New Year Safety Message

New Year Safety Message
Posted on 01/03/2021
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January 3, 2021

Happy New Year PVSD Families and Staff! 

I hope that you were able to stay safe and enjoy the holidays these past couple of weeks. As we embark on a new year, I want to continue to reflect on the amazing work we have done as a community thus far. I am still in awe of the collective grace, passion, and commitment that has defined our district over the past year. 2020 challenged us in many ways, but also illuminated the power of the PVSD community. As we move into 2021 and start this week off with Distance Learning, I would like to highlight these critical reminders:

Winter Break Travel and Safety

We expect you were able to adhere to San Mateo County’s travel guidelines over Winter Break. If you gathered with people outside your household, or if you left the Bay Area, you must quarantine for 14 days upon your return, prior to sending your children back to school. Please do not leave the Bay Area this week during Distance Learning. If you have questions about what is, and isn’t permitted under the Regional Stay at Home orders, please see the state’s COVID dashboard here (scroll down to the Regional Stay at Home Order section). 

Quarantine Instructions

San Mateo County Health Department continues with the full 14-day quarantine period. Until SMC changes its guidelines, PVSD will follow SMC Health as it is our primary health authority. Please review these quarantine instructionsIf you must quarantine, please contact your school principal. 

COVID-19 Testing

We strongly recommend that all students returning on campus get tested prior to Monday, January 11th, and continue to adhere to the safety requirements. We are hearing that current testing availability is in high demand. There are currently appointments available later this week at the San Mateo County Event Center through Curative. As a reminder, if your child receives a positive result, contact Nurse Abbe @ akeane@pvsd.net.

January Schedule

Just a reminder that all students will participate in Distance Learning the week of January 4th - 8th. In-person instruction for Grades TK - 6 will resume the week of January 11th, while PVVA (Virtual Academy) will continue onward that same week. Seventh and eighth grade students will return to in-person learning two days per week (Tuesdays and Fridays) on Tuesday Jan 19.  

Current Stay @ Home Orders

At the time of this email, the Bay Area is still under state-issued Stay at Home Orders for the entire Bay Area Region, as the region’s overall ICU bed capacity continues to be under the 15% threshold. These orders still do not affect schools that are already open to in-person learning, which includes PVSD. For more specific information on the orders and schools please read this press release from the San Mateo County Office of Education. 

To date, there has been no spread of COVID-19 within San Mateo County Schools. Read this document regarding TK-6th students and the risk of COVID-19 transmission. PVSD’s COVID case rate continues to remain very low and the Board has many times affirmed its commitment to keeping schools open as long as we can do so safely. At their December 17 meeting, the Board of Trustees and Administration discussed COVID data and maintained our commitment to follow SMC Health as it is our primary health authority. Currently, the automatic triggers to close a class/cohort, school or the district and pivot to Distance Learning are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers, students, and staff are identified as cases within a 14-day period (CDPH requirement).  Additionally, if a school is unable to identify sufficient substitute coverage for teachers and staff on any given day, students will move to Distance Learning for as long as is necessary for the school to be sufficiently staffed.

Read this document to see how you and your family can slow the spread of COVID-19.

We all play a role in keeping our schools open for continued in-person learning. These times are crucial in terms of keeping our community safe and honoring the efforts so diligently taken to keep our in-person learning program safe and open. We do our best work when we work together. Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our schools safe.

Warm Regards,

Roberta