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School Closure Extended

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

It appears that spring may have officially arrived. I am hopeful that everyone has had an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the nice weather over the past few days. Although this is not the spring break that everyone had expected, we hope that the distance learning assignments for this week are providing students with academic support and enrichment, while providing an opportunity to unwind and relax.  I have highlighted a few important items below.

Closure Period Extended until April 29:  The Governor announced that all New York State schools are ordered to remain closed until at least April 29.  Distance learning, meal service, and childcare for first responders essential workers will continue throughout the school closure. For families needing breakfast and lunch meals prepared by Aramark, our food service vendor, please complete this form so we can properly prepare.  Click here. Meals are free as part of the NYSED Child Nutrition Program.

Regents Exams: The Board of Regents has announced the cancellation of all Regents Exams scheduled for this June.  NYSED prepared an FAQ document to address questions that may arise as a result of this decision: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/coronavirus/nysed-covid-19-regents-grad-req-faq.pdf

All Fields Remain Closed:  It is imperative that we continue to heed the warning from public health care professionals and refrain from gathering in groups.  Despite the calls for social distancing, we continue to see groups (of all ages) gathering on the district fields. As noted in previous communications, all district fields are closed, group activities are prohibited, the high school track and wellness trail remain open for individuals to walk while practicing social distancing.  We are asking all Putnam Valley residents to please abide by these rules and keep the entire community safe.

Please take some time this week to thank first responders and essential workers who are out there supporting our community on a daily basis.  Our health care systems are stressed and we must each do our part to ensure they are able to care for those who need it most.

Although upcoming holiday celebrations are being altered, we wish everyone peace and good health.

Stay well,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Msg. from Dr. Luft – 4/1/20

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Estimada comunidad de Putnam Valley:

Parece que la primavera puede haber llegado oficialmente. Tengo la esperanza de que todos hayan tenido la oportunidad de salir y disfrutar del buen clima en los últimos días. Aunque este no es el receso de primavera que todos esperaban, esperamos que las tareas de aprendizaje a distancia para esta semana brinden a los estudiantes apoyo académico y enriquecimiento, al tiempo que brindan la oportunidad de relajarse y descansar. He resaltado algunos elementos importantes a continuación.

Período de cierre extendido hasta el 29 de abril: El Gobernador anunció que todas las escuelas del estado de Nueva York deben permanecer cerradas hasta al menos el 29 de abril. La educación a distancia, el servicio de comidas y el cuidado de los niños para los trabajadores esenciales de primera respuesta continuarán durante el cierre de la escuela. Para las familias que necesitan desayunos y almuerzos preparados por Aramark, nuestro proveedor de servicios de alimentos, complete este formulario para que podamos prepararnos adecuadamente. Haga clic aquí . Las comidas son gratuitas como parte del Programa de Nutrición Infantil del NYSED.

Exámenes Regents: La Junta de Regentes ha anunciado la cancelación de todos los exámenes Regents programados para este junio. El NYSED preparó un documento de preguntas frecuentes para abordar las preguntas que puedan surgir como resultado de esta decisión: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/coronavirus/nysed-covid-19-regents-grad-req- faq.pdf

Todos los campos permanecen cerrados: es imperativo que sigamos escuchando la advertencia de los profesionales de la salud pública y nos abstengamos de reunirnos en grupos. A pesar de los llamados al distanciamiento social, seguimos viendo grupos (de todas las edades) reunidos en los campos cerca de las escuelas del distrito. Como se señaló en comunicaciones anteriores, todos los campos — los de futbol, el “Big Toy” — todos  del distrito están cerrados, las actividades grupales están prohibidas, la pista de carreras de la High School y el sendero de bienestar permanecen abiertos para que las personas caminen mientras practican el distanciamiento social. Les pedimos a todos los residentes de Putnam Valley que cumplan con estas reglas y mantengan a salvo a toda la comunidad.

Tómese un tiempo esta semana para agradecer a los socorristas y a los trabajadores esenciales que apoyan a nuestra comunidad a diario..Nuestros sistemas de atención médica están estresados y cada uno de nosotros debe hacer nuestra parte para garantizar que puedan atender a quienes más lo necesitan.

Aunque las próximas celebraciones religiosas están siendo alteradas, deseamos a todos paz y buena salud.

Mantenerse bien,

Dr. Jeremy Luft

Superintendente de Escuelas

Meals available for ALL/Comidas disponibles para TODOS/Free/Gratis-during school closure

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Beginning Monday, April 6, FREE breakfast and lunch will be available to ALL Putnam Valley School District children, as part of the NYSED Child Nutrition Program. Siblings who are not yet school-aged can also pick up a meal at no charge. Please complete the information below to the best of your ability so we can be properly prepared.  Please email jdenike@pvcsd.org with any questions.

A partir del lunes 6 de abril, TODOS los niños del Distrito Escolar del Valle de Putnam dispondrán de desayuno y almuerzo GRATIS. Los hermanos que aún no están en edad escolar también pueden recoger una comida sin cargo. Complete la siguiente información lo mejor que pueda para que podamos prepararnos adecuadamente. Envíe un correo electrónico a jdenike@pvcsd.org con cualquier pregunta.

CLICK HERE / haga clic aquí

As schools are required to continue the availability of meals during the COVID-19 school closure, the provision of meals is considered an essential service.

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

4/1/20-Update re: Spring Break

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact almost every aspect of our daily lives, we remain impressed by the collective efforts of our PV School Community.  We are working together to ensure that all children have access to nutritious meals, our first responder and health care workers are provided a safe place to drop off their children before reporting to work, and that our students continue their education under the guidance of our highly skilled and dedicated staff.

While I’m aware that many in our community have been looking forward to our upcoming spring break, like most things in this “new reality” everything is subject to change.  Please see the guidance below as issued in response to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.11.

“Districts must continue to provide remote instruction for students, meals for students, and child care for essential workers every weekday between April 1, 2020, and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time.”

To comply with this most recent directive, the Board will be asked to pass a resolution during our upcoming board meeting on Thursday evening to convert our previously scheduled spring break into instructional days.

We recognize that everyone has been working nonstop to ensure that learning continues during this public health crisis.  Teachers are working tirelessly to provide engaging and relevant content to our students. Our students have overcome the challenges of distance learning and have adapted to this new form of instruction.  Finally, our parents are balancing their professional and personal lives while still finding time to support their child(ren)’s education.

While the Governor’s executive order will not allow us to honor our spring break as scheduled on our calendar, it does not preclude us from shifting our distance learning plan for the week.  In recognition of all the work that has already been completed over the past three weeks and the fact that Putnam Valley has not missed a single day of instruction, we plan to revise the distance learning plan for the week of April 6 through April 10.

Distance learning opportunities during this week will be geared toward personal wellness, exploration, enrichment, support, and practice.  No new assignments will be posted during the week. Everyone is encouraged to find opportunities to connect as a family, enjoy the outdoors, and take time to read a new book or listen to a new podcast.  Meal service will continue for those who need it and child care for first responders and essential healthcare workers will also continue for the week.

Students may expect the following types of learning opportunities during the week of April 6 – April 10:

  • Teacher provided online resources that can be used to practice skills and develop proficiency

  • Links to enrichment opportunities; virtual field trips, labs, or other virtual learning experiences

  • Opportunities to make up incomplete or missed assignments

  • Assignments that support emotional, physical, and social wellness

  • Reflective practices, including drawing, painting, journal writing, and musical expression

  • STEM and/or STEAM based projects and activities

  • Other opportunities for self-directed, self-paced, and passion based learning

Our teachers will share their distance learning plans and resources before the end of the school day on Friday, April 3.  Students and families are encouraged to participate and complete these activities in a way that best works for your family.  Everyone is encouraged to take some time to reflect on all that has been accomplished, prepare for the learning opportunities that are still to come, and support your family’s health and wellness.  We recognize that many families are celebrating religious holidays during this week; work is not expected to interfere with this important family time.

Daily learning opportunities will resume as normal beginning on Monday, April 13.

Thank you for your continued partnership. Please continue to stay connected through all the tools available to us. It helps to see pictures of our staff and students on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please tag or share to PutnamValleyCSD #connectPV.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Msg. from Dr. Luft – 3/26/20

Continuity of Instruction – emailed 3/27/20-NYS Schools closed until 4/15/20


Estimada comunidad de Putnam Valley:

A medida que la naturaleza dinámica de la pandemia de COVID-19 continúa impactando en casi todos los aspectos de nuestra vida diaria, seguimos impresionados por los esfuerzos colectivos de nuestra comunidad escolar PV. Estamos trabajando juntos para asegurarnos de que todos los niños tengan acceso a comidas nutritivas, nuestros primeros respondedores (First Responders) y los trabajadores de la salud reciban un lugar seguro para dejar a sus hijos antes de presentarse a trabajar, y que nuestros estudiantes continúen su educación bajo la guía de nuestros altamente personal calificado y dedicado.

Si bien soy consciente de que muchos en nuestra comunidad han estado esperando nuestras próximas vacaciones de primavera(Spring Break), como la mayoría de las cosas en esta “nueva realidad”, todo está sujeto a cambios. Consulte la siguiente guía tal como se emitió en respuesta a la Orden ejecutiva 202.11 del gobernador.

“Los distritos deben continuar brindando instrucción remota para los estudiantes, comidas para los estudiantes y cuidado infantil para los trabajadores esenciales todos los días de la semana entre el 1 de abril de 2020 y el 14 de abril de 2020, incluso si el distrito está programado para las vacaciones de primavera durante ese tiempo”.

Para cumplir con esta directiva más reciente, se le pedirá a la Board of Education (BOE) que apruebe una resolución durante nuestra próxima reunión de la BOE el jueves por la noche para convertir nuestras vacaciones de primavera programadas previamente en días de instrucción.

Reconocemos que todos han estado trabajando sin parar para garantizar que el aprendizaje continúe durante esta crisis de salud pública. Los maestros están trabajando incansablemente para proporcionar contenido atractivo y relevante para nuestros estudiantes. Nuestros estudiantes han superado los desafíos del aprendizaje a distancia y se han adaptado a esta nueva forma de instrucción. Finalmente, nuestros padres están equilibrando sus vidas profesionales y personales mientras siguen encontrando tiempo para apoyar la educación de sus hijos.

Si bien la orden ejecutiva del gobernador no nos permitirá honrar nuestras vacaciones de primavera según lo programado en nuestro calendario, no nos impide cambiar nuestro plan de aprendizaje a distancia para la semana. En reconocimiento a todo el trabajo que ya se ha completado en las últimas tres semanas y al hecho de que Putnam Valley no ha perdido un solo día de instrucción, planeamos revisar el plan de aprendizaje a distancia para la semana del 6 al 10 de abril.

Las oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia durante esta semana se orientarán hacia el bienestar personal, la exploración, el enriquecimiento, el apoyo y la práctica. No se publicarán nuevas tareas durante la semana. Se alienta a todos a encontrar oportunidades para conectarse como familia, disfrutar del aire libre y tomarse un tiempo para leer un nuevo libro o escuchar un nuevo podcast. El servicio de comidas continuará para aquellos que lo necesiten y el cuidado infantil para los socorristas y los trabajadores de atención médica esenciales también continuarán durante la semana.

