Return to More In-Person Instruction Approved (March 2, 2021)
Dear Great Valley Community,
Last night, the Great Valley Board of School Directors hosted a special meeting where I was happy to present a revised Health and Safety Plan for our schools. The plan calls for the return of students to more in-person learning, beginning on Tuesday, March 16. Of course, our 100% virtual program will remain available for the remainder of this year for families who choose that option. Specific highlights of the in-person plan include:
- Students in grades K, 1, 2, 6, and 9 will return to four days of in-person learning (Tuesday through Friday), beginning on Tuesday, March 16. Students in all other grades will continue in either their hybrid or virtual model during this week, as normally scheduled.
- All grades (K-12) will return to four days of in-person learning on Tuesday, March 23. Mondays will remain as asynchronous days.
- Students attending in person will report to school Tuesday through Friday until at least the end of April. It is possible that we may move to a five-day instructional week later this spring.
- Beginning the week of March 22, the 2-day hybrid model will no longer be an option for students.
- More in-person learning is now possible because of revisions to the guidance provided by the Chester County Health Department. To see the guidance, please click here.
- To see last night’s presentation to the School Board, please click here.
As a reminder, the Family Selection Form will remain open through tonight at 11:59 p.m. If you haven’t yet completed the form for each of your children, please do so via the link you received in email. Thank you to the many families who have already responded. Your cooperation in this effort ensures that we can most efficiently plan for the remainder of the year.
In addition to the revised Health and Safety Plan, the Pennsylvania Department of Health also rescinded the previous travel restrictions for Pennsylvania. These restrictions called for either a negative COVID-19 test or a quarantine period upon return to Pennsylvania, neither of which is now required. We do ask that families continue to partner with us in keeping our schools as safe as possible. Please continue to reinforce the mitigation efforts we have in place: frequent handwashing, masking, physical distancing, and remaining at home when ill. All of these efforts have served us well, and will continue to make a positive impact as we return students to school for more in-person days of instruction. Thank you for your continued support.
Daniel F. Goffredo, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools