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Posted on 03/16/2020

Dear School Community,

This afternoon the Governor announced that he will be closing all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania. Therefore, the Garnet Valley School District will be closed beginning this evening and remain closed for students and all employees through Friday, March 27th. At this time, schools are not scheduled to reopen until Monday, March 30th. Additionally, all spring sports and any school related activities are cancelled until the district reopens.

This decision is significant as it means that our school buildings and grounds will be closed to the public during this time, and we ask that families respect this direction. We also ask that families curtail their social activities while our region attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As this situation evolves, we will continually update our school community with emails and postings to our website.

As for the education of our students, when the government shuts down districts, there is no expectation that instruction continue. In fact, Governor Wolf stated, “that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day requirement or school hours requirements.” We, however, plan to provide educational skill reinforcement opportunities as available. A complication that a forced shutdown creates is that we will not have an opportunity to see our teachers or students to distribute materials or technology for those who need them. My team and I will work on these issues over the next few days, develop solutions, and communicate accordingly.

I’m sure that you have many questions regarding the closing of schools, so we will continue to communicate information regarding our status and other related topics. In the meantime, please CLICK HERE to submit questions that we will use for a Frequently Asked Questions section of our COVID-19 website.

Thank you for your continued cooperation, patience and support. 


Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

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