COVID-19 School Closure

Update from Dr. Luft – MS/HS Return to Hybrid – 7th Gr Remote Only

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

We have completed our contract tracing related to yesterday’s positive cases and are prepared to reopen our Middle School and High School for hybrid learning tomorrow, Thursday, January 21.  Anyone who has been identified as a contact should complete the required 10-day quarantine beginning with their last date of exposure.

Unfortunately, due to staffing issues related to the recent exposure, all seventh-grade students ...
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COVID Notification-PVMS Remote Only Tomorrow

January 19, 2021

Dear Putnam Valley School Community,

We were notified late this afternoon that an individual at the Putnam Valley Middle School has tested positive for the COVID virus. This individual has recently been in the building and contact tracing will need to be completed.  A member of our Transportation Department has also tested positive and that case investigation is underway; potential contacts of this individual ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Update 1/15/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that your children have quickly transitioned back to school.  I have highlighted some important topics below for your reference.  There seems to be growing optimism that 2021 will finally bring us better days; although it will take us some time to get there.

Schools Reopened – We were able to safely reopen all ...
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Weekly Word – January 15, 2021

Dear PVES Families,

Happy Friday! Thank you for all of your efforts this week! Our students have smoothly adjusted to being back in school or to joining our remote google meet lessons from home. We continue to be so very proud of the children, as they are so resilient and eager to learn. We hope that you are all healthy and ready to enjoy the three-day weekend ...
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Weekly Word – January 8, 2021

Dear PVES Families,

As we come to the end of this first school week of the new year, I want to sincerely thank all of our families and staff for providing our students all necessary support for a successful week of remote learning.  We look forward to welcoming all in-school learners back to school on this Monday, January 11th.  Our remote learners will then follow their regular ...
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Board of Education Meeting Thursday 1/7/21 – 7pm Live Stream @pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting, Thursday, January 7, at 7:00 pm in the High School Performing Arts Center. Any community member wishing to attend in person will be required to wear a mask and fill out a health questionnaire. Members of the public may also participate by clicking the live link on the school’s website, pvcsd.org. Members of the ...
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January 2021

Dear PVMS Families,

Happy New Year! We have a lot to be hopeful for in 2021 in overcoming this global pandemic with a vaccine and flattening the curve. This will help to bring our students some sense of normalcy in returning to a more traditional instruction with all students back in our classrooms at some point this year. Being home over the holidays can be a nice ...
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Weekly Word – January 3, 2021

Dear PVES Families,

Happy New Year!  We are so excited to get 2021 off to a strong and positive start with your children.  We have missed them greatly, and although this week (1/4-1/8) will be a week of Remote Learning for all, our teachers are ready to connect with the children virtually tomorrow morning.  Please remember that all students will be following a fully remote schedule from ...
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Happy New Year from Dr. Luft and PVCSD – Remote Instruction

Dear Putnam Valley Community,

Happy New Year to all!

Please remember that all remote instruction will resume on Monday, January 4, and will continue through Friday, January 8.

Anyone interested in picking up free breakfast and lunch meals next week can do so by completing this request form:   https://forms.gle/Lp4rD4CjUYfEmDGd6

Reflect on your strength; look forward with hope!

Take care and stay well.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
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District Water Testing Results

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As part of a new drinking water safety initiative, school districts across New York State are required to test water for PFOA and PFOS by the end of February 2021. The Putnam Valley School District is among the first to have completed these new testing protocols and has found levels of these emerging contaminants that exceed state standards at the Elementary School.  The ...
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Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday and New Year!

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Earlier today, I encouraged our staff to take a collective sigh of relief and enjoy the upcoming week. I am encouraging all of our students and families to do the same.  One day we will all look back on the last ten months with amazement for what was accomplished during these difficult times. Collectively, the Putnam Valley School community has made the impossible ...
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Board of Education Meeting Tonight 12/21/20 – 6pm Live Stream @pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold a special business meeting, tonight, December 21, at 6:00 pm via Zoom video conferencing. Members of the public may also participate by clicking the live link on the school’s website, pvcsd.org. Members of the public will be able to ask questions during or prior to the meeting by emailing questions to: BoardQuestions@pvcsd.org

The email address will be monitored prior to ...
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December 21, 2020

Dear PVHS Parents and Guardians, 

The holidays are here along with some winter weather that is a perfect backdrop for sleigh riding, and building snowmen. This year has been quite different for students and we hope that everyone takes advantage of the vacation for some winter fun and relaxation. 

The five week marking period for Quarter 2 has officially ended and progress reports will be posted by ...
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COVID Notification 12-18-20

Dear Putnam Valley School Community,

We were notified late this afternoon that three individuals at Putnam Valley Elementary School have tested positive for the COVID virus. District employees who are suspected to have been exposed will be contacted directly by building administration. Students who will be reported to the Department of Health as potential contacts will be notified via email.

We continue to work collaboratively with the ...
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Extension of Remote Learning

Dear Putnam Valley Community,

At the most recent Board of Education meeting, it was decided to extend our all remote instruction through Friday, January 8. This extension will provide the District with additional time to safely transition back into in-person instruction following the holiday break. We experienced a significant increase in the number of positive cases following the Thanksgiving break, and we anticipate the same is likely ...
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Information for impending snow storm

Good afternoon,

We have been closely following the anticipated inclement weather expected later this week.  In the event that the storm warrants the closing of schools, we will observe a typical snow day.  There will be no synchronous or asynchronous work assigned if we close schools as a result of the storm.  We will continue to monitor any potential lingering effects of the storm, and the possibility ...
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Weekly Word – December 14, 2020

Dear PVES Parents,

As we head into our first full week of Remote Learning for all, I hope that I can answer any questions you may have for tomorrow and up through Friday, January 8th.  Unfortunately, all of our students must learn from home during this time period, and we truly appreciate your help and cooperation.  If your K-4 child is still in need of a school ...
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Update from Dr. Luft – All Schools will transition to remote only

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I could not be more impressed by all we have been able to accomplish since schools reopened for students in September.  Thanks to the collective efforts of our staff, students, administrators, and parents, we have successfully kept our doors open, prevented the virus from spreading within our buildings, and continued to provide students with engaging and meaningful instruction.

However, despite our proven ability ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Change for PVMS

December 8, 2020

Dear Putnam Valley School Community,

We were notified late this afternoon that an individual at Putnam Valley Middle School has tested positive for the COVID virus. This individual has recently been in the building and contact tracing will need to be completed.

Therefore, PVMS will remain in all remote instruction for the duration of this week as we identify any potential contacts within the ...
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December 6, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that the month of December has started off on a happy and healthy note for all of you.  Thank you for your support last week as we had to quickly adjust to three consecutive days of remote learning for our students.  It was wonderful to have them all back in the building on Thursday and Friday.  If we must return to remote ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – HS/MS/ES Updates: Monday 12/7

December 6, 2020

Dear Putnam Valley School Community,

Over the past several days, we have been notified of several positive cases spanning all three buildings.  In most cases, the individual who tested positive has not been in the building since before Thanksgiving and no contact tracing was necessary.  Putnam Valley High School had an individual who was in school last week test positive, contact tracing for this ...
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Update from Dr. Luft – ES/HS Return-MS Remote

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Good morning, I hope that everyone had a restful Thanksgiving break, and I appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we were unexpectedly forced back into remote only instruction.

At this time, our Elementary School and High School are ready to welcome students back into their classrooms on Thursday, December 3. Unfortunately, our Middle School is struggling through staffing issues associated with recent quarantine orders. To ...
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December 2020

Dear PVMS Families,

It is hard to believe that we have made it to December.  I am hopeful that you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving Break with your families.  Although it is a year unlike any other, it is important to recognize what we do have and to celebrate being with one another even if done so through technological means and/or other creative ways.  At this point ...
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ES/MS/HS: Pick up meals tomorrow – Please respond here

/ / COVID-19, District

Dear Putnam Valley Families:

To best support our families in these uncertain times, we are working to make meals available during any closures caused by a COVID-19 response.  Aramark, our food service provider, will prepare meals for pickup tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1.  Meals are available for ALL Putnam Valley students and siblings, free of charge.  Although we anticipate returning to school on Thursday, December 3, we will ...
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PV Schools Remote Only Monday 11/30 – Wednesday 12/2

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

We were notified late this afternoon that our contracted transportation company, Orange County Transit, is unable to provide transportation services after learning that several of its employees are being mandated to quarantine. Most of these exposures are not related to any positive cases in Putnam Valley.  Additionally, a number of our own staff members have been placed on quarantine which has created an ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – COVID Notification 11-25-20

Dear Putnam Valley School Community,

This afternoon, the District was notified that an individual at Putnam Valley Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.  As required by law, we must maintain this person’s confidentiality, which prevents us from further identifying the individual.

We are working collaboratively with the Putnam County Department of Health to identify any students or staff members who may have been exposed.  Students who ...
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Thanksgiving Message from Dr. Luft

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I really wish that this message was not marred by the fact that we had another positive case at the Elementary School that resulted in an early dismissal, but I guess that speaks to the struggle that we are enduring each day. I am hopeful today’s events will not take away from the message of positivity and appreciation that is linked below.

It ...
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Weekly Word – November 22, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

Thank you so much for your participation in our Parent/Teacher conferences this past week.  Although these are unique times, our goal at PVES is to continue with targeted consistent instruction, supporting our students emotionally and academically throughout the year.  This communication between home and school is vital to this work.  Please review the 1st Quarter Progress Report with your child, focusing on motivation and ...
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Weekly Update-11/20/20- Schools Open Monday

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Thank you for your flexibility in quickly transitioning to remote only instruction over the past few days. I know that this causes considerable challenges for families.  Our school community should feel very proud of their efforts and accomplishments over the last several weeks.

Looking forward, there continues to be a great deal of uncertainty related to both our short and long-term instructional plans.  ...
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Inside Putnam Valley – Episode 50

/ / COVID-19, Inside Putnam Valley

In this episode of Inside Putnam Valley, host Eric Gross and Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Luft discuss the school year so far, plans for winter sports, what a “yellow zone” destination for Putnam County would mean for schools and the importance of social distancing and not holding large gatherings.

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Update: All PV Schools Remote Only-Tomorrow, Friday 11/20/20

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As we were finalizing our contact tracing associated with yesterday’s positive case in the transportation department, we were notified that two high school students have tested positive and another member of the transportation department is pending test results. As a result of these new cases, all schools will remain in remote only status tomorrow, Friday, November 20.

We are working collaboratively with ...
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PV Schools REMOTE ONLY Tomorrow, Thursday 11/19/20

Dear Putnam Valley School Community,

We were notified this evening that an employee of the school district’s contracted bus company has tested positive for the COVID virus. After speaking with the Department of Health, we have determined that all schools must operate in remote only status tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, to provide the district time to identify any potential contacts of the positive individual.  An update will ...
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PVHS Update 11/13/20

Dear Putnam Valley Families,

It’s been exactly seven months since we started online learning March 13th of last year. Thankfully, the warm weather this fall has provided our teachers and students with many opportunities to go outside and enjoy the fresh air during the school day. We are hoping the temperatures will continue to be warm and give us the flexibility we need during this time of social ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Microcluster information/Putnam County

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I am so proud of what the students, staff, and families have been able to accomplish these last several weeks. Our students are resilient, our staff is dedicated and I am grateful for the “normal” moments we are sharing as an educational community.  If you can find the time, I would encourage you to watch last Thursday’s Board of Education meeting to learn how ...
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Weekly Word – November 15, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that you are all enjoying the weekend, and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy!  We are all hearing of rising virus numbers in our county and state, and this is concerning to all of us.  Our school district will be communicating clearly and openly with you if our school schedule and instructional plan will be affected by health ...
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Board of Education Meeting Thursday 11/12/20 -7pm Live Stream @pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting, Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 pm in the High School Performing Arts Center. The meeting will open with a Public Hearing to receive comments on updates to the Code Of Conduct http://pvcsd.org/index.php/district/revised-code-of-conduct/. Any community member wishing to attend in person will be required to wear a mask and fill out a health questionnaire. Members of ...
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