Update: Physical Distancing in Our Schools
Dear Great Valley Families,
On Friday of last week, the Chester County Health Department (CCHD) sent all Chester County school districts a notification sharing that it will support schools’ efforts in increasing more in-person learning through reduced physical distancing. As we’ve communicated, the six-foot distancing was the major prohibiting factor for us in offering more in-person instruction to students, K-12. With the physical distancing recommendation reduced to 3 to 6 feet, the Great Valley School District is actively planning for and excited to welcome students back to more in-person learning in mid- to late-March, pending approval by the Board of School Directors.
This change in medical guidance has been made possible through the layered mitigation efforts we have successfully implemented in our schools. Thank you for your efforts to partner with us to ensure that students are masked, to reinforce hand washing, to keep students home when they are ill, and for reinforcing our commitment to all safety measures – both in school, at home, and in the community. While we plan to return to more in-person instruction, all existing layered mitigation measures will remain in effect in our schools, including voluntary antigen assurance testing for staff. Additionally, the virtual learning model will remain available to families who choose not to return students to in-person learning.
Please look for an additional email later this week that will provide more information and will ask you to complete a final selection form for this year related to your child’s instructional model. Note that once this transition occurs, the current hybrid model will no longer be an option. Instead, in-person learning will require students to attend 4 or 5 days per week. Please note that the choice you make now will apply for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Please review the information carefully before making your selection. Your selection will be a critical part of our work to move ahead with the remainder of the year.
I cannot adequately express my gratitude for your flexibility and patience this year. Your prompt response to our requests for information, and your continued involvement in your child’s educational program are invaluable to us. We remain committed to the safety of our school community as we provide every student with a robust and engaging learning experience.
Daniel F. Goffredo, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools