Good afternoon PCS families,
Along with the Steuben County Department of Health, we have concluded the contact tracing for our student who tested positive over the weekend. We have to quarantine two staff members and several students. We also had to quarantine two staff members based on the contact tracing that was performed over the weekend. I have worked with the DOH and our administrative team and we have come to the conclusion that it is in the best interest of our entire school community to continue to provide remote instruction to all of our students in grades 6-12 until Friday, October 9th. Our students in grades PK-5 will continue to attend school as normal. This was not an easy decision, and we considered many factors, but at the end of the day we need to do what is best for our students and our faculty/staff. We will revisit this plan continuously and will provide you with updates as they become available.
As we continue to learn and make plans that are best for our PCS community, there are a number of pieces of information that I wanted to pass along:
Athletics – We are continuing with our plan for athletics combined with Avoca. The transportation schedule will be the same as it has been, and will go school to school. Athletes traveling to Avoca will need to get to the school to meet the bus. We have had many discussions around athletics, and we want to continue to provide our students with the opportunity to play. Our coaches are making sure that athletes are masked, and we are following all health and safety protocols. The best part about athletics is that it is outside and all guidance suggests that being outside and following the rules is a good way to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Technology – Our teachers are working hard to work out the kinks with technology and instruction today worked well. Our Superintendent’s Conference Day is still planned for Friday, October 2nd, and the plan is to get everyone as prepared to teach virtually as possible. Our technology team put together these two videos that will be very helpful for you and students: Updating Teams: https://youtu.be/3kzGf8FNJ6w Updating Microsoft: https://youtu.be/SdshDRZhgpE
Food – We have developed a plan to feed students who are remote. We have two pick up times planned for this Thursday, October 1st from 12:00 – 1:30 PM and next Tuesday, October 6 also from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. Food can be picked up at the cafetorium entrance. We ask that you please stay in your car and our cafeteria staff will bring the food out. Please fill out this form by Thursday, October 1st at 12:00 PM: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=KtLKIY3tDEGU4Az1zjSEeDlYvuLFsqJBorBnxKj64YNUQUlUVVVWRjVEV1NGTk1UM1FEN1lMSTVRMC4u
Operoo – We are requesting that even though students in grades 6-12 are remote, please report whether they have passed their temperature screening or not each morning. This is very important data that we need to continue to collect as we make future plans for instruction.
Reminder from the health office – Nurse Doyle is doing a tremendous job of managing the health office but we need your help. Please remember to call and report a student absence and be very specific about the reason for the absence. We have to account for every illness reported and document with the Steuben County DOH and New York State DOH daily. Her direct line is 607-522-6206, and she can also be e-mailed at email@example.com with the information. We certainly appreciate your help with this!
Thanks again for the support and patience through this unusual time and please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay well and be safe!