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District FAQs

Updated June 2, 2020

  1. Has the 2020 Commencement Ceremony been rescheduled?
    While it was our hope that relief from restrictions would be granted by the state in time to celebrate prom and commencement on their original dates of May 22 (prom) and May 28 (commencement),  continued COVID-19 closures and social distancing orders have forced CVSD to develop and  implement a back-up plan.   

    In collaboration with senior student leadership and high school teachers,  alternative dates have been established. We hope this brings some sense of relief during this uncertain time and allows your family to make tentative plans as we await future direction from state officials.

    At this time, prom and graduation will be held on the following dates:
    July 6 - Prom 
    July 7 - Graduation practice - details TBD
    July 8 - Graduation practice - details TBD
    July 9 - Commencement

    Should social restrictions remain through early July, the District will implement Alternative Plan #2:
    July 27 - Prom
    July 28 - Graduation practice
    July 29 - Graduation practice
    July 30 - Graduation ceremony
    July 8 - Graduation practice - details TBD
    July 9 - Graduation ceremony - 7:00 p.m. - CVHS 
     

  2. How long will schools be closed?
    On March 30, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine extended the state-wide mandated school closure indefinitely.  CVSD will remain closed and continue with the Continuity Education Plan through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 
     

  3. If my student left personal belongings at school, may we enter the school to retrieve these items?
    As Allegheny County moves into the "yellow" phase of re-opening on May 15, the District has planned locker clean-outs for the following dates.  More information regarding specific times will be shared as it comes available:

    High School: June 1 and 2
    Middle School: May 28 and 29
    Intermediate School: May 26 - 29
    Primary School: May 26 -29


    Otherwise, we have strictly limited traffic in our buildings and facilities.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we have to consider the safety and welfare of our families first.
     

  4. How will students continue to learn during the extended school closure?
    CVSD has been providing educational resources to our students since March 18, 2020.  Beginning March 30, 2020, we will implement a Continuity of Education Plan (PA Department of Education terminology). 

    Students in grades 6-12 will continue to utilize online learning platforms Schoology (High School) and Google Classroom (Middle School). 

    For students in grades K-5, we have implemented Google Classroom learning platforms.  Principals have sent emails to parents (and IS students) including instructions for joining Google Classroom.  

    There is not a set schedule for student work, but we will share recommended daily schedules for your children to follow as you see fit. These sample schedules will be available on our Educational Resources page (https://www.cvsd.net/covid-19/distance-learning).

    The District’s goal is to provide continuity of education, not to master new complex tasks. A very important note: assignments are to enhance student learning and augment (or increase) the student’s current grade. The assignments are not to be academically detrimental. If a student can not/does not complete the work, the assignment will not count against the student’s current grade.  

     

  5. Will my child need to be online working on their assignments from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day?
    No. Students may access and complete their assignments at times which are most convenient for them and their families.  We realize that the COVID-19 outbreak as placed an extra burden on families, and we want to remind you that the Continuity of Education plan is intended to augment learning, not cause undue stress. 
     

  6.  What if my household does not have an electronic device (a District issued or personal laptop, computer, tablet, or smartphone) or in-home Internet service?
    If your household does not have an electronic device, please contact your student's building principal. 

    Several internet providers are offering free or reduced-rate service
    -Free Xfinity hotspots may be available in your area. They have opened this service for free to anyone who is able to connect.  Use your device to search for a wifi connection called Xfinity or XfinityWIFI, click and connect. 
    -Comcast is offering two months of free internet service to low income households.  More information: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 
    -Additional options are listed under Internet and Technology Resources here: 
    https://www.cvsd.net/covid-19/distance-learning
     

  7. How will my child receive support if they have trouble with online/digital assignments?
    Teachers and professional staff will be available by district email or via other contact information provided on their individual Schoology and Google Classroom platforms. 
     

  8. What should I do if my child experiences any technical issues with their District-issued laptop?
    Technology help with accessing CVSD resources is available by contacting  technolgy@cvsd.net or 412-429-2290.  Inquiries will be addressed within 24 hours. 
     

  9. What if we need to contact school services, such as a nurse or counselor?
    Your child’s school counselors and nurses will be available during normal school hours.  Please contact them via email. Contact information can be found on the district directory or under the Student Services tab. 
     

  10. How will students be graded for the 3rd and 4th marking periods?
    The grading process to close out the 3rd quarter and for the remainder of the year is as follows:
    -Students will carry over their final 3rd quarter grade as their starting 4th quarter grade. During the 4th quarter, students can only improve the starting grade carried over from the 3rd quarter.  
    -Student grades will culminate throughout the 4th nine weeks based upon the students’ school work from the 4th nine weeks marking period. ­­­­­
    -The culminating grade will serve as the 4th nine weeks grade. 
    -The final grades will be averaged as usual. 
    -The status of high school final exams will be determined at a later date.
     

  11. Will state assessments, national exams, and finals be affected by the closure?
    -The PA Department of Education has canceled the 2020 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams.   
    -Given the current school closure and remote learning limitations, final exams for the 2019-2020 have been canceled. 
    -For details about Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT/ACT exams, please visit  collegeboard.org.
     

  12. Will the closure affect the required 180 day educational requirement? 
    Due to the extended COVID-19 closure, Governor Wolf has waived the 180-school-day  requirement. Students will not have to make up days missed due to the mandated closure.
     

  13. Will meals continue to be provided to students during closure?
    Families with students who qualify under the Free and Reduced Meals plan have been contacted directly regarding grab-and-go meal service during the extended school closure. Parents/guardians should click here for more information and to indicate whether or not you wish to participate.  Parents/guardians may pick up meals for students.  Students do not need to be present to receive their breakfast and lunch bags.  If you are struggling to with food needs during this closure and did not receive Free and Reduced Meals correspondence, please contact District Offices. 
     
  14. Will spring events be canceled or postponed/rescheduled?
    Please reference communication sent on May 5 regarding spring activities and events. Unfortunately, many have been reconfigured to a virtual setting, canceled, or rescheduled for later in the summer or fall. As we approach the closure of the school year, your building principals will provide more details regarding events such as locker clean-out, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your principals with specific questions.
     

  15. How can we keep our electronic devices clean and sanitized?
    Here is come guidance provided by our technology department:

    Chromebook:
    https://fireflycomputers.com/2020/03/how-to-sanitize-a-chromebook/
    iPhones:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207123
    Android phone:
    https://9to5google.com/2020/03/12/clean-sanitize-android/

     

Should you have any additional questions that have not been addressed, please contact your building administrators or publicrelations@cvsd.net.