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A Letter from Dr. Zuilkoski Regarding CV's Progress on its Preliminary Reopening Plan

Dear CV Family –

Since March 13, 2020, we have been working on how we are going to get our students back in school!  Now that the 2019/2020 school year ended, and our Senior Class celebrated their unique graduation, the administrative team has been busy researching, collaborating, and planning for the 2020/2021 reopening of school.

It is definitely going to be a process, so our mantra of patience, grace, flexibility and understanding remains in full force!

We have received guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Center for Disease Control, and the American Association of Pediatrics, on considerations and recommendations to be addressed prior to opening.  We are also in regular contact with our school physician; other medical experts from the County; Lancaster and Lebanon County School Superintendents; and, in addition to the parent survey, have included parent and teacher representatives as part of one of our school reopening subcommittees.  We were also able to present to the school board a very preliminary draft of our plan, a framework of sorts, to reopen schools in a safe and productive manner.  Our focus of the plan is to develop practical precautions; make our best efforts at keeping everyone safe to the best of our abilities while still providing engaging educational opportunities.

While we are still working out the details in order to get our students, faculty and staff back into the buildings in a safe manner, here are a few general themes we’re working on:

  • Before leaving for school
    • Check your children to make sure they are feeling well (i.e. no fever, aches, sore throat, etc.)
    • If sick, stay home!
  • Transportation
    • Social distancing on busses is next to impossible
    • Use of masks while on busses
  • Arrival to/Departure from School
    • Vary arrival/departure procedures to maximize social distancing
  • Classrooms/Cafeteria/Hallways
    • Maximize distance between students to the greatest extent possible
      • Look at passing times, lunch schedules, classroom activities, etc.
    • Use of Masks
      • Wearing of face coverings has been shown to slow the spread of COVID-19 when used properly.
      • Use of face coverings will be strongly encouraged, especially in situations where social distancing is not possible
    • Cleaning Procedures
      • Cleaning procedures will be maximized to address all areas, especially “high touch” contact points
    • Educational Options
      • In-person in the buildings, with practical precautions designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19
      • On-line option through our CV Virtual Academy (CVVA)*
        • CVVA also includes a virtual/in-building option
        • Please contact Dr. Don Mann at don_mann@conestogavalley.org for more information
          *This is not the same program that we used to complete last school year
    • Professional Development for Faculty, Staff and Students
      • Safety protocols will be developed, displayed, taught and practiced on a regular basis

Keep in mind that this is only a preliminary list, as we are still working the details to ensure that our plan maximizes safety in a practical manner.  The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our lives, not just on our schools.  As such, as we re-open our buildings, we will strive to keep our students and staff healthy, both physically, mentally and emotionally.

Our goal is to present the CV Reopening Plan to the School Board for their consideration for approval at their July 27, 2020 meeting.  After approval, the plan will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education and posted on our District website, as required.  At that time, we will again re-survey our parents for their input on topics such as transportation, attendance (in-person/virtual), cafeteria, etc. in order to help us put our plan into action. 

Together, we will work through this.  We are #CVStrong!

 

Dave Zuilkoski, EdD
Superintendent