Los estudiantes pueden esperar los siguientes tipos de oportunidades de aprendizaje durante la semana del 6 de abril al 10 de abril:

  • El maestro proporcionó recursos en línea que se pueden usar para practicar habilidades y desarrollar competencia

  • Enlaces a oportunidades de enriquecimiento; excursiones virtuales, laboratorios u otras experiencias de aprendizaje virtual

  • Oportunidades para completar tareas incompletas o perdidas

  • Asignaciones que apoyan el bienestar emocional, físico y social.

  • Prácticas reflexivas, que incluyen dibujo, pintura, redacción de diarios y expresiones musicales.

  • Proyectos y actividades basados ​​en STEM y / o STEAM

  • Otras oportunidades para el aprendizaje autodirigido, a su propio ritmo y basado en la pasión.

Nuestros maestros compartirán sus planes y recursos de aprendizaje a distancia antes del final del día escolar el viernes 3 de abril. Se alienta a los estudiantes y sus familias a participar y completar estas actividades de la manera que mejor funcione para su familia. Se alienta a todos a tomarse un tiempo para reflexionar sobre todo lo que se ha logrado, prepararse para las oportunidades de aprendizaje que aún están por venir y apoyar la salud y el bienestar de su familia. Reconocemos que muchas familias celebran fiestas religiosas durante esta semana; No se espera que el trabajo interfiera con este importante tiempo familiar.

Las oportunidades de aprendizaje diario se reanudarán de manera normal a partir del lunes 13 de abril.

Gracias por su continua asociación. Continúe conectado a través de todas las herramientas disponibles para nosotros. Es útil ver fotos de nuestro personal y estudiantes en Facebook, Twitter e Instagram. Etiqueta o comparte en  PutnamValleyCSD#connectPV.

Sinceramente,

Dr. Jeremy Luft

Board of Education Meeting Thursday 4/2/20 – 7pm District Office – Live Stream pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education Work Session/Business Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm, will be held virtually.  Board members will attend via the Zoom video conferencing service. Members of the public may also attend by clicking the live link on the school’s website, pvcsd.org. Members of the public will be able to ask questions during the meeting by emailing questions to: BoardQuestions@pvcsd.org

The email address will be monitored prior to and during the meeting. Questions will be compiled and will be shared with the Board during the public comment periods. We encourage your participation. For the purpose of the record of the meeting, please include your name in the email.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here: https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/pvcsd/Board.nsf/Public

Agenda topics include:

  • 2020-21 Budget Presentation-Ms. Jill Figarella, District Treasurer
  • Superintendent’s Report
Sincerely,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Msg. from Dr. Luft – 3/26/20 Update

Dear Putnam Valley School Community,

As we move through our second week of distance learning, I am hopeful that everyone is adjusting to this new way of teaching and learning, while balancing the academic, emotional, social, and health needs of you and your family.  Over the past few days, we have been asked many of the same questions, although we still do not have all the answers we will do our best to address them below.

When will schools reopen?  While the Governor ordered all schools to remain closed through March 31, I anticipate the state-mandated closure period will soon be extended.  Details will be shared as soon as possible.

Will meal service continue?  Breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Friday for pick up at the High School between the hours of 10 am and 12 pm through Wednesday, April 8.  On Wednesday, April 8, families can pick up/purchase meals for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Normal pick up service will resume on Monday, April 13. Families can replenish student accounts online at MySchoolBucks or leave a check with Aramark if needed. Applications are also available for families who may now qualify for “free lunch” status. Applications can be picked up at the site or downloaded from our website, click here. Food Pantry info for Putnam County: click here.

What happens to Spring Break?  Assuming the Governor mandates schools to remain closed during our scheduled spring break, it is my intention to honor the spring break as identified on our school calendar and that no instruction will be provided during that time period.  It is my belief that teachers, students, and parents will all benefit from a break once that week arrives.

Will the Regents Exams be canceled?  The state has already canceled all 3-8 NYS Assessments, NYSESLAT, and NYAA exams; we have not yet received any guidance on the potential administration of Regents exams.  IB Exams have been canceled and we anticipate an update regarding AP exams in the near future. That information will certainly be shared as soon as it becomes available.

