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Posted on 07/21/2020

Dear School Community,

This message provides a great deal of important information regarding the opening of our 2020-21 Academic Year. Our district created two options, the first option would bring cohorts of students into school for in person instruction on alternating days. While one cohort is in person, the “at home” cohort attends class synchronously via webcam and/or distance learning technology. The other option is virtual learning, which the district would employ only as a result of governmental order or under advisement from the Department of Health. This option is similar to what we used during the closure but with more synchronous, live teaching and learning opportunities. Even in our best efforts, with recent guidance regarding the minimum six feet social distancing from health officials and the Department of Education, bringing back all students for an entirely in person learning structure proved to be impossible.
Please take time to go through the details of the plans, make comments, and ask questions. The remainder of the message provides links to documents, presentations, and a form that students, parents, teachers, and support staff can use to meet their needs. However, we understand that summer schedules are extremely complicated and parents are pressed for time. Therefore, we tried to structure the information in a manner that allows you to go through it in sections and gives you simplified access should you wish to revisit it. Additionally, our website will act as a repository of all information related to the opening of school. The Opening of School site can be found by CLICKING HERE

Below are the links to Opening of School Information. The Executive Summary provides a broad overview of the plan as well as the beliefs and processes that helped to create it. Next are a series of short narrated PowerPoint presentations that will provide the school community with context and details regarding our Process and Beliefs, 2020-21 Health and Safety Plan, Opening of School Options, Instructional Delivery, and Fully Online Format. Community members should simply hover their cursor over the underlined text that reads “CLICK HERE” and they will have access to the information. The links are designed to be read sequentially, but it is not necessary if you want to skip to specific sections.

  • CLICK HERE for the Executive Summary, which gives community members a general overview of our plans.
  •  CLICK HERE for a 4:13 minute, narrated PowerPoint presentation on the Process and Beliefs that the District used to develop its plans.
  •  CLICK HERE for a 10:04 minute, narrated PowerPoint presentation on the District’s 2020-21 Health and Safety Plan. To read the full 2020-21 Garnet Valley School District Health and Safety Plan, please CLICK HERE
  •  CLICK HERE for a 5:43 minute, narrated PowerPoint presentation on the Opening of  Schools Options that the District is considering.
  • CLICK HERE for a 8:37 minute, narrated PowerPoint presentation on the Instructional Delivery options that will be available for students and their families during the 2020-21 Academic Year when schools are open for some form of live instruction.
  • CLICK HERE for a 4:56 minute, narrated PowerPoint presentation on the Fully Online Format option that will be available for students and their families if schools are forced to close through governmental order or other unforeseen circumstance associated with COVID-19.

Throughout this process our school community’s feedback has helped us to refine and improve our practices and programming. Consequently, after reviewing the information contained in the presentations, please use the link below to provide your comments, feedback, and questions. The Opening of School site will feature an FAQ page, updated on an ongoing basis, and here we will post the results of the school community’s feedback. 

  • Click here to access the form for all to submit questions, comments, and feedback.
Please know that we value your input and the Board will have access to it leading up to their meeting on July 28th. Although health guidelines prohibit us from inviting the public to attend live, we will share the Zoom link so that the public can participate virtually. Another communication will come out as we get closer to the meeting date.

As always, thank you so much for your conscientiousness, flexibility and support.  We realize that parenting is incredibly difficult in today’s environment. Make sure to take care  of yourself while you’re taking care of your children. If you need any additional support as your children react to yet another disruption to their normal lives, this article produced by the National Association of School Psychologist offers some great suggestions and includes other resources that can help. To access the article CLICK HERE.


Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent 

Garnet Valley School District
80 Station Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
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