FAQs

UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2020

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the District's Reopening of Schools Plan, health and safety measures, and instructional methods for the 2020-2021 school year.  Additional questions should be directed to publicrelations@cvsd.net.

 Return to School Plan  

  • When is the first day of school? 
    • The first day of school is Monday, August 24, for both Hybrid and CV Cyber students. 
      • CV Cyber Academy students should log into their Google Classroom (K-5) or Schoology (6-12) virtual classrooms on the first day. 
      • Hybrid students with last names beginning with A-K should attend school in-person on the first day. 
      • Hybrid students with last names beginning with L-Z should log into their Google Classroom or Schoology virtual classrooms on the first day. 
      • Kindergarten students will have half days on August 24-29.  Last names beginning with A-K will attend half-days Monday and Tuesday, and last names beginning with L-Z will attend half days Wednesday and Thursday.
         
  • Who is on the Reopening and Planning Taskforce? 
    • Beginning in May, before the 2019-2020 school year was even over, the Chartiers Valley School District, in consideration of the challenges faced during the spring 2020 COVID-19 school closures and in preparation for the upcoming school year, developed a Reopening and Planning Task Force.

      This committee is composed of members from the following District groups: local physicians, Central Office Administrators, School Board Members, Principals, Assistant Principals, Chartiers Valley Federation of Teachers, health services, public relations and communications, facilities, transportation, food service, and finance. Additionally, local physician Dr. Civitarese has offered his expert opinion as a member of the District's Reopening and Planning Task Force.

      The task force  is charged with developing specific action plans for a safe return to school this fall in various areas such as Facilities and School Operations, Instruction, Technology, Communication, Community Partnerships, and Human Resources.  

      Read more about the CVSD Taskforce in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by clicking here
       
  • Where can I find a copy of Chartiers Valley’s Reopening Plan? 
    • The Reopening of Schools Plan as well as information regarding upcoming events, FAQs, and parent resources are available under the Reopening and Planning tab on the District website: www.cvsd.net
       
  • Is this the final plan? Has it been approved by the CV School Board of Directors? 
    • On June 30, 2020, the Chartiers Valley School District Board of Directors and Pennsylvania Department of Education approved a Preliminary Reopening of Schools Plan. 

      Based on the most recent data and guidance, District leaders revised the Reopening Plan to include updates to instructional options and amended health and safety procedures, which were approved by the CVSD School Board on August 11, 2020. 

      Our plans for the 2020-2021 school year are subject to change and will be continually evaluated and updated based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Allegheny County Health Department. 
       

Health and Safety 

  • What measures are being put in place to protect student and staff health and safety? 
    • The Chartiers Valley School District is looking forward to safely welcoming students and staff back to school. We know that the school year will look different and we are implementing health and safety measures to protect our students, staff, and families. 
    • Our Health & Safety plan outlines how the District will monitor and report the virus, guidelines for hygiene practices, cleaning procedures, physical distancing, and additional protocols for transportation, visitors to school buildings, athletic activities, along with proper training for faculty and staff. The Health & Safety plan can be found on the district website.
    • Our Return to School plan was created with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Allegheny County Health Department, District Physician, District Health Services, and the Chartiers Valley School Board of School Directors. 
       

 General Health & Safety 

  • Will students and staff need to wear face coverings?
    • Students and staff will be required to wear masks/face coverings at all times, including on the school bus. “Mask breaks” will be scheduled if and when feasible. 
    • In the event a face-covering needs to be replaced at school, each school has face masks available to ensure compliance with this requirement.
    • Masks, shields, or other protective devices will be worn by all students and staff members or anyone entering the district at all times. 
    • Staff members who have concerns with the face coverings requirement should contact the Human Resources Department to discuss potential alternatives and resources which may be available to them.
    • Documentation of such conditions from families and staff will be requested.
       
  • Will students or staff be screened for COVID-19 symptoms?
    • The District is asking for parents/guardians to perform a symptom screen on their children prior to putting them on a bus or bringing them to school.  District staff should perform the same symptom screen before coming to work each day. During the screening, individuals should look for the following symptoms: fever greater than 100.4º, cough, shortness of breath, headaches, body aches, fatigue, loss/altered sense of taste or smell, diarrhea, and runny nose/congestion.
       
  • Will students and staff have their temperatures taken before they enter District buildings?
    • No. At this time, students and staff are requested to complete a daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including fevers, prior to arriving at school.
       
  • In the event COVID-19 cases continue to rise, is there a plan in place?
    • Students may have to move from in-person instruction to hybrid or fully remote instruction at some point in the year if health data from Allegheny County Health Department or Pennsylvania Health Department warrant closing a school or multiple schools. Chartiers Valley School District will work with authorities regarding cases that might require a change in school operating status.
       
  • Does the District have assurances that if the county meets criteria, the official color status would be moved back to yellow or red despite a likely public outcry?
    • Based on requirements from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Chartiers Valley School District submitted a Health & Safety Plan that outlines guidelines for the reopening of our schools. The chart that was contained in the Education Plan is an overview that shows how the District will make decisions regarding instructional delivery options based on additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Allegheny County Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It’s important to note that the Chartiers Valley School District Superintendent will have the authority to change in-person instruction based on the health and wellness of the students and staff in each building.
       
  • How will CVSD address the COVID stigma when students test positive or are asked to quarantine?
    • The District is currently reviewing all School Board policies related to the harassment of students. Any mistreatment of students will be handled by school administration in accordance with the CVSD Code of Conduct.
       
  • Does the District consult with an epidemiologist?
    • The District has consulted with a local physician, the Allegheny County Health Department, the District Solicitor, and its Health Services staff in creating our Health and Safety and Educational Plans. Further, the District has utilized guidance documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Allegheny County Health Department, and the PA Department of Education to inform its decision making.
       
  • If a student or staff member has a cough or is sneezing, will it be assumed they have COVID-19?
    • The District does not have the ability to diagnose an individual with COVID-19. If a student or staff member is displaying symptoms related to COVID-19, they will be directed to consult their health care provider.
       
  • Will students and staff members with fevers or other COVID-19 symptoms be required to be tested before returning to school?
    • If a student or staff member is displaying symptoms related to COVID-19, they will be directed to consult their health care provider.
       
  • How will the school know of positive COVID-19 cases? How will they be able to ensure students aren't coming to school sick and spreading it? Will anyone with symptoms have to stay out of school for a determined time?
    • When known symptoms are brought to our attention, school nurses will work with students and families to track the status of their symptoms and doctor recommendations. If your student has been identified as being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, they are to stay home unless seeking medical care. They will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of contact. Close contact means being within six feet of an individual for at least 15 minutes, with or without a mask. Upon being notified of your exposure by the District, it will be further suggested that you consult with your healthcare provider.
       
  • What is the requirement for students/staff after getting a COVID-19 test?
    • Students/staff should remain at home while awaiting test results. If a student/staff member tests positive, they should remain home for 14 days. They may return 24 hours since the last episode of active vomiting or diarrhea, 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication, 24 hours on antibiotics for a variety of bacterial causes, or a doctor’s note of clearance for various medical conditions.
       
  • How will attendance requirements work? If a student is out for 14 days after a positive test result or even an exposure, will they be penalized the same way as a normal school year?
    • When a student is out for 14 days quarantining after a positive test result or exposure, the District will excuse these absences by considering them as days missed for medical reasons. Students will have access to virtual instruction from their classroom teachers.
       
  • If students have seasonal/environmental allergies, would it be helpful to send a letter documenting this condition to the school nurse?
    • A letter from your doctor to the school nurse stating symptoms would be helpful in this situation. You are encouraged to reach out to your students’ school nurse to discuss their allergy symptoms and how best to manage them during this time.
       
  • During in-person instruction, what happens when students get a cold?
    • Students/staff members who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home from school. Students/staff members can return when they are symptom-free for 24 hours. The District will excuse these absences by considering them as days missed for medical reasons.
       
  • If a student is sent home with a fever (or other symptom), other than waiting the prerequisite 24 hours from the last “fever”, what other safety measures can be put in place?
    • Additional precautions would be to practice CDC, PA Department of Health, and Allegheny County Health Department guidelines related to physical distancing, face coverings, hygiene, and symptoms screening.
       
  • How will the District know if a student or staff member is not COVID-19 positive if a test is not required or administered?
    • Anyone with symptoms will need to contact their health care provider to discuss potential exposure and appropriate next steps including testing and self-quarantine.
       

Positive COVID-19 Test

  • What will happen if someone tests positive for COVID-19?
    • Once a positive test is determined, the District will contact the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), which will complete a contact investigation of individuals with confirmed cases. 
    • With guidance from the ACHD, students and staff considered close contacts to the case (if any) will be notified of their exposure, using as little identifying information about the case as possible. 
    • CVSD will act in accordance to the findings of the ACHD investigations as it relates to mitigation steps (i.e. isolate individuals, shift a particular class or a school to full remote learning, etc).
  • Will I be notified if my child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
    • The District will notify parents/guardians via email when their child has been in a classroom, bus, sports team, or activity with a student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 or attends a school in which someone has tested positive for COVID-19. There are two types of communication that will occur:
      • When a student or staff member is present in a classroom, bus, sports team or activity where an individual tests positive for COVID-19:
        • Staff and parents/guardians will receive written communication via email sharing that the student or staff member may have been in direct contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
        • The letter will contain action steps to be taken and any recommendations provided by the Allegheny County Health Department.
        • If there are multiple cases in one day, the District will send one email per day to staff, parents/guardians, etc. with cases grouped together.
      • When a student or staff member in a District’s school tests positive for COVID-19:
        • Staff and parents/guardians will receive written communication via email notifying them that a person in the school has tested positive for COVID-19.
        • The letter will contain necessary action steps to be taken and any recommendations provided by the Allegheny County Health Department.
        • If there are multiple cases in one day, the District will send one email per day to staff, parents/guardians, etc. with cases grouped together.
  • If there is a confirmed positive case in a student or staff member, will Chartiers Valley have to shut down the classroom and/or the school?
    • Chartiers Valley School District will follow the guidelines and directives set out by the Allegheny County Health Department and Pennsylvania Department of Education on whether to transition to remote learning. We do not intend to transition to fully remote learning for a class or school building due to one positive case, unless directed to do so by ACHD.
       
  • If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in the classroom/school bus, will the other students in that classroom/bus be tested? Or required to quarantine for 14 days? If not, how will you stop the spread of the virus?
    • If your student has been identified as being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, they are to stay home unless seeking medical care. They will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of contact. Close contact means being within six feet of an individual for at least 15 minutes, with or without a mask. Upon being notified of your exposure by the District, it will be further suggested that you consult with your healthcare provider.
       
  • What are the procedures for when an individual is in close contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19?
    • If identified as being in close contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home unless you are going to see a medical professional. Individuals will be required to quarantine for 14 days since the date of contact. Close contact means being within six feet of an individual for at least 15 minutes, with or without a mask. Once notified by the district of exposure, the individual will be required to consult with their health care provider and inform the school nurse.
       
  • What is the continuity of education plan if a student has to miss multiple days of class?
    • Students will have access to virtual instruction from their classroom teachers.
       
  • If a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19 and awaiting testing, what precautions should be used while awaiting test results?
    • Additional precautions would be to practice CDC, PADOH, and ACHD guidelines related to physical distancing, face coverings, hygiene, and symptoms screening. When a student is out for a number of days awaiting test results after a possible test result or exposure, the District will excuse these absences by considering them as days missed for medical reasons.
       
  • If students are exposed to COVID-19 in a classroom, would they be eligible to move to CV Cyber Academy immediately rather than having to wait until a new semester?
    • Students/families have the ability to move into the CV Cyber Academy at the beginning of each quarter or during special circumstances as needed.
       
  • How soon after a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed in a school will parents/guardians be notified?
    • Parents/guardians of students who have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 will be notified on the day the District is made aware of the positive case.
       
  • What is the protocol for a student or staff member to return to school after testing positive for COVID-19? 
    • The individual needs to provide written clearance from their healthcare provider and be symptom-free for 24 hours and allow ten days to pass from the initial symptoms or positive testing.
  • What if a parent/guardian tests positive and the children test negative? Do the children quarantine along with the parents?
    • If a household member of a student or staff member tests positive, parents/guardians or the staff member should consult with their healthcare provider to determine if any additional members of the household should also quarantine. Currently, the guidance of our District physician, as well as the ACHD, is to monitor symptoms.
       
  • The FAQs say that after a positive case, the health department will do a contact investigation. How quickly will the contact tracing be completed?
    • The District will notify the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) immediately when we are notified of a positive case. The turnaround time for contact tracing will depend on the amount of cases and available staff at the ACHD.
       
  • How will contact tracing results be used?
    • Results of contact tracing will not be used by the District. If a student has been identified as having a direct contact with a positive case, a representative of the Health Department will contact you to discuss your exposure.
       
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and has to miss a few weeks of school, what happens? Do they just miss a few weeks or can they switch to Cyber so they don't get behind?
    • Students will have access to virtual instruction from their classroom teachers.
       
  • Will parents/guardians be notified if there is a presumptive positive diagnosis?
    • The communication protocol includes presumptive positive cases.

 

COVID-19 Symptoms 

  • What will happen if a student or staff member presents COVID-19 symptoms?
    • If a student or staff member presents any of the described symptoms of COVID-19 to the Health Office, they will be isolated in an identified area located in the Health Office to be evaluated. The School Nurse will apply required PPE and ensure a face mask is applied/available to an individual with respiratory symptoms and a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit if it can be tolerated and developmentally appropriate.  
    • If the Health Office is unavailable, the student or staff member should be directed home, as appropriate, and instructed to contact their personal physician.
       
  • Will teachers have the ‘authority’ to ask a student to go to the nurse, and potentially go home, if they appear to be sick in a classroom? Examples include a child who looks sick, is coughing, or is showing other symptoms.
    • All students and staff members who present symptoms related to COVID-19 during the school day will be asked to report to the school’s health office and will be isolated.  

 General 

  • Has the School Board changed the school calendar in any way for the 2020-2021 school year?
    • The School Board approved changes to the 2020-2021 calendar to minimize Monday school closures in order to provide Monday/Tuesday hybrid students with more in-person instruction days.  Further changes may be made pending local, state, and national guidelines related to COVID-19. Any updates will be communicated with District staff and families via email and posted on the District's website.
  • When do I need to select an instruction option for my student? 
    • The last possible date for making a change to student instruction will be August 14.
  • What are the options for parents if they do not want their child to return to a building this fall?
    • Parents/guardians have the option of enrolling their student in the CV Cyber Academy for the 2020-2021 school year. Click HERE to find out more about the CV Cyber Academy.
  • Will families have the option of changing their child’s placement from In-Person Instruction to CV Cyber Academy or vice versa at any point during the year?
    • At the end of each quarter, or in the event of a special circumstance:
      • Students who are enrolled in CV Cyber Academy will have the option to enroll in In-Person Instruction. 
      • Students who are enrolled in In-Person Instruction will have the option to enroll in the CV Cyber Academy.
         
  • What happens if all students start in fully remote instruction?
    • In fully remote instruction, students will receive remote instruction five days a week by CVSD teachers 
       
  • Will students be allowed to carry their backpacks to classes?
    • Yes, students will be able to carry their backpacks to class.
       
  • Will there be an orientation for students starting at new schools? Will it be in person or virtual?
    • Orientation will be held virtually.  Information is available on the District website under the News section. 


Face Coverings  

  • Will face coverings be required?
    • Students and staff will be required to wear masks/face coverings at all times, including on the school bus. In the event a face-covering needs to be replaced at school, each school has face masks available to ensure compliance with this requirement. 
    • If a student or staff member has a documented medical condition, mental health condition, or disability in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA that precludes them from using a face covering, team meetings will be held to discuss PPE options.
    • Staff members who have concerns with the face coverings requirement should contact the Human Resources Department to discuss potential alternatives and resources which may be available to them.
    • Documentation of such conditions from families and staff will be requested.
       
  • Do students have to wear a face-covering in the cafeteria?
    • Students will need to wear a mask in the cafeteria but can remove their mask to eat or drink.
       
  • Have you considered adjusting the preset room temperatures or air circulation because teachers and students are required to wear masks?
    • Where feasible and safe, classroom and office windows will be opened in to increase outside air supply into the buildings. Building HVAC systems will be adjusted to operate with increased outside air circulation.
       
  • Will my child have to wear his or her face covering all day?
    • Yes. Masks, shields, or other protective devices will be worn by all students and staff members and volunteers at all times, except during specific “mask breaks” as scheduled or when they are eating or drinking.
       
  • For younger children who have a harder time accepting and understanding this "mask issue", will there be disciplinary action?
    • The District will work with students/families on ways to redirect students when the face-covering becomes an issue. Redirection may include providing a preferred task or giving a mask break away from peers. These procedures will include discussions with families focused on restorative practices. Staff will be working at the beginning of the year to explain the need for masks and physical distancing to children. These practices will become new routines within the classroom. Lessons and activities will take place to assist students in understanding the concept of six feet of distance and the need for wearing a face covering. Adults will monitor students and assist with prompts if they need reminders.
       
  • Will there be certain times of the day where students are given a "mask break"?
    • Mask breaks will only occur when students are six feet apart at lunch or when students are outside and six feet apart.
  • Will students be made to wear masks in high school PE classes? For example, while being required to run.
    • The Secretary's Order requires individuals to wear a face covering, in both indoor public places and in the outdoors when they are not able to consistently maintain physical distance from individuals who are not members of their household. If doing a solitary activity outside that is not likely to result in being within six feet of another person, you are not required to wear a face covering. Individuals should consider carrying a face covering in case they unexpectedly come in close contact with others.
       
  • How strictly is the face-covering requirement going to be enforced? 
    • The face-covering requirement will be enforced in accordance with the guidelines of the departments of health and education, as well as the District's code of conduct. Individuals with questions about appropriate face coverings should contact HR or Student Services. If a student isn’t following the face-covering requirement, staff will respond using progressive discipline techniques to work toward gaining compliance with commonwealth/local mask orders.
       
  • How does CVSD plan to enforce the rule that everyone must wear a face-covering during in-person classes? What if someone refuses to wear a face-covering?
    • Staff members must wear an appropriate face covering. Staff members with restrictions or concerns about face coverings should speak to HR about possible accommodations.
    • If students or their families assert children cannot wear face coverings in schools for medical reasons, Section 504 and IDEA both require participation in a team meeting to decide whether accommodation should be provided that includes a different type of PPE. Therefore, the District will require parents/guardians to provide pertinent medical information in order to decide whether a 504 plan should be developed or modified for a child (or an existing IEP modified). If a student does not have a valid medical excuse to not wear a face covering and demonstrates continued noncompliance with this requirement, the District would apply the Code of Conduct and any necessary disciplinary procedures.
  • Why is a face shield considered an acceptable face covering?
    • Based on the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health’s updated Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings, a plastic shield that covers the nose and mouth is considered a compliant face covering, so the District would be limited in the ability to require anyone wearing a compliant face covering to change to a specific style of mask or other covering. Here is the language provided specifically from the PA Department of Education on how the face-covering order impacts schools:
      What type of mask complies with this Order?
      “A "face covering" can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen, and, for the purposes of the order, can include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth.”
       
  • In the hybrid phase, will students be expected to wear masks or face shields throughout the day or will the expectation be that their desks will be spaced six feet apart and they can maintain that distance throughout the day?
    • Even under the hybrid model, many classrooms and other areas will not allow all students to be six feet apart and face coverings are required when they are not at least six feet apart. 
       

 Student Services

  • If a parent/guardian needs to meet with a counselor to ask questions or plan courses, how will that happen?
    • Parents should contact their building school counselors. Contact information for School Counselors can be found on our website.
       
  • If we choose in-person learning but are in a stage where we are learning remotely, how can a student work with a school counselor on the college application process?
    • School Counselors will be available to meet with students via Google Meet and conference call lines to help work with students on the college application process.
       
  • How will my child’s IEP and/or 504 services and accommodations be met?
    • IEP - During in-person instruction, service providers will follow the District’s health and safety protocols in the Special Education environment while implementing each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Upon returning to school, case managers will address student-specific needs arising from the transition back into school buildings while considering whether or not a student has experienced a regression of skills and/or lack of progress. If regression and/or a lack of progress is present, the IEP team will identify opportunities for recovery, including additional, new, or different services and accommodations. If the District is required to transition to hybrid or full remote learning, case managers will schedule a parent/teacher conference to discuss the contents of the IEP and create this individualized continuity of learning plan for students in a hybrid/remote environment.
    • 504 Plans - The CVSD School Counseling Department will ensure student support through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 while students are receiving in-person instruction. If the District transitions to hybrid or remote learning, the School Counseling Department will reach out to families to address individual student needs based on the changes to the instructional delivery.
       
  • If a student has an IEP for gifted learning, how will their needs be met through digital learning? 
    • GIEP - If the District is required to transition to hybrid or full remote learning, case managers will schedule a parent/teacher conference to discuss the contents of the GIEP and create this individualized continuity of learning plan for students in a hybrid/remote environment. 
    • Gifted Programming - Online and project-based enrichment and educational opportunities will be made available to students through the GOAL program during all phases of In-Person Instruction, including hybrid, and full remote learning.
  • Will the IEP need to be re-written each time that they move from one scenario to another?
    • IEP teams will need to consider FAPE in each instructional delivery model. In most cases, this will be done through the IEP amendment process between the child’s family and case manager.

       
  • How will IEPs be implemented? Will FAPE be honored?
    • FAPE must be honored in each scenario presented in the Health & Safety and Education Plans. Case managers will work with families to determine how best to deliver FAPE in every model of instructional delivery throughout the year.
       
  • Will agreed-upon goals, SDIs, and related services (currently, in our case, speech, music therapy, PT, OT) be honored in a virtual setting?
    • FAPE must be honored in each scenario presented in the Health & Safety and Education Plans. Case managers will work with families to determine how best to deliver FAPE in every model of instructional delivery throughout the year.
  • Will placement be honored? Will students be placed with a special educator as defined in IEP (eg. life skills) or will they be placed in a general ed virtual classroom? If in a general ed classroom, what supports and services will be available?
    • Special Education Services will be provided in accordance with each student’s IEP. They will be assigned a PA Certified Special Educator to implement the IEP in order to allow for access to the general education curriculum.
  • When a family determines that return to in-person instruction is safe and appropriate, how will that transition be handled? Will IEP and placement continue to be honored?
    • If a student/ family chooses to transition between CV Cyber Academy and in-person instruction during the school year, the IEP team will work together to identify a transition plan that meets student needs.
  • Will the synchronous/asynchronous requirements be the same for students with IEPs vs those without? Will children that require frequent breaks, redirection, and moving quickly from one topic through the next to stay on task be supported in the cyber environment?
    • FAPE must be honored in each scenario presented in the Health & Safety and Education Plans. Case managers will work with families to determine how best to deliver FAPE in every model of instructional delivery throughout the year.
  • Will there be opportunities for students to interact with peers, teachers, and supports in their in-person life skills classroom?
    • FAPE must be honored in each scenario presented in the Health & Safety and Education Plans. Case managers will work with families to determine how best to deliver FAPE in every model of instructional delivery throughout the year.
  • If choosing the CV Cyber Academy option, would a student who receives speech and/or OT still receive those services? Who would deliver those services - the school-based speech therapist or OT? Will there be continuity if the child switches to in-person instruction?
    • FAPE must be honored in each scenario presented in the Health & Safety and Education Plans. Case managers will work with families to determine how best to deliver FAPE in every model of instructional delivery throughout the year. 
       
  • How will speech sessions be conducted?
    • Speech/Language Therapy will be made available to students in both the in-person instruction and CV Cyber Academy options. The IEP team will need to determine how best to deliver that service based on each individual learner’s needs.
       
  • What social and emotional resources will be in place as students and staff return? What mental health resources are you offering for students and staff who are in need of support during this pandemic?
    • Chartiers Valley School District is committed to the social and emotional wellness of our students and staff. Below are ways in which we will be addressing these needs this school year:
      • Trauma-Informed Care - During the fall of 2020, all staff members will begin training in Trauma Informed-Care. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach in the human service field that assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life, including service staff.
      • Student Assistance Program - The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic team process used to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues that pose a barrier to a student's success.
      • Individual Student Supports - Students at all levels may be afforded opportunities to address specific social and emotional concerns through individual school counseling sessions.
      • Consultative Support for School Staff - Classroom teachers will have access to consultative support from Social Workers and Positive Behavior Support Specialists’ to handle student concerns.
      • Employee Assistance Program - An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related problems. Information on EAP is available from Human Resources.
         

Social / Physical Distancing

  • Will physical distancing be required? How will physical distancing during passing periods be handled?
    • Students and staff will be encouraged to distance as much as possible in classrooms, hallways, and stairways. 
    • Due to the different structures and student numbers at each building, building-level physical distancing plans are listed under the “Classrooms and Hallways” section in the Reopening Plan Summary
    • Staff will be encouraged to avoid communal spaces such as copy rooms and teachers lounges during break time.
  • How are students going to maintain physical distance in classrooms and cafeteria?
    • Classrooms will be set up to achieve required student occupancy, desks will be arranged to all face the same direction where possible, and flexible seating, tables, etc. will be removed where feasible. Desks will be spread out to maximize the distance between students.
    • Cafeterias will be utilized for foodservice and consumption. Students will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after lunch periods and to wear masks/face coverings when not eating or drinking.
       
  • Will students be required to put masks on for recess, as they will have a difficult time maintaining physical distancing?
    • Weather permitting, recess will be held outdoors. Students will not have access to shared equipment, such as sports balls and playsets. Structured, contactless activities will be encouraged. Masks will not be required outdoors if students are engaged in any activity at least 6 feet apart. On days when indoor recess is necessary, students will stay in their homeroom to engage in activities that are contactless. Masks will be required for indoor recess. Students will follow hygiene protocols following recess.
       
  • What will you do in classrooms or areas (such as cafeterias) where you're not physically able to space students 4-6 feet apart?
    • Desks will be arranged to physically distance between students to the maximum extent possible.  Flexible seating arrangements such as tables, desk clusters or pods will be eliminated where possible and classrooms will be set up in a theater format with all desks facing the same way. In the hybrid model, desks are arranged 5-6’ apart.  Classrooms will be set up to achieve the required adjusted capacity with desks spaced as far apart as feasible.
    • Students will sit physically distanced in cafeterias, according to current Commonwealth guidelines.
       
  • Will physical distancing be adhered to?
    • Chartiers Valley School District is working to adhere to all applicable guidelines. As it relates to physical distancing in classrooms, the PA Department of Education specifically states:
      “All schools should have protocols for distancing student desks/seating and other physical distancing practices that allow at least 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day to the maximum extent feasible.”
      The guidelines further state:
      “When multiple students are in one enclosed space, such as a classroom, seat students at least 6 feet apart and facing the same direction, to the maximum extent feasible.”

      In the hybrid return to school model, because of reduced classroom capacity, student desks will be spaced six feet apart.
       
  • Will students be asked to wash or use hand sanitizer before and after the use of shared materials?
    • Yes, students will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the use of shared materials. Equipment will also be cleaned after use.
       
  • How will high school labs be handled since students usually work with a partner?
    • Alternate options for school labs will be provided.
       
  • How will capacity in restrooms be monitored or controlled?
    • Restroom usage should occur during class, not during exchanges, to ensure proper physical distancing. School staff will monitor access to restrooms throughout the day and stagger use during the class period.

Technology

  • What technology will be provided to students?
    • Students in grades K-2 will be provided with an iPad, and students in grades 3-12 will be provided with a Chromebook.
       
  • Will teachers continue to take part in technology integration training?
    • Teachers were provided with opportunities for professional development during the summer months and training will continue to be offered throughout the school year.
       
  • Will parents/guardians and students be taught how to use Google Classroom and Schoology?
    • Yes. Orientation materials will be made available to parents/guardians and students at the start of the school year and tutorials will be provided on the district website. 
       

Transportation/Buses 

  • What will be different on school buses?
    • Transportation routes will be adjusted to consolidate bus stops and reduce overall ride time for students where possible. Students will be required to wear face masks/face coverings while on the bus at all times. Buses will be loaded from the rear to the front, to minimize students passing in the aisles.
       
  • If my child starts the school year with CV Cyber Academy then transitions to in-person instruction during the school year, can they receive transportation if they are eligible for a school bus?
    • Yes, they will be eligible for District transportation if they transfer to in-person instruction.
       
  • Will students share seats on the bus? If so, how many students per seat?
    • This year, families are encouraged to provide transportation for their child(ren) in an effort to minimize the number of students on a bus. To further reduce capacity, CVSD was able to re-route bus routes.  
    • Daily ridership will be lower due to the hybrid option and a significant population of students choosing CV Cyber.  
    • In most cases, students will sit one per seat, unless seated with family/household members.
    • Seating will be assigned.. 
       
  • Can we opt to drive our kids to school and from school instead of using school transportation?
    • Yes, you have the option to transport your students to and from school. Individual school plans for drop off and pick up will be shared in Back to School building newsletters.
       

 Drop Off/Pick Up 

  • I drop my child off at school. Will anything change?
    • More than one entrance and exit from the schools will be utilized to decrease large groups of students entering/exiting the school building. View the Reopening Plan Summary for more information.  Additionally, this information will be communicated in each building’s Welcome Back letter on August 18.
       

Cafeteria 

  • What changes will students see in the cafeteria?
    • Cafeterias will be utilized for foodservice and consumption. Students will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after lunch periods and to wear masks/face coverings when not eating or drinking.
    • Tables will be disinfected between lunch periods. 
    • Floor markings will indicate where to stand in order to maintain social distance while waiting in cafeteria lines. 
    • Cash will not be accepted in cafeterias. Families should use SchoolCafe to add money to student accounts, or send a check or cash in a labeled envelope to be processed outside of the cafeteria where food is not being served.  
    • Student seating will be spaced according to physical distance guidelines.
       
  • What changes will students see at water fountains?
    • Most traditional water fountains are being replaced by touchless bottle filling stations across all buildings. Where traditional water fountains remain, they will either be disabled or covered. Staff and students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to school to refill at the stations.  
       

 Cleaning 

  • What cleaning enhancements are being implemented in buildings?
    • All buildings have been subjected to extensive summer cleaning. 
    • Equipment is being purchased to support the cleaning and disinfecting of each building every night utilizing electrostatic sprayers and appropriate disinfecting solutions. Custodial staff will conduct frequent cleaning of high traffic areas throughout the school day.
    • HVAC systems will remain in “occupied” status 24/7 to support increased air circulation and filtration. Enhanced air filters (MERV-13) are being installed in air handlers for the start of school to further improve indoor air quality.
    • Where feasible and safe, classroom and office windows will be opened to increase outside air supply into the buildings. Building HVAC systems will be adjusted to operate with increased outside air circulation.
    • Additional disinfecting wipes and cleansers will be available for staff to wipe down classroom surfaces or supplies.
    • Additional custodial staff will be available during the school day to support additional cleaning.
    • School buses will be cleaned regularly and disinfected after the morning and afternoon runs. When feasible, windows will be open to increase air circulation.
       
  • Will teachers be required to clean between classes? Can they make students do it?
    • Teachers will not be required to clean in between classes; however, they may choose to do so on their own. According to PDE guidelines, students are not permitted to clean devices.
       
  • Why aren’t teachers required to clean between classes?
    • Individual classrooms will not receive any additional or special cleaning between classes. Some approved sanitizing materials will be available if individual teachers want to wipe down some surfaces with their classrooms and additional custodian support will be available to address specific issues if needed.
       
  • Will children be required to use school-provided hand sanitizer or can the kids bring their own?
    • Students may bring their own hand sanitizer.
       
  • How have the buildings and classrooms been cleaned for the start of school?
    • All buildings have been subjected to extensive summer cleaning. Equipment is being purchased to support cleaning and disinfecting of each building every night utilizing electrostatic sprayers and appropriate disinfecting solutions. Multiple suppliers have been engaged to explore options and procure needed supplies in time for the start of school. Additional custodial staff are being recruited and shift schedules adjusted to support more frequent cleaning of high traffic areas throughout the school day. HVAC systems will remain in “occupied” status 24/7 to support increased air circulation and filtration. Enhanced air filters (MERV-13) are being installed in air handlers for the start of school to further improve indoor air quality. Staff are being trained on the use of new equipment and supplies.
       
  • What are the plans to ensure bathrooms are cleaned throughout the day?
    • Restrooms and drinking fountains will be monitored and cleaned more regularly throughout the day. 
       

Recess  

  • Will students receive recess?
    • Weather permitting, outdoor recess will be held. Students will not have access to shared equipment, such as sports balls. Students will have access to permanent playsets if on campus. Contactless activities will be encouraged. Masks will not be required outdoors if students are engaged in activities at least 6 feet apart. On days when indoor recess is necessary, students will stay in their homeroom to engage in activities that are contactless. Masks will be required for indoor recess. Students will follow hygiene protocols following recess.
  • Will there be additional staff monitoring outdoor recess to ensure kids are staying six feet apart without their masks on? 
    • Building administrators are currently reviewing the staffing models for supervision for recess. Final decisions will be made once the District determines the number of students selecting to enroll in in-person instruction and CV Cyber Academy.
       
  • Will there be physical education or recess?
    • Currently, the in-person hybrid model will include outdoor recess, weather permitting, and is also planning for Physical Education classes to be held outside, weather permitting.
       

Sports and Activities 

  • What is the plan for fall sports? 
    • Chartiers Valley School District will follow guidance created by the PIAA and WPIAL. For more information on our Return to Athletics plan, visit the CVSD Athletics website.
       
  • If there are no field trips, will there still be away sports games/matches?
    • Athletic competition is regulated by the health department, WPIAL, and PIAA to ensure consistent health and safety standards across schools and competition locations. At this time, many of our typical field trip locations are enforcing capacity restrictions and can not guarantee the same health and safety guidelines as sports facilities. Field trip restrictions will be reviewed at the end of the first semester and will be based on current commonwealth/local regulations.
       
  • How would a student attend a sports practice/game or activity if attending classes via the CV Cyber Academy or a hybrid instruction day at home?
    • Families would have to transport students to participate in these sports practices/games or activities. Students would then be transported from the school to the away event using the guidelines for face coverings and safety measures on a school bus.
       
  • What are the criteria for having sports, and who makes the decision?
    • At this time, the District will rely on the guidance of the PIAA and WPIAL to guide our participation in sports for both students and spectators. CV has the right to impose additional restrictions for the safety of all those involved.
       

Lunch  

  • Where will students be eating lunch? 
    • Meals will be served in cafeterias, with additional shielding provided around food service areas and cash registers. Students will be encouraged and provided the opportunity to wash their hands before proceeding to the cafeteria. Tables and high touch surfaces will be cleaned between lunch periods. 
       
  • Will the students be allowed to bring their lunch from home?
    • Students will be permitted to bring their lunch from home.

 

Instruction 

  • Can I select more than one learning option for multiple children? 
    • Yes. Parents/guardians can select either In-Person Instruction or CV Cyber Academy for their student. Siblings are not required to receive the same form of instruction.
       
  • Will fully remote instruction look different than what was offered in the spring of 2020?
    • Full remote instruction will look significantly different than last spring. Utilizing feedback from the parent/guardian survey, families will notice a robust plan for full remote instruction if needed this school year.
       
  • Will the entire District follow the same in-person/hybrid/remote format or will it vary by school and/or classroom?
    • At this time, the entire school District will follow the same phase whether it is full in-person/hybrid/full remote.  While in hybrid or fully in-person, CV Cyber Academy will remain an alternative remote learning option.
       
  • If we choose the hybrid instruction option, how much notice will we receive if we have to switch to fully in-person or remote learning?
    • The District will try to give parents/guardians as much notice as possible. That said, the decision may not be up to the Chartiers Valley School District. In the case that the Commonwealth or county would make a decision to close schools, the amount of notice would be dependent on the amount of notice given by the entity making the decision.
       
  • Will the District commit to a delivery method for an entire quarter or could the method truly fluctuate from five day, to hybrid, to virtual?
    • The determination of the model for in-person instruction as explained in the Education Plan may be decided by commonwealth or county decisions, and therefore may not be the final decision of the District. Due to this, the District may not be able to commit to one specific delivery method for a full quarter.
       
  • In the hybrid format, will the school day follow the normal operating hours?
    • Yes, at this time the District will use the normal operating hours for school for the Hybrid phase.
       
  • In Hybrid Instruction, will my children attend school on the same days? 

Hybrid Return with Traditional Start/End Times 

Students

Traditional Days

Remote/online learning days

Teacher Planning Day, Lighter Instruction

Students with last names A-K

Monday/Tuesday

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Friday

Students with last names L-Z

Wednesday/Thursday

Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Friday

 

  • All staff report to school to facilitate learning for assigned student groups.
    • All staff and students follow enhanced hygiene protocols. 
    • When Hybrid Instruction occurs, instruction will be provided to students both in-person and remotely during the week.
    • Students will be grouped into cohorts and assigned to report to school on designated days:
      • Adjustments to student assigned groups may be made as necessary for classroom size, bus capacity, or other reasons to achieve the desired goal of fewer students in school buildings.
         
  • In Hybrid Instruction, will students have lab classes on the days they physically attend school?
    • The hybrid schedule will be enforced for all students, depending on the guidance provided by the Commonwealth, county, and District. For students who have lab periods, the teachers will create labs that can be completed during live and asynchronous periods.
       
  • How do you envision the curriculum keeping pace?
    • Teachers will work from the curriculum maps that have been written for their courses. They will be expected to teach to the state standards throughout the year, regardless of the mode we are in. While instruction will look different, they are well trained professionals who will be expected to teach the same content the best they can given the circumstances.
       
  • What are the instructional delivery timetables for the hybrid model?
    • Teachers will be expected to provide the same amount of instruction and assignments that they do in a regular school year. Delivery will look different, but the instructional minutes will still be required and met by each teacher.
       
  • In the hybrid model, how do students ask questions when they are “at home”?
    • In the hybrid model, teachers will not be able to answer questions during much of the school day so students and families should email any questions to their teacher and that teacher will respond as soon as possible.
       
  • What does "office hours/tutoring" mean?
    • Students or parents can use this time to schedule one on one tutoring or instructional support.
    • Teachers will be asked to contact their students regularly. Attendance is not mandatory for office hours unless the teacher has set up a specific meeting with a student/family to attend.
       
  • What happens on Fridays? Do the teachers teach virtual classrooms or is it independent learning for all students?
    • Teachers may hold virtual meetings with students or asynchronous assignments may be provided.
       
  • Can you provide additional support to help students stay more organized while working remotely?
    • Teachers and counselors will have office hours where this type of support can be provided.
       
  • How will students participate in classes such as Physical Education, Music, and Art?
    • Instruction will be provided through the online classroom. Activities will be aligned to the district curriculum and state standards. 
    • Health and safety protocols are detailed in the Reopening Plan Summary.
       
  • Will students be expected to change clothing for Physical Education class?
    • Students will not be expected to change clothing for Physical Education but should dress in athletic clothing on gym days.
       
  • During Hybrid instruction, if a student is feeling under the weather on an assigned in-person instruction day, can they attend the remote lesson instead?
    • Yes, students can participate in virtual instruction on those days. Students should submit an absence note upon returning to school. Students who are absent for multiple consecutive days should discuss with their teacher(s) and/or building administrator a plan to make up classwork via Google Classroom or Schoology.  
  • How will the CV Cyber Academy work?
    • The CV Cyber Academy offers families the option of full-time online instruction from CV teachers as a replacement for returning to a physical school building. CV teachers will provide online instruction that is aligned to the district curriculum. Instruction will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning. More details can be found at CV Cyber Academy.
       
  • What platform will CV Cyber Academy utilize? 
    • CV teachers will provide online instruction using the district curriculum, as well as CV curriculum resources to create a blended learning solution. Instruction will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Families who select this option will have the ability to return to a physical school building at the end of each quarter. Families who do not select this option at the start of school, can select this option at the end of each quarter. 

Will students selecting to enroll in CV Cyber Academy be able to participate in athletics and other activities? 

    • CV Cyber Academy students will remain enrolled in the District and have access to District athletics, extra-curricular activities, and after-school functions that are available throughout the school year following the guidance of District, local, and Commonwealth officials.
  • In CV Cyber Academy, will students be kept with kids from the same school or mixed in with the whole District?
    • Students will learn with grade-level peers across the District.
  • Does the District intend on offering the CV Cyber Academy after the 2020-2021 school year?
    • The District will continue to evaluate the needs of the community to make that determination.
       
  • Is state testing still required for CV Cyber Academy students?
    • Yes, state testing is required for CV Cyber Academy students. The process for this will be communicated to families once enrolled.
       
  • Is there a fee to enroll with CV Cyber Academy? 
    • There is no fee to enroll in the CV Cyber Academy.
       
  • Who are the teachers for CV Cyber Academy?
    • CV Cyber Academy teachers will be Chartiers Valley School District teachers.
       
  • Will my student still have the ability to receive services from the Reading Specialist in CV Cyber Academy?
    • Yes, special support for students will be provided to students as needed. Staffing assignments related to Reading Specialists or other interventions will be determined once CV Cyber Academy enrollment data is verified.
       
  • How will present levels be assessed in CV Cyber Academy? Will differentiation be provided? Will a student be permitted to self-pace in order to work at their level?
    • Teachers will assess student needs at the start of each nine weeks of enrollment as they would in an in-person learning environment. Best practices for teaching will be upheld by CV Cyber teachers to meet the needs of students.
       
  • Is there live instruction that students need to attend that mirror the school day in full remote instruction?
    • Students are expected to attend during live/synchronous lessons. If students cannot attend live lessons, arrangements should be made with the teacher.
  • If the school year has to start in a fully remote learning environment, how will the remote learning be different from last year since the teachers will only have a few in-service days to prepare?
    • The District has changed the expectation for remote instruction. Synchronous instruction will be required, as will additional office hours and one on one meetings with students. Additionally, teachers will be assigning grades so attendance and engagement during synchronous and asynchronous learning will be more robust than what students received in the spring.
  • How will remote learning be monitored by the administration to make sure it is more rigorous and consistent than last year?
    • Administration will closely monitor the teachers’ Google Classroom or Schoology pages and instruction through the District’s supervision model. Regular meetings will be held by the principals and teachers to ensure appropriate instruction is being delivered and classroom observations will be routinely held.
       
  • On days where the in-person instruction students are in the full remote phase, will teachers be available throughout the school day for questions or just during set hours?
    • Teachers will have office hours scheduled throughout the week and will be responding to emails as usual. This typically happens throughout the day and after instructional hours have ended for the day. If there are specific questions that need to be answered and/or if there are concerns related to student learning, it is recommended that students and families schedule time to meet with the teacher virtually.
       
  • For in-person remote learning, why is a teacher only required to teach one live class a week?
    • The curriculum provided may only require a minimum of one synchronous/live class a week, but on other weeks, instruction may require more. 
    • Students will have additional opportunities for one on one and small group meetings during office hours.
  • What do CV Cyber Academy students get as far as materials?
    • CV Cyber students will use the device provided by the CV School District: iPads for K-2, Chromebooks for 3-12. Additional resources may be provided depending on the requirements of the course.
       
  • What are the hours for the synchronous classes? Does it follow the current building hours for the equivalent level school?
    • The schedule for synchronous lessons will be posted in each teacher’s virtual classroom.
       
  • Will the student schedule for synchronous classes be the same week to week or will it change?
    • Students will follow the schedules posted in the teacher’s virtual classroom.
       
  • If a family selects the cyber option, will CVSD provide devices and other software and materials?
    • CV Cyber students will use the device provided by the Chartiers Valley School District: iPads for K-2, laptops for 3-12. CV Cyber teachers will have access to their current technology and resources.
       
  • If families select the CV Cyber Academy option, will the same grade level textbooks be provided to students for math, ELA, science and social studies that are being used for in-person instruction?
    • Yes, CV Cyber Academy will use the same resources.
  • Given he uncertainty between the phases and issues with transition, will the students that choose in-person instruction fall behind those that choose CV Cyber Academy?
    • In-person instruction and CV Cyber Academy are two different options. For both options, the curriculum will be standards aligned and teachers will use best practices for teaching and learning. The pacing of all courses will be similar.
       
  • Will students interact with one another?
    • The CV Cyber Academy will utilize both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Students will be asked to collaborate with other students during class time.
       
  • If a student is enrolled in CV Cyber Academy and moves to hybrid or in-person instruction during the school year, will they enroll in the same level of math and social studies, etc.?
    • It is the intent that students in the CV Cyber Academy will remain at the same level for all subjects provided they complete the necessary coursework requirements in the CV Cyber Academy.
       
  • Will Elementary specials be offered?
    • Special area classes like art, music, PE, and library will be offered at the elementary level and will follow the guidelines in the Reopening Plan Summary. In some cases, special teachers will travel to the homeroom classrooms rather than having students travel through the building.
       
  • What is the breakdown of online work vs paper and pencil work for CV Cyber Academy?
    • There will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
       
  • Are the synchronous times assigned or will students select the time to watch?
    • Synchronous times will be assigned according to teacher classroom posted schedules.
       
  • What is the parent/guardian time and resource commitment for CV Cyber?
    • Parents/guardians may assist students when appropriate. A full list of parent expectations can be found on the CV Cyber page on District website.
       
  • Can CV Cyber students attend an in-person class for chorus, orchestra, or band if they provide their own transportation?
    • Students who select CV Cyber can attend in-person instruction during the school day but they must provide their own transportation.
       
  • Will all classes be offered, including AP classes?
    • Yes, AP courses will be offered.
       
  • Will all of the online content be compatible with District-issued ipads?
    • Yes, the online content is compatible with District-issued iPad.  In fact, content can be accessed from any device that is able to access the internet!
       
  • Will CVSD Cyber teachers be from the same grade level or subject as they teach in a typical school setting?
    • Staffing decisions will be made based on teacher certification.
       

Teachers 

  • What is the District doing to hire substitute teachers this school year?
    • Filling our substitute openings continues to be a priority for our District. For the start of this school year, we have an individual dedicated to coordinating substitute services for our District.
       
  • How will we utilize all staff if full remote learning becomes the norm?
    • Staffing our District remains a priority and one which is reviewed daily.  We will utilize the staff to the best extent possible to meet the needs of our students and District.    
       

Curriculum/Grading

  • Will there be changes to grading?
    • Grading will be the traditional grading systems used in the physical classrooms and in CV Cyber Academy.