Coronavirus Updates

School Closed for rest of Academic Year
 
Quaker Valley School District is CLOSED for the remainder of the academic year as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. 
 
Remote Learning will continue through Friday, May 29. Please visit our Remote Learning Portal for more information.
 
The following guidelines remain in effect until further notice:
  • All district and school buildings are closed.
  • Quaker Valley is not providing transportation to private and parochial schools.
  • All school-related travel is canceled.
  • QV athletic games and practices are canceled.
  • All special meetings, social events, concerts, plays, and other school-related activities are canceled.
  • External organizations are not permitted to use QV facilities, fields, and grounds. All previously approved and scheduled events within this timeframe are canceled.
  • Quaker Valley has reopened school tracks for walking and jogging to comply with Allegheny County moving into the yellow phase of reopening. Playgrounds, fields, and courts will remain closed until the green phase of reopening.

 

Superintendent’s Report on April 27, at the Legislative Meeting

On Monday, April 27, during the Legislative School Board Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Tammy Andreyko presented an overview of the work being done during remote learning. Her comments are as follows:

During a typical school year, springtime flies by with events, sports, and celebrations honoring the accomplishments and successes of our students, faculty, and staff. As you know, 2020 has been anything but typical.

In a time when we would be busy gearing up for final lessons, awards, and banquets, we are instead separated from one another, working differently, working apart. Surviving on software and random Zoom meetings and caring for those around us.

Education is best served socially and right now; everyone is working together to do the best we can with the situation we are in. Remember that schools are not closed. School buildings are closed. The teachers and staff are working harder than ever right now. 

We are all in this profession because we thrive on the interactions we have with children. These days, it looks and feels so different. But rest assured, we are all eager to spend time with our students again. We also can’t wait to work together, collaborate, and set things in motion for many years to come at Quaker Valley.

I want to thank our faculty and staff, for, without them, none of this would be possible. Our team has shifted and moved our entire award-winning academic program to a virtual program, helping us to reach students in their homes. This is no small feat and we should all be proud of the team we have here at Quaker Valley. The words thank you do not seem to be nearly enough. This community has always appreciated their dedication and expertise; now we're amazed at their resourcefulness and persistence in the face of huge challenges.

 Some of the highlights from around the District as we look back at the first month of our Continuity of Education:

Cleaning and sanitizing buildings –our custodial and maintenance staff have been on the scene to keep our buildings clean and ready for the lucky day when we can all return. And although they are empty, we continue to maintain our buildings, facilities, and grounds. We look forward to the days when the halls are once again filled with students. 

Feeding children—each week we hand out more than 120 meals to our students, so they have a healthy breakfast and lunch each day. 

Counseling services—our counselors continue to help students and their families and have come up with new ways to reach those who need assistance.

Tech options and deliveries for those in need—we’ve expanded our tech program, by offering software options to staff and devices to students who need them and providing remote support as our students work from home.

Email responses—as you know, email knows no off day. Our team has responded to the needs of our students, parents, and community members, all hours of the day. 

The health of our employees—our employees’ healthcare is a priority always, but especially now. We’ve been busy reminding employees about their health, safety, and well-being.

Our communication with families and the community has been consistent and it is helping to connect us as we are apart. We hope that our Monday Memos and our COVID-19 website provide the input your need. Also, I am happy to report I have spent a considerable amount of time talking with legislators and area superintendents about what can be done to help our students, our teachers, and our communities during this pandemic. 

These conversations occur on regular occasions every week. We are doing our best in Allegheny County to stay connected and on target more so than we ever have before.

Although it quietly happens without much fanfare, the business affairs of the district keep flowing. 

We are writing grants, renegotiating contracts with vendors, paying bills, reevaluating our calendar, the way we recruit and hire staff, and so much more without the ability to work together face to face, this is challenging work. It is quiet work and often overwhelming to those who may not notice. 

We are working to manage the budget of the District In light of the changing landscape caused by COVID19. And utilizing the Pennsylvania Act 13, state legislation to guide this current work. Please know as the Superintendent of this district I have been inspired by my leadership team. 

