Good Morning Chartiers Valley Students, Parents, and Guardians;

First and foremost, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  The District is appreciative and humbled by the number of people who offered their assistance. Understandably, it has been quite trying; however, I firmly believe nothing shows the true colors of a community more than adversity. I am continuously impressed.   Thank you!
 
The weeks ahead are uncertain, but through communication and collaboration, I have no doubt we will be able to solve problems as they come along. The District has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help address some concerns regarding student academic expectations.  I will also clarify those expectations in this letter.  
 
On Friday afternoon, students, parents, and guardians received correspondence from the District regarding closure of Allegheny County schools.  Within an hour of sending that message to our families, Governor Wolf ordered a state-wide closure of schools. The Governor’s mandated closure altered the District’s plan.  The guidance we have received from the Department of Education and Governor’s office is reflected in our student expectations outlined below.
 
Understandably, your expectations as parents and guardians may be different. Please know that these expectations may change as this situation changes. By Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the District will provide educational resources on the District website under the COVID-19 tab.  I encourage students to utilize these resources and establish a schedule for your students during this closure.
 
If you/your student does not have internet access, Comcast is offering two months of free internet service to low income households so that students can engage in online learning. For more information, visit: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
 
Expectations for Students: 
  • Students are not to be on District property during the closure.
  • Students are not required to complete assignments during the closure. 
  • Students may choose to take advantage of the educational resources (and we encourage them to do so) provided by their teachers/grade level to reinforce previously learned concepts, and/or when applicable, prepare for national exams related to their coursework, such as Advanced Placement preparation.
  
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building administrators and teachers, review the FAQs listed on the website, or contact District Offices.  As the Pennsylvania Department of Education stated so well, our priority at this time is the safety and well-being of our community; all else is secondary.  
 
We will continue to provide updates and additional information as we receive guidance from the Governor’s office and Department of Education.  
 
Stay safe and well,
 
 
Johannah M. Vanatta, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools