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DRAFT - FAQs regarding the School District Closure

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Q.  What has been shared with families so far about student work?
A. Please see the Learning Enhancements Resource page and COVID-19 Information page for more information on what has been communicated to families so far.  

Q. How do I email all my students?  Parents?
A.  See the Staff Resources page on the District website for information on how to use TAC to communicate with students and guardians.

Q. Do we have any idea how the closure will affect our last day of school?  What about Graduation?
A. The Governor has told school districts that they won’t be penalized for not meeting the daily and hourly requirements for instruction, but the district must report the shortfall to the state. It is possible that Perkiomen Valley School District could decide to make up the days lost, but that is uncertain at this time given that we are not sure if the two-week shutdown will be maintained or extended.

Q. What about the events on the calendar from now until March 27 - will they be rescheduled?
A. Our building principals will examine which events can be rescheduled and which events may need to be postponed for the year. Again, any plans to reschedule may depend upon whether or not the two-week closure is extended. This extends to ALL types of events on our calendar, such as kindergarten registration, field trips, art shows, book fairs, concerts, Home & School events, Community Ed classes/lessons, and meetings.

Q. What is the impact on the Act 339 requirements and Graduation Projects?


Q. Can we encourage students to submit missing or late work for a grade during this time?


Q. In the event of an extended closure, will we continue to provide only enrichment learning?
A. If the shutdown extends beyond two weeks, we will have to re-examine our plans for instruction, staffing and more.

Q. Why are we unable to post new learning? For example, if my students have access to an online version of a novel in our curriculum, then why can't I assign them pages to read and journal prompts to answer?


Q. When will we close out marking period 3? Should we be finalizing our grades with what we have now?

Q. Can teachers give extra credit assignments?

Q. How will the shutdown affect standardized testing like PSSAs, APs and Keystone Exams?
We are seeking advice from the state and the College Board on the AP test question. PSSAs and Keystone Exams have been canceled for this year.

Q. What about the SAT/ACT?
A. The ACT has been rescheduled from April 4 to June 13. See this link for more information: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html
The SAT scheduled for May 2 has been canceled, as have plans for testing on March 14 (original date) and March 28 (reschedule date). Check here for updates/more information: https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters.

Q. Can we put together for our students (and staff?) a list of ways to manage stress during these times that we can post on our Google Classrooms? (E.g.,  a free app like Insight Timer, which offers free guided meditations for both adults and children on managing stress, anxiety, sleep, etc.?) 


Q. When can teachers get into their buildings/classrooms for things they need?


Q. What is the role of para-professionals during this time?


Q. What does the role of the BCBA look like during the closure?


Q. In the event we have extended closures, is there any scenario where we (staff, admin, etc.) would not continue to be paid?


Q. In the event we are out longer than the two weeks, what happens if clearances expire?


Q. Can or has the district created a common statement for all employees for virtual hours so that we can be united?  Would creating common virtual hours for all, for example 8-11 and 1-3, be helpful if we are to collaborate and hold meetings?


Q. If we are required to track our 4 hours, can the district provide a common log for employees in case we would need to share them at a later date?


Q. How should I handle signatures for 504 meetings? Would I just email the signature page to the parent, ask them to print, sign and mail back to the school and then get physical signatures from staff upon our return or should I just hold the meetings but wait for all signatures until school is back in session?


Q. Are IEP students required to get their "minutes" outlined in the IEP for services like speech and OT or just supports to help them continue to access the curriculum/hold-over work?


Q. How should special area teachers share their information with parents and/or students?


Q. Where can I find the PSSA training I need to complete?
A.  The training can be found at www.pstattraining.net.

Q. Most K parents do not know their student google logins. Will they be able to access Google Classroom from their own emails or must they use their child's pv username and password to access Google Classroom? If that is the case- How can I help them get their correct log-on info?


Q. For Reading Eggs, because I am split across two buildings, I cannot see student information.  How might I find a workaround for this to help parents get their kids into Reading Eggs? Some are currently using their sibling's pages but it is not necessarily individualized to my students' levels then.


Q. How is the district addressing the additional time that will be required of special education staff in order to remain compliant with deadlines when the expectation for general education staff is 4 hours per week?


Q. Will chromebooks and /or internet be offered to primary students that may not have access?
Is it possible for the district to send a survey to parents so we know what our students have access to at home to help with planning?


Q. When are custodians going to be cleaning our schools?
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Q. Will staff meetings count towards the four hour collaboration?
A.  Faculty meetings do not count, but collaboration meetings with admin or other teachers will count.  Asynchronous collaboration using the department or grade level Google Classrooms is also acceptable.


Q. What do teachers do if they haven't completed their flex hours yet?


Q. Is there any information on observations and evaluations due to the halt on the school year? I have applied for my Type II certificate which is contingent on me being observed twice this year and having 6 satisfactory observations during my three years here. I'm worried that if school does not resume, that will affect my application for the permanent certificate.

Q. How does all of this affect SLOs and teacher evaluations?

Q.  How do I check my voicemail outside of school?
A. You can check your mailbox by calling into the main number (610) 489-8506 then at the main menu, type the extension 1902 to go to the voicemail system.  From there, you will be prompted for your extension and your voicemail password.  If you have any problems or wish to have your voicemail set up to send you an email with the recorded message attached, please email helpdesk@pvsd.org.

Q. How can I hide my personal number if I use my phone for work calls?
A.  Type *67 before the number you are calling and it will block the person you call from seeing your number.