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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 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

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 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:

  • Audit Committee Report
  • 2021-22 Technology Budget Presentation: Mr. Michael Lee
  • 2021-22 Operations/Facilities Budget Presentation: Mr. David Spittal

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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
Superintendent of Schools

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 source of these contaminants in our well water is not yet known for certain.  Research currently identifies some detergents and soaps and fire suppression forms commonly used in the past as potential sources for this contamination.  The water at the Middle School/ High School Campus is not part of this testing as their water comes from a municipal source.

The Elementary School’s water continues to be acceptable for all uses, including drinking. However, bottled drinking water will continue to be available throughout the building.  Putnam Valley is required to post the notice below and will be designing and installing a carbon filtration system to remove the contaminants from its well water. The school’s drinking fountains had been replaced by bottled water as part of our COVID safety protocols. We will continue to have bottled water for our students and staff until the filter is in place.

Please see more detailed information attached below.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

File attachments:
Water Testing Detailed Information.pdf
Información de los resultados de la prueba de agua.pdf

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 possible. The tireless work of our teachers, support staff, and administrators, along with our students and parents, have made this year the success it has been. It has certainly not been an easy road for anyone, but I could not be more proud of our staff and our community for all we were able to accomplish despite the overwhelming challenges we faced.

I am extremely hopeful that 2021 will be a better year for all of us.  A year that will offer the most promising end to this pandemic through the introduction of a highly effective vaccine.  A year that will allow us to slowly transition into a new and more sustainable “normal.” A year that will allow us to restore some of the traditions, celebrations, and events that we have recently lost.

It has certainly been a stressful and exhausting ten months for everyone. Please safely enjoy time with your family over the holiday recess. While we know there will continue to be some bumps in the road, I have a great deal of confidence that the Putnam Valley School District will continue to rise to the challenge.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday and New Year!

Take care and stay well,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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 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:

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Meeting Dates
Board of Education Meeting Videos

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 Putnam County Department of Health as they conduct their case investigations. 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 at Putnam County Department of Health website.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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 to happen following the holiday recess.

As our anticipated return date of January 11 nears, we will continue to monitor the regional positivity rate and the state guidance, and we will notify families as soon as possible if any additional changes need to be made.

I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.  I have great hopes that 2021 will bring us better news and allow us to begin to transition back toward a sense of normalcy. Thank you again, teachers, staff, families, and students for all of your understanding and resiliency during these challenging times.

Take care and stay well.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

PV Schools Closed Tomorrow – Thursday 12/17/20

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Due to the impending snowstorm, all Putnam Valley Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, December 17.

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

Thank you.

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

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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 of power outages, before making a decision about Friday.

It has most certainly been a stressful year for everyone; it is my hope that everyone will find some time to get outside and enjoy the snow that we have largely avoided over the past few years.

Take care and stay well.

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools