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School is Closed. ALL Activities are Canceled.

As per Governor Wolf's directive Williams Valley Schools will be closed until April 6th or until further direction is given. ALL school activities have been canceled. 


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March 23, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6th if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Under the new timeline, school buildings would reopen on April 7 for two days to allow school administrators, teachers, and other staff time to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation, and arrange other business operations. Students would return to school on April 9, 2020 unless extending the closure is needed in response to the situation with the virus at that time.


The Williams Valley School District will continue to provide food service during the mandatory school closure due to the COVID-19 virus. Children 18 years or under are eligible and must be present in order to receive the meals.

Two days’ worth of food will be provided for each student on Monday and Wednesday, which will include a lunch and breakfast for the following day.  Friday’s distribution will include one breakfast and one lunch.  Distributions will occur on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The first distribution was on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  

Designated distribution locations include:

  • Williams Valley JR/SR High School
  • Williamstown Community Center
  • Wiconisco Firehouse

​If you have not already done so, please register via this link: https://tinyurl.com/WVFOOD


 

UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020:

 

March 18, 2020


Williams Valley Families,

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support as we move through this difficult time. As things
continue to change regarding the issues centering around COVID-19, the WVSD administration will continue to
update stakeholders with pertinent information as it becomes available. Here are some important updates:

1. A deep cleaning of the WVSD campus buildings is being performed. Thank you to the custodial and
maintenance staff!
2. The March 26, 2020 WVSD Board meeting has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, pending circumstances at that time.
3. Today from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM we began food distribution. This includes two lunches/2 breakfasts
on Mondays and Wednesdays and one lunch/one breakfast on Friday. Registration information was sent
to parents. There are three distribution points:

  • Williams Valley Jr/Sr High School
  • Williamstown Community Center
  • Wiconisco Firehouse

4. Many people have questions regarding graduation and the school calendar and make-up days. We arewaiting for federal/state guidance prior to speculating on these topics.
5. All school buildings remain closed to all unauthorized personnel.
6. We do not have specific information about PSSA/Keystone/AP testing.

Thank you for your consideration. Additional updates will be provided as things progress. Please be safe!

Yours in Education,


Diane R. Best, Ed.D.

 

March 16, 2020

Williams Valley School District Families,

During the closure of our school district through an anticipated date of March 27th, 2020, students will not be expected to complete any new, additional assignments. Make up assignments from absences, other assignments, and course selection sheets may be turned in upon students’ return to school. 

Tests, projects, and IEP meetings are postponed until further notice.  However, this would be a great opportunity to read, practice math facts and skills, and spend quality time with your family.

In addition to websites listed on the High School and Elementary webpages at www.wvschools.net we wanted to provide you with a quick list of resources your student may visit.

Websites may offer FREE content to students and families to continue their learning (Please be sure to review terms and agreements upon signing up if you choose to access these sites.):

Listed below are additional websites that students may visit but will likely require students to utilize their school created log-ins:

Another free resource offered to Comcast subscribers is education television. Other services may be offered through other television and internet providers.

As a reminder the school is undergoing a deep clean and sterilization process. No one is permitted on campus during this time.

Please be sure to wash school items such as backpacks, equipment, lunchboxes, and jackets/coats before your student returns to school. We want to create the safest environment possible for our students upon their return.

Please trust that the Williams Valley School District is doing our best to keep everyone informed. Be on the alert for more information on food distribution pick up times and locations. Please keep your students and families safe during these unprecedented times.

 Sincerely,

 

Christine Duey & Stephanie Carl

WVHS Principal & WVES Principal

 

UPDATED MARCH 13, 2020:

Friday, March 13, 2020

Williams Valley School District Families,

The recent events surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus have made for difficult decisions on the national, state and local level.   Effective at approximately 3:10 on Friday, March 13, 2020, Governor Wolf closed all Pennsylvania Schools effective Monday, March 16 for ten (10) school days.  The health, safety and security of our students and staff are our highest priorities.  We take our role in the protection of the students of Williams Valley very seriously. 

After conferring with state officials, county superintendents, and school board members and analyzing the information available at this time, the following will be instituted:

  • Beginning at the end of the day on Friday, March 13, 2020, all meetings, activities, athletics, and related school events are postponed and subject to reschedule or cancelation.  A tentative reopen date is scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020.
  • Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 all schools in the Williams Valley School District will be closed for two-weeks.  No one is to enter without approval of the Superintendent. A tentative reopen date is scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020.
  • During the two-week closure, the building will be thoroughly disinfected and deep cleaned.           
  • During the two-week period, we highly recommend that students do not regularly leave their home or travel.  We ask that everyone follows the rules established for social distancing and the hygiene efforts that have been in place for some time.

This decision was not made quickly or without significant reflection and discussion. In fact, the county’s school leaders have spent countless hours working in-district and across the county to evaluate the ever-changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic.  We worked to establish best practices following CDC guidelines, in partnership with the PA Department of Health and Emergency Management Agency leaders, to limit social interactions in an effort to proactively protect against community transmission. 

Therefore, Williams Valley School District will cease providing educational services to all children/students effective Monday, March 16, 2020. This includes all special education and related services.  All meetings, activities, athletics, and related school events are postponed and subject to reschedule or cancelation.  No community use of the school facilities will be permitted during this time.  No transportation will be provided.  Everything, in short, is cancelled or postponed.

School personnel and students are prohibited from entering school facilities; however, a limited number of essential staff may be able to perform essential functions such as running payroll, cleaning facilities, maintaining communication systems, and providing security as needed. This is to be determined. 

All school employees and contractors will be contacted shortly via email with additional information.

It is uncertain at this time, regarding the status of these days and whether they will need to be made up in the future.  As we learn more, I will continue to update you.

Please trust that the Williams Valley School District is doing our best to keep everyone informed as new and additional information is received. Thank you and stay safe. During these unprecedented times more than ever, we appreciate the cooperation, support, and understanding of the Williams Valley School District Family.

 

Sincerely,

 

Diane R. Best, Ed.D.

 

 

Please see additional Coronavirus information HERE!