What are the current expectations for distance learning?  From the onset of this crisis, my expectation has been that all teachers will do whatever they can to continue to provide instruction to their students.  Although instruction will vary from classroom to classroom, it is my belief that everyone is doing the best they can to support their students during this difficult time.  The feedback I have received has been extremely positive and recognizes the efforts being made by many members of our school community. I have encouraged teachers to continue sharing best practices with their colleagues in an effort to maximize the effectiveness of the instruction being provided.  The district is currently creating a continuity of instruction plan that will provide guidance and set expectations for online instruction, this document will be shared with teachers, students, and parents.

How are we providing IEP services to those students who need them?  Special education teachers are modifying lessons and providing accommodations and modifications as appropriate, as well as providing direct instruction. Our related service providers continue to provide work that relates to student goals that can be delivered remotely. Video and audio modalities are being used to work with individual students and groups of students. In addition to working with students, the entire special education staff continues to communicate with parents/guardians to ensure they have support when working with their children. Each teacher/related service provider will communicate with each family a plan that identifies how services are being delivered.  As the district continues to seek additional guidance, our current understanding is that we will need to hold program review meetings for students who may need compensatory services when we return to school.

As we near the end of our second week of this closure period, I know the burden of balancing your personal and professional obligations continues to grow.  We recognize the challenges families face as they work to support their child’s instruction while completing your own professional work. Thank you for your continued partnership during these challenging times and for your efforts to support our students.

Thank you,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Clinical and Guidance Teams – contact information attached
Estimada comunidad escolar de Putnam Valley,

A medida que avanzamos en nuestra segunda semana de aprendizaje a distancia “Distance Learning”, espero que todos se estén adaptando a esta nueva forma de enseñar y aprender, al tiempo que equilibran las necesidades académicas, emocionales, sociales y de salud de usted y su familia. En los últimos días, nos han hecho muchas de las mismas preguntas, aunque todavía no tenemos todas las respuestas, haremos todo lo posible para abordarlas en este correo.

¿Cuándo volverán a abrir las escuelas? Si bien el Gobernador ordenó que todas las escuelas permanezcan cerradas hasta el 31 de marzo, anticipo que el período de cierre ordenado por el estado se extenderá pronto. Los detalles se compartirán lo antes posible.

¿Continuará el servicio de comidas ? El desayuno y el almuerzo estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes para ser recogidos en la Putnam Valley High School entre las 10 am y las 12 pm hasta el miércoles 8 de abril. El miércoles 8 de abril, las familias pueden recoger / comprar comidas los miércoles, jueves y viernes . El servicio de recogida normal se reanudará el lunes 13 de abril. Las comidas están disponibles para toda la comunidad, las personas pueden recoger comidas pagadas durante esas mismas horas. Las solicitudes también están disponibles para familias que ahora pueden calificar para el estado de “almuerzo gratis”. Información de despensa de alimentos para el condado de Putnam: haga clic aquí .

¿Qué pasa con las vacaciones de primavera “Spring Break”? Asumiendo que el Gobernador ordena que las escuelas permanezcan cerradas durante nuestro receso de primavera programado, es mi intención honrar el receso de primavera como se identifica en nuestro calendario escolar y que no se proporcionará instrucción durante ese período de tiempo. Creo que los maestros, los estudiantes y los padres se beneficiarán de un descanso una vez que llegue esa semana.

¿Se cancelarán los exámenes Regents? El estado ya ha cancelado todas las evaluaciones de 3-8 NYS, NYSESLAT y NYAA; Todavía no hemos recibido ninguna orientación sobre la posible administración de los exámenes Regents. Los exámenes del IB han sido cancelados y anticipamos una actualización con respecto a los exámenes AP en el futuro cercano. Esa información ciertamente se compartirá tan pronto como esté disponible.

