Parent Resources

VC Website Features | Parent Portal | Digital Learning | Valley Central Facebook Page | Viking Calendar/District Guide | VC21 Meetings | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee | Social-Emotional Learning | Speech and Language Resources | Bullying Prevention | Navigating Your Child’s Social Media | News: How to Help Your Child Understand | VCSD Calming Room | Parent Digital Resources | For Elementary School Parents | For Middle School Parents | For High School Parents | Yearbooks | Special Education Resources | ENL – English as a New Language Resources | Health and Wellness Links | Report Child Abuse | Orange County Youth Bureau | Stay Safe Online | Adult Learning Opportunities

Parenting and educating today’s students, while demanding, is undoubtedly, one of life’s most important pursuits. The Valley Central School District seeks to support our families and community members through Parent Resources.

VCSD recognizes that behind each successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who take an active role in educating all of our students. No matter what your role, we encourage involvement and participation in the education of the community’s students.

VC Website Features

Parent Portal

Need help with Parent Portal?

Use SchoolTool Parent Portal for online access to your student’s schedule, attendance and grades.

If you do not have a School Tool Parent Portal or need to change something on your current account, please fill out this form.

Digital Learning

Need help with digital learning tools, view Parent Resources for Digital Learning for further information.

Valley Central Facebook Page

Find our Facebook page here.

The School District updates this page frequently to share student and staff achievements, information and/or photos of school and District-sponsored activities and events. The District’s Facebook page is not an alternative method of communicating with school personnel. The Valley Central Facebook page is not moderated by any District administrator and cannot respond to any specific concerns or questions through the page.

The goal of the VCSD Facebook page is to have a place on social media where we share how #VCPROUD we are about the events and activities that take place in the District. 

To help us accomplish this goal, we ask that you abide by the following guidelines when, and if, you would like to make a comment on a post:

  • Be respectful. Defamatory attacks or comments aimed at specific individuals, employees, or students are not permitted and will be deleted immediately from the page.
  • Be polite. Avoid language that is abusive, harassing, sexually explicit and/or obscene. Profanity is not allowed. These comments will be deleted immediately. 
  • Stay on topic. This is a page dedicated to the education of students of Valley Central. Let’s keep the conversation related to our district, schools and activities. Comments of all kinds are welcome so long as they directly relate to our district, schools and activities.
  • Do not post comments that advertise or promote a product or service. Spam and commercial advertisements will be deleted.
  • Do not use the Valley Central School District Facebook page in place of standard communication practices, such as contacting District staff to share personal issues and concerns. This page is not intended to circumvent regular communication channels for sharing these issues and concerns. Comments regarding a personal issue with the District, a school, student, or a staff member will be removed. 
  • In administering the page, the District will abide by Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. The District asks that its Facebook users do the same. 
  • Please be certain that your comments are appropriate for an educational environment and followers of all ages.
  • Be factual. Blatantly inaccurate information will not be allowed. False information will be removed and factual information will be posted.

Abuse of the above guidelines can lead to removal of a specific comment or the blocking/removal from our page.

Viking Calendar/District Guide

The Viking Calendar/District Guide is mailed to all district residents in August. If you would like to pick up an additional copy, please contact our district receptionist at (845) 457-2400, ext. 18505. 

VC21 meetings

VC21  is an open community conversation about the Valley Central School District and the Educational Future of our Students. VC21 meetings are held throughout the school year to encourage community input about what is being taught at Valley Central.  Meeting dates and times are posted on our website news, social media, and calendar.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

This purpose of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is to better understand and respond to the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion that exist in society and at Valley Central. We empathize with the community and condemn hatred, injustice, and destruction at all levels. The Valley Central School District seeks to engage with one another and collaboratively design learning environments that will be liberating for all.

Social-Emotional Learning

Valley Central is using the Yale RULER program to help students assess, understand, and respond to their state of emotions as it affects their daily life including the learning process. Social-Emotional Learning is partnered with the curriculum to give students a more well-rounded education. 

Speech and Language Resources

Our Berea Speech and Language teachers created a page of resources including videos to help parents practice with their children at home.  Learn more about Parent Speech and Language Resources here

Bullying Prevention

Bullying in schools is a systemic problem that affects all school districts in the United States. Bullying is a repeated aggressive behavior characterized by a power imbalance and the intent to cause harm. Students who are bullied often feel threatened and powerless. Learn more about Bullying Prevention here

Navigating Your Child’s Social Media

Sourav Sengupta, a University of Buffalo professor and an expert in child and adolescent mental health, says “our children will need to grow up to find a reasonable way to incorporate, tolerate and utilize social technologies in their lives.” Trusted adults can support young people is by setting age- and developmentally appropriate boundaries. He suggests slowly teaching young people how to use social media in healthy ways. (How parents can help teens navigate social media, January 2022).

In order to do that parents need to familiarize themselves with the social media that children and teens are using. 

See tips and resources for navigating your child’s social media.

News: How to Help Your Child Understand

How can we talk to our children about the scary events we all may see in the news? It’s sometimes overwhelming for us as adults to witness the stories of war, natural disaster or crime that fill the daily newscast. For kids, exposure to these images and information can be unsettling and traumatic. Here are things to  keep in mind as we watch the news together with our kids.

VCSD Calming Room

The VCSD Virtual Calming Room is a place where students, families, teachers and staff can find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings and build our resilience to face life’s challenges in healthy ways.  The following resources can be found there:
  • Visual Relaxation
  • Sounds and Music
  • Mindful Movement
  • Guided Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Exercise
  • Live Animal Cams
  • Coloring and Creativity
  • Puzzles and Games
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • Positive Affirmation and Quotes
  • DIY Coping Tools to Reduce Stress
  • Mental Health Wellness App Reviews
  • VCSD Resources
  • Support Websites
  • Self-help Phone Numbers

Parent Digital Resources

Created by our Instructional Technology Coach, this page will help you navigate the digital side of learning.

For Elementary School Parents

For Middle School Parents

For High School Parents

Yearbooks

Each school produces a yearbook. This page provides the links to order a yearbook online.  For more information, email the yearbook advisor at your child’s school (or the principal). 

Special Education Resources

There are many resources useful to parents dealing with Special Education issues.

ENL – English as New Language Resources

There are resources to help English as a New Language learners.

Health and Wellness Links

Find health and wellness links to help you with mental, emotional and physical health/wellness issues

Report Child Abuse

New York State Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720
If you believe a child is being abused or maltreated, you can help by making a call to the New York State Child Abuse Hotline. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you suspect a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

Orange County Youth Bureau

Find the  CYFS Services Directory at this link. The Orange County Youth Bureau distributes a free comprehensive Children, Youth and Families Services/CYFS Directory to all Orange County schools through their Guidance Departments. Our Directory is filled with descriptions and contact information for dozens of local service providers, government departments, school districts, colleges, and libraries. 

Stay Safe Online

Adult Learning Opportunities

Orange-Ulster BOCES offers many Adult Learning Opportunities.