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    OCTOBER 2020

    Students Return to School in Hybrid Model

    As part of its reopening plan, the Great Valley School District began welcoming students back into schools in mid-October through a hybrid model of learning. The hybrid model means that approximately half of the students whose families choose that option for their child’s learning will attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays; the remaining half will attend on Wednesdays and Fridays. The days of attendance are determined by the family’s last name. On remaining weekdays, students will work from home, with Mondays remaining as common asynchronous days for all students.The students of families who didn't choose to participate in the hybrid model will remain in the 100% virtual model for learning.

    Speaker Series Returns

    The Great Valley School District Speaker Series will return during the 2020-2021 school year with events that will focus on both the physical and mental well-being of the community. In partnership with local community organizations and mental health experts, the Speaker Series will offer evening virtual learning opportunities for parents, staff, and the community. The first event of the year will be held this week:

    with Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSWW and GVSD Leaders
    Virtual Program

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


    COVID-19 has shifted the paradigm in which we foster relationships and cultivate communities. Join us for this online program with Dr. Caroline Fenkel and Great Valley school leaders, who will help us to navigate the “new normal” in order to cope with COVID and embrace isolation. Topics will include solutions to boredom, teen depression and family conflict challenges.


    See event flier here.




    Council Welcomes Experienced Facilitator to Lead Work

    The Great Valley School District Council for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) held its first meeting for the 2020-2021 school year in October. The CDI welcomed Dr. Crystal Lucky, who will serve as a consultant for the District’s equity work. Dr. Lucky is an experienced administrator in higher education and associate professor of English with a demonstrated history of working in curriculum and program development. She is skilled in nonprofit organizations, academic advising, editing, public speaking and event planning. She holds a PhD in English, focused in African American literature, from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is a diversity consultant with teachers and administrators in both public and private secondary schools on curriculum enhancement and multi-cultural community building.


    Much of the CDI’s first meeting focused on the need for the Council to move together toward a shared language and a shared vision for moving forward. To that end, members shared their perspectives related to the formulation of measurable goals for the Council’s work. Dr. Lucky also facilitated conversation around the development of subcommittees, work that many Council members are eager to begin. Subcommittees will expand community involvement by welcoming participants not already on the CDI. Dr. Lucky shared that the goal is to develop well-rounded committees that include teachers, parents, staff, students, etc., and that the issue of equity needs to permeate each of the subcommittees.


    Board Review

    The Great Valley Board of School Directors conducted a business meeting on October 19, 2020.

    Due to the attendance restrictions imposed by the Governor's Order, the public is invited to join meetings of the School Board virtually. Meeting links and agendas are available on the School Board page of the GVSD website. Public comment for meetings is accepted online via this link. 


    Complete meeting highlights and meeting agendas are available on our website. Meeting broadcasts are available online.

    Board Approvals

    The Board of School Directors issued the following approvals on October 19. For more information on any item, please view in BoardDocs. 

    • Treasurer's Report and Tax Collectors' Report
    • Minutes of the September 21 and September 29, 2020 Business Meetings
    • Invoices
    • Financial Approval - Contract with Dr. Crystal Lucky
    • Financial Approval - Contract with Trapani Communications
    • Financial Approval - Special Education Settlement Agreement
    • Transportation Approval - Krapf Drivers
    • Feasibility Study Due Diligence Contracts
    • Personnel Items
    • Policies for 1st Reading

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