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Board of Education Meeting Thursday 2/11/21 – 7pm Live Stream

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting, tonight, Thursday, January 21, 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 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:

  • Pride in Putnam Valley ~ High School students: Liana Dio Dati (All-State Choral Winner), Alliyah Steele (Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar), Emma Silverman (Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar)
  • 2021-22 Budget Presentation:  High School – Dr. Sandra Intrieri and Mr. Matt Mello
  • Proposed Fifth Grade Return to Elementary School Building: Dr. Jeremy Luft
  • History Curriculum Presentation: Ms. Jenette Mistretta, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Student Representative’s Report
  • Superintendent’s Report

​Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

PVCSD Closed Tomorrow, Monday 2/1/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Due to the impending snowstorm, all Putnam Valley Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, February 1.

We will observe a typical snow day.  There will be no synchronous or asynchronous work assigned.

COVID testing for students scheduled for tomorrow will be moved to Monday, February 8 and the elementary school will be scheduled for a remote learning day.  All appointments already scheduled will rollover at the same time slot.  Limited appointments are still available, click here

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Student COVID Testing Monday 2/1-We are watching the weather

Good afternoon,

We are watching the weather forecast for Monday.

In the event that we are unable to proceed with our scheduled COVID testing for students on Monday, February 1, all scheduled appointments will be rolled forward to Monday, February 8, for the same time slots. If you are unable to make your appointment on February 8, please email us at jdenike@pvcsd.org, and we will work with you to reschedule.  If you have not already made an appointment, there are still available times here:  https://forms.gle/7Hp2whcxfkAhcBEVA. Please try to choose a time that would work for both this Monday and next.

If testing is impacted on Monday, February 1, we will shift to all remote learning at Putnam Valley Elementary School on Monday, February 8, to allow those elementary families to keep their rescheduled testing time.

Decisions regarding any changes to Monday’s schedule will be communicated as soon as they are finalized.

Take care and stay well,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Student COVID Testing Available Monday 2/1/21 8am-7pm

Good afternoon,

After the successful completion of our first on-site voluntary COVID testing for students, we are preparing a second voluntary student testing clinic on Monday, February 1. We have already announced a shift to all remote learning for Putnam Valley Elementary School on Monday, February 1, to provide an opportunity for elementary-aged students to participate in the testing program. In an effort to accommodate working families, we have extended the testing hours until 7 pm on Monday, February 1.

Individuals would need to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the building, all testing will be conducted in the Middle School cafeteria. Parents are asked to park in the designated COVID Testing parking spots located at the end of the lot. Testing is limited to only those students who attend school for in-person instruction. Appointments can be made by filling out the scheduling form below:

Scheduling Form:  https://forms.gle/Wiw3LNRJdRPA871x8

All students must be accompanied by an adult who will need to sign a consent form once they arrive at the Middle School. After completing the registration process, students will receive a nasal swab (non-invasive) test and will need to wait in their car for the 15 minutes it takes to receive a result of the rapid test.

Important Information:

Testing Date:         Monday, February 1 

Testing Location:  Middle School Cafeteria

Testing Time:         8 am – 7 pm

Test Type:               Rapid Antigen (Abbott BinaxNow)

Result Time:          15 minutes from sample collection

Parking:               Park in a designated numbered parking spot, remember your spot number

Our testing program is designed to screen 20% of all in-person/hybrid learners. By doing this, it is our hope that this could reduce the required response to quarantine orders by identifying any potential asymptomatic positive individuals. At this time, we cannot test any remote-only learners. Individuals who are considered contacts of other known positives or are symptomatic should not come to the school’s testing site and are encouraged to follow up with a physician and receive a molecular PCR COVID test. Individuals who have tested positive within the last 90 days should not be retested. Individuals under quarantine are not allowed on campus and should not schedule a testing appointment.

Our tests will be administered by our school nurses and athletic trainer who have all been certified to administer this non-invasive test. All test results are reported directly to NYS by the Putnam Valley Central School District who will be operating as a state-approved testing laboratory.

Everyone receiving a test will leave with a legal document containing their test results. These tests are only available to students who attend the Putnam Valley Central School District and are currently enrolled as Hybrid/In-Person learners. 

*Please note what number spot you are parked in, so test results can be brought out to you. Please bring a pen to complete the consent form or print and complete at home.  (form attached below)

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Inclement Weather Tomorrow MS/ES Remote/ PSAT on schedule / COVID Testing

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

On Site COVID Testing:  Our first in-school COVID testing clinic is underway and running smoothly. We are looking forward to ramping up the number of available appointments for another COVID testing clinic next Monday.  Please be on the lookout for additional information and a link to the sign up form.

All Remote Instruction, Feb 1:  In order to facilitate COVID testing for elementary students next week, we will be transitioning to all remote instruction on Monday, February 1.  All elementary students will participate in synchronous remote instruction while having the flexibility to sign up for a testing time that works for their family.  A test appointment will be considered an excused absence.

Inclement Weather Tomorrow:  We are closely monitoring the possibility of inclement weather during the school day tomorrow.  Current forecasts are raising some concerns about whether an early dismissal may be necessary.  In an attempt to avoid disrupting the instructional day for our Middle and Elementary School students, we will be shifting to all remote instruction tomorrow, January 26.  This will guarantee that all Elementary and Middle School students receive a full day of instruction.  Our High School students are already scheduled to participate in asynchronous assignments posted by their teachers. High School Juniors scheduled to take the PSAT are expected to participate as scheduled tomorrow morning, beginning at 8am.  District transportation will be available for those students taking the PSAT.  While we will closely monitor the weather tomorrow morning, we are hopeful that students will be able to complete the PSAT before the anticipated inclement weather may require an early dismissal.  By having the Elementary and Middle School students participating in all remote instruction, we are creating the additional flexibility we need in the event we need to dismiss those students taking the PSAT early.

