Coronavirus Notices

UPDATED 4/1/2020 9AM


Dear Twin Valley School District Families,
As reports of local COVID-19 cases touch closer to home, we are writing to let you know that we have been made aware of one positive case of coronavirus within our school population.

Though local public health officials continue to be the authority in identifying positive cases and investigating close contacts, we are communicating this positive case to be transparent in this time of uncertainty and to provide what information we can as a school district. Due to the timing of the patient’s symptoms it is believed that the virus was contracted after the school closure. The Pennsylvania Department of Health was notified by medical professionals as per proper protocol.

It is important for our community to understand that the identification of positive cases does not change our local strategies for preventing and reducing the spread of disease. Social distancing is key in reducing the spread of COVID-19. If you must leave the house for essentials, remember social distancing includes maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.

Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you experience these symptoms, please call your healthcare provider and follow their advice. Practice good hand hygiene, cover your cough, and routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners. Routine use of these measures by everyone will decrease the spread of viruses and respiratory diseases in our community.

Please take care of yourselves and each other.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert Pleis
Superintendent


UPDATED 3/30/2020 7PM


March 30, 2020
Dear Parents,
First and foremost, we hope this letter finds you and your family well and safe. We would like to thank you for your dedication and patience as we navigate through this challenging and unprecedented situation.

In the next few days, the district will be implementing the plan to begin online learning for our students.
Thursday, April 2  Online instruction orientation for students and staff 
 Friday, April 3 Online exploration and review for students and staff

Next week’s schedule will be as follows:
Monday, April 6   Online instruction begins 
 Tuesday, April 7  will be a FULL day of school (now ½ day on calendar)
 Wednesday, April 8  will be a FULL day of school (snow make up day)
 Thursday, April 9  will be a HALF day of school (snow make up day)
 Friday, April 10  will remain a HOLIDAY
 Monday, April 13  will remain a HOLIDAY


The 3rd marking ends on April 9, 2020 for the Twin Valley Middle School and Twin Valley High School so that students can submit make-up work. Report cards will posted April 24th for the 3rd marking period.

The 3rd marking period will reflect our previous grading practices and the 4th marking period will reflect a pass or fail grade per course if school does not resume.

Grade level schedules will be posted on each buildings’ website by Wednesday, April 1.
We would like to once again thank you for stepping up to help make this unprecedented instruction program available for our students. We understand that navigating this challenging time has not been easy for anyone. By working together, we will be able to provide the best possible services for every one of our 3,100 students.

We will be sure to inform you if any changes or adjustments are made to this plan. We continue to keep you updated as things change, just this afternoon Governor Wolf announced that schools are closed indefinitely. We have no additional information at this time.

Sincerely,
Dr. Robert F. Pleis


UPDATED MAR 27 2020, 4PM



Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our hope is this communication finds you and your family in good health. We would like to thank you for your patience and support over the past two weeks as we continue to work through these unprecedented times. We understand this is a challenging time for families as we all navigate social distancing, business and school closures and the associated concern of COVID-19. Please don’t think for a minute that the district staff isn’t working diligently to provide the best possible services for each and every one of our 3,100 students.

As you are aware Governor Wolf announced on March 23, 2020, that Pennsylvania Public Schools will remain closed through April 9. Since Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 are holidays for our District we plan to resume classes April 14 and end the 2019-20 school year on June 18. In the event the closure is extended in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus these dates will change.

We are aware that surrounding districts have made the decision to pivot to online instruction. These districts have chosen to use some of their remaining instructional days to have their teachers instruct online rather than save these days for face-to-face instruction should schools be allowed to open. In summary, Twin Valley has not transitioned to an online learning environment for several primary reasons:

• We value our staff and the experiences students receive in our classrooms.
• We have maintained contractual work days so that our staff, such as: teachers and aides would be available to instruct in their regular classrooms when school would reopen
• We understand that by extending the school year our students would receive instruction by making up the missed school days.
• We know the best educational opportunities for our students are achieved by direct involvement with their teachers and peers in a setting that is conducive to learning with the appropriate technology and supplemental resources.
• We respect the efforts required by our regular education teachers, special education teachers, speech therapists, behavior support specialists, psychologists, guidance counselor, reading specialists, reading support teachers, coaches, librarians and nurses, to provide instruction that meets all student’s needs and complies with FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) regulations.
• We understand there are some confusing messages regarding FAPE but know that during the school closure FAPE remains a legal requirement for all school districts and every students needs must be met.
• We hope by providing families with the links for multiple Engagement and Enrichment Resources on our website these have been beneficial and provided an opportunity for some quality family experiences.

In the event that the closure is extended through the end of April, we have been preparing and planning to transition to instruction online. This will include required engagement and formal teaching that is similar to what occurs in a classroom setting while students learn new concepts that are aligned to grade level standards. In addition, we are in the process of disseminating Chromebooks as needed in the event we must move to online instruction. On Tuesday, March 31 and April 7 we will have our teachers touch base with their students through an online format to finalize the concept of online instruction. Specific and detailed information will be forthcoming. If the school closure is extended beyond April 14, 2020 we will be prepared to offer effective online learning for our students. If, after receiving the additional information you have questions, please reach out to your school principal.

We are continuing breakfast and lunch meals next week as well as the following week. We will be providing breakfast and lunch bulk package meals on Tuesday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 7 at one of our following building locations: Robeson Elementary, Twin Valley Middle School and Honey Brook Elementary. Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Thank you again for your ongoing flexibility and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters. Stay safe and stay tuned for more information in the coming days.


Sincerely,
Dr. Robert F. Pleis
Superintendent of Twin Valley School District

UPDATED 3/23/2020 8PM



Dear Parents/Guardians,
Governor Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania school closures will continue for students through Wednesday, April 8th and students will be permitted to return to school on Thursday, April 9th.

In addition he stated that the closure order could be extended if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions please contact District Office or your building principal.

Sincerely,
Dr. Robert F. Pleis
Superintendent of Twin Valley School District

UPDATED 3/23/2020 2PM



Dear Parents/Guardians,

I would like to thank our students, teachers, support staff, parents, Board members, and administration for all of their efforts and feedback during this very challenging time. We will continue to put forth our best effort to communicate pertinent information as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work together on the challenges ahead of us.

Last week we monitored the updates about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Governor Wolf as well the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). On Thursday, March 19 we received confirmation from PDE that all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA). In addition, the College Board has announced the development of a new, at-home testing option with two different testing dates for AP testing. More details are expected by April 3. The College Board is also developing free live and on-demand AP courses that can be accessed remotely. More information is available at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates.

Our teaching staff is currently engaged in professional development activities including curriculum writing and Schoology webpage development. We must continue to follow FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) regulations by not teaching online but for everyone’s convenience we have posted on our website www.tvsd.org activities that students can do at home by using Twin Valley Engagement and Enrichment Resources. We will continue to monitor FAPE regulations and our ability to teach online. This evening, you will receive a brief survey so we can poll the community on students’ access to technology at home.

Effective Tuesday, March 24th we are continuing breakfast and lunch meals but in a bulk package. Each bulk package will contain breakfast and lunch meals for March 24 through March 27th and may be picked up by families that have registered at one of our following building locations: Robeson Elementary, Twin Valley Middle School and Honey Brook Elementary.

We expect to hear later this week an announcement from Governor Wolf on whether the school closure will be extended beyond March 27th. We are also currently planning for the possibility of a Phase 2 for longer closures in case that should occur. Our custodians will start summer cleaning activities in preparation of a shorter summer cleaning window if school is extended to the end of June.

Please continue to check our FAQ document on our website for the most recent updates about closures and changes in school programming. These are unprecedented times, and there may be additional challenges ahead for our schools, families and communities. Please know that we will continue to work on behalf of our students on issues that we are and could be confronting during the remainder of the school year.



Sincerely,



Dr. Robert F. Pleis

Superintendent of Twin Valley School District


UPDATE 3/16/2020 4PM



Dear Twin Valley Parents and Guardians,

We have provided some answers to frequently asked questions regarding our recent school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  We have also provided a list of resources for student engagement and enrichment.  Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Sincerely,
TWIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT



click here to read the FAQs
click here to read the list of resources for Engagement and Enrichment


UPDATED 3/13/2020 3:30PM



Dear Twin Valley Parents and Guardians,
In coordination with all Berks County School Districts Twin Valley will be closed beginning on March 16 through March 27 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes all transportation to district schools, all non-public schools, private schools, and BCTC.

The closure will affect programming at all schools, including all before- and-after school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices, competitions, weekend events, and community events. All events and activities are canceled.

Additional information will be sent out over the next few days from the principals with details concerning academic learning options for students.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We will continue to keep the school community updated as more details become available.


Sincerely,
Dr. Robert F. Pleis
Superintendent



UPDATE 3/13/2020 10AM

Dear Twin Valley Parents and Staff,

In light of recent events and the ongoing information surrounding the Coronavirus in Pennsylvania, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the current status of the Twin Valley School District.

Yesterday Governor Wolf ordered the closing of all Montgomery County schools. It is possible that, in the near future, he may also order the closure of Berks County schools. We are developing plans to be prepared in the event this would happen. We are in constant communication with other Berks County School Districts to help coordinate our efforts.

Our administration and staff are developing learning activities for our students to access should there be a mandated closure. Our goal is for these supplemental activities to be used by our students to maintain current academic levels during a hiatus. In the event we need to close for an extended period of time, additional information will be sent to you regarding these activities.

To ensure the safety of our students and community, beginning on Saturday, March 14th through April 14th all school field trips, assemblies, and use of our facilities by outside members will be canceled or, if applicable, postponed. In addition extra-curricular, co-curricular and athletics will be postponed through March 31st. Please note that this is subject to change and we would provide updated information at that time.

Please be assured that the safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority and that we have been taking additional precautions. We will continue to closely adhere to health agency recommendations and monitor updates from the Governor surrounding the Coronavirus; we will keep you informed of any changes to our school schedule. At the present time, our schools will remain open and we will continue to provide our students with high-quality educational programming.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work together during this difficult health crisis.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert F. Pleis
Superintendent

What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

For more information, visit https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Additional links...

PDE Coronavirus Fact Sheet
K-12 Coronavirus Information