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School is Closed. ALL Activities are Canceled.

As per Governor Wolf's directive Williams Valley Schools will be closed until further direction is given. ALL school activities have been canceled. 


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March 30, 2020

Governor Wolf announced today, March 30, 2020, that all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed until further notice.  Information about continuity of education will be forthcoming.

 


The Williams Valley School District will continue to provide food service during the mandatory school closure due to the COVID-19 virus. Children 18 years or under are eligible and must be present in order to receive the meals.

Two days’ worth of food will be provided for each student on Monday and Wednesday, which will include a lunch and breakfast for the following day.  Friday’s distribution will include one breakfast and one lunch.  Distributions will occur on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The first distribution was on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  

Designated distribution locations include:

  • Williams Valley JR/SR High School
  • Williamstown Community Center
  • Wiconisco Firehouse

​If you have not already done so, please register via this link: https://tinyurl.com/WVFOOD


 

UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020:

 

Please click here to view the WV Continuity of Education Plan

March 31st, 2020

Dear Williams Valley Parents/Guardians and Students,

What unimaginable times we are currently living in!  Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams we would be ordered to stay at home and not be able to physically come to school?

We want to begin by telling you how much we appreciate the support that we are getting from our faculty, the community, and of course, our parents.  We know how dedicated you are to the education of your child and we will continue to provide that education in an environment that is conducive for everyone. 

A huge undertaking for everyone at our school is providing a platform for enrichment and review of materials. Our wonderful faculty has created a system of enrichment and review for students.  To view materials available for your student please go to www.tinyurl.com/WVEnrichmentReview. This google drive is packed full of enrichment and review activities that you can choose to use with your student(s). Please know paper copies are also available upon request for those who do not have internet connectivity.  Do not feel obligated to do everything that is provided-there are many resources on there! Be sure to reference the folder entitled “Parent/Student How-To Information”. A copy of this letter will be posted there, as well as videos made by our teachers with helpful information on saving and editing documents from the folder.  This experience is new for ALL of us, so that folder will be updated as issues come up with further instructions/how-to information is needed. Check it each time you log on for any new resources.

Please know that global and local circumstances and restrictions are unfolding minute by minute. If anything should change, we will be sure to get those changes out to the families and students of the Williams Valley School District as quickly as we can.

Please abide by the shelter in place order, please practice social distancing, and wash, wash, wash those hands!  We want all our families to stay healthy and safe!  Again, thank you for your diligence in providing your child access to take advantage of all the great review and enrichment activities that our faculty provided for them.  Your support is necessary to accomplish this different method of educating our wonderful students! 

Professionally yours,

 

Christine Duey, Williams Valley Jr/Sr. High School Principal

Stephanie Carl, Williams Valley Elementary School Principal

Judy Schappe, Williams Valley Elementary School Assistant Principal

March 31, 2020

Dear Williams Valley Viking Families:

Thank you for your ongoing support during these unprecedented times.  The COVID-19 outbreak and actions at the local and state level are continually evolving. We will continue to update you periodically throughout this situation.  At this time we have the following updates to share:

(1)When are we going to go back to school? Under the new timeline, as announced by Governor Wolf in a press conference on March 30, 2020, schools are closed indefinitely and the stay-at-home order has been extended through at least April 30, 2020, in alignment with federal orders.  The PA Department of Education will be issuing guidance and resources to school districts. Please be assured that Williams Valley School District is working diligently at putting a Continuity of Education plan in place which, at the current time, will begin with Enrichment and Review which is explained in more detail in item three.

You may want to stay informed by watching https://www.governor.pa.gov/live and/or periodically visiting https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/Pages/AnswersToFAQs.aspx

(2) Are we going to take standardized tests? The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced the cancellation of statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year, which includes PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams. 

(3) Are we going to have Continuity of Education? Continuity of Education is the overarching term for any educational practices that occur in the event of a prolonged school closure. It is important that students have the opportunity to develop or maintain skills while away from the customary school environment. This can be achieved through Planned Instruction or Enrichment and Review.

1. Planned Instruction: Planned Instruction is formal teaching and learning similar to that which occurs in a classroom setting. Within this process, teachers use planned courses of instruction to teach new concepts/skills aligned to grade level standards. 

2. Enrichment and Review: Enrichment and Review consists of informal activities that reinforce or extend students’ prior learning. New standards and skills are not addressed through Enrichment and Review. 

The PA Department of Education has worked to address collective concerns about continuing to educate students during this unprecedented time; their FAQs are listed in the following link

https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/Pages/AnswersToFAQs.aspx

The Williams Valley School District will implement Enrichment and Review with the intent to provide a “good faith effort” to help ensure students receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).  If an IEP date has passed or a student’s IEP date is approaching, staff from the Williams Valley School District will contact each parent/guardian during the week of April 6, 2020 – April 10, 2020 on an individual basis to work out the particulars moving forward.

With the school closure being extended, teachers have been working to create and post enrichment and review activities.  Principals will be contacting you with the link to these activities. Based on the completed technology surveys, we will be providing paper packets and assisting with technology concerns that were shared throughout the remainder of this week

As updates become available on the Continuity of Education plan, you will be informed.  A copy of the plan will be available on the Williams Valley School District website.  Stay safe and healthy!

