to provide you with answers in the most efficient and effective way possible.

During this mandated closure, we are encouraging our staff to model appropriate social distancing. We would encourage our CV community to do the same in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. As we have said many times before, we sincerely care about the health and well-being of our students, our staff, and the greater CV community.

With sincere appreciation,

Dr. David E. Christopher
Superintendent

(3.14.20) - Social media posting

Dear CV Families:

Many mass notification systems used by school districts across the country are experiencing delays in sending/receiving phone calls, emails, and text messages. This is because of the extreme quantity of messages being pushed out simultaneously by District’s nationwide. We are aware that some of our families have not yet received the telephone call sent last evening, which simply directed families to the email sent earlier in the day.
 
With this in mind, we will make every effort to consolidate our messages and to share through multiple platforms in an attempt to reach as many families as possible. We also will post all of our COVID-19 messages on our website at www.cvschools.org/coronavirus. Please consider helping us by making sure your CV friends and family are aware of any communications that we issue over the next several weeks.

We are #CVproud of the patience, understanding, and kindness that our amazing community has expressed and we sincerely appreciate your support!

(3.13.20 - 2:00 P.M.) - Email to families

Dear Cumberland Valley Families:

Together, we are facing a health crisis in our community. To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff, and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the greater CV community, we have determined that:

 

ALL Cumberland Valley School District schools will be CLOSED from
Monday March 16 - Monday, March 30, 2020
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School will resume on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Please know that the decision to close schools across the District was extremely difficult. We know that closing our schools will impact our most vulnerable families and we recognize that working families depend on the consistency and predictability of supports and services our schools offer. We are working with partners throughout our community to determine how to best mitigate the impact closing schools will have on working families.

The closure affects all programming at the school, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, weekend events, and any facilities rentals. During the period of closure, all school buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to aid in minimizing the spread of the illness. District administration will also request that transportation contractors again complete a thorough disinfecting of buses.

There will be no instructional expectations during this time. However, teachers may send optional educational resources home with students to provide them with activities that keep them engaged in school.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has indicated that the coronavirus spreads just like the flu or a cold - through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the virus; and occasionally, through fecal contamination. Additionally, the DOH indicates that symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

It is in times like these that our community values become visible. Please take care of each other. Reach out to neighbors and lend a hand to those in need. We will get through this, but it will take all of us thinking creatively and continuing to support our community’s children.

We will continue to stay in conversation with the state and local officials and community partners as our entire region responds to new guidance and a call to take an active role combating COVID-19.

With sincere appreciation of your support and understanding,

Dr. David E. Christopher
Superintendent of Schools


 

(3.11.20 - 3:55 P.M.) - Email to families

Dear Cumberland Valley families:

We are aware of the heightened anxiety and concern that is present in and around our community regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Many of us are parents ourselves and we take our responsibility to care for the safety and well-being of nearly 10,000 children very seriously. Please know that we understand and respect the concerns of our families and we will continue to base our decisions on facts, while working in consultation with our local and state experts.

We will continue to monitor guidance as issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These experts have all advised us that our best defense is to control personal transmission through good hygiene, proper handwashing, and staying home when sick. They have also shared that coronavirus (COVID-19) is transmitted like the common flu virus and that symptoms often include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.

It is important to note that, as of the date and time of this email, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cumberland Valley School District or Cumberland County.

While we are hopeful the situation remains this way, we are also discussing measures such as canceling events or closing our schools in order to help minimize the spread of this virus. These preemptive measures, should they occur, are an effort to support the health and safety of our learning organizations.

At this time, we are considering the use of March 20, 2020, as a student day. A final decision related to this will be made by Friday, March 13, 2020. If it appears that school may be closed for a length of time after March 20, 2020, we would likely have students attend on the 20th of March. A specific notification related to this will be sent to families and staff by the end of the day on Friday, March 13, 2020.

We appreciate and understand that you may have questions and we sincerely hope that the list of frequently asked questions that we have placed on our website provides some clarity.

The challenges associated with COVID-19 are likely to continue for some time. We are grateful for the strength that comes from a community that cares about our schools and for the excellent work of our administration, faculty, and staff.

Please continue to monitor our website at www.cvschools.org/coronavirus for updates, to review previous communications, and for a list of resources.

With sincere appreciation,

Dr. David E. Christopher
Superintendent of Schools



(2.28.20) - Email to families

Dear Cumberland Valley Families:

Whenever public health concerns garner widespread attention, such as what is occurring now with the emergence of the coronavirus, schools are often asked if special measures are needed. We both understand and appreciate these questions and concerns. As we have shared many times, the health, safety, and welfare of our students, our staff, and our visitors are of paramount priority.

Our District’s response to public health emergencies is based on guidance or directives issued from public health and governmental agencies, including the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of the issuance of this email, those agencies are not recommending that schools implement special measures beyond the usual suggestions for limiting the spread of illness.

However, please remain assured that we are continuing to monitor student and staff nurse visits and absentee rates and we are continuing with our regular cleaning and disinfecting efforts throughout all of our schools. Additionally, we are watching for developments and guidance from the appropriate agencies and we are prepared to take special actions, should we receive directives to do so.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has indicated that the coronavirus spreads just like the flu or a cold - through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the virus; and occasionally, through fecal contamination. To help minimize the spread of illness, they offer the following preventative measures:

- Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands.

- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, and other often-touched areas.

- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

- If you are sick, please contact your primary care physician and stay home. Visit www.cvschools.org/nurses for our guidelines on when to keep your child home from school.

Additionally, we encourage you to view the resource links that we have posted on our website at www.cvschools.org/coronavirus. Here, you will find direct links to tip sheets, fact sheets, and other helpful information from the CDC and PA DOH.

Please remain assured that we will provide you with continued updates, as necessary. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.



(2.26.20) - Website posting

Please click the links below to view coronavirus resources as shared by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Coronavirus Information for K-12 Schools - PA DOH

Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities - CDC

Coronavirus Fact Sheet - PA DOH

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