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CTC Statement from Director Jim Youngs

We received the following information from Mr. Jim Young, Director of Seneca Highlands CTC regarding CTC students and the current school closure.

Seneca Highlands CTC students will be offered planned instruction and enrichment activities aligned with their Program of Study. Your teacher will communicate with you through your CTC Gmail account. Your primary contact will be your teacher. I will be your contact for technical issues. If you cannot respond to your teachers’ email please contact me one of the following ways.

School phone message: 814-642-2573 ext. 2, leave message

Mr. Young

Superintendent Update

The Department of Education (PDE) announced today all schools in the Commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Under the new timeline, school buildings would reopen on April 7, 2020 for two days to allow school administrators, teachers, and other staff time to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation, and arrange other business operations. Students would return to school on April 9, 2020, unless extending the closure is needed in response to the situation with the virus at that time.

To assist schools during the extended closure, the state’s 29 intermediate units are ready to provide technical assistance to help develop continuity of education plans for all students beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Additionally, we are cancelling standardized testing for students in career and technical education (CTE) programs for the 2019-20 school year. These include exams from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate this unprecedented time together and thank you for your dedication to serving and supporting your school communities.

Jed Hamberger, Superintendent

Superintendent’s Update

Governor Wolf’s order calling on all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m., March 19, does not prohibit school districts from continuing to offer food services to children during the statewide school closure. It does require schools to not let administration or staff work in the buildings. Administration will continue to work from home and be present during the lunch time between 11:30-12:30 LEAs may continue to bring in essential employees involved in the preparation and distribution of meals for children.

2019-20 Statewide Assessments

Dear Oswayo Valley Parents and Community Members,

Later today, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will be announcing a cancellation of statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. This cancellation includes the PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams.

We understand that during these unprecedented circumstances, school communities across the state are managing more pressing issues on the education landscape, like providing access to food and nutrition, and putting appropriate systems in place to continue student learning.  Assessments should not be the focus of school leaders right now.

The Department is monitoring emerging federal guidance, working with other states to advocate for flexibility, and will pursue appropriate waivers to the fullest extent allowable as soon as the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) guidance is clarified.

Please continue to monitor your email and PDE’s website for ongoing updates and guidance as it becomes available.

Pedro A. Rivera II | Secretary of Education

Governor Wolf Announces Closure of Pennsylvania Schools

Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days including all before and after school activities, effective Monday, March 16.  All District activities are canceled effective immediately and will continue through the ordered period.  The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the Commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed. More information will be coming soon on lunch options for the Oswayo Valley School District. For more information from Governor Wolf, please see the link below.

Interscholastic Events Canceled/Postponed

Oswayo Valley School District in cooperation with all area school districts has decided to cancel/postpone all planned interscholastic events through the end of March.  Spring sports practices/rehearsals will continue based on specific guidance from administration.  Additionally, any large-scale events (of over 250 persons) will be evaluated carefully.  Our focus is minimizing any unknown exposure to the COVID-19 virus through reduction of nonessential events.

Administrative Message

Dear Oswayo Valley Community,

The Oswayo Valley School District Administrative Team have been in constant contact with each other as well as other state agencies to determine a best course of action to proceed to ensure the safety of our students and our communities during this pandemic. The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recent actions taken regionally and nationwide regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we want to be sure our public is aware of the planning considerations underway in our public schools.

As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the days and weeks progress, we will keep the community informed of any potential changes to our calendar, our processes, and our educational programming. The impact of any school cancellation must be considered carefully. The safety of students and staff at home, as well as at school, are our priority. The feasibility of online learning options across our region is limited due to the lack of adequate broadband access. We want to stress that any changes for any district will be shared via webpages, social media sites, and mass notification systems in place.

As we prepare for a multitude of possibilities, we are asking for parents’ cooperation with the following:

As information related to COVID-19 continues to be released, please be sure to act with only factual information. The unintended consequences of rumors or false claims on social media can severely impact our ability to appropriately respond.

If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others. If a fever is present, students should stay home from school. Please contact your primary care physician to receive appropriate guidance to return to school.

Reinforce the need for good hygiene habits at home. Everyone at home should wash their hands regularly and cover mouths when coughing or sneezing.

Families that have traveled outside of our immediate area are asked to notify school officials. School nurse offices can monitor those students for any symptoms that require additional precaution.

School events that require student travel outside the immediate area will be considered carefully by each school district. Notice by each school district will be provided in the event of any change.

Each school is aware of our “high risk” populations as it relates to their risk of any illness. Schools will be in contact with parents as needed to assess needs for those individuals.

Schools may potentially need to close for an undetermined length of time. Please start making plans now for childcare in the event this should occur.

School meal programs can continue during any school cancellation. Information would be provided through your specific district.

School districts will provide an appropriate level of flexibility, to be determined at the local level, as it relates to student absences. (Primary focus should be on health, not perfect attendance awards.)

If you have any questions, please contact your local school district or building office.


Oswayo Valley Administrative Team

Additional resources:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information <>

COVID-19 and Children:

Avoid the Spread of Germs

PASA Testing

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the PASA does not exceed one percent of the total number of all students in the state assessed on the statewide assessments.  Each local educational agency (LEA) must complete and submit the PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification to BSE if it anticipates that more than 1.0% of its students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 will be assessed using the PASA.  A list of LEAs who anticipate exceeding the threshold will be made publicly available on the PDE website, in accordance with 34 CFR 200.6(c)(3) regulations.  LEAs must also make the document publicly available upon request, removing any personally identifiable information.  The Oswayo Valley School District anticipates exceeding the 1.0 percent threshold for PASA participation for the 2019-20 testing cycle.  The necessary justification information has been submitted to the Bureau of Special Education.  Questions on the Oswayo Valley School District’s participation rates should be directed to Mr. Jed Hamberger, Superintendent.

Oswayo Valley School District (c) 2019