Updates (Week of 3/9/2020)

(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

(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
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

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