I want to start by thanking all the students and staff that are doing everything possible to keep school safe and open. As we all know by now, the COVID positive cases are increasing but the transmission rate in the school setting continues to be low. This is due to many reasons, but mostly because of our masking policy, students staying home when they are ill, and our high vaccination rate. We would ask that you all continue to support our Panther community by always wearing your mask while on campus, both indoors and outside, except when actively eating and drinking. You should also stay home when you are not feeling well and follow the current COVID quarantining protocols. And finally, we continue to recommend everyone get vaccinated and boosted when eligible.
Moving forward we will continue to notify all families if their student is considered a close contact or has been in a space where a student or staff has later tested positive for COVID. This notification will come via email and will identify the location of the “close contact” or “general exposure”. As a reminder, a “close contact” is considered an individual that has been within 6 feet of the positive case for 15 or more minutes over a 24-hour time period. If you receive one of these emails, please read the directions closely and follow the guidelines.
If at some time you are either required or recommended to get tested for COVID, below is our PVPUSD testing schedule and a link to the registration page. If you are planning to get tested, you do not need to make an appointment, but the student does need to be registered ahead of time.
Testing schedule and information: www.pvpusd.net/testing/
Registration link: Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified (Heluna) Covid-19 Testing (primary.health)
Lastly, as a parent of three students in this district and life-long member of this community, I know we all continue to face challenges created by COVID that we have never had to face before. This current chapter of the pandemic is similar but also different from the past. Because of this we are required to look at the situation with a different lens. We may not be able to exactly predict the future, but I think we can say that we have learned from previous experiences and ongoing data collection. We may not all agree with how we as a district choose to take on the current situation, but I can say that we all have the same goal in mind, to educate our students to the best of our ability while also prioritizing their physical and mental health. With this being said, my hope would be that we can all respect one another’s differences in opinion while still communicating in a calm and productive manner. The reality is our community support is one of this district’s biggest strengths. I am confident that if we continue to work together and listen to one another we will successfully navigate this current challenge as one community and a unified district.