Thanksgiving Safety Message

Thanksgiving Safety Message
Posted on 11/17/2020
Suitcase and COVID-19

Dear PVSD Staff and Parent Community,

While the holidays are traditionally a time to gather with family and friends, State and County health officers are recommending that residents avoid travel and gatherings with members outside their households over the holidays. In line with these recommendations, I am also asking PVSD families to avoid travel and gatherings with people outside your household if at all possible. If you do need to travel, there are certain things you can do to keep yourself and others safe, including following the Four Pillars – wear a face covering, keep physically distanced, wash your hands, and avoid large gatherings. If you need to travel, try to go by car and only with people in your immediate household or COVID-19 bubble group. If you need to be with others outside your immediate household or bubble group, follow the Four Pillars and stay outdoors as much as possible.

If you need to travel outside the Bay Area, determine whether COVID-19 is spreading in the area to which you will be traveling. You can find information about this on the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker or, within California, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy website

Please do your part to limit the spread of COVID over the holidays: avoid unnecessary travel, reconsider large gatherings, and follow best practice safety measures including social distancing, moving activities outdoors, wearing a mask and washing hands frequently.

We are recommending all returning students be tested for COVID-19 the week prior to starting back on campus, and approximately one week after any possible or known exposure during holiday breaks. Families are also encouraged to surveillance test their students on a similar schedule as our teachers, every two weeks, once students have returned. 

If your family does travel or participate in high risk activities, please consider quarantining the week after Thanksgiving break. Please discuss this with your school principal.

We all have an important role in returning children to in-person learning. 

We do our best work when we work together! Thank you for your support and continued partnership,


Relevant Reading:

PVSD COVID-19 Social Contract adhered to by PVSD families returning to campus

San Mateo County Public Health Department Free Testing Information

CDC Guidance on COVID-19: Holiday Celebrations 

Safety Turducken by Emily Oster, Economics Professor and frequent contributor to The Atlantic