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Monday March 16 GVSD Closed

Monday March 16 GVSD Closed
Posted on 03/13/2020

Dear Parents and Families:

Our district, in a coordinated effort throughout the county, will be closed for students on Monday, March 16. This will be a day of instructional planning for administrators and teachers to focus on solidifying preparations for the possibility of school closures due to recent developments of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. Since we have not used any snow days this school year, we have built in days that allow us to accommodate the missed instructional time while complying with Department of Education regulations. At this time, extracurricular activities will take place as they normally do on inservice days as will any evening events. I want to stress that this is a day for proactive planning. By clicking this link, you will find a document that outlines the response levels of pandemic action planning. Based on our work with Delaware County health and emergency service officials and in partnership with the county superintendents, we are currently still in the monitoring phase. We, however, are closely approaching the limiting phase, but will make necessary decisions in concert with local officials and experts.

While we remain hopeful that we will not need to close buildings for extended periods of time, we want to proactively plan so that we are able to minimize disruptions to the educational process. For example, grade level and content area teams of teachers will be analyzing the remainder of the school year and prioritizing content and concepts as well as discussing which instructional delivery methods will work best. As I stated in earlier messages, we are fortunate in Garnet Valley to have a robust infrastructure and a great deal of expertise and experience with online learning.

Administratively, our team will be working on troubleshooting issues around ensuring that our families have access to technology, creating videos and tutorials for parents on how to assist their children with assignments, and several related topics as we plan and prepare.

I understand how keeping students home on a school day complicates family and work schedules, which is why we are giving you as much time as possible to make plans. I also want to stress that parents will need to develop contingencies so that they are prepared in the event that we have to close schools for an extended period of time. As always, we appreciate your understanding, flexibility, and ongoing support!


Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

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