 

Yours in Education,

 

Diane R. Best, Ed.D.

Superintendent

 

 

March 18, 2020


Williams Valley Families,

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support as we move through this difficult time. As things
continue to change regarding the issues centering around COVID-19, the WVSD administration will continue to
update stakeholders with pertinent information as it becomes available. Here are some important updates:

1. A deep cleaning of the WVSD campus buildings is being performed. Thank you to the custodial and
maintenance staff!
2. The March 26, 2020 WVSD Board meeting has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, pending circumstances at that time.
3. Today from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM we began food distribution. This includes two lunches/2 breakfasts
on Mondays and Wednesdays and one lunch/one breakfast on Friday. Registration information was sent
to parents. There are three distribution points:

  • Williams Valley Jr/Sr High School
  • Williamstown Community Center
  • Wiconisco Firehouse

4. Many people have questions regarding graduation and the school calendar and make-up days. We arewaiting for federal/state guidance prior to speculating on these topics.
5. All school buildings remain closed to all unauthorized personnel.
6. We do not have specific information about PSSA/Keystone/AP testing.

Thank you for your consideration. Additional updates will be provided as things progress. Please be safe!

Yours in Education,


Diane R. Best, Ed.D.

 

March 16, 2020

Williams Valley School District Families,

During the closure of our school district through an anticipated date of March 27th, 2020, students will not be expected to complete any new, additional assignments. Make up assignments from absences, other assignments, and course selection sheets may be turned in upon students’ return to school. 

Tests, projects, and IEP meetings are postponed until further notice.  However, this would be a great opportunity to read, practice math facts and skills, and spend quality time with your family.

In addition to websites listed on the High School and Elementary webpages at www.wvschools.net we wanted to provide you with a quick list of resources your student may visit.

Websites may offer FREE content to students and families to continue their learning (Please be sure to review terms and agreements upon signing up if you choose to access these sites.):

Listed below are additional websites that students may visit but will likely require students to utilize their school created log-ins:

Another free resource offered to Comcast subscribers is education television. Other services may be offered through other television and internet providers.

As a reminder the school is undergoing a deep clean and sterilization process. No one is permitted on campus during this time.

Please be sure to wash school items such as backpacks, equipment, lunchboxes, and jackets/coats before your student returns to school. We want to create the safest environment possible for our students upon their return.

Please trust that the Williams Valley School District is doing our best to keep everyone informed. Be on the alert for more information on food distribution pick up times and locations. Please keep your students and families safe during these unprecedented times.

 Sincerely,

 

Christine Duey & Stephanie Carl

WVHS Principal & WVES Principal

 

UPDATED MARCH 13, 2020:

Friday, March 13, 2020

Williams Valley School District Families,

The recent events surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus have made for difficult decisions on the national, state and local level.   Effective at approximately 3:10 on Friday, March 13, 2020, Governor Wolf closed all Pennsylvania Schools effective Monday, March 16 for ten (10) school days.  The health, safety and security of our students and staff are our highest priorities.  We take our role in the protection of the students of Williams Valley very seriously. 

After conferring with state officials, county superintendents, and school board members and analyzing the information available at this time, the following will be instituted:

  • Beginning at the end of the day on Friday, March 13, 2020, all meetings, activities, athletics, and related school events are postponed and subject to reschedule or cancelation.  A tentative reopen date is scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020.
  • Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 all schools in the Williams Valley School District will be closed for two-weeks.  No one is to enter without approval of the Superintendent. A tentative reopen date is scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020.
  • During the two-week closure, the building will be thoroughly disinfected and deep cleaned.           
  • During the two-week period, we highly recommend that students do not regularly leave their home or travel.  We ask that everyone follows the rules established for social distancing and the hygiene efforts that have been in place for some time.

This decision was not made quickly or without significant reflection and discussion. In fact, the county’s school leaders have spent countless hours working in-district and across the county to evaluate the ever-changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic.  We worked to establish best practices following CDC guidelines, in partnership with the PA Department of Health and Emergency Management Agency leaders, to limit social interactions in an effort to proactively protect against community transmission. 

Therefore, Williams Valley School District will cease providing educational services to all children/students effective Monday, March 16, 2020. This includes all special education and related services.  All meetings, activities, athletics, and related school events are postponed and subject to reschedule or cancelation.  No community use of the school facilities will be permitted during this time.  No transportation will be provided.  Everything, in short, is cancelled or postponed.

School personnel and students are prohibited from entering school facilities; however, a limited number of essential staff may be able to perform essential functions such as running payroll, cleaning facilities, maintaining communication systems, and providing security as needed. This is to be determined. 

All school employees and contractors will be contacted shortly via email with additional information.

It is uncertain at this time, regarding the status of these days and whether they will need to be made up in the future.  As we learn more, I will continue to update you.

Please trust that the Williams Valley School District is doing our best to keep everyone informed as new and additional information is received. Thank you and stay safe. During these unprecedented times more than ever, we appreciate the cooperation, support, and understanding of the Williams Valley School District Family.

 

Sincerely,

 

Diane R. Best, Ed.D.

 

 

Please see additional Coronavirus information HERE!