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Board of Education Meeting Tomorrow, Thursday 4/8/21 – 7pm Live Stream @pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting, tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, 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:

  • 2021-22 Final Budget Presentation – District Treasurer Jill Figarella
  • Student Representative’s Report
  • Superintendent’s Report

​Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Weekly Update – Message from Dr. Luft 3/26/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

After successfully implementing our first phase of our spring re-entry plan, we have turned our attention to welcoming back many of our all-remote learners beginning on Tuesday, April 6. Our schools will be closed Monday, March 29, through Monday, April 5.

CDC and NYSDOH Guidance:  We are aware that the CDC has released updated guidance related to the reopening of schools with 3 feet of separation, without the requirement of barriers.  It is our understanding that the NYSDOH is currently reviewing that guidance and will be issuing a statement or updated guidance sometime in the future.  As a public school district in New York we are required to follow the NYSDOH and therefore must await their updated guidance.

COVID Testing:  We have scheduled another COVID testing clinic for Monday, April 5 from 11am – 1pm at Putnam Valley Middle School.  The testing is open to all current students who plan to attend in-person learning after the break.  We ask that anyone who is a known contact of a COVID positive person or symptomatic to please visit a physician to be tested.  Anyone interesting in being tested must complete this registration form:  https://forms.gle/nWCC5cacadte6qha6

Positive Cases:  We continue to see an increase in the number of positive cases within Putnam Valley High School.  It is more important than ever to stay vigilant and follow all precautions to prevent the virus from spreading.  This week we had another 5 students at PVHS, 1 staff member at PVHS, 1 student at PVES, and 1 staff member at the district office  test positive.

Student Daily Health Screenings:  Please continue to help us keep our students and staff healthy and our buildings open by completing the daily screenings before your children arrive at school each day. The link can be found on our Putnam Valley CSD Mobile App or on our website homepage under COVID Resources.  Link to daily screening.

Reminders from Last Week

Travel Advisory:  Current travel guidance can be referenced here.  New York State has announced, effective April 1, domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine upon arriving back in New York, although self-quarantine is still encouraged.  International travelers must continue to quarantine.  All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form.  Regardless of quarantine status, all individuals returning from travel must:

  • Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);
  • Must immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

Athletic Events:  As we kick off the reschedule fall 2 sports season (Football, Cheerleading & Volleyball), the NYSDOH and Section One Athletics have updated some of their spectator policies.  Effective March 22, NYSDOH has increased the limit of spectators at outdoor events to 200 individuals, Section One has revised their spectator policy to allow two guests per athlete for outdoor events and two guests per home athlete for indoor events (exceptions are outlined in the guidance for playoffs and senior nights).  Spectators must continue to abide by all public health precautions, including social distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing, temperature check, and completion of a health screening.

Spring & End of Year Events:  We continue to closely follow NYSDOH guidance related to indoor and end-of-year events; this includes our spring concerts, plays, moving-up/graduation ceremonies, and the prom.  Planning for many of these events is already underway and will ultimately be decided based on the guidance that is available at that time.

Enjoy the spring break, time with family, and the arrival of nicer weather.  It’s been a long year.  We have been tested and challenged; we have done amazing things in brand new ways, and we have learned that we are stronger together. Thank you!

Take care and stay well,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Meeting Tonight, Thursday 3/18/21 – 7pm Live Stream @pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting, tonight, Thursday, March 18, 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:

  • 2021-22 Budget Presentation – Dr. Luft and District Treasurer Jill Figarella
  • Wellness Center Presentation by Superintendent of Schools – Dr. Luft
  • Student Representative’s Report
  • Superintendent’s Report

​Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Important: Return to In-Person Learning Survey

Dear Families:

I hope you have all had a chance to read my update sent on Friday afternoon.  (March 5 message)
Using a two-phase re-entry approach, we are looking forward to welcoming more students back into our buildings.

Hybrid/In-person Learners:

It is anticipated that all hybrid/in-person learners will attend in-person classes 4 days a week beginning March 16, and 5 days a week beginning April 6. If you do not intend to return to in-person instruction and will instead opt for all-remote learning for the remainder of the year, please complete the survey to update your learning model.

Remote Learners: 

Families of our all-remote learners are asked to notify us of their intentions for the remainder of the school year.  All-remote instruction will remain an option through June 2021.

Your response is vital to our ability to successfully plan and facilitate this next phase of our re-entry plan.  We ask that you please complete the survey before Monday, March 15. (SURVEY LINK(SPANISH SURVEY LINK)

For several weeks, we have had internal conversations regarding the possibility of safely bringing additional students back into our buildings each day.  This work has been accelerated over the past few weeks as local and state authorities have started to provide the flexibility and encouragement for school districts to take this next step.

As we considered what our next steps may look like, it provided us the opportunity to reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this school year.  While many school district plans are now focused on the return of elementary students, special education students, and other students identified as struggling within the hybrid learning model, we are reminded that is where we began in September.  This is a testament to the collective efforts of our staff, students, and parents to best serve the students of Putnam Valley.  Thank you!

It is our belief that this next phase of reopening will allow us to safely bring additional students back into our classrooms while maintaining the time necessary to support our all-remote learners and continue to plan instruction that simultaneously supports in-person and remote learners.

Mask wearing will continue to be required, physical distancing will be maximized, and additional mitigation measures will be implemented (ventilation, filtration, barriers/shields, etc.)  Our daily cleaning procedures will also remain in place.

This shift will have an impact on district transportation where students may be asked to sit two per seat and during lunch periods where we may be forced to split up groups, use alternate locations, or install barriers.

Thank you in advance for your prompt response.

Link to Phased Re-Entry Communication (3/5/21)

Link to Spring Re-Entry Plan Overview

Link to Reopening Plan

Please complete one survey per child here.

Thank you,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Update on In-Person Learning

Dear Putnam Valley Community,

For several weeks, we have had internal conversations regarding the possibility of safely bringing additional students back into our buildings each day.  This work has been accelerated over the past few weeks as local and state authorities have started to provide the flexibility and encouragement for school districts to take this next step.

As we considered what our next steps may look like, it provided us the opportunity to reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this school year.  While many school district plans are now focused on the return of elementary students, special education students, and other students identified as struggling within the hybrid learning model, we are reminded that is where we began in September.  This is a testament to the collective efforts of our staff, students, and parents to best serve the students of Putnam Valley.  Thank you!

During our Re-Entry Task Force earlier this week, I shared an overview of what our next phases of “reopening” may look like to a group of almost 40 teachers, administrators, parents, community members, local officials, and health care professionals.  Throughout the meeting and subsequent discussions, there was strong support for the district to take the next step toward what we hope will be a full return to in-person instruction this fall.

The plan was outlined in two phases which are broken down below. There is also a one-page summary slide attached to this email.

Phase One:

  • Allow Middle School & High School hybrid students to return 4 days a week (Hybrid will remain an option)

  • Strive to maintain 6 feet of separation in each classroom

  • Barriers/shields used when distancing cannot be maintained

  • Maintain shortened day

  • Maintain remote Monday schedule at Middle/High School (Allows COVID testing to continue on select Mondays)

  • Beginning:  Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Phase Two:

  • Allow all-remote students to return

  • Maximize space between students (less than 6 feet likely)

  • Barriers/shields more widely used

  • Maintain shortened instructional day

  • Eliminate remote Mondays

  • Beginning: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 (Monday, April 5 – schools are closed for spring recess)

It is our belief that this next phase of reopening will allow us to safely bring additional students back into our classrooms while maintaining the time necessary to support our all-remote learners and continue to plan instruction that simultaneously supports in-person and remote learners.

Mask wearing will continue to be required, physical distancing will be maximized, and additional mitigation measures will be implemented (ventilation, filtration, barriers/shields, etc).  Our daily cleaning procedures will also remain in place.

This shift will have an impact on district transportation where students may be asked to sit two per a seat and during lunch periods where we may be forced to split up groups, use alternate locations, or install barriers.  The largest unknown at this time is how many all-remote learners decide to return to the classroom on April 6.  As always, we are preparing as if they are all returning and will be sending out a survey to ask for a commitment to a learning model for the remainder of the school year.

This has been a year like no other, and I thank everyone for their partnership throughout.  It is my belief that we must continue to progress toward a full return to school with hopes that updated NYSDOH guidance will allow us to begin next school year with all in-person instruction.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Putnam Valley School District – Phased Re-Entry Plan

 

Msg. from Dr. Luft – Weekly Update 2/25/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As I write this email I can hear the energetic voices of our elementary school students outside at recess.  It’s 45 degrees and the sun is shining.  Throughout our District, we continue to see the positive and hopeful signs that the children of Putnam Valley are working hard and doing well.  As we are all feeling the fatigue caused by this pandemic, our staff continues to support, lead and inspire and our parents and families continue to partner with us in numerous ways. We have much to be thankful for.

Here are this week’s updates:

Standardized Testing:  This week we received word from the federal government that states will be required to administer standardized testing as required by law.  Personally, I was very disappointed to hear this news, testing students is low on my priority list. Resources and time would be better allocated supporting teachers and students and planning a safe return to school. The federal government has stated that these tests will not be used for accountability purposes.  New York State is exploring the possibility of canceling Regents exams that are not required by the federal government and will not enforce regents exams as a graduation requirement.  As educators, we have pushed hard for the federal government to listen to educators before making these types of decisions, our voices were obviously not heard.  More information is sure to come in the coming weeks.

Reconvening Reentry Task Force:  As some schools across the country are trying to welcome back students for the first time since last spring, we are proud that we have successfully had our buildings open to students since September.  I want to again extend my gratitude to everyone who helped prepare for our schools to open and for the work that happens every day to educate our students and keep our schools open.  Currently, our Elementary School has approximately 81% of our student population in attendance five days a week.  As we explore the feasibility of increasing in-person learning for our middle and high school hybrid students in the safest possible way, we will reconvene our Reentry Task Force.  To date, we are still using guidance issued by the NYSDOH back in August. There is much to be discussed and explored before a decision can be made. I am hopeful that the New York State Department of Health will soon act and provide districts with updated and non-conflicting guidance that we can use to plan our move forward.  While everyone has displayed heroic efforts this school year, this cannot become the standard moving forward; we must continue to plan for a safe transition back toward “normal.”

COVID Testing: We will hold our last COVID Testing Clinic on Monday, March 1 at Putnam Valley Middle School. Thank you to all who have taken advantage of this. If you have not yet participated in one of our testing clinics, please consider signing up now. Click here.  Testing is available for all K-12 in-person learners.  We are unable to test any fully remote students.

Vaccination Information:  Through our partnership with the Putnam County Department of Health a vast majority of our staff have already received both doses of the COVID vaccine.

Snow Days:  We have used four of the six snow days built into our school calendar.  We anticipate that all snow events following the use of our last two allocated snow days will become all remote instructional days.  This change will preserve the scheduled days off this spring and not require the reinstatement of instructional days during those breaks.

School Meals: School meals are free for all through the end of this school year.  Meals are available each day our buildings are open and multiple day meal packages can be picked up on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  See all options here: http://pvcsd.org/index.php/district/parent-resources/school-lunch-info/

 

Please continue to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Jeremy Luft

Superintendent of Schools

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