NEW JULY 31:  Is there a plan to help students adjust to being back in school?

School will look different - social distancing, masks, and online learning. Please discuss our plans with your student. Teachers and staff will focus first and foremost on the social emotional well being of each student to make sure the transition into this new environment is welcoming and safe.  What will not look different is that we will continue to listen to and nurture children. 

How will students and teachers connect and build relationships?

Teachers will hold regular classroom meetings with the goal of allowing students to share with each other and stay connected. Staff members will be assigned to groups of students to create a one-on-one live connection. This connection helps ensure that all students have an additional adult checking in with them besides their classroom teacher. Every student needs this interaction and the District recognizes we can be more purposeful about connecting. Each staff member will be trained in trauma informed care to recognize and respond to students’ needs.

NEW JULY 31: What will be done to reduce stigma surrounding COVID-19?

Stopping stigma will make all community members safer and healthier. Everyone can help stop stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts. PV faculty and staff will correct negative language by sharing accurate information about how the virus spreads, as well as correct negative behaviors and statements made by anyone in a school setting. We will continue to expect everyone to be responsible, respectful, and safe. Teaching character traits will remain an important part of our culture and our anti-bullying lessons will support this cause.

If my student is showing signs of emotional distress, who can I contact?

We encourage you to reach out to your student’s teacher. You may also contact your building principal or guidance counselor for additional support. PV counselors have set up web pages containing a vast number of resources, as well.

Elementary counseling website

PVJH counseling website

PVHS counseling website

How can I assess my student’s emotional health?

Here are few resources to help you:

CDC Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

How to Ask What Kids are Feeling

If students are learning online, how might I set up a structure and routine at home?

Maintaining and communicating predictable routines allows students to have a sense of psychological safety— they can manage stress or connect with someone who can help them. Designate a space as a student's "office space". They can decorate it like an adult office with family photos and positive quotes. Click here for a list of resources including emotional support and tools to ease the stress of online learning.

Who do I contact if I need assistance for basic needs like food, clothing and shelter?

Our school counselors can direct you to programs based in our community.  This link has contact information for each counselor. Counselors have also set up web pages with a vast number of resources.

Elementary counseling website

PVJH counseling website

PVHS counseling website

The United Way also offers a resource by phone at 211. You can ask for programs to fit your needs.

UPDATED AUGUST 14: How do I access child care?

We realize child care is an issue. We ask that you start developing a plan in case we cannot return to buildings. Check with family members and neighbors. This State of Iowa resource  may be helpful. You can also access this dashboard that lets you see childcare programs with vacancies in our area. You can also call the Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral program at 1-855-244-5301.

The Y’s School Aged Child Care Programming is also open. Click here to learn more about the program. The Y provides before and after school support when students are at school and all day care for students on the hybrid model. The cost is $119/week per child for Y members and $150/week per child for non-members. Note they are taking the first 120 students so soon as possible. Register here.