Positive Cases:  The district was notified of several positive COVID cases over the weekend.  Some of those cases required contact tracing; anyone who was determined to have been exposed has already been contacted.  Due to the timing of these reported positive cases, all associated quarantine periods will be complete by tomorrow.  A summary of positive cases is below.

PVES: (2) Positive Cases

PVMS: (2) Positive Cases

PVHS: (1) Positive Case (Reported Friday 1/22)

Thank you.

Take care and stay well.

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

COVID testing available for MS/HS Students Monday 1/25 – Sign up here

Good morning,

We are excited to announce that the Putnam Valley Central School District is prepared to expand our current staff COVID testing pilot to middle and high school students beginning on Monday, January 25, from 8 am-3 pm.

Individuals would need to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the building, all testing will be conducted in the Middle School cafeteria.  Appointments can be made by filling out the scheduling form below:

Scheduling Form:  https://forms.gle/V7UeZy1zaZqDb66U7

All students must be accompanied by an adult who will need to sign a consent form once they arrive at the Middle School.  After completing the registration process, students will receive a nasal swab (non-invasive) test and will need to wait in their car for the 15 minutes it takes to receive a result of the rapid test.

Important Information:

Testing Date:  Monday, January 25 

Testing Location: Middle School Cafeteria

Testing Time:  8 am – 3 pm

Test Type:  Rapid Antigen (Abbott BinaxNow)

Result Time:  15 minutes from sample collection

Parking:  Park in a designated numbered parking spot, remember your spot number

Our testing program is designed to screen 20% of all in-person/hybrid learners in hopes of identifying any potential asymptomatic positive individuals.  Individuals who are considered contacts of other known positives or are symptomatic should not come to the school’s testing site and are encouraged to follow up with a physician and receive a molecular PCR COVID test.  Individuals who have tested positive within the last 90 days should not be retested.

Our tests will be administered by our school nurses and athletic trainer who have all been certified to administer this non-invasive test.  All test results are reported directly to NYS by the Putnam Valley Central School District who will be operating as a state-approved testing laboratory.

The district is currently working on plans to offer COVID testing to our elementary school students.  More information will be shared next week on future testing dates and plans.

Everyone receiving a test will leave with a legal document containing their test results.  These tests are only available to students who attend the Putnam Valley Central School District and are currently enrolled as Hybrid/In-Person learners.

*Please note what number spot you are parked in, that is where we will be looking to provide you the test results

Thank you,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

PVHS Dismissing at 11:15 Due to Positive Case/Contact Tracing

Good morning,

We were notified of a positive case at Putnam Valley High School this morning that will require contact tracing.  The individual was last in the building on Friday, January 15.   In order to begin the contract tracing process, we will be dismissing our high school students today at 11:15 AM.  Remote instruction will continue this afternoon.  Students who are traveling home are expected to rejoin their classes as soon as they arrive home.

Sports scheduled for today are not impacted and practices will take place as scheduled.

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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 will need to remain in remote only instruction for the remainder of this week.  Seventh-grade students will return to hybrid learning on Tuesday, January 26.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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 will be contacted later today.

As a result of the positive case at PVMS, we will need to transition the Middle School to all remote instruction tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20, to provide time to complete our contact tracing.  We continue to work collaboratively with the Putnam County Department of Health as they conduct their case investigation. As required by law, we must maintain confidentiality, which prevents us from further identifying individuals.

As a reminder, if you believe at any point you may have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should self-quarantine and speak to your healthcare provider.  If you suspect your child is becoming ill, that child should stay home and you should consult with your physician.  Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle pain, fatigue, new onset of loss of taste and/or smell, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.

Visit the NY State Find a Test Site Near You page and enter your address to view a list of the nearest testing sites. For more information on COVID-19, please call (866) 588-0195 or visit the Putnam County Department of Health website.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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 three buildings following the holiday recess and have so far avoided any uptick in positive cases.  Please let this serve as a reminder of how important it is to follow the health and safety protocols we have in place.  Mask wearing, social distancing, and handwashing have proven to be effective.  Please continue to keep any symptomatic or sick children at home, follow all quarantine orders, and complete the student health screening each day.   Collectively, we can all do our part to keep our schools open.

Testing – The district has completed all of the state requirements to become an approved testing laboratory and obtained enough test kits to begin voluntary testing of district staff.  We are prepared to quickly shift to voluntary student testing if the need arises.  I would like to extend a huge thank you to our school nurses and athletic trainer for facilitating our testing program.

Vaccinations – A vast majority of district staff members have successfully scheduled their first vaccination appointment and some have already received their first dose.  There is growing excitement within the district that the vaccination of district staff signals the beginning of a long transition back to a “new” post-COVID normal. Inauguration – As we have for many years, teachers and students will have an opportunity to discuss what we all hope will be a peaceful transition of power.  While COVID will force us to alter some of the traditional ways we have acknowledged inaugurations, teachers will continue to find age-appropriate ways to recognize this important event.

Please continue to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have; we are always willing to take the time to listen and help.  Let’s stay optimistic that we will be able to keep our schools open, that the next few months will pass smoothly, and we will continue to inch forward in our efforts to overcome this pandemic.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools