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Board of Education Meeting Tomorrow 2/13 – 7pm PVHS Library – Live Stream pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting, Thursday, February 13, beginning at 7 pm in the High School Library.

Agenda topics for Thursday’s Board of Education meeting include:

  • Financial status update
  • Middle School Science Curriculum: Principal Travis McCarty
  • 2020–21 Budget Presentations –
    • Middle School, Principal Travis McCarty
    • Operations/Facilities, Director David Spittal
  • 2020-21 District Calendar
The proposed agenda can be found at: https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/pvcsd/Board.nsf/Public
School Board meetings are available live via our pvcsd.org website.
Sincerely,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools
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Information from NYS Dept. Of Health-No cases of coronavirus in NYS at this time

Dear Putnam Valley Families:

We are passing along the Parent/Guardian letter prepared by the New York State Department of Health regarding Novel (new) Coronavirus.  We participated in a webinar hosted by the Department of Health this afternoon and at this time, there are no cases in New York State.

We are also sharing a link for information on seasonal influenza.

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/childhood_adolescent/

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft

Superintendent of Schools


Letter prepared by New York State Department of Health-

Dear Parents/Guardians:

A new coronavirus called 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first found in Wuhan,

Hubei Province, China. This virus had not been found in humans before. This coronavirus can

lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. There are thousands of

diagnosed cases in China and new cases being diagnosed in a number of countries including

the United States.

What do we know?

Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus

spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as

much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and

causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern. Based on

current information the CDC recommends avoiding travel to China. Updated travel information

related to 2019‐nCoV can be found at

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china

How Does 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus Spread?

Health experts believe the virus probably spreads from animals to humans and from person to

person. It’s not clear yet how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) is not currently a concern for the general public and

is not actively circulating among New Yorkers at this time. Therefore, there is no need to cancel

school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks

at school.

Prevention

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. The New York State

Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all

respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-

based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing

or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

• Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• CDC recommends that travelers avoid all travel to China.

Symptoms

Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms

like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Are visitors from China being screened?

Yes, as of February 2nd new screening protocols are conducted for individuals entering the US

from China at designated airports.

PreK-12 schools may have students who attend school and have traveled to various areas in

Asia, including China. Students should not be excluded from school or any school activities

based on race, country of origin, or recent travel (or a family member’s recent travel), including

to any part of China. Schools may only exclude a student if a local health department informs

the school that a student must comply with a quarantine order or the student is symptomatic of a communicable or infectious disease pursuant to Education Law §906.

Important Health Information for Those Who Have Recently Traveled to Wuhan, Hubei

Province, China and Experience Symptoms

If you recently traveled to Wuhan, China and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing; OR

you develop symptoms within 14 days of traveling there, you should:

• Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.

• Avoid contact with others.

• Stay home, except for seeking medical care.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing

or sneezing.

• Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water

are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%

alcohol.

• Contact your local health department.

This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. For questions please contact your local

department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

We encourage you to keep up to date about 2019-nCoV, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites:

Additional Resources

CDC’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at https://www.cdc.gov/nCoV.

NYSDOH’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

NYSDOH directory of local health departments

https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information/

New York State Center for School Health website at www.schoolhealthny.com

PVMS Fire Alarm – ALL CLEAR

Good morning,

The fire alarm was activated at the Middle School this morning and the Putnam Valley Fire Department responded.  The building was evacuated. After receiving an “all clear” from the fire department, the students have returned to the building and the day will resume as normal.

Thank you,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Meeting Tonight – 1/23- 7pm PVHS Library – Live Stream pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting, Thursday, January 23, beginning at 7 pm in the High School Library.

Agenda topics for Thursday’s Board of Education meeting include:

  • 2020-21 budget presentations for Athletics and Special Education
  • 2020-21 District Calendar

The proposed agenda can be found at: https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/pvcsd/Board.nsf/Public

School Board meetings are available live via our pvcsd.org website.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Message from Dr. Luft – 1/10/20

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

We believe open communication helps us provide the safest environment for students, therefore, I am writing to inform you of a recent incident. On the evening of Wednesday, January 8, there was a physical altercation involving one of our students and a student from a neighboring school district.  Our School Resource Officer and Athletic Director quickly responded and diffused the situation. Our high school principal and assistant principal promptly began an investigation of the incident which is ongoing. We have been in direct contact with the other school district and they have also initiated an investigation.  At this time, the matter is in the hands of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the district is not able to comment further as this is an active investigation.

Student safety remains our highest priority.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent’s Listening Hour-Thursday, January 9 – 5:45 pm

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I would like to invite you to our next “Superintendent’s Listening Hour”, this Thursday, January 9. We will meet in our High School Library from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm.

The goal of the Listening Hour is to share perspectives on school issues and to consider our opportunities and challenges. Please consider joining me.  I am looking forward to meeting new people and getting to know others better.

At 7:00 pm, our Board of Education meeting will begin in the High School Library. School Board meetings are open to the public and are streamed live on our website, pvcsd.org.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Request for feedback. Thank you!

Dear Putnam Valley Parents and Guardians:

Any school district that receives Federal Title 1 funds is required to evaluate the effectiveness of their Parent and Family Engagement Policy on an annual basis.  Our policy can be accessed here.

The Putnam Valley School District has opted to use an online survey as one way we will elicit feedback on our parent and family engagement policy.  Please consider taking a few minutes to provide us with feedback that will be used to guide potential revisions of our policy. The feedback survey can be accessed here:  https://forms.gle/DgFvg7HmnXrgXxts5

Thank you in advance for your valuable feedback.  Happy New Year!

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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Happy Holidays to All!

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The holiday season is upon us, and the FedEx guy now knows my entire family by name. Personally, this is my favorite time of year, as the father of two elementary-aged boys, I relish the opportunity to experience the holiday season through their eyes.  In school, our hallways are busy with the talk of holiday traditions and school vacation plans. Students seem to have just a little more energy and increasingly larger smiles as we approach the holiday recess.

While many look forward to the holiday season, it is also a very difficult time for some of our families.  During this time of year, it is important to support those who may be less fortunate, alone, or struggling with the recent loss of a loved one.  Please consider taking some time to check in with a loved one, a friend who is struggling to make ends meet, or a neighbor who may be alone; your contact may prove to be the highlight of their day.

Our schools have embraced the spirit of giving and have recently held a variety of food, coat, and pajama drives to give to those who need these items the most.  Toys have been collected and donated to a variety of charitable organizations including the Putnam County Women’s Resource Center, Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital, and local churches. I am so proud of our students and the work they do to help others.

During this joyous time of year, it is my hope that everyone will find an opportunity to share some laughs with family and friends, help someone who could use some assistance, and do something for yourself that you will remember a month from now.  I wish everyone a happy holiday season and a happy new year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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PVCSD Phone Service Intermittent – Please see contact information

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

We are experiencing intermittent phone service at some of the buildings.  Emailing the buildings may be the most efficient way to reach us until the problem is resolved.  Email the Elementary School at cderubeis@pvcsd.org. Email the High School at gorefice@pvcsd.org, mgennett@pvcsd.org. Middle School phones are currently working.

To reach one of the buildings by phone, please dial (845)528-8143 and dial extension 1300 or 1311 for the High School, dial extension 1100 or 1101 for the Elementary School or extension 1200 for the Middle School. 

We are in contact with Verizon and they are working toward a resolution.

Thank you.

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

PVES (845)528-8092 x1100     CDeRubeis@pvcsd.org
PVMS (845)528-8101 x1200    KMccarney@pvcsd.org
PVHS (845)526-7847 x1311     KMacneil@pvcsd.org
Transportation (845) 528-8900 x1111    LCarra@pvcsd.org
District Office (845)528-8143 x1320      MBellino@pvcsd.org
Pupil Personnel (845)528-8130 x1318   VAleman@pvcsd.org 

Thanksgiving Message from Dr. Luft

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Thanksgiving is a time for both reflection and celebration. During this time of year, I often find myself reflecting on my life, my family, my work, and my community. As a school district, we have a lot to celebrate, much has been accomplished already this year, and I am excited to see what the rest of the year has to offer.
Professionally, this has been an exciting and challenging year as I transitioned into my new role as Superintendent of Schools. We began our school year by establishing a district goal to “promote wellness and personal growth through the acceptance of challenges.” I see evidence of individuals striving toward this goal every day in the hallways, classrooms, stages, and gymnasiums. I am thankful to the amazing professionals I get to work alongside each and every day; they never fail to inspire me to challenge myself to be better. Regardless of position or title, everyone in the Putnam Valley School District strives to put children first and foremost, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their dedication to our community and our students. I’m blessed to work in a community that supports their schools and to be surrounded by students that impress me every day with their persistence, talent, and kindness.

Personally, I am thankful for my amazing family and friends, I could not be successful without their tireless support of my work. My family has embraced my work and the Putnam Valley community and can often be seen alongside me at athletic contests, concerts, and community events. Friends have a way of keeping you humble and never fail to point out possible areas of improvement, but they are also there to pick you up after you fall.

I am hopeful that everyone will find some time over the next few days to reflect on and celebrate the past year. Celebrate all your accomplishments and challenge yourself to overcome any obstacles. This is just as important at home as it is in our classrooms and finding a balance of both is key to achieving personal growth. I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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