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Posted on 07/30/2020
Dear School Community,

On Tuesday night the Garnet Valley School District Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve the Opening of School plan for the 2020-21 academic year. The approved plan encompasses all of the safety protocols provided by the state and county departments of health, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Governor’s office. The entire health and safety plan can be found by clicking here


I want to be clear that the approved plan will evolve as new information becomes available. In fact, an article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer detailed that Delaware County is experiencing a sharp increase in new cases, and this may very well affect our opening plans. We are in constant communication with the Delaware County superintendents, as well as representatives from County Council, and the Department of Health. 


In the absence of any further developments, the plan that was approved on Tuesday is mostly the same as the one we presented to the public on July 20th with two enhancements to our instructional delivery options. Below is an overview of the delivery options with the enhancements.

Hybrid in Person by Cohort–Students attend in person according to last name (A-K & L-Z) and school schedule. Some other key details about this delivery model include:

  • When not attending in person, students attend virtually from home using video conferencing tools
  • Students alternate each day Monday-Thursday; Friday is a virtual day for all students (NEW OPTION)
  • Class materials, assignments, assessments, and instruction accessed through Schoology and/or paper and pencil
  • Live, direct instruction and engagement

Fully Online Synchronous (NEW OPTION)–Students attend all classes virtually with their assigned teacher and classmates. Some other key details about this delivery model include:

  • Class materials, assignments, assessments, and instruction accessed through Schoology
  • Some additional expectations for parents/caregivers (ex. printing class materials)
  • Live, direct instruction and engagement

eSchool Format Asynchronous–Students learn online and asynchronously.  

  • Asynchronous Learning: refers to a learning event in which a group of teachers and students are engaging in learning at different times
  • No live instruction 
  • Students work independently, no engagement with other students
  • Flexible schedule set by families
  • Self-paced meeting pre-established due dates for assignments

For an overview of each option along with examples of student schedules, click the first link below. Dr. Hutchinson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, has also narrated a detailed overview that will align with the presentation. To view the narrative, click the second link below

Although the plan has been approved, please understand that it will continue to evolve as we receive more information from health experts. Finally, with permission of GVSD, several parents have created a community based initiative. Their goal is to be able to provide high quality cloth face masks to students who normally qualify for free/discounted school lunches in our district. They are hoping to raise $2,000 for supplies to make 900 masks prior to August 24th.  They would be thrilled to receive assistance from anyone who is interested in helping out. Additionally, after masks have been donated to students in need, remaining masks will be given to teachers from CES, BES & GVES to be used in their classrooms and loaned out to students as needed. 

No donation is too small. Financial donations for supplies can be made here:

Additional volunteers who sew are needed as well. Please sign up here:

If you would like to donate supplies/material or have questions, please connect via their Facebook page. It also includes additional information about the project:


Have a great afternoon,

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Garnet Valley School District

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