Changes Coming for PV Community Education Classes
By Meghan Drakas
For The Post
Perkiomen Valley’s new line-up of community education courses, in part featuring topics like real estate, searching for college, and chair yoga, will be an educational adventure
COLLEGEVILLE PA – As the Perkiomen Valley School District opened its (virtual) doors to students Tuesday (Sept. 8, 2020), the first day of classes looked a bit different than the traditional return to school. That also applies to changes in PV’s fall menu of community education classes open to the public. Modifications are being made to some, and a handful of others will be taught virtually.
One major change for the coming season is the removal of swimming lessons, open family-swim time normally held Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons, and the cancellation of after-school sports. Decisions on these activities took into account the ability to socially distance individuals as well as limit crowds.
Eliminating swim sessions so popular in past years seemed a necessity, according to Jessica Lester, the district’s manager of school and community engagement. “Due to the Governor’s mitigation order … it is not really possible to socially distance while teaching young children how to swim,” she explained.
While a majority of the community education classes will be held in-person, the district acknowledges that could change with “any sort of [state] mandate based on the condition of the pandemic.” Masks will be required for in-person classes.
A few classes, including “Where to Begin with your College Search”, “Chair Yoga”, and “Getting Started in Real Estate”, were declared as virtual before their start dates. Most will begin in mid-September to early October.
The return of the “Behind the Wheel” driving program – “one of the most popular programs” in PV community education classes, Lester acknowledged – offers behind-the-wheel training for new drivers in the area.
Behind the Wheel was suspended in March when schools closed for the pandemic. The class has now added COVID-19 safety precautions: the instructor and student must wear face masks at all times, and vehicles are disinfected between lessons.
Individuals interested in PV’s Community Education classes can learn more, and also get registered, here.