Coronavirus Updates 19-20
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.
- Letter to Families with students enrolled in special education (March 25, 2020)
- eLink Video March 23, 2020
- eLink March 20, 2020
- eLink March 14, 2020
- eLink March 13, 2020 (School Closure)
- eLink March 12, 2020
- eLink March 10, 2020
- eLink March 4, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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
- WHO Coronavirus Disease Outbreak
- Allegheny County Health Department
- Pennsylvania Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Johns Hopkins Global Map
- WHO Coronavirus Mythbusters
- YouTube practical tips from experts on coronavirus
- BrainPOP video on coronavirus
- NASP Talking to Children About Coronavirus