Updates (Week of 3/23/2020)

(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
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