JANUARY 2021 NEWS FROM DR. CHEKAN

PROPEL'S RETURN TO HYBRID LEARNING MOVED TO 2/1/21 & 2/8/21

We hope you and your families are enjoying a healthy start to 2021! We're looking forward to amazing scholar engagement and growth during this year, as we take the lessons we learned together in 2020 and use them to reach new levels of scholar academic growth.


Since our return from Winter Break, our team has been very busy engaging with our scholars in Remote Learning Protocol. We have also been carefully monitoring COVID-19 trends and have adjusted our originally anticipated return to hybrid to align with local COVID-19 trends.


We are now preparing for a scholar return to in-building learning:



  • Group A will report in-person on Monday, February 1, 2021
  • Group B will report in-person on Monday, February 8, 2021



Both scholar groups will report to school on alternating weeks, Mondays through Thursdays. Remote Learning Protocol will be in effect every Friday. On Fridays, our school buildings will be closed for deep cleaning and sanitizing, in addition to our rigorous daily cleaning schedule.


Below, we have shared very important information so that we can all experience a seamless transition into the Hybrid Learning Protocol.


As always, thank you for choosing Propel Schools as your partner in education!




Dr. Tina Chekan CEO/Superintendent

Propel Schools

PROPEL SCHOOLS WILL RETURN TO HYBRID LEARNING PROTOCOL IN FEBUARY 2021

** Group A Scholars will return on Monday, February 1, 2021

** GROUP B SCHOLARS WILL RETURN ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2021

If you are unsure if your scholar is in Group A or Group B, you can log into Skyward to find this information, using THESE INSTRUCTIONS.


If you have questions, please reach out to your school's leadership team.


Families will be able to request Learning Protocol changes for third-trimester learning at the end of February. More information about making a learning protocol change for Trimester 3 will be coming to you soon.

HYBRID A/B WEEK CALENDAR

JANUARY 2021 THROUGH MARCH 2021

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You can download this calendar by clicking HERE.

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR RETURN TO HYBRID LEARNING PROTOCOL

Q. What about transportation for the restart of Hybrid Learning Protocol?


A. Your scholar's transportation will remain the same as it was during our most previous Hybrid Learning Protocol. Any changes will be communicated to you by your resident school district which routinely transports your scholar. All questions about transportation can be answered by your resident school district's transportation team.


Q. My scholar will be remaining in Remote Learning Protocol. Will Grab and Go Meals still be available?


A. YES! For an updated listing of Grab and Go Meal distribution locations and times, please click HERE.


Q. My scholar loves the Afterschool Program. Will Afterschool be available to scholars during Hybrid Learning?


A. Propel's award-winning Afterschool Program will take place during the Hybrid Learning protocol. If your scholar is registered for the program, the Afterschool Team will be in touch soon.


Q. Should my scholar bring their technology device to the school building during their 4-days of in-building learning?


A. Yes! Your scholar should bring their Chromebook or iPad to school during their in-person learning weeks. Please be sure that the device is fully charged and ready for learning.


Q. My scholar will be remaining in the Remote Learning Protocol. Who do I contact if they need additional learning supplies?


A. For additional supplies, please reach out to your school's leadership team or your scholar's educator.

THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES REMAINS A TOP PRIORITY FOR PROPEL SCHOOLS

Our Health and Safety plan (which you can read on our website HERE) is being continually reviewed and updated. This plan remains in effect for all members of our school communities as we transition back into Hybrid Learning Protocol. We remind all families that the masking/face covering mandate also remains in effect for all members of our school community. Please be sure that your child wears a face covering to school each day.


Scholars will also be reminded to observe social distancing guidelines in classrooms, while in hallways and in restrooms. School teams are ready and excited to welcome scholars back to our clean, healthy and safe buildings.


Please note that we will revise our Health and Safety Plan if new or emerging information becomes available. We thank you for your cooperation as we support the health and well-being of our school communities.


Families can also view Propel's COVID-19 Dashboard on our website HERE.

REMINDER - FAMILY/EDUCATOR CONFERENCES ARE COMING UP IN MARCH 2021!

Family/Educator conferences are scheduled for Monday, March 15, 2021. There will be no school for scholars on this day. Please look for information from you school about scheduling your conference time.

VIRTUAL LEARNING - Family Resources From The CDC

As Propel continues our Virtual Learning Protocol, the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) offers a Virtual Learning Checklist that gives tips for at-home learning, including information about mental health and social-emotional wellbeing considerations. You can find this information HERE.

TRAVELING OUTSIDE OF PENNSYLVANIA?

If scholars will travel outside of Pennsylvania, please be sure to be mindful of local, state and national best practices while traveling. On November 25, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health issued an amended order that relates to travel. Please click to read the "Amended Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating to Travel."



CDC Travel Guidelines


Pennsylvania Department of Health Travel Guidelines


Allegheny County Health Department Travel Guidelines


As Propel Schools returns to our Hybrid A/B Week Learning Protocol with scholars in-building every other week, the families of scholars who travel outside of Pennsylvania will be asked to complete this short form relating to their travel. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping our school communities healthy and safe for learning!

REMOTE LEARNING FAMILIES - SCHOLAR ATTENDANCE PROTOCOLS

PROPEL SCHOOLS ATTENDANCE PROTOCOLS

  • During 100% Remote Learning Protocol, scholar attendance is taken daily during Morning Meeting/CREW.

  • If your scholar is not present during Morning Meeting/CREW, your scholar will be marked as absent for the whole day, regardless of the work they may complete/submit.

  • If a scholar misses a Morning Meeting or CREW, the parent/guardian can complete the school’s specific Google Absence Form so that their scholar’s attendance status can be updated. This form must be submitted by 9:00 p.m. on the same day as the Morning Meeting/CREW absence in order to change the absence status.


For more information about Propel's Attendance Protocols, attendance definitions and potential consequences of scholar non-attendance, please see THIS DOCUMENT.


As always, if you have questions about scholar attendance protocols or need to access your school's Google Absence Form, please reach out to your school's leadership team.

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In-Person Medical Appointments Are Back At The Northside Wellness Center!

Physician Assistant Courtney Czwalga is available by appointment or walk-ins every Monday and Thursday. She is available for virtual appointments Monday - Friday. (Holidays may impact Wellness Center Hours.)


To make an appointment, call 412-231-1450.

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SUPPORTING OUR FAMILIES! One Stop Shop Resource Page

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DATES TO REMEMBER

The Propel Schools Calendar can always be found online HERE.

JANUARY 18, 2021: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE - ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED

FEBRUARY 1, 2021 - FEBRUARY 4, 2021: GROUP "A" SCHOLARS REPORT FOR IN-SCHOOL LEARNING

FEBRUARY 8, 2021 - FEBRUARY 11, 2021: GROUP "B" SCHOLARS REPORT FOR IN-SCHOOL LEARNING

FEBRUARY 15, 2021: WELLNESS DAY - ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED

FEBRUARY 16, 2021 - FEBRUARY 18, 2021: SCHOLAR GROUP "A" REPORTS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 - FEBRUARY 25, 2021: SCHOLAR GROUP "B" REPORTS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING

MARCH 1, 2021 - MARCH 4, 2021: SCHOLAR GROUP "A" REPORTS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING