PVSD COVID-19 Social Contract

Our district is very committed to the health, safety and well-being of our students, teachers, staff and overall community. We’re doing everything we can to reopen our schools safely...but we need your help!

Everyone at home plays an important role in keeping our community safe.

As we continue the measured and steady return of students to campus, we feel confident that as a community, we can find ways to provide our students with a safe, joyful, and caring learning environment, both in-person and remotely! The pace at which we can open our schools, and keep them open, depends on the ability of our whole community to adhere to safe behaviors.

The four pillars of safety we are implementing on campus(es) are strengthened by the choices you make at home. We encourage and ask everyone in the PVSD community, including children, families, teachers and staff, to practice the same safety measures our children are using in-person at school, and please:

•Adhere to current physical distancing, mask and hygiene guidelines in public both on and off campus.
Avoid large social gatherings, refrain from expanding your social circles and pledge to keep your social circles small. How you pick up your kids after-school, along with after-school and weekend activities your family engages in - impacts the potential exposure for not just your family but also for our campuses.

•Avoid unnecessary travel outside our community, when possible.

Notify the school when anyone in your household travels out of state or to an area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 (California counties in Purple Tier), so we can work together to follow relevant current guidelines to keep our school(s) safe. This will be especially important as three day weekends and holiday breaks occur.

Make an effort to have your child 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. We encourage families to take advantage of free routine testing for students on a similar schedule as our       teachers, once every two weeks, available through the San Mateo County Public Health Department.

•Observe and teach healthy hygiene habits we use at school at home: 20 second hand washing, appropriate use of face coverings, catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue or your elbow.

•Make the hard decision when necessary to stay home when sick.

Be an example for your children and neighbors in modeling safe, responsible behaviors and compassion for others.

We all have an important role in returning children to in-person learning in a safe and respectful manner.

We are part of a very special community in Portola Valley. We ask that everyone practice kindness, patience and respect with each other, especially with those who may need safety reminders or suggestions.

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

Lynette Hovland, Principal of Ormondale School
Abbe Keane, District Nurse
Minoo Shah, Director of Student Services
Kristen Shima, Principal of Corte Madera School
Roberta Zarea, Superintendent