¿Cuáles son las expectativas actuales para el aprendizaje a distancia “Distance Learning”? Desde el comienzo de esta crisis, mi expectativa ha sido que todos los maestros hagan lo que puedan para continuar brindando instrucción a sus alumnos. Aunque la instrucción variará de instruccion en el aula, creo que todos están haciendo lo mejor que pueden para apoyar a sus estudiantes durante este momento difícil. Los informes que he recibido ha sido extremadamente positiva y reconoce los esfuerzos realizados por muchos miembros de nuestra comunidad escolar. Los maestros continúan compartiendo las mejores prácticas con sus colegas en un esfuerzo por maximizar la efectividad de la instrucción que se brinda. El PVCSD está creando actualmente un plan de continuidad de instrucción que proporcionará orientación y establecerá expectativas para la instrucción en línea, este documento será compartido con los maestros , estudiantes y padres.

¿Cómo brindamos servicios IEP a aquellos estudiantes que los necesitan? Los maestros de educación especial están modificando lecciones y proporcionando adaptaciones y modificaciones según corresponda, además de proporcionar instrucción directa. Nuestros proveedores de servicios relacionados continúan brindando trabajo relacionado con los objetivos de los estudiantes que se pueden entregar de forma remota. Las modalidades de video y audio se están utilizando para trabajar con estudiantes individuales y grupos de estudiantes. Además de trabajar con los estudiantes, todo el personal de educación especial continúa comunicándose con los padres / tutores para asegurarse de que tengan apoyo cuando trabajan con sus hijos. Cada maestro / proveedor de servicios relacionados se comunicará con cada familia un plan que identifica cómo se prestan los servicios. A medida que el continúa buscando orientación adicional, nuestro entendimiento actual es que tendremos que celebrar reuniones de revisión del programa para los estudiantes que puedan necesitar servicios compensatorios cuando regresemos a la escuela.

A medida que nos acercamos al final de nuestra segunda semana de este período de cierre, sé que la carga de equilibrar sus obligaciones personales y profesionales continúa creciendo. Reconocemos los desafíos que enfrentan las familias mientras trabajan para apoyar la instrucción de sus hijos mientras completan su propio trabajo profesional. Gracias por su asociación continua durante estos tiempos difíciles y por sus esfuerzos para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes.

Gracias,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendente de Escuelas

PV Student shares info on #HackThePandemic

Dear Putnam Valley Community,

Putnam Valley High School student, Alliyah Steele, has been inspired to respond to a call for the general public to help with the need for hospital masks. Please see the pdf attached for more information.  You might even catch Alliyah on Channel 12 News tonight at a 8pm.

We are all in this together.

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

File attachments:
CalingallcitizenswithThinkSTEAMlogo.pdf

PVCSD First Responders and Healthcare Workers – Please read and respond

Good afternoon,

I’m hopeful that everyone is staying well and finding a new normal within our currently abnormal world. We recognize the current hardships that many are facing.

In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, the Putnam Valley Central School District is gathering information to determine if we have first responders or essential healthcare professionals in our community who need assistance with childcare for students, Ages 5-12. Please fill out the following survey if you believe you meet either of these criteria and require childcare during the weekday between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm and a representative from the school district will be in touch with you.  In the event that you believe you meet these criteria and are unable to complete this form, please contact Jeannie Denike (jdenike@pvcsd.org).  Please complete this form by Monday, March 23, at 4 pm.

The district is working to partner with a community-based childcare provider, which would help keep community members working while providing this essential service to our community members who qualify.  In the event that we are unable to find a community partner, the school district will provide this service for first responders and essential healthcare personnel in our community.

If you are a first responder or essential healthcare worker who is interested in using this childcare service so that you can report to work, please complete the form below before 4 pm on Monday, March 23.  We will be in direct contact with any community member who is interested and qualifies.

Link to Form:  https://forms.gle/SyPeGJFAk48WD6XP8

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Breakfast and lunch available for pickup at PVHS – Please RSVP

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Breakfast and lunch are available for pickup.

On Tuesday, with the help of Aramark, our food service provider, we began offering lunch to our families who have been approved for free meals.  We would like to expand this opportunity to all of our PVCSD families. Breakfast and/or lunch will be available for pick up at the high school between the hours of 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  If you think you would be interested in taking advantage of this service, please respond with the number of daily meals so we can properly prepare.  Click here. Meals will be available beginning today.

Breakfast: $1.35 (a typical meal would include: cereal, cheese stick, fruit, juice and milk)

ES lunch: $2.70 (a typical meal would include: sandwich, fruit, juice, milk, carrot sticks or side salad)

MS/HS lunch: $2.95 (a typical meal would include: sandwich, fruit, juice, milk, carrot sticks or side salad)

Meals meet the National School Lunch Program guidelines.

Meals can only be charged to your existing account. Please be prepared to provide the student name and pin number. MySchoolBucks accounts can be replenished online at: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home  Aramark can also replenish your account if you pay by check.

Please don’t forget to complete the attached form.  Click here.

Thank you.
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Community update-3/17/20

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

While part of me feels like I’m living in an episode of the Twilight Zone, the other half of me is coming to terms with our current reality.  I know that everyone’s world has been turned upside down, individuals are suffering from financial hardship, and there is a collective sense of stress and anxiety.

As I am sure you have heard on the news, Governor Cuomo has closed all schools in New York State through March 31. We are requesting that everyone plan for longer as we anticipate that could be our reality.  On a positive note, all feedback following our first day of distance learning has been extremely positive.  Our teachers truly rose to the occasion.  While distance learning will never match the instruction that happens in our classrooms, students were engaged in meaningful and relevant learning opportunities throughout the school day yesterday.   If you have not done so already, we are encouraging all families to create a schedule for their students that provides a predetermined time period that will be dedicated to the completion of school work. This has been essential in my own home.

The district has worked closely with Aramark to ensure that breakfast and lunch are made available to those families who qualify.   Participating families were able to pick up bagged breakfast/lunch beginning today between 10 am and 12 pm at the High School.  I would like to express my gratitude to the PVCSD and Aramark employees that worked to arrange this service so quickly.

We were notified that Optimum Online would be made available to families who do not currently have Internet access in their homes but require access to participate in distance learning opportunities. Please see the information below to request access if it is needed in your home.

Altice USA is committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this unprecedented time. For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint.

Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call:
866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region.

Please continue to be resilient and abide by the recommendations that are coming out from public health experts.  Collectively, we will support each other and get through this crisis together.  I would be remiss to not acknowledge our colleagues who are working every day to clean and sterilize our facilities to ensure they are safe when we return and our technology department who has been working tirelessly to support our families and our staff.  I also want to extend a huge thank you to all of the community members and staff members who have offered to volunteer their time to help in any way possible; if the need arises we will certainly be in contact.  Please continue to take care of your family, yourself, and each other.

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Update from Dr. Luft – Schools closed through Friday, March 20

Good morning,

Late Friday evening, we received notice that Putnam County Executive, Mary Ellen Odell, issued a State of Emergency for Putnam County that will close schools in the county until at least Monday, March 23.  It is likely, however, that these dates may be extended another five days. We thank Executive Odell for her leadership and partnership in helping keep our students and staff safe.

There is a tremendous amount of stress surrounding this rapidly changing situation and it has the potential to affect even our youngest students. Please keep watch over those around you and be sure to take care of yourself. I’m hopeful that everyone will have the opportunity this weekend to spend some quiet time with family.

Online learning will begin Monday, March 16. Please be on the lookout for additional communications over the next few days.

Thank you again for your patience.  We will get through this together.

Dr. Jeremy Luft

Superintendent of Schools

Putnam County Executive Emergency Order

Putnam County Department of Health

Email from 3/13/20