We are working diligently to make a recommendation to the Board to limit any tax increase this year. This commitment along with an understanding that short-term and long-term impacts are still unknown is where my team is endeavoring right now. The dynamics of this recommendation will have a ripple effect on many areas, but it will show our dedication to this supportive community during an unprecedented time. We will have much more information on this effort over the next few weeks.    

We have all put in many hours, we have made adjustments, we have adapted, communicated, improvised, and excelled. Thank you to this School Board. You are ALWAYS there when I have a question, need guidance, or want a pulse of the community. You care so deeply about this district. Anyone who spends five minutes with you will know that.

I am proud of the work we have done, and I am excited to see what else lies ahead for our students and our District. Please take care and thank you one and all.  

 

Communications to Families
Free and Reduced Breakfast & Lunch Provided
Governor Wolf has mandated all schools across the Commonwealth be closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus.  During this closure, the QV Café is providing curbside breakfast and lunch for those students and families who qualify for free and reduced meals. Information about times and locations is directly communicated with families who qualify for free and reduced meals.
 

If you are currently unemployed, without income, or your income status has changed, you may be eligible for meals through the National School Lunch Program. Please complete the application at www.compass.state.pa.us. The application may be completed online.

We understand that these are trying times and we recognize the impact this may have on our students and community over the next few weeks. Quaker Valley always puts children first, and this is no exception. We are happy we can continue to provide healthy meals to our students during this time. If you have any questions about free and reduced meals, please contact Ms. Carla Escribano at escribanoc@qvsd.org.

Assistance for QV Families
Union Aid is helping families in need. If you need assistance buying food, or want to donate, please visit www.unionaidsociety.net.

The Sewickley Community Center Food Pantry will be open every Wednesday through April (and possibly longer) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will receive donations of non-perishable foods and non-food items (paper products, diapers/wipes, toiletries, etc) on Wednesdays in April between 9-11 a.m. If there are any questions, please visit www.sewickleycommunitycenter.com or call 412-741-5430 and leave a message. The pantry is located at 15 Chadwick Street, Sewickley and is open to anyone in the QVSD zip codes.

Essential Items Left at School
Given the abrupt closure of the schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware students may have left essential items behind in the school buildings.  Such items may include musical instruments, medicines, or other valuables. If your student(s) needs essential items left at school, please complete this form so we can efficiently and safely coordinate efforts to retrieve those items.  Please complete one form for each individual student.  Once we have collected this information, we will be in contact as to how we will proceed to return those essentials to families. 

Remote Learning
Remote Learning will continue as long as schools are closed. This webpage contains more information and details about the remote learning process.
view Remote Learning Portal

Educational Resources
This webpage contains suggested resources and activities that students and families may choose to use while school is not in session.
view Educational Resources page

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from a coronavirus to the general American public is considered low at this time. For additional information, visit the CDC website.

What are the symptoms?

Similar to the common cold and influenza, common symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure.

Coronavirus disease 2019 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. Symptoms of COVID-19 generally appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization.

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing.
  • Close personal contact, such as touching and shaking hands.
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • In rare cases, contact with feces.

Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends typical infectious disease precautions, just as those used to prevent cold or flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are ill (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid close contact with others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC does not recommend the routine use of face masks by the general public to prevent respiratory illness and is not recommending their use at this time for the prevention of COVID-19.

If you have traveled to, or through a CDC Level 3 Warning country, we recommend anyone who develops a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) or symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, seek medical advice by calling your local health department. If you cannot reach your local health department, call ahead before going to the emergency room or doctor’s office to notify them in case of recent travel to countries or locations within the United States with elevated levels of COVID-19.

If your child is sick, they should not be at school, regardless of their symptoms. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of any illness while at school, they will be checked by the school nurse and may be sent home. The student should not return to school until the parent/guardian has consulted with a medical professional and communicated this information to the school nurse. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention.

Quaker Valley School District is following the CDC recommendations for travelers returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Notice:

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials (PDF).